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Instructions are conducted by using custom curriculum for every student. The curriculum is based on student's desires and abilities. Teaching material is combined from several books that include American and European authors

About Peter
I am energetic, experienced and creative music teacher with a proven ability to get the very best out of pupils, an expert at identifying the appropriate resources required for a subject matter and ensuring that they are used efficiently and effectively Most of my students read and play simple music after 2-3 classes of active instruction.

I posses an extensive classical music and music pedagogy training. All my musical knowledge and expertise was attained in Eastern Europe. I play and teach piano, upright bass, bass guitar and a range of other instruments. Over the years I taught basic piano, the beginner violin, viola, cello and a variety of school instruments such as recorder and xylophone. I also teach advanced music theory, harmony and basics of composition and orchestral arranging required for music colleges. I especially
find it rewarding working with beginners and the opportunity to show them the amazing world of listening, playing and making music.

The teaching begins with identifying student's musical needs, goals and tastes. Students are taught a stimulating, thorough, and graduated course of recital solos, theory, technical studies, and classic repertoire. For those wishing to pursue more of a classical approach to music, there are proven methods to accomplish that goal established by European master teachers and pedagogues. Also, I can teach the know-how of Jazz and Blues though gradual lessons that cover basic theory, scales and chords up to melody and harmony development.

*** Lesson Details ***
The learning process should be, for the most part, fun and based upon a strong relationship between the teacher and the student. Curriculum and lesson plans are based on student's abilities and aspirations with appropriate balance between theoretical and practical work. The lesson material is always carefully chosen, and when necessary, adapted to specific learning needs.

With a proper approach, everyone can learn to play music. Whether you want to pursue a music career, or just play for fun and enjoyment I can help you attain your goals. From basic piano and stringed instruments, to advanced theory, harmony, composition and improvisation to jazz, pop and rock.

Classes are not based on a single source or book. I provide other exercises in printed form for students to keep and take home.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two high end digital keyboards, two violins, viola, cello, upright bass, bass guitar and amplifier, music stands, stereo equipment with a large CD collection of just any conceivable music style.. Assorted school instruments: recorder (soprano and tenor), xylophone. Various music charts and a large library of music resources and other books; Extensive e-library and ability to print any required material on the spot. Instant access to many on-line sheet music resources.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Full size and a school grade digital keyboards , bass guitar, amplifier, staff paper and other printed resources, violin, viola, spare parts, maintenance tools and equipment.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Classical, Jazz, Ethnic and Modal music, Composition, Arranging, Harmony, Counterpoint, Advanced Music Theory
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Callum ". August 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Peter got right down to business and it is clear he knows what he is doing. My son is 5 and Peter kept his attention for the full 30 minutes, which is really saying something. At the end of the first lesson, my son was introduced to and could repeat note names; could play a five-note scale; and was learning his right hand from his left. I myself went to Juilliard and Yale for music and am so pleased Peter will be teaching our child(ren).
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· Upright Bass · Online
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Bekah S. October 7, 2016
· Upright Bass · Online
Peter provides great instruction and has a fantastic rapport with his students!
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Peter B.

Peter B.

Stratford, CT 06615
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About Janet P.

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My goal is your success! Great outcomes are the result of teaching methods that combine traditional and innovative techniques which are fun and easy. Everyone succeeds and I personally guarantee my program!
Consider piano lessons for yourself, your child or for your after school program. Piano can be learned at any age and all that is required is some enthusiasm, a little effort and you will not only have a great time learning but you will also be amazed with the results!

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My goal is your success! Great outcomes are the result of teaching methods that combine traditional and innovative techniques which are fun and easy. Everyone succeeds and I personally guarantee my program!!
*Bio... Founder/Instructor of school specializing in piano and piano keyboards. It was founded in 1990 by Janet P., Alumna of The Juilliard School and a music teacher for over thirty years. Ms. P is an active member of NYSSMA (NY State School Music Association) and MENC (The National Association for Music Education) and has been involved with various charitable scholarship award programs, including youth organizations such as “Songcatchers” and has presented numerous charitable concerts. She has performed and arranged music for her Jazz group – "The Hi Lite Trio" throughout Westchester County, NY. Ms. P. offers private lessons with
a variety of performance opportunities - workshops, and four concerts each year including an annual Community Outreach Concert.
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NydiaR May 4, 2011
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Janet is a wonderful teacher! She has patience with the children, and knows how to correct them so they are learning without feeling frustrated. Thank you!
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KimM1 February 15, 2011
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This is my first time playing the piano and I was a little timid about taking lessons. Janet is very easy-going and extremely cognizant of my abilities which has helped me to feel more relaxed and I have been able to learn a great deal from her. I am pleasantly surprised by how much I have been able to pick up in such a short time. She is a wonderful teacher.
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Janet P.

Larchmont, NY 10538
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About Susannah B.

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About Susannah
Hello! I am a piano teacher living and working in the Richmond area. I have 19 years of experience playing piano.

As someone who has had literally hundreds of piano lessons, I can appreciate what makes a lesson "good". I remember as a kid always feeling bad for my friends who dreaded going to their music lessons. I was lucky to have wonderful teachers and enjoy my experience studying and playing music.

As a teacher, I am committed to making sure my students have the same positive experience. I take having  fun seriously with my students whether they are 5 or 50. Playing the piano has way too many benefits to become a chore! I have high expectations for my students and help them reach their goals in a low-key, non-stressful, pleasant environment.

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My students are often young beginners. We have a lot of fun
navigating through the process of learning to read music and play songs that they enjoy. Learning to read music and understand theory are both elements I strongly emphasize. I am always open to looking for specific pieces or styles that students want to play. Sometimes students just want to learn how to play one complicated piece and that's fine too!

I like both Thompson and Alfred as curriculum and often substitute along the way with sheet music that compliments the book we work from. I work to customize my approach for each individual so that they can have the most effective and enjoyable experience possible as they learn to play the piano.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach from my apartment. I have a full size electric piano with weighted keys. There is always plenty of space for parents and/or younger siblings to sit if they wish to stay during the lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide books and any other teaching materials (chalkboard, laptop etc). Students need to have a piano or electric keyboard in cases where I am traveling to their house.

*** Specialties ***
Classical with an emphasis on being able to read music from the beginning.
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Robert G. June 23, 2013
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Kind and helpful instructor

Susannah is a pleasant and attentive teacher. She went the extra mile by doing research when I had questions about music theory and offered useful constructive criticism about my playing and technique. Also, she was adaptive to my own goals so overall, I had a great experience.
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JodyS January 31, 2012
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Susannah is a great piano teacher. I have a 10 year old son and this is his first experience with formal lessons. Susannah is patient and works extremely well with kids. My son enjoys his lessons with her!
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Susannah is patient and encourages early learners. Her attitude encourages learners feel free and ask questions to seek answers
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Susannah B.

Susannah B.

New York, NY 10025
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Experienced accompanist with special analytical insights in the physicality of playing.

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Professional internationally touring musician for 20+ years, Classical, Broadway, Experimental, Early music. Bachelor of Music; Norwegian State Academy, Master's of Music; Mannes College of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts; Stony Brook University (expected completion Spring 2015). Faculty positions held at Rowan University, NJ, University of Tennessee, TN, University of Akron, OH, International Festival Institute, TX, Siena Summer Music, Siena, Italy
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Michael August 23, 2017
· Bridge · Online
A very helpful session!
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Eve August 4, 2017
· Norwegian · In studio
Excellent Norwegian teacher. I can highly recommend Karl!
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Valeria W. February 26, 2017
· Norwegian · Online
He really caters to your own needs and methods of learning. He is incredibly flexible, thorough, and complete with his lessons. Would totally recommend him if interested in learning Norwegian.
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Karl K.

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New York, NY 10034
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Wappingers Falls, NY
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Ms. Nicole teaches students of all ages and skill levels. Students focus on rhythm, ear training and the geography of their instrument. She then focuses on setting up a solid foundation of technique and understanding of the music being played. Having a solid understanding of what is being played, as well as the ability to effectively portray this on your instrument, opens up a more rewarding and effective experience with music.

About Nicole
Nicole holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Drake University. She has participated in prestigious masterclasses under the guidance of artists such as Clive Greensmith from the Tokyo String Quartet and soloist Amit Peled, among others. She has studied under Dr. Angelo LaMariana, Dr. Ann Alton and Dr. Ashley Sidon. Nicole has experience performing in Italy, states throughout the Midwest, and in NY. She is a recipient of a German cello from the Carlsen Cello Foundation and a first place prizewinner of the James and Katherine Andrews Young Artist Competition. Nicole is following her passion for music through teaching and performing in Dutchess County, NY.
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Nicole M.

Nicole M.

Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
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About David S.

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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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Students will progress in playing, note reading, theory, musical interpretation, and technique. The technique I teach--both for violin and piano--centers around using the body efficiently both to avoid injury and to get the best results from playing.

About Elana
Hello,

My name is Elana. I'm a professional violinist and enjoy teaching students of all ages and levels. My students have ranged from ages 4-64. Their goals have ranged from pure enjoyment to those considering a career in music. My goal is to help each student play to the best of their abilities and for them to enjoy the lessons. Violin is my passion, which comes through in my enthusiasm during lessons. I am gentle and patient but also honest and very particular about what to look for when practicing.

I take great pride in teaching the Russian method. Not only is the technique I teach used by the best violinists of all time, it also emphasizes efficient and correct use of the body to avoid injury and develop a tone with richness and projection.

What I look for in a student is a commitment to practicing every day. It's an
adjustment in the beginning for many, but once established simply becomes part of the day, like brushing your teeth. Over time, students hear improvements from practicing consistently and this creates a very positive experience. The violin becomes a source of joy and confidence.

Violin lessons help develop skills such as coordination and focus at the highest level, persistence, confidence, creativity, patience, and many other "life" skills whose benefits extend far beyond music lessons. Many people who achieve success in a career outside music later in life often credit their music lessons as having been key in that process.

As far as my musical background, I received my music degree from Rutgers University, where I was a recipient of the Marryott Music Scholarship. Upon graduation I freelanced as a violinist in the NYC metro area. My major teachers include Neil Weintrob and Lewis Kaplan.

As a teacher I have 20 years of experience. I've worked in various programs and currently teach violin and viola lessons at a local private school, in addition to running a private studio of violin and piano students. My violin students have been concertmaster, principal players, and section players in orchestras such as All-County, Region I, and NY Youth Symphony.

Feel free to contact me with any additional questions you may have. I look forward to working with you.
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Ridgewood, NJ 07450
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About Misha P.

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I'm a composer and professional jazz pianist with 30 years of experience performing around the world

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Michael July 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I have been studying music for well over a decade. I have had some amazing teachers/mentors along the way. Why Misha stands out as the best among them, is because he is able to get the best out of his students. He knows how to push you to be better without feeling like you're being pushed. He's extremely encouraging. He can immediately identify where your weaknesses are and give you tools/exercises to correct them. For me, piano is not even my primary instrument, however, the growth I've achieved from his lessons have equally applied to my other instruments. If you are looking to be a better musician, let alone pianist, you are lucky to have found Misha.
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Patrick July 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I have been studying with Misha for a few year now. He will tailor the lesson based on your skill level. You will feel some improvement in no time. The lesson is fun but will help your eliminate your weakness and bring you to the next step. You can pick your own song and he will arrange the song and play with you. Misha can play drum along with your piano or you can comp and he will show you how to improvise. Just try him a few lessons and you will thank me for it.
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Shawn July 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Misha is a tremendous piano teacher. He is proficient for those students who desire to learn classical or jazz music.
I have studied with Misha for many years and constantly feel my piano improves. My overall music education benefits from the lessons as well.
Misha has a great attention to detail, can point out any mistakes you are making easily, and is great at making the music relatable. He also makes the experience quite fun, often jumping on the drums or singing along.
Highly recommended.
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New York, NY 10032
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About Candice S.

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I have extensive experience teaching beginning piano students. My specialty is starting students from scratch. I use the Piano Adventures, Faber and Faber lesson book series.

Students must be at least 5 years old to begin piano study.

About Candice
Hello! My name is Candice and I am a vocalist and teacher living in New York, NY. I have extensive teaching and performing experience. My goal is to create holistic, independent musicians.

My experience includes:

* 10 years of private lesson teaching experience

* 4 years of school teaching experience

* Vocal director for multiple musicals

* 8 years of church music experience

* 1 year of continuing-education college teaching experience

* 7 years of choral directing experience

My goal is to make you the best musician you want to be. I'm excited to meet you and help you on your journey to becoming a musician!
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Richelle July 20, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
Candice was an awesome voice instructor! She helped me understand the craft better and was great at helping me choose songs for recitals, too. She challenged me but also knew what I could and could not handle. She also listened well and followed the style I liked. I definitely became a better singer because of her, and still use of some of her warm ups today when I get opportunities to sing. I miss having her around in Pittsburgh!
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New York, NY 10040
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I am a classically trained pianist and Carnegie Mellon graduate. I have studied with renowned and respected pianists and educators, including Norman Krieger, Tereza Lee, Sergey Schepkin and Ralph Zitterbart. My goal is to pass on what I have learned from them, creating a synthesized approach that addresses your or your child’s needs. Moreover, I want to help you or your child build a foundation for playing the piano well, which involves learning fundamentals such as note reading, music theory, ear training and technique. Finally, and most importantly, I want you or your child to have fun playing the piano and making music!

About Josh
Josh Levitin began studying piano at age 16, an age generally considered late for a new piano student. Almost immediately, his teachers found that he had a natural ability to play the instrument at a high level. Tereza Lee, at the time a graduate piano student at the Manhattan School of Music, was Josh’s primary piano teacher and mentor, and helped him prepare for college, university and conservatory auditions. At age 18, after playing the piano for only two years, Josh received offers of admission from six conservatory programs to study piano performance, most notably from the Manhattan School of Music and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Josh chose to attend Carnegie Mellon, where in 2009 he was one of only three piano students to gain admission to the University’s School of Music. That same year, Josh became a Hadar Scholar,
receiving financial support from the Richard and Mica Hadar Foundation to pursue his undergraduate music studies.

Josh graduated from Carnegie Mellon with University and College Honors. He also received a merit scholarship to study with pianist Sandra Shen at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, N.C., where he studied for three summers, and performed solo and collaborative piano repertoire. While there, he studied further with Indiana University Jacobs School of Music professor, pianist Norman Krieger. Josh’s teachers at Carnegie Mellon were Sergey Schepkin and Ralph Zitterbart.

Josh is currently on the faculty of Church Street School for Music and Art in Manhattan, where he teaches piano, and Dan’s Music Studio in West Orange, N.J, where, in addition to piano, he uses music as therapy to help students with disabilities.

Josh also offers private piano lessons. Josh reaches students in New York City, and Essex and Passaic Counties in New Jersey.
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Rahul September 7, 2017
· Piano · In home
We have found Josh to be very thoughtful and patient. He spends time to build the concepts rather than rushing through lessons. We are quite satisfied and would recommend his classes.
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CB September 7, 2017
· Piano · In home
Josh is a great instructor for our daughter. He puts a tremendous amount of thought into presenting his lessons in a way she can learn and absorb them.

We have seen how learning music has had such a positive impact on her life, beyond the technical skills of playing the piano and we attribute that to Josh's patience and flexibility.
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Toby September 7, 2017
· Piano · In studio
As a colleague of Josh's I've found him to be uncommonly thoughtful towards his students and about the content and direction of his lessons. He is exceptionally prepared, incisive and intelligent, a fine musician and educator, and an easy person to recommend without hesitation. I'm confident any student will gain invaluable insight under his tutelage.
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Josh L.

West Orange, NJ 07052
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Can your favorite contemporary songs help you learn how to play piano by ear? They sure can! Check out how to get started in this guest post by Corona, CA teacher Milton J...   Recently, I started teaching a new piano student who simply wanted to play his favorite pop songs by both ear and sight to not only become a better pianist, but to be the life of the party for his friends. I loved his goal and made sure he knew about the great ways of learning how to play piano by ear using the p
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Are Hanon exercises really effective at teaching piano students? Below, piano teacher James F. shares five reasons why he believes Hanon exercises aren't as useful as many think... A lot of piano teachers swear by the old familiar Hanon exercises as a great way of teaching technique to their students. I strongly disagree. I’m familiar with a lot of different ways of developing piano technique, and I think that Hanon is among the least efficient. Why? Below I’ve provided five reas
Celebrating National Piano Month: 6 Easy Art Projects for Kids
Happy National Piano Month! To celebrate this September, why not spend some time making some easy art projects for kids that will add some pizazz to your music room? Crafting together is a great way to bond with your kids and get them interested in learning more about making music on the piano. It's a win-win! Origami Piano For even more fun, try using decorative folding paper with interesting patterns and colors! Finger Puppets Kids love making fun finger puppets, and these
6 Kids' Games for Learning Piano Music
Is your child struggling to stay focused when they're practicing the piano? That's normal--it just means it might be time to add something new to the routine! Get some great ideas for music games for kids in this guest post by Santa Cruz, CA teacher John S...   Can your 4- to 6-year-old keep her focus through the entirety of a traditional piano practice? Music demands a tremendous amount of attention, in several different areas at once: reading music, being careful about pitch, rh
The 10 Best Piano Practice Tips to Remember
Not sure where to start when you sit down at the piano? Just remember these 10 piano practice tips from Austin, TX teacher Tosin A...   All right, students. Relax your shoulders, keep your back straight, and let’s begin our scales. Just kidding. Practicing is the most important part of becoming a piano player. Here are a few things to take your practice time to its highest potential. 1. Set a Clear Goal If you sit down at the piano and say, “I’m going to play for a bit,” you are

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