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A healthy physical approach to the piano, a keen appreciation for sound, and a curious mind - these are qualities which I've been able to help cultivate in my students. You will learn how to play without tension, utilizing the body to the upmost capacity. You will learn how to create the sound you want with an instrument that can do almost anything you want it to. And all of this will be done with a constant mindset of discovery. I want to help you not only play the music you want to play but to appreciate more deeply music you already know and love. I accomplish this through a flexible method which fits the unique needs and desires of each individual student.

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Greetings! I am a teacher who believes in the importance of understanding you and your needs so that we can accomplish, as a team, your specific goals for learning to play the piano - whether that means playing a Beethoven sonata, playing by ear, or creating your own music! I am a classically trained pianist with a Master's degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. I have studied with some of the most famous pianists in the world today including Menahem Pressler, Gabriel Chodos and Livia Rev. I also have a lot of experience in the world outside of classical piano, which informs my teaching and enables me to offer your a much more well-rounded approach to not only the piano, but to understanding and enjoying music itself!
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Asako June 27, 2018
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John is the best piano teacher I've ever had. I studied with him for about a year and a half, and my musicality and ability to play the piano improved so much. He taught me techniques with logical explanations, and musical expressions with history behind the music. His lessons made me happy to see a whole new world behind the music we'd been learning. He is a very experienced and wonderful musician and teacher. I highly recommend him!
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Nick June 19, 2018
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After taking piano lessons from a family friend for several years growing up, I decided to pick piano back up in college. Thanks to John, I was able to do much more than that. We worked together for about a year and a half, and in this time John not only helped me become a better pianist than I had ever hoped, but he opened my eyes to expressive possibilities in music that I had never been exposed to. I used to think of a piece of music as nothing more than a series of notes to be played in order, at the right tempo, the right volume, etc. John helped me see that even the most simple melody contains an infinite number of possibilities. He taught me skills that allowed me to begin to harness these possibilities and to find my own sound and style. After working with John, I feel like I hear all music in a new way, and my love for music has never been greater. To sum up, John is an expert pianist and an even better teacher. I cannot recommend him highly enough to anybody, at any level, who has a desire to learn more about music and about the piano.
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John U.

John U.

New York, NY 10032
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About Paul M.

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My goal as a teacher is to make students successful in their goals. I work with a variety of people; some of them study music for personal enjoyment and others for their musical career. Everyone responds differently to music, that is why I prepare special lessons for each student. It is important that my students enjoy what they are playing and for that reason I have a variety of repertoire that they can choose from.
From a lot of experience with beginner piano students, both young and adults, I have been able to find a regimen of piano teaching that combines time efficiency with fun. As the lessons continue, I slowly add new tools to each weekly lesson that are exiting and interesting. While working with intermediate to advanced students, I have had coached them to apply and get accepted into some of the top Universities and Conservatories in the country. My students, beginner intermediate and advanced levels, have been awarded for their performances and activities in schools and ...

About Paul
Paul M is an American born, New York-based Piano teacher, Vocal coach, Pianist, Composer and Artist. As an educator, Paul is part of The Suffolk Piano Teachers Forum, College Music Society and Music Teachers National. He has been an Adjunct-instructor at New York University (NYU). Paul also conducts master classes and seminars in The United states and South America. For the past few years, he has implemented classes in composition and music history in the coastal area of Ecuador and New York. His music studio in New York City is in high demand. He works with piano, composition and vocal performance students of all levels and styles, which include classical, jazz, blues, Tango, and Broadway. Paul also works with all different types of students such as those who want to learn for personal enjoyment or for professional reasons. He prepares h
is students for competitions, audition preparation and professional concerts. Each year his students have the opportunity to perform at the world-renowned Steinway Hall in New York City. This yearly student recital gives students the opportunity to perform in one of New York City’s most sought after recital Halls located in midtown Manhattan. In July of 2014 Paul became a Steinway Educational partner. In 2008, Paul received a Masters Degree in piano performance from New York University. In 2006, he received a Bachelor Degree of Music from Stony Brook University.
As a Pianist, In 2006 Paul was a prizewinner at the Music Club of Douglaston Piano Competition. For two consecutive years, Paul was awarded The Suffolk County Piano Forum Prize. XLNT Music recently wrote, “Paul is a fine pianist that performs with superb pianism and great sensitivity.”
 His recent public performances include Ecuador South America, Steinway Hall NYC, The United Nations, Faust Harrison Hall, Saint Peters NYC and The Staller Center. Paul has performed with The Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra and The New York University Symphony Orchestra. He has studied with well-known piano teachers including: Martin Canin, Morey Ritt, Tina Dahl, and Anita Gelber. In 2011 he released a record consisting of his performance of original compositions for solo piano that is available in bookstores and on iTunes.
As a composer Paul has composed music for the feature film Documentary Between the Shades, directed by Jill Salvino and premiered at the Soho International Film Festival in 2017. In 2014, Paul was the composer for the radio show Ackerman Associates Meets Dracula written and directed by Peter Stass. In 2014 he wrote the score for, Lies People Tell, a short film that premiered at the san pedro film festival. In 2011, he released his first solo record Succession of images, a song cycle for solo piano. In 2017, he released his second record Hope, a chamber music work recorded with clarinetist Thomas Piercy and Violinist Patrisa Tomassini. Recent public piano performances of his music include Ecuador in South America, Steinway Hall NYC, The United Nations, Spectrum NYC, Faust Harrison Hall, Saint Peters in NYC and The Staller Center in Stony Brook NY.

As an artist, Paul is known for creating large instillations, paintings and live performing art pieces. From 2014-2016, he was the artist in residence at Spectrum Gallery in NYC. In 2014, he completed the Elevator Time Machine, a large instillation made of elevator parts that responds to sound. He also wrote and produced a 20 minute live art piece called Static in Movement for piano and video. His acrylic on canvas works have also been presented at Spectrum NYC, The Art Bar, The Gallery at Logos and Ward-Nasse gallery.

Education New York University
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Piano Performance. M.A. December 2008

Stony Brook University
Music. B.A. 2006

Professional Experience
Private Music Studio: 2004-present
Instructor for piano, voice and composition; working primarily with students K-12.
• Develop individualized music plans that encourages growth and self motivated study.
• Well equipped to prepare students for the New York State Music Association Exam.
• Expertise guiding students to reach their maximum potential by using assignments that are challenging but not impossible.
• Experience preparing students for music college applications and auditions.
• Successfully prepare student recitals on a yearly basis.
• Effectively communicate with parents and engage them in their child’s music education.

Performing Arts Center of New York: 2013
• Developed and delivered a curriculum connecting the major composers and artists of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic and Contemporary Periods.

Cultural House of Ecuador: 2009-2011
• Created and taught classes about the periods in music and art and how they coexist together.
• Created and taught group classes in beginner music theory and composition.

High School students in Quevedo Ecuador: 2012
• Created and taught workshops in music theory and composition.

Adjunct Instructor at New York University: 2007-2009
Instructor for New York University Keyboard Harmony and Improvisation courses.
• Created and taught a curriculum for beginner, intermediate and advanced keyboard classes.
• Created lesson plans to enhance musicality and keyboard skills for university music major and minor students.

Instructor for New York University private piano students
• Instructed music students in beginner, intermediate and advanced piano.

Our Lady of Angelus Catholic School: 2007
• Created and taught a curriculum in beginner piano to elementary school students.

Awards
• Prize Winner, TMMC Piano Competition, 2007
• Award of Honor, The Suffolk County Piano Teachers Forum Prize In recognition of outstanding achievement in piano performance, 2006
• Award of Honor, The Suffolk County Piano Teachers Forum Prize
In recognition of outstanding achievement in piano performance, 2005
Professional Affiliations
• Suffolk Piano Teacher’s Forum
• College Music Society
• Music Teacher’s National Association
• American Composers Forum
• Steinway and Sons
• American Society of Composers
• Tuesday Morning Music Club

Private Study
• Anita Gelber, 2002-2012
• Martin Canin, New York University, 2006-2008
• Justin Dello Joio, New York University, 2007-2008
• Morey Ritt, Queens College, 2006
• Tina Dahl, Stony Brook University, 2004-2006

Selected Recent Concert Performances
• Westport Library, Connecticut, NY, 2016
• Douglaston Community Church, Douglaston, NY, 2015
• All Saints Memorial Church, NJ, 2014
• Firehouse Space, Brooklyn, NY, 2014
• Spectrum NYC, New York, NY, 2014, 2013
• Steinway Hall, New York, NY, 2014, 2013, 2012
• University of Quevedo, Ecuador, 2013
• Saint Peters Church, New York, NY, 2011

Selected Film and Theater Composer Credits
• Between the Shades – Feature Film Documentary, 2016
• Lies People Tell – Short Film, 2014
• Ackerman and Associates Meet Dracula – Live Radio Show, 2013
• Magical Quark Particle – Science Art Film, 2012

Discography
• Hope, 2017
• Succession of Images, 2011

Recent Art Expositions
• Spectrum NYC, 2014-2016
• Gallery at Logos, 2012-2016
• Port Jefferson Village Center, 2012
• Ward Nasse Gallery, 2011

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal as a teacher is to make students successful in their goals. I work with a variety of people; some of them study music for personal enjoyment and others for their musical career. Everyone responds differently to music, that is why I prepare special lessons for each student. It is important that my students enjoy what they are playing and for that reason I have a variety of repertoire that they can choose from.
From a lot of experience with beginner piano students, both young and adults, I have been able to find a regimen of piano teaching that combines time efficiency with fun. As the lessons continue, I slowly add new tools to each weekly lesson that are exiting and interesting. While working with intermediate to advanced students, I have had coached them to apply and get accepted into some of the top Universities and Conservatories in the country. My students, beginner intermediate and advanced levels, have been awarded for their performances and activities in schools and competitions.
I am also a composition teacher. I work with composition students from beginner to advance. My composition students, over the years, range from all ages starting at 7. My students, after the first year, have been able to write string quartets and piano trios. My advanced students have entered competitions all over the country and are very successful in their composition practice. Some of their compositions have been performed in famous concert halls and schools.
As a vocal coach, I work with students of all ages. The repertoire that I recommend to beginner students includes Disney, Broadway and classical music. For intermediate and advanced vocal student, I have successfully prepared them for competitions, Broadway and University auditions as well as personal enjoyment.
Most recently I held a piano, composition and vocal recital for my students at the world famous Steinway Hall in New York City. I believe that some students work better when there is motivation for performance activities. For that reason I host these type of events. Students that decide they want to take place in these events perform among all levels. I offer these performance opportunities as an invitation. Each student has a choice as to whether they would like to perform.

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Yamaha Grand Piano

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Romina February 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Real great and patient teacher
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Anges K. October 8, 2015
· Piano · In home
Paul is best teacher ever!!! Absolutely amazing with young children.
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Noah K. June 16, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Paul is amazing. My son loves him. Thank you Paul.
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Paul M.

Paul M.

New York, NY 10028
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About Tammy Y.

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My youngest student is 3.5 years old. That said, I also teach adults - sometimes parents take lessons with their kid! Believe me when I say it's very fun and productive when both parent and child knows what needs to be practiced. I usually balance out lessons with not just famous classical pieces, but also with your favorite pop tunes! Every student is different, so I adjust my lessons and provide customized material accordingly.

You will learn technical skills such as scales and arpeggios in fun ways as I incorporate them into songs they want to learn! You will also learn about putting your emotions and interpretation into the music. Music theory is a must for students in order to understand how to read notes. I'll even incorporate some songwriting or composition to develop creativity and originality!

About Tammy
I conduct group lessons for young children, which I am unable to state on my profile/list of services here. You can send me a message if you are interested in them!

I believe EVERYONE should have the opportunity to learn music, especially children, in a fun and enjoyable way! As someone who grew up around music (my mother is a music teacher!) I wish to give that chance to others.

I started playing the piano at around the age of four, and helped out as a substitute teacher at my mother's music school back in Singapore while in High School. I left shortly after to pursue music at Berklee College of Music, where I graduated summa cum laude in August 2013 with a Bachelor's of Music in Piano Performance and Contemporary Writing and Production!

My students range from as 3.5 years old, to the grandmother of a couple of my students. I wo
rk mostly with children, but have a handful of adult beginner students I work with as well.

Everyone is different - and I personally take the time and effort to develop and customize my lessons and materials for each student. I'll push you (a little!), to make you realize just how much you can do!

Music is an all-rounded experience. Not only can I offer you a chance to learn how to play different styles of piano, from jazz to pop to classical, but I can also teach you how to write your own songs, arrange them, and perhaps (if you like) record them!
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Estrella H. November 28, 2015
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Excellent teacher. Was very impressed on how well the piano classes were explained in detail. My 6 years old learned a lot in her first piano class! My daughter came out super excited and motivated!
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Estrella H. November 28, 2015
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Excellent teacher. Was very impressed on how well the piano classes were explained in detail. My 6 years old learned a lot in her first piano class! My daughter came out super excited and motivated!
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Mary S. January 8, 2015
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
We are absolutely thrilled with our experience with Tammy. My two sons meet with her online to review the Mandarin language they take at school. The extra 30 min. a week of conversation and tone work is invaluable. I would rate Tammy a 10/10 as she sends highlights, a review and suggestions of study for the week after each lesson. If a person can have teenage boys look forward to "extra" Chinese weekly, they deserve a medal!
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Tammy Y.

Tammy Y.

New York, NY 10023
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About Jae L.

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Jae is an award-winning Juilliard-trained New York-based composer, arranger, teacher, and pianist. As a versatile musician, he breaks boundaries between genres as a composer and performer, and is equally at home with classical, jazz, and popular music. An active arranger in the New York music scene, his big-band arrangement for the History of Men Moving On video, featured on the popular YouTube channel, "cdza," was highlighted on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. As a celebrated pianist, he has won numerous regional and state piano competitions throughout his career as both a classical and jazz pianist, and actively concertizes around the United States.

Jae has maintained a private teaching studio since coming to Juilliard and has helped many students prepare for theory and ear training placement exams of all levels and win various piano competitions around the country. He is very experienced in teaching students of all age groups, designing unique curriculums that meet ...

About Jae
Jae Lee is an award-winning New York-based composer, organist, pianist, and educator. As a versatile classical musician, he breaks boundaries between genres and is equally at home with jazz, gospel, and pop idioms. He actively concertizes around the United States and is commissioned by many ensembles around the world. He made his Carnegie Hall debut (Stern Auditorium) in 2017.

A devoted educator, he currently teaches music theory to highly gifted students at Juilliard's Pre-College Division. While a student, he was a Lecturing Teaching Fellow in the Music Theory Department at Juilliard, a position he held since his third year of undergraduate studies. He also served as the Graduate Studies Teaching Assistant for classes on Beethoven and the American Symphony.

He graduated with his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree from J
uilliard from the “highly selective” Accelerated Bachelors/Masters program studying under Dr. Christopher Rouse. He also graduated with "Academic Honors," which was only awarded to six students in the entire graduating class of 2017.
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Jae L.

Jae L.

New York, NY 10023
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About Rebekah J.

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Hey there I'm Rebekah! I've been teaching music for 16 years to elementary and middle school age children mainly. I'm originally from the beautiful Cayman Islands. Have lots of experience and I enjoy working with children and sharing with them in the basic elements of music education. Look forward to hearing from you

About Rebekah
Hey there! My name is Rebekah! I was born into a very musical family and am originally from the beautiful Cayman Islands.

In 2004, I graduated from Florida Southern College earning my Bachelor’s in Music Education Degree with a concentration in vocal studies. While at Florida Southern, I had the awesome privilege of studying classical voice under the world renowned mezzo soprano, the late Beverly Wolff.

Following earning my degree, I returned home to the Cayman Islands where I began building a career in music education. For over 12 years, I had the privilege of teaching general music to over 500 students per week. I also enjoyed teaching voice and piano privately during this time.

Throughout my teaching career, I have dedicated much time in preparing instrumental and vocal soloists, small ensembles, and large choirs for loca
l competitions where they won numerous gold and silver awards. I have a deep love for musical theater and have produced and directed many Jr Musicals featuring my students.

As a teacher, I have won numerous awards including the Cayman Islands Classroom of the Month Award in May of 2016.
I am also an accomplished Jazz vocalist and I love to perform in my free time.

I work very well with people and am very patient and kind, which is very important in the field of teaching. Look forward to assisting you as we explore this wonderful world of music. Look forward to hearing from you soon!
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Nathan June 19, 2017
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An amazing instructor, and incredibly personable!
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Rebekah J.

Rebekah J.

New York, NY 10025
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About Grady T.

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We'll have fun exploring the basics techniques of the piano while working on a dynamic repertoire together. The intention will be to get yourself to the next level of playing.

About Grady
My personal philosophy of music is to explore and learn as much from my students as I can teach them. For me teaching is like going on an adventure to find something together. I've been able to play all over the world and tour with many different musicians and the thing that made the core of every great performance was the human interaction and communication. For me music is about being more human. This is something I just as much try to impart and teach in my lessons as theory and technique. (On a side note I can travel farther than 13 miles as long as it's in the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens or the Bronx).
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Kilun August 4, 2018
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It was entertaining and helpful lecture. I love Grady's class. He is such a good teacher!
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Ethan April 4, 2018
· Piano · In home
Dynamic, fun, organized teacher. My son is learning a lot and loves it! Thanks, Grady!
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Matteo March 3, 2018
· Piano · In home
It is such a joy to take lessons with Grady, he has such positive vibes and he is a perfect fit for our family. His lessons are never one dimensional and we love every minute.
He has a genuine passion for the piano and music theory and it resonates during each lesson whether it is for our child or for our adult lesson. We love Grady!
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Grady T.

New York, NY 10003
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About Caroline P.

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With more than 10 years' experience as a Piano Teacher, I teach beginners, intermediate, and advanced level. Currently I have over 30 students taking lessons with me. My teaching experience has afforded me a well-rounded skill set, including first-rate communication and organizational skills. In addition to my experience and personal qualities, I have a solid educational foundation and a passion for music and performance arts.
I want my students to reach their potential and aspirations while having a wonderful time!

About Caroline
Caroline has been teaching private lessons since 2005 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home and her piano studio. She has helped many students prepare for local competitions, concerts, and NYSSMA examinations Also she is a member of Piano Teachers Congress of NY.

Caroline received her training at Juilliard School , Yale University, and Manhattan School of Music where she received her B.A , M.A, and Doctoral degree. As an expert in her field, Caroline looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.
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Sue August 30, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Taking piano lessons with Ms.Park has been a positive experience.
Caroline is patient, kind. I highly recommend Ms Park !
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Jan August 28, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
I have been Caroline's student for several years now, and she is an excellent teacher. She is a superb pianist (as her credentials indicate), but she was also encouraging, supportive and attuned to me as a student. She was able to isolate particular trouble spots and suggest ways to fix the problems at those spots.
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Carlos S August 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I've been a long time student of Mrs. Park and I can say she is one of the best instructors I've ever had. She is always on time for lessons, very accommodating, and nice and easy to understand during practice. Highly recommend if anyone's looking to pick up piano at any level
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Caroline P.

Caroline P.

Manhasset, NY 11030
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About Rixiang H.

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I’m teaching at Juilliard Private Teaching Division.

About Rixiang
Chinese pianist Rixiang is the gold medalist of 2016 New York International Artists Piano Competition and is praised by audiences and critics for his superb artistry and passionate, charismatic performance style on four continents. Rixiang's performances have earned high accolades of audiences and critics alike. The Voice of North Carolina wrote of his performance "... Rixiang, who gave a bang-up performance...He was brilliant and rose to every challenge…”

As an immersive and versatile soloist, Rixiang has performed extensively all over the world in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center, England White Rock Theatre, Spain Santander Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, Braunschweig City Concert Hall in Germany, Hamamatsu ACT Concert Hall, Indonesia Aula Sinfonia Jakarta, China National Center f
or the Performing Arts, and the Beijing Concert Hall. Additionally, Rixiang has appeared as a guest soloist with orchestras around the world including Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra, Indonesia National Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Music Festival Orchestra, and Eastern Music Festival Orchestra. He has worked with such pre-eminent Maestros such as Jac Van Steen, Joel Smirnoff, Earl Lee, Eric Garcia and Gabriel Laufer. His performances have been broadcast by BBC, Classic FM, WCLV, China Radio International and Radio Online Indonesia.

Rixiang has been a featured artist at Bowdoin International Music Festival, Chautauqua International Music Festival, Art of the Piano at the University of Cincinnati, Piano Texas, Piano New Paltz, and Pianofest in the Hamptons. He has performed in master classes with Sergei Babayan, Stephen Hough, John Perry, Robert Levin, Vladimir Feltsman, Dimitry Alexeev, Valdimir Ovchinnikov, Veda Kaplinsky and many other world-renowned pianists and pedagogues. As an avid chamber performer, he was selected to participate in the Advanced Piano Trio Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, directed by cellist Sharon Robinson of the acclaimed Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio.
The laureate of many prestigious international piano competitions include top prizes in Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, Dallas International Piano Competition, New York International Artists Piano Competition, ASEAN International Concerto Competition, United States Virtuosic International Piano Competition, and Chautauqua Music Festival Piano Competition.
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Rixiang H.

Rixiang H.

New York, NY 10023
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About Karen S.

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I teach all styles to all levels and ages I have been doing this for 40 years. I have an excellent track record of students as far as the number of years they study with me. Many of my young students have pursued music in their adult lives.

About Karen
I am a highly experienced teacher of all abilities and ages. In fact, I have been an individual and group class teacher since 1980. Longevity is a big part of my practice, as people choose to study with me for decades. Many youngsters have gone on to be musicians in their adult lives. My lessons are tailored for each and every student. I am quick and creative, yet patient and loving.
Ask one of my current client for a recommendation!
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Karen S.

Karen S.

New York, NY 10003
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Juillard MM and BM, professor at Manhattan College, first class instruction for all who are ambitious, young students, and serious about making rapid improvement.

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Manhattan College Professor, Juilliard Masters degree, Steinway Artist, critically acclaimed pianist and recording artist. Students make fast and brilliant progress! Please visit website for recordings and details.
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Ralph August 9, 2018
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Top notch New York pianist and teacher! Wonderful with children, distinguished professor, friendly, a true role model. Highest of integrity and standards.
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Leila August 5, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Why study piano with a mediocrity when you can have an incredible Juilliard pianist/teacher like this? I have studied with him since I was seven. His loyalty and concern is boundless. I’m now a scholarship student majoring in piano at a great university. What does that tell you?
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· Piano · In studio
Wonderful teacher, one of the best in New York City. If you’re serious about becoming good, this is your guy!
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James B.

James B.

New York, NY 10040
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$125 / 60-min

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