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About Nikole W.

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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 ...

About Nikole
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!

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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.

*** Specialties ***
Acting: Meisner Acting; Theater Acting; Shakespearean Acting
Music: Classical Piano; Contemporary R&B & Pop Piano; Singing; Theory; Playing Whie Singing; Songwriting

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Thirty minute rates are for younger students only. Adult students are required to book 60 minute lessons.
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Ebony November 2, 2017
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Nikole is phenomenal. Great spirit, incredibly welcoming. I feel a lot more confident in public speaking.
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Ashley A. January 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
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
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Marilyn T. October 10, 2016
· Acting · In studio
Easy to work with and understood what I needed to work on almost immediately.
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Nikole W.

Nikole W.

New York, NY 10001
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About Elisabetta F.

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About Elisabetta
Originally from Rome, Italy, Elisabetta immersed herself in musical and classical studies since an early age. Traveling with her family, she had the opportunity to experience the most prestigious music productions in Europe and the United States. The choice to be an active part of the music world as a professional was inevitable and only natural.
She attained a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance and Music Teaching, from the Conservatory of Music Refice, Italy.
She developed a long career teaching music, providing music education instruction, encompassing practice of an instrument, history of music, and music theory. She taught classes with approximately twenty-five students, maintaining a sharp, consistent focus on correlating music to academics.
Through instrument instruction (piano, recorder, and key board) she was successful i
n developing skills in students such as discipline and concentration. The experience of practicing and producing beautiful music enhanced the self esteem of even the most difficult pupils, improving their achievements also in mathematics, science, language arts and other academic subjects.
While teaching, Elisabetta never stopped performing for various Cultural Associations in Solo Concerts and Chamber Music.
In New York for family and business reasons since 1999, Elisabetta continued her successful teaching career throughout these years, giving lessons to children and adults alike. Some of her students came from the Martha Graham School of Modern Dance, The Neighborhood Playhouse and Opera Singers.

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My lessons are pleasant, interesting and stimulating. I have the gift to make things easier. Step by step you go a long way, and become eager to go further. You will look at challenges as just bigger rewards.
I was taught by very accomplished, intimidating Artists and Maestros… extremely demanding people. If you ever feel discouraged or a little doubtful about your abilities… believe me, I KNOW where you are coming from!
We’ll walk together towards a priceless treasure that will be with you for life. In a few months, hearing something beautiful in the air, you will be able to say “I can play that!”

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piano in a separate room seating for parents

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Piano

*** Specialties ***
Classical
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Ruth September 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Elizabeta is very pleasant and patient, she puts me at ease. It is a pleasure to be in her company. I'm enjoying my lessons and I am motivated to practice at home.
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Aegina B. June 27, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter adores Elisabetta, and with good reason. Elisabetta is an expert in the fine art of balancing warmth and gentleness with rigorous instruction and an insistence on the importance of technique.

My daughter has been playing piano for several years, and she wants to be treated as a mature tween, not a small child who must be praised for simply getting through a piece. On the other hand, she can also be hypersensitive and react badly to criticism; she will think someone is angry with her on the slightest provocation. In other words, she is a very tough customer! But somehow, miraculously, Elisabetta gets it perfectly right, and my daughter feels respected and encouraged.

I am extremely grateful to have found such a gracious and skilled instructor, and I'm very pleased with the progress my daughter is making.
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James Zhang October 27, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My son has been practicing piano with Elisabetta for more than a year and the progress he has made during this period really made me happy and proud. My son not only learned the skills of piano but also gained the passion for music from Elisabetta, who demonstrated great professionalism in piano , as well as the zeal for music and the love for kids. She has a very organized approach to get kids interested in music, while not getting bored with basic skills. I start to realize (only after a year of my son's piano practice) how important it is to have a musician specialized in piano as a teacher for my son's continuous development of his piano skills. I am very glad that I have made a wise decision at the early stage. My son always looks towards to the piano lessons at Elisabetta's house and he can get very sad when we have to miss the lessons from time to time. It is still very surreal for me to watch a super active 7 year old boy sitting in front of the piano for hours or listen to the cds quietly for a long time recommended by Elisabetta. Both my son and I are very thankful to the great teacher.
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Flushing, NY 11367
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About Yurina S.

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15 years of teaching for children as well as adults.
I'm using Piano adventure series for beginners but I could provide a different teaching method depending on your goals.

Classically trained but also specialized with jazz, pop and theory. Welcome to those who wants to play songs casually.

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All levels and ages are welcome
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Yurina S.

Yurina S.

Astoria, NY 11102
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About Michael R.

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Bronx, NY

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Piano/ Vocal Teaching

About Michael
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.
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Carolyn J. October 30, 2015
· Piano · In home
I think Mr Michael does a Wonderful job teaching bothe my children ages 6 n 16
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Michael R.

Bronx, NY 10466
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About Jane L.

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As a music teacher for over 10 years, I want to help you to reach your musical goals. Weather it is to read music, play by ear or learn about chord structure. I want my students to truly enjoy playing piano. I believe the learning process is just as important as the final product.

About Jane
My goal of teaching is to help students discover their talent and love for music in a natural way. I began jamming music with my parents when I was 3 years old. I remember the feeling of joy and excitement when making music with them. Now as a teacher, I try to bring this enjoyment based approach to classes and teach my students to not think they are working and instead, enjoy the practice of making music. I believe that when a student is inspired and enjoys the learning process, they naturally strive to get better.

As I began playing piano at a very young age, I've developed an ability called absolute pitch. It is a rare auditory phenomenon that enabled me to play nearly any song I heard, without having a score. And this really help me to teach my students the songs they love as scores are not always readily available and I am abl
e to write out a customized score that suits their level.

My students will have covered different areas of music, including classical repertoire, jazz, rock, pop, composition and theory. I give private lessons for all ages and levels for piano in my technology integrated home studio in Briarcliff Manor, NY. I received my degree from Berklee College of Music and New York University. I'm also certified with the associated board of the Royal school of music and Trinity College of Music in London.

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Grand piano, full size electric keyboard, violin, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, amps, accordion, microphone, music computer games, recording and composing software, seating area for parents.
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Phil February 6, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Jane is the best teacher I've ever had in any subject. I couldn't say enough about her. She's fantastic in every way.
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Sebastian C. December 2, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great instructor and very nice person!!!!
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Bruce July 19, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Jane is great. She was interested in what I wanted to get out of piano lessons and how I was comfortable approaching them. She is patient and helpful. During the lesson her focus is always on the student. I highly recommend Jane.
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Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
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I am a certified Steinway education partner with over 14 years of teaching experience. I specialize in teaching students who already play the instrument and wish to get a more in-depth experience with piano literature by learning new repertoire and building technique. For all my students, I emphasize the importance of practicing efficiently while developing critical listening skills. I am very patient and encouraging and I also teach adult beginners.

About Yoon Jae
I am a highly-skilled professional musician certified as a certified Steinway education partner with over 14 years of teaching experience. I offer lessons in classical piano, violin, viola, conducting, arranging/orchestration as well as private tutoring in ear training and theory.

My main instrument is piano and I specialize in teaching students who already play the instrument and wish to get a more in-depth experience with piano literature by learning new repertoire and developing their technique. I also teach adult beginners and young beginners whose parents have a dedicated commitment to having their children make music an integral part of their education. For all my students, I emphasize the importance of practicing efficiently and developing critical listening skills. This encourages consistent improvement and whatever your perso
nal piano goals and skill levels are, I will help you improve and enjoy playing the piano more. I am very patient, encouraging and supportive of your desire to play the piano better. In addition to piano, I teach beginner and intermediate violin and viola students.

I encourage all my students to perform once or twice a year but this is entirely optional and based on the student's comfort level.

I am available and willing to travel to your home for an extra fee as long as public transportation is available.
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Carol L. August 19, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Yoon Jae is a great instructor. He teaches me the proper way to practice and correct my bad habits. He is very patient and professional.
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Grant May 6, 2017
· Violin · In home
I'm so glad I ended up with Yoon Jae for my very first violin lesson. He took me through the first steps - as basic as holding the violin - really carefully and not at all condescendingly, even though I'm an adult who never even learned to read music. In fact, he couldn't have been more patient. I'd definitely recommend him to anyone who wants to learn violin in a supportive atmosphere!
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Carrie K. April 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Yoon is engaging, motivating, kind and easy to work with. I'm an adult beginner and am enjoying the process of learning to read music, playing the instrument and gaining a greater appreciation for music generally. Highly recommend.
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Yoon Jae L.

New York, NY 10036
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About Nora T.

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My greatest joy is helping others find genuine fulfillment and self expression through music.

My teaching style is attuned, fun, encouraging and tailored entirely to meet each student's specific need. I’m enthusiastic, caring and a dedicated person.

I look forward to helping you reach your goals and enjoy the journey of getting there!

Musically Yours,
Nora

About Nora
Nora has dedicated her life to studying the most personal instrument there is—the Voice. Trained in classical opera and a vocal technician herself, Nora founded High Note Piano and Vocal Coaching with the vision of creating a supportive learning space where students can work toward finding their inner voice and developing their musical expression.
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Liz / Nelson K. October 17, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
Nora is very patient and does a great job of instilling confidence. She has a wonderful voice and is a great teacher.
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Nora T.

Nora T.

New York, NY 10016
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About Lyle M.

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As stated in my singing blurb, I started taking lessons when I was seven years of age, my mother being my first piano teacher. From that early age, I fell in love the instrument and know that I can help anyone who loves the piano, better understand and master the instrument.

About Lyle
I am a professional singer, pianist, and teacher of the two. I have a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University Long Beach, and a Master of Music degree from University of California Los Angeles. During my study of those two degrees, I had marvelous teaching from some of the finest pianists, coaches, and voice teachers around. I can teach you how to sing with true passion, ease, and intent.

I began my study of the piano at the age of 7, my mother being my first teacher. I started on Alfred Piano Books, and still strongly believe in that same curriculum. From there I began to study classical composers like Chopin, Beethoven, Clementi, and Mozart. Although my love of classical music runs deep to my core, I love jazz, pop, and gospel music. I am happy to assist the learning of any style, anything that YOU are passionate for
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With me, you can expect to make weekly progress in your instrument of choice. I am a dedicated performer and an even more dedicated teacher. To me, the two go hand in hand.

Please allow me the opportunity in teaching you and in turn I will give you all the knowledge I possess.
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Firdy A. August 5, 2017
· Singing · In home
Lyle has a singing voice that will stun and amaze you when he sings in front of you. That will immediately put you at ease and motivate you to sing better using his techniques. His classical training has proven to be a great foundation for teaching me effective ways to understand, use and improve my voice. After 2 lessons I can already see a big difference in my singing abilities and I always learn many new things at each lesson. Lyle has a really open, friendly and non judgemental demeanor and this helped a lot with my nervousness. I can't wait for my next private lesson and would encourage anyone to book him for Broadway, classical and pop singing lessons.
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Sharon August 1, 2017
· Singing · In home
Lyle taught my two kids for 3 years. They loved him! My son took piano and voice lessons each week, 30mins of the two, and my daughter took only piano lessons. I can't recommend him enough!
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Lyle M.

New York, NY 10016
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About Hsin-I H.

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I have been teaching professionally for 15 years. I have a specific teaching curriculum that design specifically for teach students. I believe in order to play the piano well, you need to have a good technical foundation. But all the exercises are boring, so improving by learning the music that you'd like to play is the best way to do it. That way you are motivated to practice.

I teach only classical music, and specialize in audition preparation. I want my students to reach their musical potential and aspirations while having a wonderful time!

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Are you serious about taking piano lessons? or are you looking for a piano teacher for your children? I have sent my students to top music schools here in the US including almost full-ride to The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College and other top music colleges. My students have also been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and other major venues and they have also been invited to top international competitions around the world.

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I am a professional classical concert pianist and I’ve had more than 15 years of teaching experience. I am teaching at the schools such as The New School, Queens College, and SUNY Purchase, SUNY Stony brook. I have had my debut recital at Carnegie Hall when I was 16 years old and have toured around the world including US, France, Austri
a, Italy, UK, Taiwan, and China, served as a jurist several competitions, conducted masterclasses, and have performed with Renee Fleming, Joshua Bell, and Adele.
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Ian January 31, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I hadn't heard about Mr. Huang but attended one of his concerts last year and was so impressed that I asked if he would be open to taking me as a student. And he did! Technique is always an issue I need help with and he pushed me hard to get better - which to be honest is what I needed. :) He gave me a couple Chopin Etudes to work on and he taught me "how" to practice. And I don't know if this makes sense but he used the music to help solve some of my technical problems. Basically, it made those hard passages more musical and easier for me to play. I feel more confident and am really happy with how I've improved while studying with him. I also found out he's performed with Adele and Joshua Bell which is pretty cool.
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Gina K. January 31, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My son absolutely loves to go to his piano lesson with Mr. Huang. He looks up to him so much and it motivates him to practice everyday.
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Flora January 31, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I have been studying with Mr. Huang for many years. He prepared me for competitions and performances. I really enjoyed working with him. He even recommended me to a music festival in Italy this past summer. He is now preparing me for my upcoming college auditions. With his help I am confident that I will do well in my auditions.
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New York, NY 10016
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About Stacey M.

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My goal as a teacher is to teach my students how to reach their goals. I believe that the steps in learning to play an instrument can be applied to any other achievement in life. Setting goals, breaking them down into manageable tasks, and disciplining oneself to put in the time and energy will eventually lead to success (and beautiful music if applied to one's daily practice). I am happy to see my students blossom in confidence and creativity as they follow my teaching over the years they study with me.  I teach and play music to share the joy of music-making and to give my students a foundational knowledge and the skills they need to succeed. 

I enjoy playing a variety of styles which include classical (I've had 20 years of classical training), pop, jazz-fusion, and piano arrangements of other well-known tunes. I teach my students songs that they want to play while introducing other pieces that complement their musical education. In lessons, each student receives a combination of

About Stacey
Most students in my studio range from age 4 to 12 years old when they begin their piano studies. I also teach female adults with beginner to intermediate experience as well. To keep things fun in the lessons, I incorporate sight reading apps as well as listening exercises to develop both reading and listening skills. My piano teaching combines time efficiency with fun and teach my students how to practice at home with the same spirit we have in the lessons.

I hold a Master's Degree in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Millikin Univerisity where I completed two years in piano pedagogy courses. I am currently teaching 15 students at my studio in the UWS and would love to see if we are a good fit for each other as teacher and student.
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Victoria May 18, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Stacey is an incredibly patient teacher who taught my son to love piano and his lessons. We have noticed a significant improvement and gain in piano knowledge over the past year and a half. It takes a unique combination of skill and talent to teach children and she is a rare find in New York.
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Heather May 18, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Stacey taught all four of our children piano lessons weekly when she lived in the Midwest. She is great with the kids and is not only talented and knowledgeable about music, but also passionate about the art form. She was excellent about keeping them interested and excited about music and performance. I highly recommend her.
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Steve May 18, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My son had been playing piano casually for a couple of years and hadn't really seen very much improvement so I reached out to Stacey. Since then, we've been a lot happier with his progress and urge anyone else looking to improve to commit to lessons.
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Stacey M.

New York, NY 10025
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Need help pulling off a stellar piano recital? Learn more about how to perfectly plan your next piano recital in this exclusive guest post from our friend Doreen Hall from Paloma Piano... Piano recitals are great. It’s a time for star students to show off their skills as well as a time for parents and grandparents to experience the pay-off that comes with all of those piano lessons and all of that practicing. And let’s not forget, a time for teachers to see the fruits of their labor. T

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