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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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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 current teaching includes music performance (piano and flute), Italian language and Alexander Technique. I have spent many years honing my skills in all of these subjects and I delight in sharing my knowledge with you and helping you to improve and reach your goals. My teaching style is patient, friendly, helpful and individualized to your needs, interests, goals and learning style.

***PLEASE NOTE: Due to my travel schedule, I can only offer once monthly in-person lessons. Online lessons are available on a weekly basis. In-person lessons once a month are ideal for those with busy sched
ules. Feel free to use the ask-a-question feature to learn more about which lesson type and frequency may be right for you!

Also, my availability throughout the week is always shifting. If you don't see the time/day you're looking for, I can probably accomodate it. Please send me a message and/or sign up for lessons and we can work out a time.

For more information about my experience and teaching in each subject, please click on the subject you are interested in to read more.

I also enjoy writing blog articles for TakeLessons as another way of sharing information. I have written articles in all of the subjects I teach. Here is a list, by category.

PIANO:

http://takelessons.com/blog/test-your-piano-skills - 5 Easy Ways to Test Your Piano Skills

http://takelessons.com/blog/piano-practice-tips-having-fun - 4 Easy Ways to Make Piano Practice Fun and Productive

http://takelessons.com/blog/ABRSM-piano-exam-tips - 4 Valuable Tips for Succeeding at the ABRSM Piano Exam

http://takelessons.com/blog/mastering-leaps-on-piano - Piano Tips: How to Master Large Leaps on
Piano

http://takelessons.com/blog/loud-piano-dynamics-z06 - 3 Tips for Playing Loudly (and Beautifully) at the Piano

http://takelessons.com/blog/new-ways-to-practice-scales-z06 - 4 Ways to Make Practicing Piano Scales FUN! [Infographic]

http://takelessons.com/blog/read-piano-music-faster-z06 - How to Read Piano Music Faster: Intro to the Keys

http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-piano-bad-habits-z06 - 5 Bad Habits Holding You Back as You Learn Piano

http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-read-piano-sheet-music-z06 - How to Read Piano Sheet Music for Piano: A Visual Tour

FLUTE:

http://takelessons.com/blog/learn-to-play-the-flute - Learn to Play the Flute: Your Top Challenges, Resolved!

ITALIAN:

http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-grammar-vocabulary-games-z09 - 10+ Fun Italian Grammar and Vocabulary Games for Kids

http://takelessons.com/blog/useful-italian-phrases-dating-z09 - Useful Italian Phrases and Tips for Dating

http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-grammar-nouns-z09 - Italian Grammar Rules: How to form Singular and Plural Nouns

http://takelessons.com/blog/useful-italian-phrases-family-z09 - La Famiglia: Useful Italian Words and Phrases for Family

http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-grammar-z09 - 10 Most Common Italian Grammar Mistakes

http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-grammar-exercises-z09 - 4 Quick and Easy Italian Grammar Exercises

http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-vocabulary-z09 - Essential Italian Vocabulary Words for Beginners

http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-vocabulary-games-z09 - 4 Fun Italian Vocabulary Games for Kids

http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-grammar-gender-and-number-z09 - Italian Grammar: Introduction to Gender and Number

http://takelessons.com/blog/useful-italian-phrases-for-eating-z09 - Useful Italian Phrases and Etiquette Tips for Going Out to Eat

http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-stereotypes-z09 - 10 Common Italian Stereotypes That Are Actually True

http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-conversation-z09 - How to Survive Your First Italian Conversation

http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-games-z09 - 5 Fun Italian Games for Learning Numbers

http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-words-and-phrases-summer-z09 - Italian Words and Phrases for the Summer [Slideshow]

http://takelessons.com/blog/useful-italian-phrases-shopping-z09 - Useful Italian Phrases and Tips for Shopping in Italy

http://takelessons.com/blog/useful-italian-phrases-business-z09 - Getting Down to Business: Useful Italian Phrases and Etiquette Tips for Doing Business in Italy

ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE:

http://takelessons.com/blog/fitness-tips - 3 Surprising Keys to Exercising Efficiently

http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-fix-your-posture - Why Standing Up Straight Won’t Fix Your Posture

http://takelessons.com/blog/learn-how-to-sing-better-z02 - 3 Exercises to Free Your Singing Voice

http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-sing-without-tension-z02 - How Tension Affects Your Voice (And What to Do About It!)

http://takelessons.com/blog/stage-presence-for-singers-z02 - 3 Often-Overlooked Parts of a Successful Vocal Performance

http://takelessons.com/blog/singing-high-notes-z02 - Singing Tips: 3 Physical Keys for Hitting High Notes
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Lorinda H. December 29, 2016
Flute · Online
Verified Student
Today I had my first flute lesson with Nadia after not having played for over 30 years! It was truly the best experience that I could hope for. Nadia is knowledgeable, patient, kind and very encouraging. I can't wait for my next lesson!
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Allegra P. September 17, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My 6 year old's first music lesson ever, WITHOUT a piano, was a huge hit! Nadia filled the time going through a piano book and walking through the keyboard as well as how to read the notes, and hand placement. Nadia is kind, patient, and engaging. We are thrilled we found her and looking forward to our next lesson!
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Susan M. May 26, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Nadia is terrific. I really like her and find her to be enthusiastic, knowledgeable and encouraging. I highly recommend her.
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Nadia B.

Nadia B.

New York, NY 10003
(15)
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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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Linda December 28, 2016
Harmonica · In studio
Verified Student
Matt has a wonderful ability to to understand my needs as a beginning harmonica student. We had an email exchange prior to the lesson which allowed me to describe my goals and music experience so our first lesson was very focused and productive. Matt is very skilled at structuring the lesson so that it matched my learning style and I was able to make progress very quickly. I came away learning so much about how to play harmonica that I now have the tools to continue on my own. Matt is a wonderful teacher-friendly, up-beat, enthusiastic and a great motivator.
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Robert November 28, 2016
Music Performance · In home
Verified Student
Excellent!
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Linda November 17, 2016
Harmonica · In home
Verified Student
very skilled, upbeat-good grasp of my needs
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Matthew K.

Matthew K.

New York, NY 10014
(11)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Carolyn M.

New York, NY

Experienced teacher of 5 years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate piano student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be playing songs in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of note reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading, technique, and more. Let's get started!

About Carolyn

Born and raised on Long Island, Carolyn began working professionally at 8 years old and has since appeared on stage, in national commercials, recorded voiceovers, and booked principal roles in both film and television. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011 from the Boston Conservatory, where she majored in musical theater with an emphasis in directing. In her spare time, Carolyn has always loved working with people who have a passion for the arts. Whether it’s in a classroom, at a dance studio, or sitting at the piano, Carolyn has worn the many hats of acting coach, voice teacher, dance
instructor, music theory tutor, piano teacher, and college audition coach to name a few. Winning first place in national dance competitions, receiving perfect scores on vocal/piano NYSSMA solos, getting cast as leads in theater productions, and being accepted to some of the most competitive college programs in the nation are just a few of her clients’ many accomplishments.
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Anne Deidre December 21, 2016
Voice Acting · Online
Verified Student
Carolyn exceeded my expectations, she is an amazing coach!
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Mike October 20, 2016
Dance Choreography · Online
I didn't leave Carolyn much time, but she was able to come up with dance choreography video lessons for me and my wife to use for our first dance. It was exactly what I was asking. Great work!
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Carlos O. October 12, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Carolyn is amazing!!! super professional and knowledgeable. She has an amazing talent. Great motivator and the best instructor i could ever had.
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Carolyn M.

Carolyn M.

New York, NY 10018
(18)
starting at
$100 / 60-min
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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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Carolina M. November 4, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Brian has been teaching my 9 year old son to play the piano for nearly 1 year. He is enthusiastic, patient and knowledgeable. Brian methods to teach children are outstanding. He is able to hold my son's attention for the entire length of the class and tailor his lecture to my son learning needs. My son absolutely loves his lessons and looks forward to it every week!
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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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Brian V.

Brian V.

Brooklyn, NY 11201
(30)
starting at
$39 / 30-min
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Gabbi C.

Brooklyn, NY

I've been teaching piano for eight years and specialize in beginner - intermediate students with a focus on technique, theory and reading music. I've taught all ages from as young as 3 years old to 70+. I usually use the Alfred's Basic Piano Library method books as they have a great balance of theory and songs, while being very easy to follow. I also have a wide range of sheet music and songbooks for students to choose pieces from, including Classical, Jazz, Film scores, and classic-modern pop music.

About Gabbi

I am a professional vocalist and composer, with a BFA and BMus in Jazz Performance, and over 10 years of performance and recording experience internationally, including appearances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center with NY's premiere a cappella ensemble Khorikos, and the Knitting Factory with Brooklyn-based indie band RVBY MY DEAR; as well as commercial voiceover work for major brands. I specialize in teaching Jazz, Pop/Contemporary, Broadway and Choral singing, songwriting, theory, ear training and arranging, as well as Beginner – Intermediate Piano.
All ages and levels are welcome - inclu
ding college and high school students preparing for auditions! Whether you’re looking to take your music to the next level professionally, or want to learn just for fun, lessons are tailored to your ability and musical interests. I don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to music, and I encourage and guide my students to find what it is about their voice that makes them unique.
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Emma G. October 5, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I just had my first lesson with Gabbi and she was wonderful! Encouraging, helpful, and understanding of my total lack of experience. Scheduled my next lesson for next week.
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Alexandra October 4, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Gabbi is very patient and professional. Looking forward for the next class.
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Holger September 18, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
First session done... looking forward to the next.
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Gabbi C.

Gabbi C.

Brooklyn, NY 11211
(12)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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