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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.
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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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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 experience 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

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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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Aabeille P. February 6, 2015
Piano · In studio
Lena is a wonderful, patient instructor! I am so grateful to have found her. My 11 year old son is learning a lot. He was hesitant to play the piano at first but as he is getting better, I could tell that he is beginning to enjoy playing and it brings him confidence to be able to play an entire song. It has been a wonderful experience and I will be bringing my other son to Lena! Highly recommend her!
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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 Technique, 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 ...

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Ernest T. February 7, 2013
Flute
Nadia is an Amazing, Talented, Effective and Kind Teacher........

NADIA is an Amazing teacher! I am a professional Musician (Opera Singer), and always dreamed of playing the Flute. With Nadia's skill as a wonderful flutist and her knowledge of Alexander Technique mixed in with her teaching of the Flute, I have very quickly developed a comfortable and proper position while playing. As a beginner in Flute, I must say that she has truly helped me begin to make some great sounds, sight-read easily, develop Good playing-Habits, and enjoy playing and caring for my Flute. It is RARE to find a Great Teacher who is both "effective" and "kind". I Highly recommend Nadia to ALL those who Love Music and the FLUTE!!
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Viva Z.

Brooklyn, NY

I have 13 years of private piano teaching experience. I specialize in foundational training, performance and exam prepping, and getting my students to love playing. My students enjoy playing, love performing and love practicing. My lessons are fun, exciting, and geared towards building foundations, pushing musicality and playing songs students love.

My students have participated in numerous concerts and competitions. Some younger students have gone on to study professional music. I've also taught numerous adults and seniors, who learn piano for pure enjoyment.

Whether you're looking for lessons for serious commitment or for pure enjoyment, these lessons are perfectly tailored towards what you need and want. Come join us in our next student recital!

About Viva

Degree: Piano Performance, Eastman School of Music. As a concert pianist, Viva grew up performing and teaching music. Viva graduated from the Eastman School of Music under world-renowned piano pedagogue Nelita True. Over the years, she has won numerous national piano competitions in the states and Canada and debuted with numerous professional orchestras including Eastman Symphony Orchestra and Parkdale Orchestra. Additionally, she held numerous solo and student recitals recognized by TV stations such WCTV, as well as several newspapers including the Boston Globe, Andover Townsman, and Wilmington Advocate newspapers. In addition to performing, Viva's greatest passion is in teaching. Her beginner students grow an average of 2 years worth of study within the first year. Her former ...

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Michael B. March 3, 2015
Piano · In studio
Enthusiastic, personable, and professional teacher! Really thankful for the opportunities to perform.
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Cole R. March 1, 2015
Piano · In home
Very fun, patient and loving teacher! My daughter loves piano lessons!
Can't recommend highly enough!
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Jay R. January 7, 2015
Piano · In home
My two sons 9 and 7 studied piano with Viva for 2 years. She is so much fun, so patient and so wonderfully good with children. My sons started piano with Viva and love playing and performing since the first lesson. My older son took lessons first, and because he would not get off the piano, my younger son wanted to take up piano too. They play duets now at home and look forward to going to piano lessons and performing for people once in a while. Really made the best choice in selecting Viva!
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Emily H.

Middletown, CT

Piano is a great first instrument for anyone interested in making music, no matter what your age or experience is. In the past 5 years of teaching, I have taught students from all sorts of musical backgrounds, ages 5-50! I have played piano almost my whole life and love sharing it with my students. I instill in them not only an understanding of technique and music theory, but also musicality and a love for many styles of music. For those new to reading music, I will help you with sight reading, scales, and the musical differences between styles. I use the Faber & Faber Piano Adventures curriculum for beginners, and have found it to be very effective in teaching students to read music for the first time. For those less new to reading music or at a more advanced level of piano, I am also able to use teach my students from a music theory perspective, by introducing concepts of tonality and the construction of harmony. I always encourage you to choose pieces that interest you, as well as ...

About Emily

Singing and playing piano have always been a huge part of my life. I love to perform everything from opera and sacred music to music theater and jazz, and have been performing since I was very young. I earned my Bachelor’s of Music in vocal performance from DePaul University School of Music in Chicago. It was there that I fell in love with teaching, when I taught my first student as part of a course in vocal pedagogy. Since then I have built my studio to over 20 voice and piano students here in NY and CT. It has been thrilling to see all the progress they've made! I am currently pursuing a Masters of Music at Brooklyn College, where the schedule still allows me to teach my students. I have had several excellent and truly inspiring teachers myself with different teaching styles, and so

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Marsha G. October 28, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Emily knows her stuff!

I was impressed with how thorough Emily's singing lessons were. She explains how to breathe properly and why it's so important for vocal production. Her training space is comfortable and homey. I hope to take more lessons from her in the future.
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Nubia L. August 26, 2012
Singing
Verified Student
Excellent teacher.

Emily is an excellent teacher. She cares for her students. She's very concerned with her students successful progression. She's constantly working on all elements of the students voice range.
I would highly recommend her as a teacher.
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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 labels, 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, ...

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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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