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Bedford, MA

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About Bethany
I started studying classical piano at the age of 6 and continued through high school before going on to study with Robert Shannon at Oberlin Conservatory, where I majored in music history and theory (as well as English and creative writing - I've always had a lot of interests!). I also sang in choirs from a early age, including my high school's Madrigal Singers, the MMEA Northeast District Chorus, and the Oberlin College Choir, a select group which performs regularly with the Cleveland Orchestra. After graduation, I tried out a variety of musical activities, including singing with a semi-professional a Capella group, None of the Above, and appearing in local community theatre productions. But I finally realized that I'm most comfortable behind a piano, whether playing and conducting for musical theatre, coaching singers, writing music for
youth productions, or teaching the next generation of music lovers how to navigate the keys. And while I perform mostly Broadway-style music now, my classical training continues to serve me well; using good technique not only allows me to play more accurately and expressively, it also protects me from injuries that might otherwise arise from long rehearsals and a busy performance schedule.

I'm excited about where my musical journey has taken me, and I look forward to helping you start or continue yours.

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I'm serious about making sure my students learn basic skills, like reading notes and rhythms and learning to interpret music artistically, that will serve them not only as developing pianists but in any future musical endeavors. To that end, I choose method books (such as the Faber Piano Adventures series) and supporting materials that build a strong foundation of musical knowledge, and I help each student construct a practice schedule that's appropriate to his or her level.

However, although I do maintain a certain amount of structure, I am very patient and relaxed in my approach to each individual student. I recognize that not everyone learns at the same speed or in the same way, so as long as I can tell you're putting in the effort, I will also try my hardest to find what works for you! And I know it's easiest to stay motivated when working on music you love, so I like to supplement the regular lesson materials with music of the student's choice, whether that means offering a selection of level-appropriate classical pieces, helping locate an arrangement of a favorite song, or coming up with our own arrangement if a good one doesn't already exist. And while my own background is strongest in classical and Broadway styles, I'm happy to have students work on music from any genre. One of the best parts of teaching is when I get to learn something new as well.

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Malden studio: Dedicated studio with 88-key weighted keyboard, recording equipment, and large collection of sheet music. Parents can sit in on lessons or wait downstairs. Parking in driveway or on street. We have cats.

Bedford studio: Front room setup for lessons with upright piano and stereo. Laptop available to record lessons. Parents can sit in on lessons. Parking available in driveway and street.

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I would expect the student to provide a piano or suitable keyboard (88 keys, weighted keys or at least somewhat touch-sensitive, with a clear piano sound). For vocal students, it would be helpful for them to have a separate music stand as well.

*** Specialties ***
In terms of vocal music, I am definitely most comfortable with Broadway-style repertoire, but I have experience with some of the classical repertoire as well. As a pianist I have a solid classical background but am also very familiar with Broadway playing styles; I think I've done a little of everything at this point, so I could adapt to any interests my students might have. I am trained in the Taubman piano technique, which focuses on healthy, effective motions, so I try to incorporate some elements of that in my teaching, to the extent
that I think a particular student will benefit from it.

As for methods: for beginning and intermediate piano students I tend to use the Faber Piano Adventures series, supplemented by additional exercise books (Dozen a Day, for example), simple classical pieces (Bastien publishes a book that I like), or other materials depending on the student's interest and level of achievement (pop, Broadway, etc.). For advanced students I would use different exercise books (Hanon, Czerny, etc.) and focus more on repertoire than method, continuing to teach theory and technique as it comes up.

For vocal students I have mostly stuck to whatever materials/repertoire the student was most interested in, plus vocal exercises to support any problems or challenges they might be working on (e.g., range, vowel formation, learning a healthy mix/belt technique).
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Karey September 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
She is Wonderful teacher, very patient and professional, my two daughters enjoying the piano classes with her!
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Karey August 29, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Bethany is a very nice, professional teacher, she teaches my two kids very patiently, she also works great with my schedules, she's the best teacher I had!
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CORRINA M. January 4, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Such a great experience. My 11 year old daughter loves taking lessons with her.
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Bethany A.

Bethany A.

Bedford, MA 01730
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About Itai G.

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As a person with years of experience working with children, I am patient and enthusiastic, and my main goal when teaching beginners is to inspire a continued interest in playing the piano. It is important for me to make the lessons fun, and therefore I am attentive to my students' needs, strengths, goals, and concerns. I incorporate ear-training into my lessons, emphasize the understanding of rhythm, and teach students to have a productive practicing ethic. I consider myself an encouraging person with a positive outlook, and feel that a child's self-confidence is an integral part of their learning.

For beginner students, I like to use method books and guide them through every step of the complicated process of learning how to read music. After several months, a beginner student will have learned how to count rhythm in a piece of music, identify notes in notation, play some basic scaled correctly, and would be working on a simple song or Classical piece.

For advanced students, I

About Itai
I graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BA in Studio Composition in 2007, and from Hebrew College with a Masters' Degree in Jewish Education in June, 2016. I have been working in after-school, Hebrew school, camp, and other supplementary educational settings for the past ten years. Most of my students are learning piano, and I also have a few Hebrew students. My Hebrew students are either studying for their bnei mitzvah, maintaining their conversational Hebrew, or learning for the purpose of competence of services or Torah study. My piano students have ranged from age 4 to young children learning Classical pieces to teens learning to play the songs they like to adults working on their songwriting and improvisation. My strengths are improvisation, music theory and ear training, accompaniment of popular songs - rock, theater, pop, folk, etc.


Please feel free to get in touch and ask questions!

The review posted on my profile was from when I used my English name, Ricky.
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lorraine March 21, 2017
· Piano · In home
My first lesson was everything I hoped for from start to finish. I haven't played piano for many years & wanted to begin by using a keyboard as a learning tool--to recapture dexterity and reading ability. I emerged with a better grasp of basics & even a little music theory--exactly as I had requested. Itai is a wonderfully patient teacher & I am looking forward to next week.
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Vesna S. January 7, 2013
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Ricky is an amazingly creative and inspiring teacher.

Ricky has been teaching my daughter for last 5 years. My daughter is now 15 years old. She already played piano for a couple of years before Ricky started working with her and at that time was getting disinterested. We were looking for someone who would bring that interest and spark back into her playing piano. I was looking for a special teacher who can teach basics of improvisation and accompaniment to a young child. After talking with several potential teachers, we decided to work with Ricky.

Ricky has proven to be an amazing teacher for my daughter. He is patient, creative and able to adjust to the child’s needs. I was amazed when couple of months after my daughter started working with him; she was already improvising and playing really cool pieces of music. That kind of teaching has inspired my daughter to continue playing piano for the last 5 years. She has accompanied two of her friends singing at her school talent shows and graduation ceremony with encouragement and inspiration Ricky has provided her all along.

Ricky frequently encourages my daughter to pick her own songs she would like to work on. Ricky has a strong knowledge of music theory and has incorporated that in his lessons. I love that my daughter is learning music theory, improvisation, accompaniment and reading music all with the same teacher. It is not easy to find a teacher who is so creative to include all of these in his teaching method. I would highly recommend Ricky as a piano teacher for any age.
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Itai G.

Itai G.

Auburndale, MA 02466
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About Jeanne W.

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Billerica, MA
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All students are required to learn the basics in piano, such as,
the lines, spaces in both clefs, time signatures, note values.
Once the students have mastered the above, they can go on to learn
major and minor scales along with music pieces.
Students play songs that are in the John Thompson book and also
plays some supplementary songs.

About Jeanne
I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a B.M. (Bachelor of Music in Applied Piano(Performance Degree). I also attended Eastern Nazarene College, where I received a Massachusetts state certificate to teach.
I've taught classroom music in public schools in Templeton, Boston and Somerville, Massachusetts, as well as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I also have experience teaching private piano in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
I have taught private piano to a student in Athol, Massachusetts who continued on to Berklee College of Music, where he graduated.
I am a singer/songwriter/keyboardist who has 2 albums out, appeared on Comedy Central, MTV, on ABC National Television, and "The Jimmy Kimmel Live Show." I was on National Public Radio(NPR), on the BBC in London, England and my song "In Canada", which is covered by another mu
sic group "The Suspects" is featured in a film, "Montana Amazon" starring Haley Joel Osmond, Alison Brie and Olympia Dukakis.

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I generally use the Schirmer and Thompson books for piano lessons. I don't consider myself strict but I do expect students to practice at least an hour a day.
3-6 months I do expect them to be able to start playing the piano and to know their notes and their locations.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio is in a music room in the home with an upright piano w seating available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can go out and buy the books

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, experimental, rock and semi classical
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Eric P. April 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Jeanne was an amazing instructor! I really liked her personality and patienc. Jeanne really knows how to make the lessons fun and I would definitely recommend other students take lessons with her!
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Joyce February 5, 2016
· Piano · In home
Great experience Enjoy the teacher and lesson very much!
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Nathan P. July 15, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Nathan very happy with the teacher. Curious mind is waiting for next class.
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Jeanne W.

Jeanne W.

Billerica, MA 01821
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About Martin C.

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Wayland, MA
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Consultation with the student create the path we are to follow, using Berklee methodologies as a base subset for learning.

About Martin
Composer and performing musician Martin designs experiences for concert, dance, film and other multi-media, both live and in the studio.
In media content, Martin’s client list includes the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, The Mt Auburn Society, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, MIT, Urbanity Dance, the Mark Morris Dance Group, Boston Ballet, Harvard University, Commonwealth Ballet and the Paul Taylor Dance Company.
Multi-media/film productions have partnered him with Patriot Entertainment, Bija Bennett Productions, McGraw-Hill and PSI, and production work has created numerous albums, films and on-line representation with collaborative artists such as Joseph Brogan, Jon Butcher, Richard Poole, Eve Megargel and Dwight Graves.
The nature of this work has taken Martin to the Middle East, West Africa, South America, Europe, a
nd Asia. In Boston, Martin graduated from Berklee College of Music.
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Martin C.

Martin C.

Wayland, MA 01778
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$75 / 30-min

About Christine H.

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Cambridge, MA
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I earned her Bachelor of Music in Clarinet and Piano Performance from the National Taichung University of Education in Taiwan in 2014. Already have 5 years teaching experiences of piano, and had worked in three music schools in Boston. Now, I have own music studio.

About Christine
Hello,

I am a musician in Boston. Already have 5 years experiences of teaching piano and clarinet.

Since moved to Boston in 2016, I had been teaching piano and clarinet at three music schools. Now I have own studio in Cambridge, and I travel to my students' house as well. I love sharing music with my students, and the age of my students (from beginners to advanced) are between 4 and 20.

Feel free to contact me if you are interested in taking lessons with me. :)
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Christine H.

Christine H.

Cambridge, MA 02140
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About Claire G.

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Allston, MA
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Piano was my very first instrument growing up! It has certainly built a great foundation for me as a musician, and I know it will do the same for you. I am a current piano instructor at a local music school, and I also compose music on the piano.

About Claire
Violinist, Guitarist, Songwriter, Producer and Audio Engineer
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Laura January 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Claire is so talented and personable. She has an amazing musical background and truly a gifted teacher!!
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Stella P. December 5, 2016
· Guitar · In home
On first lesson with our daughter, Claire quickly created rapport and engaged her easily. Off to a great start, thanks!
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Claire G.

Claire G.

Allston, MA 02134
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About Nipun M.

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Cambridge, MA

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My teaching method focuses mainly on development of technique, interpretation and sound. I encourage my students to develop the ability to think and come up with their own musical ideas since I believe that spoon feeding everything hinders the growth of artistic sense. For more advanced students, I generally look at the music from their perspective and help them bring the most out of what they want their playing to represent.

About Nipun
I'm a student from India currently pursuing a Master's degree in Piano Performance at Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Although I've spent most of my time up until now studying music, I have also had the opportunity to teach students of different ages. If there's one thing that I've learnt from my experiences so far, it is that there's no definite maximum age to start learning piano at. The only requirements for one to be able to learn to play any instrument are patience and the will to learn and work hard.
I focus mainly on helping students develop a healthy, efficient technique and good interpretative skills.
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Janet M. September 4, 2017
· Piano · In home
Nipun has very thoughtful suggestions for technique and phrasing. He's a careful listener, an excellent communicator, and clearly an outstanding teacher.
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Alex April 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
Nipun had a great grasp of technique and was a thoughtful and committed teacher. I learned a great deal from him and would definitely take lessons from him again when I have the time.
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Nipun M.

Nipun M.

Cambridge, MA 02138
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About Elias M.

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I tailor my teaching approach to my individual students' needs, and help my students pursue the piano at the speed and level of intensity they desire. I am as happy to help beginners take casual lessons as I am to help more advanced students prepare for recitals and auditions. I believe that a varied dose of repertoire with a sprinkling of scales and exercises is essential to any pianist's success. Most importantly, I help my students develop musicality alongside their technical skills.

About Elias
Hello! My name is Elias, and I'm a classical cellist, pianist, and an aspiring symphony orchestra and opera conductor. I recently graduated from Harvard University where I studied music. Before transferring to Harvard, I attended the New England Conservatory of Music where I was a cello performance major and Tufts University where I studied history. As a cellist I have attended various music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and I have performed in concerts and master classes across the country. As a pianist, I have served as a rehearsal pianist and vocal coach for numerous operatic productions, and I frequently accompany both singers and instrumentalists. I am looking for piano and cello students of any age and level!
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Elias M.

Elias M.

Cambridge, MA 02138
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$30 / 30-min

About Mark M.

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Worcester, MA

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My youth and adult piano students study using a thorough method that utilizes technical exercises, music theory study, and appropriate repertoire.

About Mark
I am an active performer eager to teach organ, piano, voice, and general musicianship skills to youth and adults. Private lessons are given at Trinity Lutheran Church in Worcester. My students have gone on to undergraduate and graduate performance schools and hold full-time positions in churches, schools, and other performing organizations around the country. I believe music is not only an aesthetic pursuit, but also a primary way to develop one's sense of self-esteem, community, trust, openness, and character. Building skill as a musician exercises the brain, builds logic, and fosters discipline.

Members of Trinity Lutheran Church, Worcester get a discount of 50% off all lesson rates posted here on TakeLessons. Message me to recieve instructions on how to take advantage of these great rates.
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Jennifer February 25, 2017
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Some teachers teach you how to read black dots on a page. Others help you to make music beyond the printed page. Having studied with Mark for a number of years, I can attest to Mark's ability not only as a fabulous musician himself, but as a teacher who helps others go "off the page" to discover the heart of musical expression. He is a gift!
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Ethan P. February 25, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Mark is a very gifted teacher, patient and eager to share his vast knowledge in a natural way that students respond well to. Takes time to explain subject material and reasons for teaching methods. He goes the extra mile and his passion for music is contagious and evident. He is an excellent teacher and we are lucky to have him.
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Adam February 21, 2017
· Organ · In studio
Mark is an excellent educator whose instruction was always appropriate for my level, yet pushed me to greater heights. He provided me with the tools I needed to continue to develop as a musician and to build up my skills quickly. A loving, caring person, Mark cares about the whole student and I count the time spent with him as some of the best investment I've made in myself.
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Mark M.

Worcester, MA 01609
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About Paola D.

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I’m an Italian pianist with 15 years of teaching experience and I moved to the US last year because I followed my husband after his decision to accept a position at Boston University as Professor of Piano.
Before coming here I was running a Piano Academy that I founded in 2008, the Accademia Musicale Varesina: it was a great experience, and my students obtained in a few years hundreds of prizes. In these years I have gained extensive experience with children and young pianists.
Now that I’m here I would love to start teaching again; I miss sharing with young students my great passion for Music and Piano!
I will teach you how to memorize pieces and be ready for public performances in a very short time. Thanks to the Italian music education system children will be able to learn basic piano technique in no time as well as fundamental notions of solfeggio and harmony.
Professional piano lessons only!

About Paola
Born in Italy in 1979, pianist Paola Del Negro made her debut at the Teatro Juvarra in Turin at the age of nine years taking part to the performance of the complete Piano Sonatas by Beethoven, a few months after she joined the pianistic school of Maria Golia, with whom she has studied for more than a decade. In 2001 she graduated from the Conservatory "N. Rota" (Italy) with a master in Piano performance. Later she attended several masterclasses organized in collaboration with the Ecole Normale de Musique "A. Cortot" in Paris, studying with pianists of the caliber of Nelson Delle Vigne-Fabbri, Boaz Sharon, Einar Steen-Nokleberg and Ian Hobson. 
She received the First Prize in over twenty national and international piano competitions, such as the Mozart Prize of Paularo (UD), the Prize ACADA - ENDAS of Genoa, the Prize "City of Alassio," N
ational Competition "City Albenga ", the Dasinamov Competition in Lurisia (CN), the European Music Competition in Moncalieri, the International Competition "City of Casarza Ligure ", then National Competition" City of Villar Perosa ", the International Competition" Teleribalta " in Borgosesia, the International Competition "Camillo Togni" Gussago (BS), the International Piano Competition "Gran Paradiso" Locana (TO), the National Music Competition "Euterpe" in Corato (BA)... 
She has recorded music by M. Ravel in the CD "Musical Encounters at the Castle", recorded and produced by Faber Teater at the Castle of San Sebastian (TO), in collaboration with the Province of Turin and the Piedmont Region.  
Very active in the chamber music field, he has collaborated with clarinetist Paolo Montagna and Emanuele Morazzoni, the pianist Alberto Miodini, and she was invited to participate, together with Roberto Plano, in a series of concerts for 4 hands held on the Haapag-Lloyd cruiseship MV Europe as part of an Asia tour. 
Since 2011 she is Vice President of the Musical Association "Alfred Cortot", founded with the aim of spreading the classical music in all its aspects, with special reference to the education of young people, and she has been the Artistic Director of the Accademia Musicale Varesina, the concert series "The Schubertiades of the Lake" and "Note di Lago" and the Caraglio International Piano Competition for about ten years, until she moved in United States in 2016. 
Her students are regularly awarded top prizes (more than 100 prizes) in National and International Music Competitions in Italy and abroad.
In recent years she also worked as author of music projects for the magazine Modern Italian School, the oldest school Italian magazine dedicated to the primary school. In 2012 and 2013 she toured with the show for children "Chou-Chou", written by herself as a tribute to the composer Claude Debussy and the fantastic world of children. 
She performed in Belgium (Chateau de Cheneau), in France (Salle Cortot, Auditorium Paul Langevin), in Italy - “Musica in Castello” Festival (PC), Salone Estense, Villa Pirelli, Villa Motta (VA), Turin Conservatory, S. Sebastiano da Po Castle (TO), Fazioli Showroom, Teatro delle Erbe (MI), Caraglio Teatro Civico, Filatoio Rosso (CN), Casa della Musica (PR) - and she had her debut in the United States (Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York). Recently she performed for Senator Thad Cochran in a private event, in Chautauqua (Marshall Studios) and with the Austin Symphony Orchestra in Austin (MN).
Her upcoming performances include her debut in Madison (WI) for the "Salon Piano Series", her return in Savannah (GA) with a recital for the Armstrong Atlantic State University and her debut in Canada for MitBravour Concerts Series. 
Paola has also worked as artistic director and music critic for several recording companies, including Decca (Liszt, “Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses”, Decca Classics 481-2479 – Artistic Director) and Brilliant (Smetana, Brilliant Classics 94788 – liner notes author).
She is the Director and Founder of PDN Piano Studio, Piano Academy and Press Agency.
Paola lives in Boston, MA, with her husband, pianist Roberto Plano, and their three daughters Elisa, Anna and Sofia.
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Rachel July 22, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Unbeatable experience, Paola has knowledge and piano skills very difficult to find in the area. She is very professional, sweet and funny at the same time, and my kids love her italian accent!
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Sonia July 22, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Paola encouraged and inspired my daughter's love for music. She teaches in a fun engaging way that also challenged her creativity. GREAT TEACHER!!
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· Classical Piano · In studio
Paola is a skilled pianist with a great personality! She's patient, kind and creative. Wonderful teacher!
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Paola D.

Holliston, MA 01746
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