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Pelham, NY
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Learn basic piano technique and music theory.

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I do not provide any equipment. I expect my students to have their own instruments, amplifiers and music.

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I am proficient in all guitar styles including blues, jazz, rock, folk and classical. I have a PhD in music and have been a professional musician for 30 years.
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John R.

John R.

Pelham, NY 10803
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New York, NY

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I have a doctorate in piano performance and have been teaching piano for seventeen years. I currently teach at my home in Washington Heights, in a mid-town Manhattan studio, at a private day school, and at students' homes. Rates listed are for lessons at the mid-town studio; please contact me through the "ask a question" feature for rates at my apartment (less) or yours (more).

About David
For the last fifteen years, I have taught piano lessons to children, college students, amateurs, and Grammy award-winning professionals. I started teaching while working on my masters degree at The Juilliard School. Since then, I have performed throughout the United States and earned a doctoral degree in piano performance, but these days most of what I do is teach. I am classically trained, though I have worked with students on a range of musical styles. I get tremendous satisfaction from helping my students overcome their challenges. Regardless of the age or experience that a student brings, my goal is to help make piano playing personally enriching and musically satisfying.

Here are the qualities I think you should look for in a teacher and the ways in which I think I offer them.

MUSICALITY
A teacher should have an ear for what
makes music colorful and beautiful. I believe that the goal of musicians should be to attune our inner ears to the music behind the notes that sit on a page before us and then let that music flow through us. We all hear different qualities in the notes, but as long as we honestly try to get inside the notes before we touch our instrument, we can all make beautiful music.

TECHNIQUE
Once we have an idea of the way we want the music to sound, we need technique to produce those sounds. Early in my training, I experienced discomfort from the poor way in which I was playing. As a result, I had to retrain myself completely. I was fortunate enough to find three teachers of the Taubman Approach who helped me to understand the connections between playing in a coordinated way and playing beautifully. As a result of having made many mistakes myself and then overcoming them, I have developed the ability to see what is holding back my students and to help them find better ways of approaching the piano.

MATERIALS
The best music for students is the music that motivates them to practice. That said, at certain times, I think some pieces will help a student get to the next level, and others will only tie the student in knots. I have taught a lot of repertoire in a variety of styles. I can give students at any level music that is appropriate for them. I am also always eager to work on music that my students bring me.

To give students skills that directly apply to their playing, I also incorporate theory, ear training, sight reading, and scales into lessons.

INSTRUMENT
Although I have no qualms about teaching students who have electric keyboards, acoustic instruments give better aural feedback to pianists about the health of their technique. At least once a week I make sure my students get to play on an instrument that responds to their efforts with a beautiful sound: either my own 1913 Steinway B, or one of a variety of good grand pianos at the midtown studio where I teach.

PRACTICE METHODS
Students can expect to learn a lot in their lessons, but lessons usually only happen once a week. The quality and quantity of the student’s practice the rest of the week is critical. At each point in the process of learning a piece, there are different practice methods that help a pianist get to the next step. I think I can see where students are in the learning process and can guide their practice so that their time spent at home is optimized.

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE
Many students enjoy playing music for themselves, but when they are asked to play for others, the joy of the experience turns into fear of embarrassment. There is no quick and easy solution to performance anxiety, but having worked through it in hundreds of performances, I can say there are certainly ways to reduce it and even make performing joyful. Understanding that playing for others is an experience of sharing, not “impressing,” and practicing in a way that helps one to see, hear, and feel the music the instant before one plays it are at the core of my method.

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES
I teach children and adult students. I do not force anyone to perform, though I encourage it. I am a member of two associations of independent piano teachers that sponsor recitals and competitions for my young students. My adult students and I usually get together at my apartment twice a year for a piano-food-fest.

FLEXIBILITY
Ultimately, there is no single way to teach all students. Students come to me with different degrees of musical training, physical awareness and dexterity, musical tastes, discipline, and patience. It is my job to figure out what will light each student’s fire and help them to practice through their challenges so that they can enjoy the beautiful and all-consuming experience of making music.

I invite you to try some lessons.
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Hannah H. June 19, 2015
· Piano · In studio
I had a great experience taking piano lessons from David. After several years away from the piano, I wasn't entirely sure where to start. David took me back to the beginning and focused on fundamentals and technique. Not only did this improve my playing, but it also helped me develop awareness of areas that I could work on when I practiced. I found David to be a wonderful teacher who teaches a good balance of technique and artistry, and I would take lessons with him again.
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Saanjali K. April 16, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Lessons with David were my favorite time of the week during college. He worked on both basic techniques and finer details and nuances, which made the lessons very creatively satisfying. As a student, I hold him in the highest regard. If you haven't signed up for a lesson, you're missing out!
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Helen N. April 13, 2015
· Piano · In studio
I always wanted to learn how to play the piano and it wasn't until the age of 29 that I decided that there was no better time than now to start taking lessons. As a beginner, I am so thankful to have David as my teacher. He stressed the importance of technique even though he knows that I just really want to learn how to play so I could show off at a dinner party. Without this, I wouldn't have progressed as quickly as I have. He is incredibly patient, which is what I like most about him as a teacher. Given that I started with David as a true beginner, he had to go over the same things repeatedly, for months on end, and he was never once impatient. He also thinks about his students outside of his lessons and that speaks volumes. I only like certain types of music and am quite stubborn about only playing what I like. He not only understands this but will send me links to songs and brings pieces of music to our lesson because I often have difficulty finding pieces that I like or that are the right fit for my skill level.

If it weren't for David's steadfast positivity, his kindness and his genuine desire to see me grow and learn as a piano player, I would not still be taking lessons from him three plus years later. Luckily for me, that is not the case and I look forward to having many more lessons with him. I highly recommend David as a teacher!
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David S.

David S.

New York, NY 10040
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About Mary Elizabeth M.

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I am excellent at teaching the rudiments of piano!!!

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I am a trained Opera and Broadway singer who now sings blues and jazz professionally. I am also a trained contemporary and classical actress and director. I am a certified Music and Sound Healer. I teach voice in a non judgemental way. I believe all voices are beautiful. I am well versed in theory and ear training as well as diction and phrasing. I teach with love and support. I believe kindness is necessary. I specialize in singers with fear issues or physical problems. I love working with all ages including teens and children as well as all adults. I work well with both male and female voices of all types. My method us called the PATH method (Performing Arts Training Holistically) and I incorporate use I'd meditation, Reiki and sound healing as well as drumming, massage, yoga and other healing techniques. I speak about all in the vi
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Courtney September 10, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
Not only did my voice get better but so did my acting. Interesting technique and it all works!
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Ardis September 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Never thought I could sing!!! Now I can. Thanks Mary. 😁
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Jeff September 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I learned so much!!!
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Mary Elizabeth M.

Mary Elizabeth M.

Brooklyn, NY 11209
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About Chen-Shen F.

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Forest Hills, NY

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Brand New YAMAHA NU1 Hybird Piano Studio in the heart of Forest Hills, Queens, New York City. Play and learn the piano from experienced teachers! Master of Music from Northwestern University with Piano Pedagogy studies and Bachelor of Music from Manhattan School of Music.

Lessons taught in English, Chinese and Japanese.
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About Chen-Shen
Pianist and collaborative artist Chen-Shen Fan regularly performs for audiences throughout North America, Europe and Asia, as soloist and chamber musician. His playing has been heard on WQXR in New York and WFMT in Chicago. He is a top prize winner of numerous competitions, including the International Young Artists Piano Competition in Singapore and the American Association for Development of Gifted and Talented Piano Competition in New York. These major prizes have led him to play his Carnegie Hall debut and a press conference showcase at Steinway Hall in New York City. Most recently, Chen-Shen was selected as one of the five fellows in Luminarts’ 2016 Classical Music Fellowship Competition, winner of the 2016 Evanston and North Shore Music Clubs Scholarship Competition and the first prize of the prestigious Thaviu-Isaak Endowed Piano Sc
holarship Competition. Currently, Chen-Shen is pursuing an Artist Diploma at the City University of New York in New York City.
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Victoria C. January 10, 2017
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Chen-Shen is a very kind and patient teacher. After just a few weeks his students improved so much! Great with kids-- I highly recommend.
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Henry November 19, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Great teacher, very patient with his students and knows what he is talking about! Highly recommended no matter if you are just a beginner or already have some skills to it.
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Phoebe November 17, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Great instruction/experience overall! Amicable, fun and extremely patient. I would highly recommend piano lessons with Chen-Shen :)
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Chen-Shen F.

Chen-Shen F.

Forest Hills, NY 11375
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About Ken F.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Brooklyn-based private music teacher operating in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Over a decade of experience teaching a broad range of styles to students of all ages and backgrounds. Strong focus on the individual student's personal interests and goals. Master's degree in music with years of experience touring globally and recording for both major and indie labels.
Whether you're looking to begin your or your child's piano learning experience, or take your playing to the next level, it's my passion to get students playing the music they want to play, right from the beginning!

About Ken
A recent transplant to the Park Slope area, I'm a composer and multi-instrumentalist originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to receiving my master's degree in composition from Mannes (The New School), I was the lead guitarist in the indie rock band Annuals. As part of this group I signed with two major record labels, appeared on national television programs such as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and performed globally both on tour and at prominent festivals such as Bonnaroo, Coachella, Glastonbury (England), and Roskilde (Denmark).

I have been teaching private music lessons for twelve years, both freelance and as part of various organizations. My approach to teaching is highly dynamic—I don't use the same method with every student and I have no stylistic prejudices or an agenda to push. I approach each student as an individual
, tailoring lesson plans to suit their personal goals and interests. I have experience playing and teaching an extensive range of styles including pop, rock, jazz, country, metal, and classical. One of my main goals is to foster a sense of musical understanding with every student so that they may learn to combine technical, theoretical, and aural skills into a unified whole.

Most students want to learn to play songs they know and love. To that end, I get students playing the music they want to play right from the beginning, often through personally crafted arrangements of songs/pieces of the student's choosing, specifically tailored to their current skill level. This way, technical and theoretical skills are learned through direct experience with actual music, and only very rarely through rote exercise.

For more advanced players, I offer an array of strategies designed to take your playing to the next level. I find that the most common shortcomings of advanced players are conceptual. The technical skills are there but the level of conceptual and theoretical understanding has hit a wall. Many players find themselves playing the same chord shapes, melodic patterns, and harmonic progressions over and over again. I've had much success over the years in getting advanced students out of this rut and helping open up new pathways for exploration in both improvisation and composition.
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Christopher Cross April 8, 2017
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I've been playing off and on for 15 years and am mostly self taught. I knew what I wanted to learn but was having trouble figuring it out on my own. In the first lesson Ken was able to zero in on what I want to learn and the best way to go about it. In three lessons I feel that I understand the guitar so much more than I have in the past 15 years of playing. Not only from a technical standpoint, but also in a "feel" sense. On my own I could learn all the scales, chords, and songs I wanted, but Ken has helped me to make sense of everything and use these skills to become a better player all around.
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Brittany Pare February 8, 2017
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Ken is an incredibly talented musician and teacher and I would recommend him to anyone. He tailors his lessons to meet the individual goals of his students. If I wasn't understanding something, he knew how to explain it in a different way until I understood. He also taught me some techniques for figuring out songs on my own which I really appreciate since I am about move out of NYC. However, if I wasn't leaving I would still be taking lessons with him!
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adam baker March 24, 2016
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Ken is an outstanding musician/composer who I have had the privilege of taking lessons from for years up until I moved to Los Angeles to pursue a music production career. My favorite part about Ken is his perceptiveness in teaching. He can always tell when i am not understanding something, and he will address it before I have to say "I don't get it." Which would keep my confidence level up during the lesson. He is also EXTREMELY versatile in his musical ability. I have come to him with everything from death metal, to impressionist classical, to electronica and he never skips a beat. He is very passionate about music, which transfers to his students easily due to his easy going nature, and natural skill for teaching. It is no exaggeration in my mind to say he is the best musician I have ever known personally. On top of all of this, Ken is an incredible song writer, and composer.... He does it all!
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Ken F.

Ken F.

Brooklyn, NY 11215
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I'm an experienced teacher of 20 years, specializing in jazz and classical piano. Lessons are customized and catered to the goals of each student. I believe a strong foundation in theory and harmony will help to put everything in context regardless of genre. All ages are welcome!

About Dan
I'm a professional pianist and composer with a passion for both performing and teaching. I have an undergraduate degree in music performance from Northwestern University, and a masters degree in jazz performance from NYU. I've released six albums with my band, and my music has been licensed for TV (WB) and film (Universal). My last album was featured on NPR's "Fresh Air," and I tour nationally and internationally while overseeing a teaching studio of about 20 students here in New York.

While my passion is jazz and I work in contemporary music, I've studied classical piano since age 4 and believe that a strong foundation in theory and harmony translates well to all genres while providing much needed context. My students are all ages and range in ability from beginner to professional. I teach out of a cozy studio overlooking Prospec
t Park, and travel to students homes under the right circumstances. Whether your goals are reading music, reading chord charts, playing by ear, improvising, or composing, I always strive to make the lessons fun and stress free.
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Simone Bernard November 15, 2016
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Kind, encouraging attitude and patient; the perfect instructor for anyone with no experience as myself.
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Amanda David August 8, 2016
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Very patient, and knowledgeable. Great instruction on form and theory as well.
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Bridget Carey April 3, 2016
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Great lessons so far! Dan is a good teacher and very patient with a total beginner
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Dan C.

Dan C.

Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Queens Village, NY
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I adjust my teaching style to each student.

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My name is Daniel Civilne and I'm 23 years old and have been playing the piano since around the age of 12. I go to York College CUNY and I am majoring is music and psychology. I also play on and off for the York College big band and choir and play a little at my church. My dream is to open a music school and help underprivileged kids and give kids an outlet to let out unhealthy emotions. I love helping people and would love to become a successful philanthropist/music therapist one day and to help make the world a better place.
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Daniel C.

Daniel C.

Queens Village, NY 11427
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Brooklyn, NY

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My teaching philosophy has always been to nurture creativity in each of my students. To engage the pianist in a fun and meaningful way. To educate and further students capacity as a piano performer and to guide each of my students in the same way that I was mentored with music. Join me on a musical journey that will result in an experience to last a lifetime.

About Camron
I'm so thrilled that you are interested in becoming one of my students! With over 10 years teaching experience, I am a nurturing, patient, dynamic and engaging piano teacher. I go out of my way to nurture my students creativity, to practice piano performance and get those nerves out, to challenge and strengthen piano technique, to build a foundation with music theory and to let the student explore music, freely, that fits their own styles of playing piano. My Bachelors Degree in Music, emphasizing in Piano Performance, from Seattle Pacific University has equipped me with the tools needed to flourish as a piano teacher.

Piano inspires most of my creativity. Keyboard and the interpretation on it, open wide ranges of experimentation that cue technicality, while appeasing the sound that comes from it. Combination of both result in musical
moments that history refuses to keep from us all.

Here are some notable skills that I have gained on my musical journey:

*Diverse background in classical music.
*Classical piano performance recital repertoire at a masters level
*Skill level in playing to improvise on the spot
*Work and able to teach piano lessons to young children and special needs students
*State level piano recital performer while being a member of the Music Teachers National Association
*Extended piano techniques
*Lesson plan development
*Performance assessments
*Musicianship skills
*Technology integration
*Individualized lesson plans
*Musical theory skilled
*Creative teaching skills
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Camron H.

Camron H.

Brooklyn, NY 11233
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$50 / 30-min

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East Orange, NJ
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You get to have fun at the piano. You learn techniques that you can use to accompany and perform. I am chill and so I bring that same chill energy to lessons, not stressing you out, but relaxing you to be able to learn quicker.

About Kellon
I am a gospel pianist, organist, and vocalist. I have over 20 years of experience in performing and teaching. I have a bachelor in music, concentration in theory and cooositiin from Montclair State University. Music is my passion and I want to share that spoon with others. I believe there is a song in all of us, I want to help you so that the world can hear yours.
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Kellon H.

Kellon H.

East Orange, NJ 07018
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Beginner students, all ages are welcome :) Started piano since the age of 5, past all grades at the age of 12. Piano really is one of my favorite things in the world, would love to spend a wonderful musical time with any student who are also interested.

About Ruby
Recently finished my psychology degree in England, currently looking for a part time job while applying for a postgraduate course. I would describe myself as both musical and artsy, enjoy travel around the world, making new friends and also help others. Volunteered in an orphanage home located in China, and also volunteered in Cambodia educating homeless street children.
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Ruby J.

Ruby J.

Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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