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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!
Students who study piano with me will learn proper technique, sight-reading, music theory, and songs from a variety of genres. I tailor each lesson based on the musical interests of the student and focus the content of the lessons based on the goals of the student. I aim to give the students a solid foundation in technique and other necessary to learning piano in order to help the student progress as much as possible. We will work together to achieve your musical goals.
I have taught from beginners to intermediate piano and enjoy working with children of all ages. I enjoy helping people discover this beautiful instrument, as a focus in itself or to lend itself to other areas of musicianship. We can work on exercises, learning repertoire, reading music, rhythm, jazz chords, classical exercises and also composing on piano. Happy to take on absolute beginners also, I am also very experienced with young children as well as adult students.
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!
In 10 years of teaching the Piano, I've guided students from their first encounter with the instrument through professional performance and college study. I love teaching the Piano because it has such versatility as a solo, accompanying, or ensemble instrument across virtually every style of music.
Studying the Piano with me can be as focused or as broad as needed for each student. I always include history and theory within my lessons. Regardless of whether the student is interested primarily in the music of Bach, Duke Ellington, The Beatles or Prince, having a context for how music is created and fits into the larger story is integral to musical development.
Beginning piano, supplemental piano lessons for violin/viola students, coaching on intermediate/advanced repertoire
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