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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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Oliver E.

Brooklyn, NY

My love affair with the piano began when I was a boy, learning classical repertoire on my childhood upright. 25 years later, I still haven't stopped reaching for the sky in terms of technique, comprehension and connection to this, the most important instrument on our planet.

About Oliver

Hi, I'm Oliver Devine E, a professional musician currently residing in north Brooklyn. Check out my personal website here:
odearts.com

I graduated from NYU in 2005 with a degree in theory and composition (after completing 2 years as a jazz performance major). I played in the rock bands Arpline and The Kiss Off and recorded for Universal Records with the super group Pure Love. I currently record and perform under the monikers Aeolian, Negation, Afterworldsmen, Sandglass and Marlowe Dies as well as performing live with the post-punk band Cloak.

I've been teaching both piano and music the
ory lessons since 2006 and have had great success with students, several of which I have forged mentor-student relationships with. With my vast knowledge of esoteric and popular music genres (I'm comfortable with folk, death metal, modern jazz, indie rock, hip-hop... well, you get the point. I'm a music obsessive) I believe becoming a total musician should be a goal for any student but I enjoy the challenge that each individual brings to the table.

*** Lesson Details ***
In the past I've tailored lessons based on the specific needs of my students.
For example: someone who can read music based on childhood experience, but is struggling to regain confidence, could use technical exercises, piece-learning w/ structure and theory insights, as well as genre work outside their comfort zone.
For a total beginner, reading music might be a long haul; so strategies for learning simple tunes and more general theory insights are a must.

Curriculum I commonly use for piano/theory includes, Hannon, easier Bach repertoire, Beethoven/Mozart/Chopin/etc,, The Jazz Piano book, Tonal Harmony, This is Your Brain on Music. Because of my extensive relationship with a wealth of texts, I never just rest on my laurels and will find the right material for you (even if that means printing or e-mailing pages from my own collection)

I'm fairly laid back compared to many teachers, but as a forward thinking, well-rounded musician (music is my life) I will revel in pushing students to max out their potential, no matter what their experience level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
High-end digital stage piano, midi keyboards, guitars, studio set-up

*** Travel Equipment ***
I own a car so I can travel quite far if need be.

*** Specialties ***
Very adept at explaining music theory and the dissemination of practical information into piano lessons. The solo piano repertoire from the 18th through late 20th century is another specialty. The students I've had most success with range from absolute beginners to advanced professionals, but all seem to have a broad range of music interests and curiosity for improvement.
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Rachel M. June 2, 2015
Synthesizer · In home
Verified Student
Oliver has a wealth of knowledge in music. He is also very nice and comfortable to be around with.
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Daniel D. October 1, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I've been taking piano lessons with Oliver for about a year now, and in just one year, my love and ability to play piano has surpassed my expectations. Oliver creates his lesson plan based on the individual's needs, and adjusts his teaching to match the students capacity to learn, making for a fun, relaxed, and comprehensive lesson each time.

Oliver has helped me not only understand theory, which helps with composing music, but also how to read and play sheet music. Like anything, you only get better with practice, but having a great teacher to guide you along the way makes all the difference.

I would recommend Oliver to any individual seeking to enhance his/her ability to play, read and/or write music, whether you are a beginner or an advanced musician.
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Ronald Andrew S. September 5, 2014
Composition · In studio
I started piano lessons with Oliver many years ago. His deep knowledge of music spurred my intellectual curiosity in music, impulsing me to study composition with him. In three years, he has had the patients and knowledge to prepare me to the point of being top of my composition class at The Juilliard School's Evening Division. He is kind and adapts his classes to everyone's need.
If you are serious about playing the piano, then I would highly recommend him.
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Oliver E.

Brooklyn, NY 11211
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Lena L.

New York, NY

In our lessons, beginning students will learn to read music, play their favorite pieces, how to do warm ups and learn basic skills. I use sheet music and introductory books in my classes and assign homework for their daily practice. After 3 months, each student will move to the next level and continue learning more advanced skills. More advanced students will learn how to understand and compose music, put expression into the pieces they play and improve their current skills.

About lena

I have been playing piano since I was a young child and have always had a passion for music. I apprenticed in China under a master piano teacher for 15 years and then immediately started performing in many different venues. 18 years ago, I started teaching piano and have enjoyed sharing my love of music with others. I am very patient with students and am very open to the type of music they would like to play. From pop music to classical, beginning to advanced, I am well versed. If there is a specific piece you want to play, I can fit it to your level. In my lessons, I try to make each ex
perience meaningful and joyful.
I am also available giving personalized lessons online nationwide. Looking forward to meeting you and sharing the joy of music in person and online.

*** Lesson Details ***
In our lessons, beginning students will learn to read music, play their favorite pieces, how to do warm ups and learn basic skills. I use sheet music and introductory books in my classes and assign homework for their daily practice. After 3 months, each student will move to the next level and continue learning more advanced skills. More advanced students will learn how to understand and compose music, put expression into the pieces they play and improve their current skills.
I especially emphasize in basic skills, such as recognizing the notes, reading the notes, understanding the meanings of the dynamics, and expressing oneself through each individual piece. Moreover, the basic performance skills are also occupied very heavily in each lesson, such as scales, triads in single notes and octaves, in slower speed and gradually into faster speed, and of course, different levels of etudes to build a strong base for each student to achieve his/her beautiful performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
living room w/ piano seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
The students should have their own piano or key board.

*** Specialties ***
I patiently teach my students with life examples .
I teach all techniques and skills with simple and easy to perform methods
Certified Steinway Educational Partner
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Pramod P. June 27, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Lena is a great Piano teacher. She is very knowledgeable, patient & punctual. My daughter had a very good experience with her.
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Brandon D. April 13, 2015
Piano · In studio
Lena is a wonderful teacher. I am an adult learner and she has proven to be wonderfully patient, and extremely flexible as sometimes my schedule varies due to work. Learning piano has been very fun for me and I plan to continue my lessons for a long time.
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Stephen R. April 5, 2015
Piano · In studio
I started taking lessons with Lena a few months ago and I am very impressed with the progress we've made so far. Lena has taught me more than I expected to learn in a relatively short period of time. Besides learning songs that I want to play, I am reading sheet music and learning proper techniques. She inspires me to work harder and in return I progress and learn something new each week. I highly recommend Lena to everyone!
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Lena L.

Lena L.

New York, NY 10038
(37)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Nadia B.

New York, NY

A classically-trained musician, Nadia has been teaching piano for many years. A summa cum laude graduate of New York University in Music Performance, she excels at helping students to progress to reading music easily, playing in an expressive way and improving piano technique and understanding of all the elements of music. Nadia also emphasizes whole musicianship in her lessons, incorporating theory and other elements of music into lessons to facilitate a deeper understanding of the music. She is a friendly, encouraging and dedicated teacher who aims to teach each student according to his or her needs and interests.

About Nadia

My approach as a piano and flute teacher is to endow each student with the skills and tools needed to improve his/her playing ability, increase musical expression and cultivate continued musical growth both in lessons and in practice time. With nine years of teaching experience, I understand that each student’s learning style, goals and interests vary, and I work to engage and delight every student.

My training in Music Performance at New York University, from which I graduated Summa Cum Laude, as well as my three-year, 1600-hour training to become a certified teacher of the Alexander T
echnique, which I completed in 2012, influence my teaching. The Alexander Technique is a method for integrating breathing, movement and postural support. It is invaluable for musicians as a tool to increase performance ability and a sense of ease in the body, as well as for injury prevention and pain management.

Prior to NYU, I studied at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS), where I acted as principal flutist of the orchestra and wind ensemble in addition to receiving a scholarship as the flutist of the Liberace Woodwind Quintet.

My musical training started well before university, however. My first instrument was piano, which I studied throughout my childhood and adolescence, with further study at NYU with Jon Holden. I started learning the flute at the age of 10 and studied privately with Laurel Zucker throughout high school, continuing my study with her at CSUS. I then continued my flute study with Gary Schocker, both privately and at NYU.

I continue to improve my knowledge and understanding of music through frequent performances, master classes and study. My goal as a teacher is to teach with the aim of aiding the student’s musical development and provide the student with the skills to continue to learn on his/her own between lessons and beyond.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are organized around a student’s current level, goals and difficulties. I meet students wherever they are in their musical development. During the lesson, I address essential musical elements like tone, technique and musicality and offer new ideas in an environment where rich musical learning can take place.

My training as a certified Alexander Technique teacher allows me to offer physical suggestions for playing the instrument, at any ability level.

I encourage students to choose repertoire and find their own unique musical style, preferences and tastes.

I look forward to joining you on your own musical journey, and seeing how I can help you along the way!

*** Specialties ***
Classical Music, Music Performance, Music Theory, Alexander Technique, Playing-Related Pain and Injury
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Madeline S. July 14, 2015
Flute · Online
Verified Student
Wonderful first lesson with Nadia! My daughter is 13 and extremely happy with the instruction she received. We definitely plan on continuing!
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Susan K. June 1, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I had a wonderful experience with Nadia. She is very knowledgeable and is helping me advance in my piano learning
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Susan K. May 29, 2015
In studio
Verified Student
Loved working with Nadia
She helped me asvance
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Nadia B.

Nadia B.

New York, NY 10003
(4)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Ramona D.

Brooklyn, NY

I'm a classically trained pianist. I have been teaching this subject for 10 years. I have a traditional and non-traditional style when I teach. I focus on technique. I also record the student's piano performances. But most of all, I make learning music FUN!

About Ramona

I'm a professional musician and audio engineer. I'm a classically trained pianist and I offer lessons in piano, guitar, voice, music theory, music recording, music performance and songwriting.

I received my music education from The Brooklyn Music School, Cornell University and the The Institute of Audio Research.

I perform in original & cover bands as a keyboardist and back up singer. I also do work for hire session recordings and have composed music for commercials and short films.

As an audio engineer, I record, mix, edit, arrange, master and program demos, EPs albums, mix-tapes,
karaoke tracks and ringtones. I also produce as well. I co-own a project recording studio in Brooklyn, NY called Radian Studios.

I'm very passionate about what I do and I guarantee a creative, enjoyable and fulfilling experience!

*** Lesson Details ***
For piano and voice, I incorporate basic music theory methods but I also focus on ear training as well. My ultimate goal when teaching is for the student to have a visceral experience while playing or singing.

For audio engineering, I go over audio recording techniques and the tools & equipment needed to produce a professional sounding song.

I enjoy imparting my knowledge of music to others and I demonstrate that enthusiasm in my teaching style. I love relating what I'm teaching a student to his/her learning style. Figuring out how someone learns is a key component to my method and I'm a better instructor because of it.

*** Studio Equipment ***
lives in a brownstone three story home with recording studio f/w 88 keys seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano, a keyboard with 88 keys and sustain pedal.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, music theory and ear training
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Vesta C. June 7, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ramona is truly a musician and a knowledgeable, professional and delightful teacher. I was not able to continue my lessons due to family illness, but would take her again if I could.
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Taahir J. May 21, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Amazing absolutely no complaints.
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Rayana R. April 24, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter loves her. Knowledgeable in her craft and patient.
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Ramona D.

Ramona D.

Brooklyn, NY 11216
(6)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Michael S.

New York, NY

About Michael

Michael has a long and versatile career in music. As a songwriter/composer, he's written for ABC, CNN, Showtime, PBS, and for several films. As a musician, he's played live or recorded with Diddy, MA$E, Richard Gere, Shawn Colvin, and many others. Because of his broad knowledge of American Music, he was asked to co-create the shows, "120 years of Popular Song" and "New York City - A Century of Songs." He was a conductor for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS during its original run, and has appeared or played in several other Broadway and off-Broadway shows.
If you want to learn music that goes beyond la
bels, Michael is your guy!

*** Lesson Details ***
"Lessons begin where the student is." That's my axiomatic principle. What do you know, and what are you able to do? Now, what do you want to know, and what do you want to be able to do? Lessons are a journey from that first point to the second. And I am your guide.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fully equipped music production studio, w/latest software & hardware, 88 key sample grand piano, guitars (acoustic & electric), bass, upright bass, amp, mandolin, harmonicas, ukelele, 5-string banjo

*** Specialties ***
I have extensive experience in a wide variety of styles. These include classical, jazz, several styles of blues, country, various ethnic, rock, and pop styles.
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AdaC April 29, 2010
Patient and Knowledgeable

Michael is great at listening to what I want to learn, and then teaching it to me in a way that I can understand easily. Also, he's very patient when there's a skill / technique that I'm trying to figure out how to master.
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TeresaP2 April 1, 2010
Excellent teacher with very effective teaching style.
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Michael S.

New York, NY 10009
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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