Fun, engaging, personalized, and productive, lessons with me are enjoyable and highly effective. As a professional piano teacher of 16 years and a classically trained pianist, teaching piano is my passion. I want the love of music, the feeling of accomplishment, and the ineffable joy of learning to play piano to be the reason my students want to practice piano and attend lessons.
The rapport between student and teacher is one of the most important factors of your First Class lessons. I consider it a priority that each student feel comfortable with me, feel at-home in my studio, enjoy their lessons, and develop a love and knowledge of music that will last a lifetime.
New concepts and homework/ practice assignments are explained and documented in easy-to-understand ways. Proper technique is stressed regardless of experience level or age. Lessons also include music theory and ear-training in addition to sight-reading.
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I'm a friendly, patient, enthusiastic, experienced teacher, joyfully instructing piano professionally since 1999. Music transcends words, and I have a deep understanding of music/ piano, both personal and experiential which I truly enjoy sharing with my students. I draw from my love of music and my own experience as a pianist, piano student, and piano teacher to motivate and inspire my students.
A classically-trained pianist, I've been taking piano lessons since age 6 and playing "by ear" from early childhood. I continued to study piano throughout elementary school, high school, and colleg
e where I studied piano, music history, music theory, and psychology. I studied and completed fieldwork and internships in music therapy and psychology, and have extensive experience working with students with special needs. In graduate school, I studied piano and music theory under David Holzman, Grammy-nominated pianist and lecturer.
Fun, engaging, personalized, and productive, each lesson is both enjoyable and effective. I want the love of music and the joy it brings to be the reason my students want to practice piano and attend lessons. The rapport between student and teacher is one of the most important factors of your lessons. I consider it a priority that each student feel comfortable with me, feel at-home in my studio, enjoy their lessons, and develop a love and knowledge of music that will last a lifetime. Proper technique is stressed regardless of experience level or age.
I hold an annual Student Piano Recital in May/ June for all my private students and their families.
*It is highly recommended that you have a keyboard or piano.*
NYSSMA preparation offered for all levels.
*** Studio Equipment Piano, Yamaha keyboard; den dedicated to music. Extensive musical library. Wifi.
*** Specialties *** Students with special needs Lessons for young beginners and adult students.
Yvonne C. March 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My 5 and 8 years old sons have been learning piano from Ms.Trina almost a year. I was amazed at Ms. Trina's unending patience. I cannot believe I can find a piano teacher with good patience dealing with my sons. My 5 year old son was always lacking confidence to do every single thing, but through Ms. Trina's encouragement, he has gain confidence and he actually feels proud of himself when he plays something well. My 8 years old son likes to complain every single things, but he was so happy with Ms. Trina and he even told me Ms. Trina is the best teacher. Ms. Trina also customized each lesson according to my sons' needs. She is creative and fun approach to work totally engaged my sons. She is such an amazing and one of a kind teacher- her love for her work is apparent in her commitment to her students.
Ada P. February 9, 2015
My daughter is 6 and just started piano lesson with Ms Trina this Jan, she loves her piano lesson and looking forward to the weekend lesson. Trina is very patient and friendly to kid, and makes it fun and interesting to a young beginner.
Agron Z. February 8, 2015
The best teacher. Very dedicated and very enthusiastic. She knows how to motivate and challenge the student. She makes piano lessons very enjoyable and actually my son always looks forward to his lesson. I would highly recomend her.
classical, jazz, pop, rock, blues- learn what you want! emphasis on musicianship and learning how to work with a group - pianists are in high demand everywhere, and I want my students to be able to accompany other students recitals, or just learn how to jam with friends!
Thomas holds an associates degree in music performance from Nassau community college, and recently finished a bachelors degree in Music Education from Hofstra University. Thomas has also studied privately with many of the finest musicians New York City has to offer; including Martin Wind, Alan Hampton, Mike Frost, and many others. Thomas has extensive performance experience, from Orchestral music (Nassau Symphony Orchestra, Hofstra Symphony) to Jazz Combos and bigbands, as well as hard rock groups, Top 40/Dance, Salsa, Jambands, Reggae, and even Hiphop. Thomas has performed with and alongside
many notable acts and musicians, such as The Wailers, Fishbone, Bobby Rondinelli (Black Sabbath, Rainbow) The Deep, Joe DeMaio (Rihanna, The Mystic) Martin Wind, Ken Talve, and many more! Teaching privately since 2008, Thomas has vast experience not only with a wide variety of students, but also of instruments; specializing in Strings and Percussion. He has helped students achieve excellent NYSSMA scores, as well as prepare for recitals and gigs of their own, and to equal merit has helped dozens of passionate hobbyists discover the delightful inner workings of the music they love. With such a wide variety of experience performing not only different styles of music, but also on several different instruments, he is well equipped to help any student grow to their fullest potential, from young beginners to adult professionals.
*** Lesson Details *** I take a great amount of pride in what I do, and I am very proud of the results I have achieved with every single student. Lessons are planned on an individual basis, in order to facilitate success for every student, based on their own needs, requirements, interests, and goals.
With me, students will learn Etudes, Scales, Pieces, and anything else they wish to know! (including instrument upkeep, music history, ext.)
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, Two drum sets, electric basses, guitar and bass amplifiers, guitars, two double-basses, over a dozen music theory books and music encyclopedias, and a Mac book.
*** Travel Equipment *** students should have their own instrument for piano, guitar, bass lessons. I can provide a bass for double-bass lessons. I can provide an amplifier for all lessons, though I recommend the student have their own. I do own a travel drum set that can be transported to lessons upon request, but all drum students should own their own drum set to practice and perform on.
*** Specialties *** I am experienced with Strings, (orchestral as well as electric guitar and bass), piano, and percussion.
Zade S. June 17, 2015
In home Verified Student
Our son had his first lesson with Thomas last night. Thomas is extremely patient and was able to keep him engaged throughout the entire lesson. That's HUGE because our son is autistic and has trouble focusing. It's only been one lesson but I recommend Thomas! Very fun and professional.
Matteo P. May 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
Very pleased with Thomas and his creative ways to get our son to play the piano again .
Alya T. May 1, 2015
In home Verified Student
Thomas is a very gifted teacher. Our daughter enjoys her lessons with him a lot.
She used to be very concerned about making mistakes and he helped her to overcome that. His teaching style is fun and motivating. It feels like having a weekly chamber concert in our home. He often accompanies her with his guitar or violin which motivates her tremendously.
Born in Cebu City, Philippines in 1990, raised primarily in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and other Southeast Asian countries, and pursuing further education in the United States of America, Hopengrace ("Penny") is a Global Nomad currently situated in the Greater New York City Area.
She started taking music lessons from her mother at the age of four and learned to read music at the same time she started to read storybooks. From the age of ten, Hopengrace took violin lessons, during her parents' rare furloughs, from Mr. Frederico Regner, a World War II veteran returned from the United States. While
in the Philippines for a combined year of junior and senior level high school, she took violin lessons from Mr. Marc Hamlet Mercado and Mr. Rodelio Flores. Hopengrace has also taken coaching from Ms. Princess Christine Ybañez to prepare for competition in the Solo String (Bowed) category of the 14th National Student Convention in which she won 2nd Place.
In 2007, Hopengrace received a Presidential Scholarship from Tennessee Temple University (TTU). There she studied violin under Mrs. Laura Minor (B.Mus. Vanderbilt University, MA Music NYU). She also took piano from Mrs. Carolyn Kemp (BS Mus.Ed. Baptist Bible College, MA Mu. Ed. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) and voice from Dr. William Knowles and Mr. Michael Mays (BS Mus. Perf. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, MA Church Music Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary).
In 2008, as a member of TTU's Weigle Concert Choir, Hopengrace had the privilege to be chosen to sing with a combined choir in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Dr. David Thye, Principal Conductor-in-Residence of MidAmerica Productions. She became a member of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Youth Orchestra (CSOYO) in the fall of that year and continued performing with them for three seasons. She also participated in the special orchestra for the annual Chattanooga Boys' Choir "Singing Christmas Tree" concerts at the Tivoli Theatre. In 2010, world-renowned violinist Midori chose CSOYO as one of two youth orchestras for her annual Orchestra Residencies Program, and Hopengrace had the rare opportunity to perform with one of her inspirations in concert.
Hopengrace became a registered Suzuki Method Violin Teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas on July 2011. She has also trained in Orff-Schulwerk.
During her travels around the world, Hopengrace struggled to keep her art alive. However, she has often been complemented for her distinctive strong, full-bodied tone and adaptability. Her range varies from Baroque to Modern. She plays on a John Cheng 1737 "King Joseph" Guarneri model violin with both wood and carbon fiber bows.
Hopengrace welcomes students and employment while she prepares for entrance in a Master of Music in Performance program. She hopes to start on that new chapter of her life in the fall of 2013. Inspired by the impact of Venezuela's El Sistema program and her own experiences during her travels, Hopengrace hopes to use her talents to enable or build similar programs both while she teaches and in the lands where she was raised.
*** Lesson Details *** TEACHING PHILOSOPHY “Play with heart. Play with living soul.” — Dr. Shinichi Suzuki As a teacher, my goal is to instruct as well as inspire each student to reach for his or her highest potential. I hope to give each student the tools to progress so that one day they can be their own best teacher, and play with a sound and style that is uniquely their own. Most importantly, I hope to instill a desire to learn and a mindset that the art of violin playing is fun and that it is just as we call it--playing. My teaching abilities range from beginning through advanced levels. Students must have a desire to learn and commit to daily (mindful) practice.
I am a Suzuki Violin teacher. This means that I am trained to work with even the youngest of musicians in a nurturing , fun and challenging way. Dr. Suzuki believed that it was important to develop a noble character in all children through the mastery of a musical instrument. He also believed that all children were capable of this mastery if the environment is saturated with music and love. My students enjoy playing the violin because they are given the tools they need to play beautifully and to make progress on their instrument. Each lesson will focus on proper set up and posture, technical work and musical direction/ideas that will inspire them to carry on their work throughout the week. I demonstrate quite a bit in the lessons, as I find it is the most effective way to communicate in music. However, I am only with the student once a week, therefore much of the lesson is geared towards helping the parent and child understand what his/her home tasks are, and how to carry them out successfully. 10 minutes of mindful practice is worth an hour of careless work. “There is no born genius. Education is the way to develop ability.” — Dr. Shinichi Suzuki Parental support and involvement is key to any child’s progress, especially at the beginning stages. Parents of young beginners are encouraged to take a few lessons before starting their child on the instrument. Parents serve as a practice coach/partner during daily home practice sessions and are required to attend and participate in their child’s lessons. Listening to recordings and attending live concerts are strongly recommended to increase musical awareness and enthusiasm in the student.
In spite of my rigorous Suzuki training, my unorthodox learning experience has taught me the value of being flexible and using methods that work best for a specific individual. I am not averse to seeking and applying a new method (eg. traditional, Masterclass, O'Connor, etc.) if the situation calls for it.
What should be expected from a Teacher/Student relationship?
I think a student should expect their teacher to give them honest, thoughtful feedback. Just enough that they can manage the information at that time. The teacher should give detailed instruction on ways the student can improve, without destroying the students sense of self worth or spirit. On the contrary, the teacher must always find a way to see the student as having great potential. This way, no matter how limited the current level of ability may be, there is hope for growth. Even without saying it, the student will feel the teachers' attitude towards him and may become that person (for better or for worse). The student should expect to be challenged, encouraged and inspired by their teacher. The teacher should expect that the student and the parents commit to daily practice, and have a desire to improve. The student must apply his/her teacher's feedback while always searching within himself for ways to develop. Mutual respect is key.
*** Studio Equipment *** living room, baby grand piano, couch, two chairs, residential area, street parking
*** Travel Equipment *** My own violin, music stand, and teaching books. I expect my students to provide their own instruments, music stand, and student books.
*** Specialties *** Suzuki, Orff-Schulwerk, classical, film, fiddle, world music, new age, popular, contemporary classical
Beginner piano lessons for all ages (scales, chords, 2 part music)
My name is Briana and I studied music education at Hofstra University specializing in voice. I have my degree in Music Education K-12 B.A. I'm part of many ensembles there such as the Chorale and Chamber choir. I did my student teaching in Island Trees and Syosset school districts. I am currently the Choral Director at Island Trees Memorial Middle School. I direct two choirs; 5th/6th grade mixed chorus and 7th/8th grade select chorus. I have sung the national anthem for the Nassau Coliseum for many of their events. Being I have been taking professional private voice lessons since age 7, I want
to share what I have learned with my students! I have prepared many children for NYSSMA / various performances and look forward to helping my students grow not only as great singers but musicians! I studied contemporary music techniques (belting) for 10 years and operatic techniques for 8 years. I am currently going for my masters degree in music education and taking a vocal jazz private study at Hofstra University.
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons will help you find out what type of singer you are! My goal is to inspire you to be the most well rounded musician you can be, while having fun with all types of music!
During each lesson we will begin with some basic warm ups that will not only figure out your range as a vocalist, but expand it as well. We will always have a piece of music we are working on which will be worked on at each lesson. As far as the repertoire of music, I am extremely lenient. I am always looking to see what my students are interested in learning and try my very best to accommodate to your sense of style. I can teach you the proper way of belting out an Adele song to singing one of Mozart's operas. Each song that we tackle will be "torn apart" as I like to say it. We will work on the diction using Italian vowels, the rhythms, and the notes. If there is a problem spot we will work on it until you have succeeded and feel good about it! Toward the end of the lessons, most times I will have a short sight reading example to allow you to explore the melody line and give it your own sense of style. This is all to make you become a better all around musician!
I am very big into breathing technique, Italian vowels, expression and intonating! This will all be incorporated into the song we are working on at the time.
To make your practicing at home during the week a lot easier, I often record our warm-ups and you singing your song. I then email it you for that week so that you can remember what we did and see what spots we worked on so you can improve while practicing!
I am so excited to be a part of your musical journey and help you grow! :)
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room w/ electronic piano and seating for parents if they choose to sit in on the lesson.
*** Travel Equipment *** I would expect my students to have a keyboard or piano and a radio so I can play their tracks.
*** Specialties *** I am currently specializing in opera voice. I studied music performance, theory, contemporary music, and recording in studios for the past 10 years.
Deryll B. September 19, 2012 Verified Student
After she presents all of the lesson material to me, Briana covers everything of each very thoroughly and calculatedly, she understands my needs as her student, and teaches me everything I need to learn in order to improve and more. I enjoy taking lessons with her.
Jaclyn R. September 11, 2012
Singing Verified Student
I have been taking lessons from Briana for about 3 months now and i definitely see an improvement in my voice! Another good thing is that she great with communicating when it comes to having to change/make up lesson dates. Two thumbs up!
SAMIRAJ July 10, 2012
EXCELLENT MUSIC TEACHER, VERY IMPRESSED WITH HER TEACHING ABILITIES.
I teach the techniques that you will need to play all types of music.
Jason is a wonderful person who loves teaching and has been doing so since he was a teenager. Jason is a graduate from Manhattan School of Music where he received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Classical Piano Performance. Throughout his studies there he was a student of Nina Svetlanova as a scholarship student. Jason has received many awards, has won piano competitions, and has given numerous performances around the globe. As a teacher he has helped many students to win competitions and be accepted into top music schools in New York.
*** Lesson Details *** I cover all t
he necessary steps to becoming a pianist, from theory to technique. I have all of the books necessary to help you achieve your goal.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a Yamaha Grand Piano.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a keyboard if necessary.
*** Specialties *** My specialties are Classical Music, and Gospel Music.
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