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88 Keys to Success: Taking Piano Lessons in Brooklyn, NY

By Concetta A. - Brooklyn Piano Teacher

Most musicians agree that an important musical instrument to learn is the piano. It’s not only a beautiful solo instrument, it also can be played to accompany or support singers and instrumentalists. Additionally, playing piano can be an essential bridge to becoming a songwriter or composer. The instrument clearly, and beautifully, lays out all 88 notes used in Western music in a way that is visually easy to grasp and understand. It's like a road map to understanding music theory.

Even if you're not planning on being a professional musician, having basic piano skills are easy to acquire and a joy to have. So, if you’re thinking about taking piano lessons in Brooklyn, then you’re in the perfect place to start learning this fantastic instrument! Check out some tips below on things to see and do in NYC to supplement your piano lessons in Brooklyn, NY!

Every few years, the city of New York invites an organization called Sing for Hope to set up 88 public pianos around the five boroughs for two weeks. It’s wonderful to hear young children playing songs, occasional pedestrians breaking out in karaoke with friends, folks riffing on a few chords they learned in music class years ago, or songwriters sharing their original work on a whim. Because piano is so easy, accessible and fun to play, why not invest a small corner of your life to discovering it? For more information, check out Sing for Hope’s website here: http://www.singforhope.org/

There are also many bars and restaurants in New York that leave pianos out for customers to enjoy and play. An example that comes to mind is Milk and Roses in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, which is known for its gypsy jazz jam sessions. The sessions are filled with Django Reinhardt style guitarists and Stephane Grappelli-esque violinists. http://milkandrosesbk.com/

Another is Lucey’s Lounge in South Slope, Brooklyn, a cocktail bar that hosts an open jazz jam session the last Sunday of every month. Additionally, The Living Room in Williamsburg features indie rock bands and singer-songwriters. In their former Lower East Side location, they hosted prolific pianists and songwriters like Norah Jones and Minnie Driver. The venue keeps a charming piano at the front of their stage for bands to use (http://www.livingroomny.com/). Finally, Rue Be in the Lower East Side hosts a fun Tuesday night jazz jam session with a piano tucked in the corner behind the bar.

The piano in these venues attracts other instrumentalists and musicians and invites a whole musical scene into the space. I often see people from the neighborhood arriving after work with their trumpet or guitar to jam with the pianist. It’s as if the person playing piano is the center of that scene, and it only takes some basic knowledge of rhythm and chords to insert yourself into that world.

Of all the life skills one might want to acquire - such as swimming, learning a foreign language or playing a sport - I would say piano should be right at the top of that list! Plus, there are so many opportunities open to you as a pianist in NYC, which can make learning the instrument all the more fun and rewarding. So, best of luck in your lessons, and have fun participating NYC’s wonderful piano scene!

About Trina G.

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Fun, engaging, personalized, and productive, lessons with me are enjoyable and highly effective. I'll help you reach your goals!
I've been teaching professionally since 2/1999.
Every June, I hold an annual Piano Recital so parents, family, friends can see the students’ great work.
For young beginners, I use the Music for Little Mozart's books or Alfred Premier. For ages 6-7 through early teens, I typically use the Faber Piano Adventures lesson book, For adults, the Alfred Basic Adult Piano Course, or any lesson book of their choice.
Each student is given a Music Journal in which I document homework; what and how to practice. I have an extensive library. Students / parents are welcome to request a tutorial video.
After learning the fundamentals, my students are free to choose which songs they want to learn; multiple genres of music.
Teaching piano is my passion. I want the love of music, the feeling of accomplishment and the ineffable joy of learning to play piano to be the ...

About Trina
I'm a patient, friendly, enthusiastic, highly experienced teacher. A classically-trained pianist, I started playing keyboard "by ear" from around age 2, and started piano lessons at age 6. In college, I studied piano, music theory/history, and psychology in addition to fieldwork in music therapy (which prepared me to teach students with special needs). In grad school, I specialized in classical piano and theory/ composition.
Lessons with me are personalized. However. proper technique is taught to all students. Overall, I want the love of music to be the reason my students want to practice and attend lessons. I believe the rapport between student and teacher is tantamount. I strive for my students to develop a love of music that will last a lifetime.
*I hold annual Student Piano Recitals at the end of the school year.*
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Piano, keyboard; den dedicated to music. Extensive musical library.

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Students with special needs
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Trina is absolutely a 5 star teacher...warm and personal as well as competent and professional!!!!
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Trina is awesome!! Lessons are productive and fun!
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Trina G.

Trina G.

New Hyde Park, NY 11040
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About Yakov D.

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Beginners: posture, technique, sound production, articulation, phrasing, note reading
Intermediate: interpretation of different styles, dynamics, ensemble performance, building solid technique and stamina

About Yakov
• I have over 20 years experience as a music teacher, conductor, theater/orchestra director and a performer in Russia, Norway and the United States.
• I possess excellent interpersonal skills and over the years developed the ability to communicate efficiently and connect with every student I teach.
• I am creative and enthusiastic while working with people of all ages.
• I have a reputation of being passionate about achieving professional goals.

Employment:
09/08- Present NYC Board of Education, P.S. 48
• Band & Orchestra Director
• Teach children K-5 to play musical instruments in small groups and large ensembles
• Organize and perform Winter and Spring Concerts

02/08- Present Yakov's Music for Gifted & Talented, Inc, Brooklyn, NY
• Founder and Music Director
• Teach various musical instruments and vocal

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06/08 Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony, Lynbrook, NY
• Music Director, Conductor
• Conducted weekly rehearsals (night) and 3-4 concerts during the concert season

10/03-06/08 Globe Institute of Technology, New York, NY
• Adjunct Professor of Music

06/07-08/07 JCC of Cherry Hill, NJ
• Musical Theater Director
• Taught acting, improvisation, singing. Produced musical shows.

10/06-06/07 JCH of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY
• Musical Theater Director
• Produced musical theater shows
• Taught students of ages 5-12 various vocal selections

09/00-06/07 NYC Board of Education, District 20, P.S.200; P.S.179
• Band / Orchestra Director
• Taught all woodwind, brass and percussion, violin, piano

05/99-06/06 School for Musical Performance, Brooklyn, NY
• Instructed students on Piano, Guitar, All string and wind instruments and vocals.
• Prepared students for the auditions to the prestigious schools and other music organizations.

1993-1997 St. Petersburg Radio Orchestra, Russia
• Principal Bassoonist
Other work experience:
• Performed as a bassoonist with The Kirov Opera & Ballet Theatre, the Mussorgsky Opera & Ballet Theatre, The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, The Chamber Opera Orchestra of St. Petersburg and other Symphony and Chamber orchestras of St. Petersburg, Russia
• Performed Solo Recitals in Russia, Poland, Norway and United States

Education:
06/98 The St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music, St. Petersburg, Russia
M.A. in Music: Major – Bassoon Performance; Minor – Conducting
06/91 The St. Petersburg College of Music named after Rimsky-Korsakov, Russia
B.A. with a Double Major in Orchestral Performance (Bassoon) and Music Education

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Would you just like to learn a few songs on the piano, violin or guitar? Or you'd like your child be become next Joshua Bell or Evgenij Kissin? My lessons are designed with each individual student in mind. I will start my lesson with introduction and proceed with warm-up routine. I always make sure that the student is comfortable with the pace that I am offering. I am mixing elements of music theory, history and performance techniques in order to help my student to embrace the beauty of music making experience. All my students are ready to perform at the recital after just 3-4 months of lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach using Fisher Baby Grand Piano. Fender guitars. Major brands band instruments; yamaha, selmer, gemeingardt, etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Fender Guitar, Yamaha Flute/Saxophone, Casio Digital Piano, Custom Violin made in England.

*** Specialties ***
suzuki violin, classical, jazz
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Very Patience Teacher. Teach my kids in a right way to play violin. I am very appreciate. the BEST violin teacher ever. Absolutely 5 stars
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Yakov D.

Yakov D.

Richmond Hill, NY 11418
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About Karl K.

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Experienced accompanist with special analytical insights in the physicality of playing.

About Karl
Will travel further than listed by special arrangement (call take lessons to inquire) - especially via easy public transit. 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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Our first lesson was very informative. I am looking forward to our next lesson.
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Karl K.

Karl K.

New York, NY 10034
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About Sherri E.

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I've been teaching Beginning Piano for 10 years and my students have gone on to being Broadway, appearances on MTV, and several have obtained recording contracts. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play a major C scale and as time goes on you'll be able to read time signatures play simple songs reading both the treble and Bass clefs, I specialize in Keyboard Beginnings approach to Piano which includes singing, movement activities, rhythm games and lots of fun in my lessons. I love working with young students Pre- K, Kindergarten and up to 3rd grade. I can't wait to meet you!

About Sherri
I studied Voice both privately in NYC and at New York University as a musical Theater major. I have fronted several NYC bands throughout the 80's and 90's and currently with The Sherri Pie Band throughout NJ and the greater metropolitan area. Miss Sherri’s singing programs will lead you through a fun, unique process that develops an extraordinary new found awareness of your voice, body and mind.This new awareness enables you to release strain and restrictions that you have likely not been aware of before. You can now effectively heal voice problems and develop all physical aspects of your voice, such as greater strength, endurance, richness, resonance, power, and range. I also specialize in Early Childhood music programs including beginning piano starting at age 4.
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"I took my kids to Miss Sherri because I kept hearing
how wonderful it was. I believe in early exposure to
music because they get so much out of it when they're
really little. And Sherri has a magical quality that
sparks their interest. Jack, 9, Andrew, 7 and my
daughter, Bailey, 6, are now clients of Shirley Grant,
a talent manager for Keisha Knight Pullian, who played
Rudy on 'The Cosby Show,' and Kathleen Herles, the
voice of 'Dora the Explorer.' Jack recently played the
lead in Running Rabbit Theater's production of 'The
Velveteen Rabbit' at the Two River Theater. We love
Miss Sherri!"

---Kim Newsome, Rumson
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Sherri E.

West Long Branch, NJ 07764
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Astoria, NY
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You will learn the basics if a good technique and how to be able to play songs on the piano

About Carolina
Hola Soy de Colombia/Native Spanish speaker, with 2 degrees and a Master's degree with more than 15 years of experience teaching all levels. I can help you if you are just a beginner or advance and want to improve your vocabulary and conversational skills.
My lessons are fun and I have a lot of material you will enjoy while you learn. My students get results pretty quickly. All ages and nationalities
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Jeffery Creary October 7, 2018
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Theressa October 8, 2017
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I had a great time learning Spanish with Carolina. She was encouraging and made learning easy and fun. I wanted to use my Spanish in real life situations and it really came in handy when I was travelling in Barcelona. I’m still taking lessons from her because there’s always more to learn :) .
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Ellie October 6, 2017
· Spanish · In studio
I loved having classes with Carolina, I looked forward to them every week! Carolina is very patient and explains things very clearly. I took classes with Carolina when I needed to start using Spanish in my job. Carolina helped me to find a way to express myself in business interactions very specific to my role. I am forever grateful.
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Carolina V.

Carolina V.

Astoria, NY 11103
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About Ilana G.

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Learning to play the piano was the basis of my journey as a musician. It is a cathartic experience as well as a creative one. Playing the piano is the most efficient way to learn how to read music and most effective foundation to build a musical life. Come explore this amazing instrument with me!

About Ilana
Hello! My name is Ilana. I am a professional classical singer, living and working in New York with both a BM and MM from Manhattan School of Music. My performance experience is available at my website and includes performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and The White House, as well as at Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Castleton Festival, The Chautauqua Institution, and more.

Outreach and education is a particular love of mine and exposing children at a young age to the magic of music and the voice is especially thrilling.

What I love most about music instruction is not only the ability to discover the creative potential that each individual has, but to develop each student based on their individual goals. Whether you are interested in pursuing a more advanced study of music or looking to simply expand your artistic sensibiliti
es, I am eager to aid you or your child on that journey. I believe in music as literacy and as a musician the balance between the technical and expressive should work in harmony.

Please let me know what your specific goals are in your education, and we will develop together a plan for success!
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Ilana G.

Ilana G.

Brooklyn, NY 11216
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About Dor S.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Want your child to start getting into music and piano? My approach is that music lessons need to be fun! We will play games, jump, dance, and sing. Through all that, the students will learn piano, music theory, sight-reading, and ear training.

About Dor
Dor is an Israeli-born vocalist based in Brooklyn, New York. She began her music education at the age of five when she studied classical piano. During those years she had experimented with saxophone and guitar but soon realized that her voice is her most powerful instrument.

In 2009, she started taking classical voice lessons and joined the “Moran Singers Ensemble” (Israel). With them, she performed many high profile national and international events, and eventually managed the ensemble during her last year there. In 2014 Dor joined the prestigious “Gary Bertini Israeli Choir”, directed by Ronen Borshevsky, where she participated in several co-productions with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by legendary Zubin Metta.

In 2015 Dor moved to New York to continue her academic studies at The New school for Jazz and Contempor
ary Music, after receiving a sizeable scholarship from the school itself.

In 2016 she formed a vocal jazz quartet, a collaboration with Israeli composer Rami Bar-David.

Dor is also the leader of 'SAGE', a progressive-rock band, playing her original music.
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Steve April 30, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Dor is extremely detail oriented - she will make sure that you learn about every little nuanced bit of your voice. For me personally, not only has she helped me improve my singing, but also she has helped me SPEAK better. Yes that's right - her vocal techniques has actually helped me a ton when I was interviewing for new jobs to sound more confident and composed. It's very rare that a teacher can help you learn something that is applicable beyond its original context, but Dor has done exactly that. Highly recommended!
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Dor S.

Brooklyn, NY 11237
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Music is my passion. Sharing my passion with others, helping them to develop a love for music is where my strengths lie. I take beginner level students on piano. With my 23 years of experience of classical piano training, I teach the basics of playing this beautiful instrument, from learning to play scales and reading music to developing musical creativity and improvisation skills.

About Urbain
Bonjour,hello,hi...

My name is Nyakeru but you can call me Eric if that is easier :)
Born in Belgium, lived in England and now I am here in New Jersey looking forward to teaching new students.

My lessons are fun, engaging and worthwhile! You will always be able to learn something new whilst also exploring your creative side, developing yourself as an instrumentalist or even learning to play some of your favorite songs!
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Urbain N.

Harrison, NJ 07029
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If you want to know how to understand music, how to understand its form and sense, how to translate music language into a clear and confident interpretation - welcome to my studio.

I am a concert pianist and a composer. Graduated from the Moscow Conservatory, DMA; Yale School Of Music, Artist Diploma. Soloist of the Moscow Philharmonic, member of the piano faculty at the Moscow Conservatory. 20+ years of a concert experience, performed at the best halls such as Carnegie Hall, Berlin Philharmonic, Grand Hall of The Moscow Conservatory, etc.

As an actively performing musician myself, I would love to share my experience not only in general teaching but also how to develop a confidence to perform on a real concert stage, with an specific information how to play with an orchestra. I have a deep knowledge and understanding of Russian music and culture, so those who are interested in such a subject - you are most welcome.

About Vyacheslav
I am a professional concert pianist, composer and transcriber.

Graduated from Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory with Doctor of Music Arts equivalent degree; Yale School of Music with Artist Diploma.

I am a member of the piano faculty at the Moscow Conservatory, soloist of Moscow Philharmonic. Performed at major concerts halls such as Carnegie Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Hall of the Moscow Philharmonic and many others.

My teaching experience is about 10 years, at the piano department of the Moscow Conservatory. My concert stage experience is more 20 years.

My skills are not limited to any specific epoch or style. But I am deeply in love with Russian music and I would love to share with my students my knowledge and understanding of such a rich cultural layer of 19-20 centuries.
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Nenad November 21, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Having opportunity to work with Mr. Gryaznov, who is a top class performer, is such a privilege. His tremendous experience, both as concert pianist and pedagogue, makes him quite unique. I believe that every student can benefit working with Mr Gryaznov, as he shares his knowledge, talent and advices in a such sincere way.
Having recording sessions in Gryaznoff studio was for me, equally enjoyable process. Relaxed and warm atmosphere, professional equipment, together with the brilliant Hamburg D Steinway makes this studio one of the best of its kind in the heart of New York.
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Jung November 18, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
He is not only an amazing pianist, but also very touching teacher for me. He believes my ability and musical potentiality even when I could not trust myself. He waits for me to find my music myself. That really encourages me a lot. Also, I can take a look the way he makes his music. He is such a inspiration!
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Tony November 18, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Slava is more than a great pianist - he is a versatile musician and lovely human being. You will learn a great deal not only about technique but also about the composer's background and the piece's historical context.
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New York, NY 10032
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I cleared Trinity Grade 5 when I was 16. Been playing music at different events and festivals ever since. Now, quit my recent band, United Revos, to enter a more serious phase of life, but would love to spend some time with music while earning a few extra bucks. Money isn't the motive, spreading this art is. I'll give y'all some personal discount, if you do good. With my experience and techniques, I can promise a change withing 3 weeks. Music needs to be appreciated. Exited to meet you folks! Keep Playing.

About Ankit
Hey guys, meet this failed artist trying to make ends meet in this 9-5 job but that's okay, you guys are keeping him alive. He really likes teaching music and hindi you know. And also, he's super cool and will spend a chill time. And efficient teacher too. Shh, don't let him know I changed his bio. - Susan :)
Also, he's a super cool brother!! Lots of love, guys.
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Ankit S.

New York, NY 10004
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