I am a music-piano teacher from Turkey. I am an experienced teacher. I have been teaching for long years specially from beginnings to adult. I have master degree and I pursue my Phd on Philosophy-music.
In our lessons, beginning students will learn to read music, play their favorite pieces, how to do warm ups and learn basic skills. I use sheet music and introductory books in my classes and assign homework for their daily practice. After 3 months, each student will move to the next level and continue learning more advanced skills. More advanced students will learn how to understand and compose music, put expression into the pieces they play and improve their current skills.
I have been playing piano since I was a young child and have always had a passion for music. I apprenticed in China under a master piano teacher for 15 years and then immediately started performing in many different venues. 18 years ago, I started teaching piano and have enjoyed sharing my love of music with others. I am very patient with students and am very open to the type of music they would like to play. From pop music to classical, beginning to advanced, I am well versed. If there is a specific piece you want to play, I can fit it to your level. In my lessons, I try to make each experience meaningful and joyful. I am also available giving personalized lessons online nationwide. Looking forward to meeting you and sharing the joy of music in person and online.
*** Lesson Details *** In our lessons, beginning students wi
ll learn to read music, play their favorite pieces, how to do warm ups and learn basic skills. I use sheet music and introductory books in my classes and assign homework for their daily practice. After 3 months, each student will move to the next level and continue learning more advanced skills. More advanced students will learn how to understand and compose music, put expression into the pieces they play and improve their current skills. I especially emphasize in basic skills, such as recognizing the notes, reading the notes, understanding the meanings of the dynamics, and expressing oneself through each individual piece. Moreover, the basic performance skills are also occupied very heavily in each lesson, such as scales, triads in single notes and octaves, in slower speed and gradually into faster speed, and of course, different levels of etudes to build a strong base for each student to achieve his/her beautiful performance.
*** Studio Equipment *** living room w/ piano seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** The students should have their own piano or key board.
*** Specialties *** I patiently teach my students with life examples . I teach all techniques and skills with simple and easy to perform methods Certified Steinway Educational Partner
Lena is great. I am an adult trying to learn piano for the first time and I am so happy I found Lena. She is very helpful, clear and supportive with someone who may end up needing a lot of help. I strongly encourage anyone who wants to learn the piano to take her lessons.
September 17, 2019
Very patient instructor, very kind - my daughter loves her!
September 6, 2019
Lena took me from a complete beginner to playing Chopin pieces from start to finish in a few months. Very flexible teaching approach and meets the student where they are in their journey. Would highly recommend.
Hi! Welcome to my TakeLessons page, where I provide information about my background and teaching services.
I am an experienced performing artist and teacher that works in New York and regionally. My piano and voice students include children, working professionals, performing artists, and seniors. I attended Barnard College, Columbia University, and Maggie Flanigan's acting conservatory program. My training at Columbia University and with private instructors focused on classical repertoire and theory, but I also work with students on popular music (i.e.Pop, R&B, Electronica, and Folk). Music theory (i.e. sight reading, chord progressions) and practices from Linklater, Alexander, Williamson movement, and Art of Practicing techniques are incorporated into my music instruction.
30 minute-lessons are available for children aged 5-6 only while 60-minute lessons are available for students above the age of 6. Prospective students may sign up to take a trial lesson with me at first to ...
Hi! I appreciate you taking the time to learn more about how I can help you as a teacher.
What is my background? I am an experienced performing artist and teacher that works in New York and regionally. I have developed a keen ability to assess and shape talent from years of training, teaching, performing, and working with the head of Arts programs to conduct admissions interviews, student evaluations, and performances. I attended Barnard College, Columbia University, and Maggie Flanigan's acting conservatory program. My training at Columbia University and privately with notable musicians focused on classical repertoire and theory, but I also work with students on popular music (i.e. Pop, R&B, Electronica, and Folk).
What material is covered during lessons? Music theory (i.e. sight reading, chord progressions) as well as posture,
artistic expression, interpretation, breathing, and finger and pitch placement techniques are incorporated into my music instruction. Cold reading, audition preparation and technique, Shakespeare, scene analysis, and business strategies are examples of topics that may be covered in acting instruction. Linklater (voice), Alexander, Williamson (movement), and Art of Practicing (piano) methods are also employed.
What are the profiles of my students? My students come from different walks of life: children coming from school who bound excitedly to my lesson door; teenage artists who have the passion and vision but lack the technique; working adults who seek reprieve from the stress of work by singing/ learning an instrument that they've always wanted to play; and seniors who want a fun hobby to keep active. I enjoy teaching them and watching them master the fundamentals while developing their own performance style (or even composing their own music)!
What is my teaching style? Based on feedback, students appreciate that I am a teacher with a warm personality whose supportive, passionate, and fun approach and effective techniques help them attain the following: 1) a firm understanding of the fundamentals of music theory or acting technique; 2) an ability to effectively learn how to perform and practice singing/playing/acting a piece; and 3) a style of performing that minimizes tension, produces beautiful sound or a dynamic character, and/or allows them to fully express themselves. After a few months, students should have sound knowledge of all three.
My students and I connect, in part, because I remember being like them. On stage, I started out dancing and acting; I delved into singing and songwriting and then fell in love with playing the piano. The day that I learned how to merge those passions (i.e. singing while playing the piano) was one of the happiest days of my life! Now, whether I'm performing Shakespeare on stage, playing Chopin and Beethoven, or singing while playing tunes by Whitney Houston, I still get excited. Hopefully, I fuel that excitement in you, too!
What is the lesson structure? Due to the comprehensive nature of my teaching style and structure, students above the age of 6 take lessons for 60 minutes; 30-minute lessons are only available for children aged 5-6. If a student wants to learn how to play while singing, I am happy to help him/her do so!
*** Studio Equipment *** My studio location in Manhattan is conveniently near Midtown, Chelsea, Flat Iron, Murray Hill, Union Square, Tribeca, and the Financial District in particular and is easily accessible via public transportation. It houses an upright piano and seating for parents.
Nikole is phenomenal. Great spirit, incredibly welcoming. I feel a lot more confident in public speaking.
January 24, 2017
Nikole, is very warm and professional. I have never continued with voice lessons, I enjoyed the experience so much that I'm going to kick the bad habit of smoking and sit down and seriously figure my finances out to continue being taught by her. I cannot express enough how much fun I had...no pressure Nikole if you read this...lol
I've been teaching piano since 2005. I'm a licensed music teacher as well as a board-certified music therapist. I play mostly classical music, but I have experience playing other styles as well. I was awarded "2010 Outstanding Classical Performer" as a graduating music education major from William Paterson University. I want piano lessons to be enjoyable for my students. It's important that I expose my students to different styles of music, but I won't FORCE anyone to play anything that they absolutely don't want to. That's not fun for anyone... I incorporate music theory, technique, and musical interpretation into my lessons. I teach all ages and abilities, including children/adults with developmental disabilities and intellectual delays.
I am a licensed music teacher and board-certified music therapist. I began teaching private piano lessons in 2005 during my undergraduate degree. I attended William Paterson University and received a degree in music education. Upon graduating, I received the William Paterson University 2010 Outstanding Classical Performer award. In 2017 I earned an M.A. in music therapy from Montclair State University, where I was awarded the David Ott Scholarship for Outstanding Music Therapy Intern. Learning music therapy has given me deeper insight into my teaching. My favorite part of music is the learning process. I enjoy performing music, but I personally get more out of learning it. Teaching allows me to be involved in the learning process with other people. I can assess a student's abilities and develop plans and materials that address his or her
musical needs. A deep understanding of music and the learning process guides me during my lessons, and I enjoy guiding students through their musical struggles and victories. In addition to classical piano, I also sing, play upright bass, and guitar. Most of my students are piano students, but I also teach guitar and bass.
*** Lesson Details *** Since each person is different, my lessons are tailored to the individual. I don't have set lesson plans that all my students adhere to. The lessons are designed to fulfill each individual student's unique needs. My specialty is in classical music, so my students learn how to read sheet music. I also provide a solid foundation in music theory, piano technique, and interpretation. I'm laid back and easy to get along with, but I do expect my students to practice. I see my role as a musical guide. That means that I can help students who want to learn, but I can't make anyone learn music. The more you put into music, the more you get out of it. When my students take my advice during the lessons and practice at home, they progress quite quickly.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide music books, staff paper, and pencils. I expect students to have an instrument of decent quality to have a lesson on.
*** Specialties *** I'm primarily a classical pianist with experience playing in a variety of settings. I’ve played in rock bands, I've done musicals, and I played upright bass in a folk/jazz band. I have an in depth understanding of music theory and moderate understanding of jazz harmony. I don't adhere to any one specific teaching method. I find that since every individual is unique, individualized teaching approaches are necessary to suit a student's personal needs.
I am one of Chris’s students and he is a fantastic teacher! He teaches piano in a way his students would understand. I enjoy piano class every week and I am able to understand it in my own way!
August 10, 2019
Chris is an excellent instructor, but more than that he really cares for his students and always goes the extra mile! I own a music school in NJ and Chris has worked for me teaching many students over the past several years and I get nothing but compliments on his teaching style. If you are looking for a great piano teacher you have found him with Chris!
August 10, 2019
I highly recommend Chris as a music teacher. He is patient and committed to bringing out the best in each student. His background in education and music therapy makes him stand out as a special teacher who can work well with a diverse set of students.
I've studied classical, jazz and rock piano with the finest teachers in the world, and bring that perspective and experience to each lesson. Learning music should be FUN, which is emphasized particularly with younger students. What do YOU want to be able to do on the piano? I can help get you there!
Hailing from New York City, Steven W. has been involved in the performing arts his entire life, which began as he received his training from a number prestigious arts institutions...Julliard (where he studied piano), New York University (where he studied music education), and the Katie Agresta Vocal Studio (whose other students include Sting, Bon Jovi, Cyndi Lauper, Annie Lenox and many more, including the casts of numerous Broadway shows).
Steven is currently an indie rock solo singer/musician/producer with a number of albums in release (on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and more); recently spent two months as NY's #1 indie artist on Reverbnation's charts, and continues to perform all over the country. Steven also records and tours with other artists, playing huge festivals all over the world.
Having performed on small cabaret stages fo
r just a few people, and in stadiums for 60,000, he believes in not only teaching technique, but also how to tailor a performance for the appropriate situation. It's this combination of technical training, and performance experience, that Steven brings to his classes as a teacher.
*** Lesson Details *** Voice - emphasizing proper breathing techniques, vocal exercise for improving tone and range, while working on songs (both traditional and popular).
Piano - proper technique, music reading, exercises, basic music theory, and material including popular songs.
Guitar - technique, reading (either standard musical notation and/or tabs), understanding chord charts, finger exercises, while working on learning new songs.
*** Travel Equipment *** Acoustic and/or electric guitar(s) Small portable keyboard
He is the best teacher for my 10 years old son.
Steven is a great teacher and very nice person.
My son like him very much.
My son took lesson from few other guitar teachers, but he said Steven is the best teacher ever !
August 1, 2018
Steven was great with my 8 year old daughter. He got her excited about learning guitar, so much so that her 6 year old brother begged us to take lessons as well. He was also very responsive to my questions and made some very helpful suggestions about how to enhance the experience for her. We were so sad that he moved away!
November 13, 2013
A great teacher.
Steven is professional, fun to work with, and gets great results.
Hi! Here's a little about myself. I am a Professional Music show Performer for 25 yrs. I worked as a singer & Entertainer. I've studied Music at Suny, New School. Also studied with Professor Dave Franks of Berkeley College and School Jazz for 9 yrs, all Levels and all ages. You will learn how to read and write, sight read if you're a singer, all basic teachings hand exercise and more.
Was ok so far
Pleasant and easy to work with
August 12, 2018
Michael is a very good teacher who I would recommend to people of all ages. Michael is very knowledgeable in the art of music. He is very patient & willing to teach to his lessons until you have very good understanding of the lessons he teaches.
October 30, 2015
I think Mr Michael does a Wonderful job teaching bothe my children ages 6 n 16
I have studied the piano for fifteen years. I have studied and taught in multiple styles as well. In my lessons, I would teach the basics of playing the piano, reading and understanding sheet music, and the fundamentals of music theory. We can cover classical piano styles along with jazz or rock and roll.
My teaching philosophy is that a teacher is just the guide. They must ensure that the student reaches their destination of their own accord and desires.
Hello! My name is Gillian and I recently graduated from the Crane School of Music with a degree in Music Business and Piano. I have studied piano classically for fifteen years, as well as the cello, banjo, mandolin, guitar, ukulele, and drums. I also study jazz, folk, rock, and play and sing in a band.
I have taught piano, cello, and banjo to students of all ages. I also have studied music theory for fifteen years. Please contact me and we can schedule a lesson!
In my teaching philosophy, I always teach students to understand the music better throughout the historical concepts. To let them enhance their understanding of the connection between music and life. I also stress that to be a good musician or artist, you have to learn how to be a good human being first. Because, people’s personality or character could reflect in their music as always. 1. To train the basic fundamental techniques 2. To learn the different style of the music throughout Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern music. 3. To train the performance mode 4. To learn how to "practice"
Piano Competition Awards:
2019 Grand Prix London International Music Competition, First Place Winner, London
2018 III Future Star International Piano Competition, 3rd Prize Winner, Young Master Division, New York
2018 North International Music Competition, 1st Prize winner, Solo Piano XI, Sweden
2018 Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition, New York Young Artist, 1 st Prize Winner; Senior Piano Duo, 1 st Prize Winner
2015 23th American Open Music Competition, Oakland, CA Young Artist, 1st Place; Bach advanced, 3rd place Beethoven Sonata advanced 1st Place; The HIGHEST PERFORMING ARTS AWARD: OUTSTANDING DIAMOND AWARD
2014 MTNA Piano competition, Young Artist, Honorable Mention, Columbus OH
2013 OhioMTA GRAVES PIANO COMPETITION Senior solo, 1st Place; Adult Duet, 2nd Place
2013 Women i
n Music Columbus Music Audition, 3rd place
2012 National Teacher Association State Competition, senior division, Honorable Mention
2011 CCTV Piano and Violin Competitions in Beijing, China, Semi-finalist
2011 Asian Young Artist Piano Competition, 3rd Prize
2009 Schumann International Piano Competition, Asia Pacific Division, 2nd Prize
2008 The 14th Oberlin International Young Artist Piano Competition, Finalist
2009 Asian Open Piano Competition in Hong Kong, 2nd Prize in the Chinese Work Category
2009 Asian Open Piano Competition in Hong Kong, 3rd Prize in Junior Division
2007 The 6th Asian Youth Music Competition in Singapore, Finalist
2005 TOYAMA Asian Youth Music Competition, 2nd Prize
2005 National Steinway Young Artist Piano Competition, Preliminary in Tianjin, 1st Prize in
JINGCI, native of Tianjin, China, is currently pursuing her Professional Studies Diploma (PDPL) at the Mannes School of Music of the New School under the guidance of Bulgarian-American pianist Pavlina Dokovska. She is the recipient of President’s Scholarship, Supplemental Scholarship for Graduate Student and Schoenberg Pianist Scholarship.
Most recently, Jingci won the first prize winner of The 2018 North International Music Competition in Sweden, and Third prize winner of The III Future Star International Piano Competition in New York.
In summer 2018, Jingci won the first prize of Young Artist and Senior Piano Duo Divisions of 2018 Golden Classical Music Award Competition. Meanwhile, she has been invited to perform the winner’s recital in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as her debut on October and November, 2018. Also, on this coming December, Jingci is participating the Closing Ceremony of “2018 Mannes Sounds Festival” as a featured artist at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall.
Jingci has been appeared multiple times as a soloist at the Mannes Sounds Festival and Mannes Piano Cantabile concert series at the premiere venues in New York City, concerts including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Ernst C. Stiefel Hall at arnold Hall ,Steinway and Sons Hall in NY, German Consulate General NYC, Bohemian National Hall, the Metropolitan Club, etc.
Jingci received Bachelor of Music Degree with cum laude from the Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, May of 2016. The Capital University awarded her with the Global Ambassador award Full Scholarships and twice-winning outstanding keyboard department student. During her years in Ohio, Jingci has performed Mozart Piano Concerto K.466 with Capital University Orchestra under the baton of Grammy Award nominee conductor, William Boggs and the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 with Barry E. Kopetz. She has been featured soloist multiple times at the “Now Festival” for commissioning new music with Orchestra and Symphonic Band. As well as the Lancaster Mostly American Festival.
Jingci is a prize winner of many national and international competitions. She received the First Prize of the Young Artist, Advanced Baroque and Advanced Beethoven Categories in the “23rd American International Music Open Competition” in Oakland, California.
President’s Scholarship for Graduate, Mannes School of Music 2018-2020
Dean’s Scholarship for Graduate, Mannes School of Music 2016-2018
Schoenberg Pianist Scholarship for Graduate, Mannes School of Music 2017-2020
Supplemental Scholarship for Graduate, Mannes School of Music2016-2020
The Perrini Award, Outstanding Sophomore Music Major, Capital U. 2014
The Kenneth R. Keller Award, Outstanding Freshman Music Major, 2013
The Karen Jeanne Foster Keyboard Performance Award, Capital University, 2013
Global Music Ambassador -Full Scholarship, Capital University, 2012-2016
My 4.5 year old daughter had her first piano lesson with Jingci. I had learned how to play piano when I was a kid, so I could tell Jingci knows how to teach the basic foundation very well. She's firm yet patient and got my daughter to follow her instructions even though her attention span isn't that great at her age.
April 13, 2019
Ms. Liu is so kind and patient. Great to know her and study with her.
As a musician, one of the best parts of playing music is adding your own spin to the notes and markings on the page. Here, Seattle teacher Amber A. explains her interpretation of Beethoven’s "Fur Elise", an ever-popular piece for piano students:
Fur Elise, one of the most beloved piano pieces by Beethoven is often a favorite of many piano students. There are a few different performances of this piano music available on the Internet. My favorite performance is the one played by Ivo Pogorelich. …