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By Glen F. - NYC Piano Teacher
I have always loved music and playing the piano, and I have achieved lots of success performing music in all styles, culminating with a degree in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music. I was capable of playing practically anything I wanted, but there was something deeper and more meaningful I wanted to go after. I wanted to achieve more physical freedom, more brilliance in my sound, and a conscious approach to music that focused on solving technical and expressive problems directly. I found that with an approach called The Art of Practicing, which is based on the teachings of Madeline Bruser, author of the book with the same title.
While studying with Ms. Bruser, she introduced me to very basic, but far-reaching concepts such as sitting still yet allowing the arms to just be free to move as they please. Instead of being hunched over and tense, I instantly freed my body to create the brilliant sound I wanted. Further on, she introduced me to other techniques such as moving the wrist forward in certain places to evenly and freely distribute energy, and singing techniques to hear my ideas and arrive at whatever phrasing I wanted to get at the piano. The best thing was that it worked! And I can pass these teachings on to all of you when you take piano lessons in New York City, as even beginners are capable of playing the piano in this simple, yet very effective and beautiful way. If you are ready to begin your musical journey, sign up with a local piano instructor today!
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.
All styles and levels, from Twinkle to Toccata and from Beethoven to Blues and beyond.
Reading of music and basic piano technique are emphasized, incorporating aspects of music theory and musicality.
Learning piano is a great way to add music to your life. Whether you are looking for a teacher for your child, or you yourself want to learn, we can set you on the road to a musically fulfilling life.
Studies have shown that learning an instrument improves brain function and other life skills, from the abstract, like dedication and perseverance, to the more straightforward, like pattern recognition, math, and motor skills. I've seen my students of all ages develop these skills in their studies. It's amazing watching it happen, too!
I strive to keep music lessons fun. Music is a wonderful thing, and especially in my young students, I want to keep that innate love of music alive in them. I always want my littlest students to look forward to their lessons, and enjoying exploring the world of music with me. As their fluency grows, we gradually adapt the structure of the lesson, always keeping in mind their attention span.
In our piano lessons, you will not only learn what key to
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Intro to the Piano: Learn about the parts of the piano and how to find the all-important Middle C.
Learn about proper posture, hand placement, and other beginner essentials.
Learn about the treble and bass clefs, and tips for remembering the notes on the piano.
Learn what all those sharps and flats really mean, and how to decode your music.
Follow along to master quarter notes, quarter rests, and half rests.
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