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Carolyn M.

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Experienced teacher of 10 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!

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Born and raised in New York, 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. A graduate of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music (BFA Musical Theat

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Carolyn has and is exactly what I was looking for in a voice coach. Like me, her interests in the performing arts are broad. I felt both excited and comfortable with her. She is professional and easy to talk to. I can sense strongly that Carolyn is full of love and compassion. I am so excited for the next lesson! Here's to the new horizon and everything in between! :) Thank you Carolyn for reassuring me that my decision to switch careers was a wise decision indeed. Dance forward.
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could not have been a better start to my lessons!
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My first lesson with Carolyn was very positive. She quickly assessed where I was and started from that point so we didn't waste time. She showed great passion for songwriting and a genuine interest in my development.
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Ivan S.

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I have never met a person who regretted taking piano lessons!

Piano lessons are an excellent way to engage all parts of your brain while having fun.

My lessons include: note reading, technique, music theory, ear training, and musicianship.

Although I can teach a variety of genres, my specialty is in classical music.

About Ivan

Hello! My name is Ivan. I am a classically trained pianist. I have been playing the piano for 17 years and have been teaching for 5 years. I like to give my students the opportunity to not only progress in skill, but also enjoy what they are learning! My lessons focus on 5 things: - note rea

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Ivan is the best, he really worked with my daughter and she enjoys her lessons a lot. She's learned a lot in a short period of time. Ivan is very effective with the online format we chose to use during the pandemic. Couldn't be happier.
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Best piano teacher ever!
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I would like to highly recommend Ivan Shallal as a music teacher for children. Ivan is a gifted piano teacher. He is very well-respected in Rochester Hills and Troy, Michigan. This community is extremely fortunate to have a music teacher of his caliber to teach in this area.

Ivan is passionate about music. His love for the art is evident in his enthusiastic and energetic teaching techniques. He is exceedingly patient with all students, encourages them, and coaxes the very best effort from each one. Although he is one of the best music teachers in the zone, his prices are extremely reasonable. In my opinion, he is worth every penny he charges, and I certainly believe I have received excellent service for my money.

It is my great pleasure to recommend Ivan Shallal as a music teacher. I am tremendously grateful to him for everything he has taught my daughter.
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Emil V.

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Emil V.

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I have been teaching piano for over 40 years, full-time for the past 15. Besides the actual repertoire, technique and theory are always included in my lessons because they are essential. Sight reading and ear training are also included in some lessons.

I stress accuracy in playing and attention to details! I also teach my students HOW to practice. Slow, accurate practice is the answer. Practicing takes patience!

Please note: Home lessons must be at a location that I can get to easily with public transportation. I do not have a car.

About Emil

I started to study the piano at the age of seven with Hrant Minassian in my hometown of Island Park, New York. During high school I continued my studies with Jack Chaikin , a graduate of the Juilliard School. I attended Hofstra University where I received a B.A. in Music in 1979. At Hofstra, my pian

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Excellent 1st lesson. Great musical theory and history along with instruction. Would highly recommend.
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Emil is not only a wonderful piano teacher, but a real mentor who passes on the ability to train one's mind for many of life's challenging endeavors.
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I started taking piano lessons with Emil a few weeks ago, and I am really enjoying my lessons. Emil is an excellent instructor, and I have learned a lot from him already. Emil is also very kind and interesting and enjoyable to work with - I highly recommend Emil to anyone who is looking to take piano lessons (he is a talented musician who is capable of teaching all levels)!
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DeAnna H.

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DeAnna H.

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I have been teaching all levels of piano for many years, from beginners to advanced and professional. I hold a Doctorate in Piano Performance, an Artist Diploma from the Mozarteum Academy in Austria, and a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance. I am especially strong in teaching technique, sightreading, and repertoire. I have also had extensive Suzuki teacher training. My students excel in competitive and non-competitive events including CM.

About DeAnna

Hello! I have been teaching piano since 1982 when I finished my degree in piano performance. I also have a Doctorate in Piano Performance, and have an artist diploma from the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria. However, I think what makes me special is that I combine a friendly approach to te

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Although I stopped my piano lessons a while ago due to some personal issue, I really enjoyed my learning process with DeAnna. She organized her lessons very well and made me progressing every week. She's a really good teacher. Love her!
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Most single productive day I’ve had at the piano.
Martin
DeAnna has excellent credentials as a pianist and music theorist, but more importantly for me she is a patient teacher and good communicator who works hard to ensure that I learn and understand even the most basic skills and techniques. She is also fun to talk to and be with, and her love of music is infectious. She is an excellent teacher for an older student, and I imagine for younger ones too.
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Marjorie K.

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  • Speaks German, French, Italian, English
  • Awarded Winner - International Lucianno Vocal Competition, Finalist - National Opera voice competition, McAllister Awards for Opera Competition, The International Enrico Caruso Vocal Competition and the Classical Productions vocal Competition from Inter-cities Performing Arts, Inc., and private instatutions sponcered the competitions
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Marjorie K.

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sight reading, theory, technique, composition.

About Marjorie

Marjorie has taught beginners to advanced students of all ages in every vocal style including Opera, Classical, Musical Theatre, Pop, Jazz, Folk, Rock, R&B and Gospel at Hunter College, New York University, La Guardia Community College, The Learning Annex as well as her private vocal studio in NYC f

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Marjorie is a great teacher, my daughter is learning and enjoying going to her lessons.
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Beautiful setting, wonderful teacher. My granddaughters truly enjoyed their lesson and are eagerly awaiting their next.
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Peter D.

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  • Awarded Music Teacher of the Year from California Music Studios
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Peter D.

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I studied with various teachers in and out of college for five years, and have over a decade teaching hundreds of students, from the elementary levels to classical piano technique to jazz improvisation to pop piano to ragtime. You will be challenged and at the same time inspired to get the most out of your time with instrument!

About Peter

Whether piano, voice, songwriting/composition, music theory or music production, I bring all that I have learned and developed as a musician to the lesson in the interest of the student’s growth. Whether we work in classical, jazz, or pop, We focus on what will directly fit your individual goa

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Zora
Peter has a great rapport with our daughter and is "meeting" her where she is in her interests. She loves Lord of the Rings--they've started on music from Lord of the Rings!
Wick A.
Great instructor. Friendly, easy to understand, talented and can teach piano, theory, composition, etc.
Susan
My 10 year old son loves playing little riffs on the piano but really didn't want lessons for fear it would be too much like school. Peter has been awesome about tailoring the lessons so that my son can choose the Music he likes and move forward from his place of interest. Peter is a skilled and gifted pianist, and my son is totally inspired to keep playing and put in the work to improve.

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Beginner Piano Songs Anyone Can Learn

Whether you’re interested in leading a jazz band, perfecting the execution of classical works by yourself, or just goofing off with your friends and family members, piano is one of the most versatile and rewarding musical instruments you can learn.

You’ll have to spend a lot of time with scales, exercises, and learning sheet music and music theory. But let’s face it – we all want to learn how to play real songs.

You’re not going to master Liszt’s La Campanella in your first week as a piano player, but there are some impressive songs that you can learn within your first few piano lessons.

Let’s take a look!

What to Look for in Beginner Piano Songs

Beginner piano songs meet these criteria:

  • Few jumps. “Hard” piano songs usually earn their designation because of dexterity requirements; in other words, your fingers and hand have to make big jumps across the keyboard. Easy beginner songs have fewer and smaller jumps to deal with.
  • A reasonable tempo. The faster the song, the harder it is to play – for the most part. Starting with something slow and steady is ideal if you want to learn.
  • Repetitive sections. Repetitive sections make it easy to practice and memorize a song. If there are dozens of sections to learn and many rhythmically distinct patterns, you’ll likely have issues learning it.
  • Easy left and right hand coordination. The piano requires you to coordinate your left and right hands, sometimes forcing them to play entirely different rhythms. This is akin to patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time; it’s difficult for the inexperienced to pull off. Beginner songs have fewer coordination demands.
  • Basic chords and structures. Great beginner songs also introduce you to familiar chords, structures, and patterns that will follow you throughout your piano learning journey.

Beginner Piano Songs to Master

When you’re ready to play through some full-length songs, these are some of the first tunes to try.

Mary Had a Little Lamb (Sarah Josepha Hale)

Why overcomplicate things? Anyone, even with no musical knowledge, can probably sit down at a piano and play Mary Had a Little Lamb after a few minutes of experimentation. It’s not going to impress anybody and it’s not going to push your skills to the next level, but it can prove to you that you can be a piano player.

Give it a try.

Chopsticks (Euphemia Allen/Arthur de Lulli)

The next level up is Chopsticks, a very iconic piano song that anyone can instantly recognize – even if they don’t know the name. Set in 3/4 time, this waltz can be learned in the span of a few minutes, and it sounds more complex than it truly is.

Heart and Soul (Hoagy Carmichael)

You’ve likely seen and heard this song played a hundred times in your life, both from live piano players and on TV shows and movies, but have you tried playing it yourself?

Traditionally, this song is played with two people, with one person focusing on the lower, bouncing part and the other focusing on the higher, clearer melody. If you become skilled enough, you might be able to master playing both parts at the same time – all alone.

This is also a great song to learn early because it teaches you a common chord progression (I-vi-IV-V), which you can use in a number of other songs, including more advanced ones.

Fur Elise (Beethoven)

If you hear someone play this song masterfully, you might believe it took them a year to learn. The song itself sounds complex because of the graceful melody and the interaction between high and low parts. But realistically, it’s not hard to get the hang of it.

This song also has a flexible tempo, allowing you some wiggle room if you make a mistake or lose your place.

Imagine (John Lennon)

Commonly cited as one of the best songs ever written, Imagine continues to permeate pop culture. The song begins with a heavy piano introduction, and the piano music that follows grounds the song.

The chord progression in Imagine is straightforward, only requiring a few different chord structures, and you don’t need to have much dexterity developed – even in the most challenging sections. If you practice it consistently, you should be able to get the hang of it in the span of a day.

Canon in D (Pachelbel)

Recognizable in a variety of different contexts, including weddings, Christmastime, and even pop songs, there are few pieces of music that have been as inescapable as Canon in D.

There are several arrangements you could try here, ranging from ridiculously easy to still-kind-of-easy. Your left hand will be playing the same part over and over throughout the entire piece, while the right hand’s role gets progressively more complex as the piece goes on.

If you’re struggling with coordinating your left and right hands, this song functions as a fantastic exercise.

Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley)

This simple, slow tune is loved by millions of people, and it doesn’t require any fancy finger work. In it, you’ll learn how to play arpeggiated chords and you’ll get familiar with some of the most common chords in standard pop music.

The only obstacle you might face is that the chords change frequently throughout the song, and it might be hard to memorize.

Let It Be (The Beatles)

One of the most famous and moving songs in the Beatles’ repertoire, Let It Be is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Most of the song relies on the same 4 chords, flipping the progression slightly when it moves from verse to chorus. And while the introduction makes the song seem like an intermediate-to-expert-level piece, it should be well within your capabilities even as a newcomer.

Clocks (Coldplay)

In the mood for something newer? Try Clocks by Coldplay. This song features one of the most recognizable piano intros of the 2000s and it sounds challenging – but in reality, it’s very approachable. There are only 3 main chords to learn, and the pattern repeats itself over and over.

Learning the rest of the song is more of a challenge, but it’s still something even an amateur can handle.

Developing Beyond Beginner Piano Songs

Just practicing these beginner piano songs will eventually turn you into a better player. But if you want to take the next step and become an intermediate piano player, you’ll likely need a little help. You’ll need to challenge yourself with more advanced songs and exercises, and more importantly, you’ll need to consider taking online piano lessons.

Through online piano lessons, you’ll work one-on-one with an expert piano instructor. You’ll learn more about how to read and play music and get introduced to a variety of songs that can turn you into a more impressive pianist. It all starts with your first lesson – and for that, we offer a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee!

Average Cost of Online Piano Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute piano lessons is $71. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $34 and $300 per hour.
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