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88 Keys to Success: Taking Piano Lessons in Brooklyn, NY

By Concetta A. - Brooklyn Piano Teacher

Most musicians agree that an important musical instrument to learn is the piano. It’s not only a beautiful solo instrument, it also can be played to accompany or support singers and instrumentalists. Additionally, playing piano can be an essential bridge to becoming a songwriter or composer. The instrument clearly, and beautifully, lays out all 88 notes used in Western music in a way that is visually easy to grasp and understand. It's like a road map to understanding music theory.

Even if you're not planning on being a professional musician, having basic piano skills are easy to acquire and a joy to have. So, if you’re thinking about taking piano lessons in Brooklyn, then you’re in the perfect place to start learning this fantastic instrument! Check out some tips below on things to see and do in NYC to supplement your piano lessons in Brooklyn, NY!

Every few years, the city of New York invites an organization called Sing for Hope to set up 88 public pianos around the five boroughs for two weeks. It’s wonderful to hear young children playing songs, occasional pedestrians breaking out in karaoke with friends, folks riffing on a few chords they learned in music class years ago, or songwriters sharing their original work on a whim. Because piano is so easy, accessible and fun to play, why not invest a small corner of your life to discovering it? For more information, check out Sing for Hope’s website here: http://www.singforhope.org/

There are also many bars and restaurants in New York that leave pianos out for customers to enjoy and play. An example that comes to mind is Milk and Roses in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, which is known for its gypsy jazz jam sessions. The sessions are filled with Django Reinhardt style guitarists and Stephane Grappelli-esque violinists. http://milkandrosesbk.com/

Another is Lucey’s Lounge in South Slope, Brooklyn, a cocktail bar that hosts an open jazz jam session the last Sunday of every month. Additionally, The Living Room in Williamsburg features indie rock bands and singer-songwriters. In their former Lower East Side location, they hosted prolific pianists and songwriters like Norah Jones and Minnie Driver. The venue keeps a charming piano at the front of their stage for bands to use (http://www.livingroomny.com/). Finally, Rue Be in the Lower East Side hosts a fun Tuesday night jazz jam session with a piano tucked in the corner behind the bar.

The piano in these venues attracts other instrumentalists and musicians and invites a whole musical scene into the space. I often see people from the neighborhood arriving after work with their trumpet or guitar to jam with the pianist. It’s as if the person playing piano is the center of that scene, and it only takes some basic knowledge of rhythm and chords to insert yourself into that world.

Of all the life skills one might want to acquire - such as swimming, learning a foreign language or playing a sport - I would say piano should be right at the top of that list! Plus, there are so many opportunities open to you as a pianist in NYC, which can make learning the instrument all the more fun and rewarding. So, best of luck in your lessons, and have fun participating NYC’s wonderful piano scene!

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Roberta M.

Brooklyn, NY

I teach beginning piano at my home studio where I have an upright piano.

About Roberta

Flutist, Roberta M., is equally at home playing classical and new music. I Care If You Listen has extolled her “lush, full tones… even among the best professionals, not many flute players sound so compelling in a lower register.” Praising her “extreme adventurousness,” New York Concert Review said she “riveted with her performance, inspiring one to want a repeated hearing.” Roberta is a founding member of the Cadillac Moon Ensemble, a quartet of unusual instrumentation dedicated to commissioning and performing new works. To date, the group has commissioned over fifty pieces.

Roberta holds a
Bachelor of Music with highest honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master of Music from SUNY-Purchase College, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her teachers include Robert Dick, Tara Helen O’Connor, Alexa Still, and Jean Rosenblum. Roberta resides in Brooklyn, New York where she teaches privately and is on faculty at Great Neck Music Conservatory.

Roberta has performed with groups including Duo RoMi (with pianist Mirna Lekic), the Portland String Quartet, SEM Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Wordless Music Orchestra, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Lunatics at Large, Kagel Nacht, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Cheyenne Symphony, and the Greeley Philharmonic in venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tulley Hall, Merkin Hall, The Kennedy Center, Bargemusic (with tenor Robert White), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a guest artist, she has appeared at Bloomsburg University and the University of Southern Maine. She has recorded on New Dynamic Records, Meta, Bridge, and Innova Records.

Roberta has been a Bang on a Can Summer Institute fellow and a participant in the Institute and Festival of Contemporary Performance at Mannes College, as well as participating in festivals at Banff and Domaine Forget. Roberta recently won the Artists International Special Presentation Award and was presented in her debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Other awards include: Purchase College’s Baroque Concerto Competition, Bay Chamber Summer Music Woodwind Prize, Dante Alighieri Society of Denver Music Scholarship, and the Emily K. Rand Award.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my studio, I believe that my role is to steer students toward a deeper understanding of themselves, their instrument, and their relationship to music. I tailor my teaching to the needs of my individual students, who currently range from age 4 to adult, often adding improvisation and extended techniques to increase my students’ awareness of the potential of the flute as a channel for one’s creativity.

With over a decade of teaching and a doctorate in flute performance, I have extensive experience teaching flute lessons and recorder lessons to students from beginners to advanced. I teach at my studio in Brooklyn or can come to your home in New York City. I have previously taught in Colorado, Westchester, NY, and throughout New York City. I've been on faculty at The Harmony Program and the Denver Public School’s Saturday Music Program, where I taught beginning flute classes to public school children. I have given masterclasses at the University of Southern Maine and the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts High School, and have taught music classes at Purchase College and Hostos Community College.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a studio with music stands, flutes, recorders, an upright piano, and place for parents to wait. Street parking is available, and I'm less than a block from the subway.

Students are expected to bring their instrument, music, and a notebook.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my flute. Students need to have a music stand, music, a notebook, and a working instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I am well-versed in all areas of classical music, especially new music. My primary instrument is flute, but I also enjoy teaching beginner piano, recorder, and music theory.
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Debora R. March 20, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She's great! Very patient and clear on giving instruction.
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Sunny K. February 28, 2016
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
I've taken three lessons with Roberta so far, and it's been awesome! I've played flute in middle and high school, but after taking a break through college I thought it'd be good to pick it back up as a hobby in the city. She's been really great with helping me improve my tone and has a lot of knowledge. I'm excited to build my repertoire with her!
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Hugh August 16, 2015
Flute · In studio
Roberta is by far the best music teacher I’ve had. Before taking up the flute with her a year ago, I had learned to play two other instruments. Roberta is passionate about her art and has an impressive knowledge of music and teaching. She lets you progress at your own pace and is generous with praise. Rescheduling lesson times is never a problem for her and her studio is easy to get to by subway. Thanks to Roberta, learning the flute has been a very rewarding experience for me.
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Roberta M.

Roberta M.

Brooklyn, NY 11237
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Adam C.

New York, NY

I will break down the nuances of learning the piano in a friendly, clear, and articulate manner. We will discuss various concepts of the acoustic guitar in the styles and songs you enjoy most.

About Adam

A graduate of the University of Rochester with a B.A. in Music and Psychology and trained at renowned National Guitar Workshop, Adam is an experienced teacher and performer on the guitar, piano, ukulele, and bass in a variety of styles, including rock, pop, jazz, classical, and folk. Adam loves to share his passion for music with others, and ever since his first student, an autistic child, Adam has sought to make learning music fun, regardless of age, style, and ability.

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach to teaching music is strictly an individualized one, catering to the specific interes
ts and goals of each student. I believe that if learning music is truly enjoyable and fun, students will develop a sincere love for their instrument. In teaching children, my emphasis is on instilling in them a love of music. While progressing in music obviously requires preparation outside of lessons, I consciously avoid asking students to practice. Instead, I incorporate the music and styles that appeal most to the student and use them as vehicles for teaching concepts.

I strive to make learning music fun, regardless of age, style, and ability. I organize an annual recital to showcase my students' talents and hard work.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide all music and instructional materials, and ask that students provide a clean, quiet area to hold our lesson, ideally with a music stand. I also ask that a student provide their own instrument. If providing an instrument is not possible, I ask that the student notify me so I can provide an instrument for them in the interim.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in a wide range of styles on the acoustic and electric guitar, piano, ukulele, and bass.

I explain music theory in a fun, clear, and articulate manner and show its benefits and application in song writing, learning music, and playing by ear. My extensive background in rock, classical, pop, folk, and jazz allows for a truly cater my instruction to my student's tastes.

I make it my mission to structure my lessons on my student's goals and interests and avoid imposing concepts that don't interest my students.
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Augustin T. May 27, 2016
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Since our first lesson I've been progressing nonstop. He's a great teacher for both learning songs and exploring the nuts and bolts of music.
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Tamar M. August 12, 2015
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Adam does a great job of adjusting to the student's level of experience. I'm a beginner with some minimal uke experience, and he adjusted the pace of the lesson accordingly. I especially like his emphasis on contemporary music; he seems to have fun with music which, as someone who endured years of strict classical piano training as a kid, I find very refreshing.
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Peter O. September 10, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Best instructor I ever had. He has some ear. He listens to a song I want to learn and he plays it. I'm jealous. When he shows me how to play it he makes it fun and so easy. If you want to learn how to play, Adam is the one.
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Adam C.

Adam C.

New York, NY 10017
(4)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Matthew K.

New York, NY

About Matthew

I have been playing professionally for over 30 years and have taught for over 10. I am proficient on keyboards, guitar, bass, ukelele, as well as lead and harmony vocals and songwriting. My focus is on developing your musical intuition through ear training, and accessing the music within. I have a home recording studio to help with the learning process. I provide a fun, safe, non-critical environment where you can access your inner musician in the most enjoyable way possible.

Many of my students have gone onto become prolific songwriters and musicians and have recorded albums. Even begin
ners can learn quickly from my method which emphasizes techniques for keeping learning music fun.

My 10th CD was released last year on Sojourn Records and was featured as NPR song of the day. Over the years my music has received much critical acclaim as I have continued to tour the world. I have opened for legends such as David Bowie, Ron Sexsmith, Robyn Hitchcock, Morphine, Bob Mould, Freedy Johnston, among many others. I have produced over a dozen albums by other artists and songwriters, and composed for major motion pictures including last years film, WON’T BACK DOWN starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.

“In a career spanning more than 20 years, he has established himself as one of America's great under-the-radar songwriters. Had he emerged five decades back, he might have been a Tin Pan Alley stalwart, turning out intelligent, accessible songwriting with the clockwork genius of and Gary Goffin. His work is rife with the clever, incisive tunefulness that marked that era.”-- National Public Radio

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect to discover or re-discover their love for music and and their own natural musical inclinations. Many students report an increased sense of joy and possibility in their own lives. Curriculum depends on level of student, but is focused on being able to play favorite songs, develop comfort and ease in playing style, and accessing creativity and originality in approach. After 3 to 6 months working with me, most students can feel comfortable calling themselves a musician!

*** Specialties ***
I teach mainly guitar, keyboards, ukelele, and voice from beginning up to intermediate. I try to incorporate songwriting into the process as i find that it speeds up the process and helps to encourage enthusiasm and a more focused effort and better results. I am fluent in most styles but come from a folk, rock, country, pop background. I also have a home studio and use recording techniques to develop style and vocal ability.
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Karen July 16, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
I am so glad that I decided to take ukulele lessons with Matt! He always makes lessons fun and informative. By the second lesson we were jammin' together! Matt took great care to tailor the lessons to my learning style and beginner level.

I would highly recommend Matt to anyone looking to learn an instrument.
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Mark May 13, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Matt was great. Good knowledge and friendly guy. I've definitely improved fairly dramatically from 5 lessons. I went for a specific technique and Matt helped me accomplish my goal.
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Savananh December 18, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Savannah was very happy with her lessons. She learned new techniques and the proper sized instruments.
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Matthew K.

New York, NY 10014
(6)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Concetta A.

Sunnyside, NY

Learn to play the piano alongside music theory and songwriting!

About Concetta

Private instruction, early childhood education, elementary and high school education
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Kim July 13, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Concetta is a very talented instructor. She is easy to follow and quite patient. I'm so grateful for choosing her are my teacher. You can't do better!
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zoe June 30, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
We just had our first call she seems very knowledgeable and is great working online with my young and very beginner daughter. Looking forward to more lessons!
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Sara June 13, 2016
Viola · In studio
Verified Student
Concetta is clear, helpful, and experienced. I feel that I will learn a lot. Instruction is a good blend between focused and flexible.
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Concetta A.

Concetta A.

Sunnyside, NY 11104
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Brian V.

Brooklyn, NY

I love teaching piano. I have a tried and proven method of making learning the piano fast and fun. Sign up today. There's no better time to get started than now.

About Brian

I have been enthusiastically teaching music lessons since I finished my Bachelor of Music in 2004. I have students of all ages and demographics. I focus on making learning to play an instrument fun.

I teach guitar, piano, electric and upright bass. My performance experience ranges from Bach to Hendrix. And I have the ability to help you reach your musical interests and goals whether just for fun at home or if you dream of being a professional musician on stage, I can get you there.
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Greg July 2, 2016
Bass Guitar · In home
Great teacher! Helped me extensively with my playing
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Lauren June 19, 2016
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great first class!
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Joshua April 30, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Brian was very patient and good with children
It was my son's first lesson and he really enjoyed it
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Brian V.

Brooklyn, NY 11201
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starting at
$40 / 30-min

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