Whether you are just beginning or are looking to come back to the piano, together we can develop your skills so you can learn to read music and play piano!
Hello, my name is Brenda! It is nice to meet you.
I have been teaching private lessons for over a decade, and hold two music degrees and two teaching certifications in music (NJ) and ESL (international). I obtained my B.M. in Music Education from William Paterson University where I was a voice major and flute/piano double minor, and obtained my Masters of Music in Performance with the Opera Institute at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
Although I do work with students of all ages, I specialize in working with younger children and retired adults!
I primarily teach voice, flute, piano, music theory and history and have over 10 years of experience teaching in both individual and group settings. I also work on audition and performance preparation, do speech/accent work and more. I am constantly studying different
teaching methods so I can develop a custom program that best fits your learning styles and incorporates what you already know, with what you will need to learn in order to achieve your goals.
*** Lesson Details *** Whether you want to play flute, sing, act, or learn to play piano, I am here to help you become the best musician you can be. Classically trained, I also work with the styles of musical theatre, pop, rock, and jazz. I can teach you the proper techniques, posture, and breathing necessary to perform to the best of your ability and teach you how to utilize your full lung capacity to extend phrasing length and dynamic range. I will also help you learn to read and write music. Together, we will keep a log to track your progress lesson to lesson. This will also help you keep a record of the steps you are taking to obtain and achieve your goals and dreams.
*** Specialties *** Young and beginner students. Senior & Retired students Students with special needs. Performance techniques. Audition preparation Speech techniques (public speaking/voice-overs, etc.) Bel Canto technique. Performance anxiety Life coaching!
"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning" ~Plato
**if you need a particular time slot or one not listed on my availability I will do my best to accommodate your needs**
**All lessons will be scheduled in advance with confirmation of both the student and instructor. If cancellation is necessary, a written notice 48 hour cancellation policy is in effect or you forfeit the lesson credit. For lessons scheduled outside of the areas provided, a surcharge for travel will be added.**
***BB Studio now has a base location! Studio lessons are now also available for students 18+ in addition to in-home and on-line lessons***
Specialize in ABRSM syllabus and music school auditions
Second-Prize winner of the 2017 New York International Artists Association Piano Competition, Hong Kong native Brian Lam was hailed by Sergei Babayan as “a very fine young pianist whose talents cannot be taught by others”. He won the First Prize at the 2014 Brooklyn College Concerto Competition, which led to a performance of Chopin’s e minor concerto with the school’s symphony under the baton of George Rothman, music director of the Riverside Symphony in New York. Two years later, in 2016, he won the First Prize at the American Proteges International Concerto Competition. Other achievements include a Gold Medal at the Young Classical Virtuoso International Piano Competition. Brian was also a finalist at the First VIVO-S International Music Competition in 2017.
Brian has appeared in greatly-acclaimed music festivals such as
the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in 2011 (full scholarship) & the Hudson PianoFest at Nyack College of Music in 2015. He has also played at Steinway Halls in London & New York, Weill Recital and Zankel Halls at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufmann Music Center and Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.
Brian holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in Piano Performance (summa cum laude) from Brooklyn College. His principal mentors are Adam Kent and William Wolfram.
The reason I came to Mr. Brian: I wasn't making any progress under my previous teacher at a local music school. I'd say I absolutely have made the right decision to study with him! At first, my parents thought Mr. Brian's piano lessons are a bit expensive, but they let me try out the first few lessons. Worth the price! I have stayed with him for almost 4 years. He is so passionate with piano and he always tries to push me to my fullest potential, even when certain pieces seem impossible for me to tackle. We are working on a 45 min college audition program; I have never imagined I could make it this far (I hated piano when I was a kid).
November 5, 2018
Mr. Brian has prepped me well for performances. I have learned a lot from him. He is very passionate about music and he really taught me how to express myself through piano playing. I am a very shy person and have stage fright. My parents think I have advanced a lot under Brian's tutelage. I highly recommend him. A great friend, mentor and an amazing pianist!
May 13, 2018
He had been my piano teacher and mentor for 5+years. Equipped with marvelous knowledge and meticulousness on music and piano performance, he is capable and willing to uphold his professionalism. He is not going to move on until you have mastered certain fundamental musical ideations or techniques. Mr. Brian is not the type of teacher who only talks in theory or with instructions, but he can actually perform what he demands from students. Hence, he is doubtlessly a marvelous piano performer, as well as instructor, where I am certain students can learn a lot from his lessons.
Isabel is from Leawood, KS and is currently pursuing a Masters of Music in piano at Mannes School of Music under the direction of Dr. Vladimir Valjarevic. She has performed at international music festivals such as the International Institute for Young Musicians, International Keyboard Institute and Festival, Brevard Music Center and MusicFest Perugia. She has performed as a soloist accompanied by orchestras in Italy, Kansas and Missouri. She was awarded the Gladys Casford Memorial Scholarship, first prize in the KMTA Collegiate Auditions and was a finalist in the International Young Artist Piano Competition. She has found teaching beginner and intermediate students of all ages to be a fun, valuable addition to her own studies for the past 8 years. She aspires to bring concepts into focus and spark the joy of music for each student, as her teachers have done for her.
In 2019, Isabel, a NYC-based pianist, won two international competitions in China: the ROXE MTSY International Music Competition in Xian and BIMFA Solo Piano Competition in Beijing. She’s also been a prize winner in the International Young Artist Competition in D.C., the Fite Family Piano Competition, Sigma Alpha Iota Competition, K.C. Musical Club Competition, and KMTA Collegiate Auditions. She’s played as a soloist with the Orquesta de la Universidad de Alicante of Spain, and the Heritage Philharmonic Orchestra of Missouri. She’s performed at a variety of international concert venues, including Teatro Pavone of Perugia, Italy; Xian Concert Hall in Xian, China; RUC Concert Hall in Beijing, China; Opera America and The International House in NYC; Lied Center in Lawrence, Kansas, among others. Isabel has found teaching piano lessons to be
ginner, intermediate and advanced students of all ages to be a fun and valuable addition to her own studies for the past eight years. She aspires to bring new concepts into focus and spark the joy of music for every student, as her teachers have done for her. Isabel recently completed a Masters of Music degree in Piano Performance at Mannes School of Music – The New School under the direction of Dr. Vladimir Valjarevic, where she was awarded a Teaching Fellowship. She received her Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance and certificate in Entrepreneurship from KU School of Music studying with department chair Dr. Jack Winerock.
-Berklee College of Music Almuna -Interlochen Arts Academy Graduate
Classical piano is very beautiful. Your fist homework assignment is to listen to it regularly to begin to understand it. Piano is a very logical instrument. I will break everything down for you in a simple way for you to understand. We will learn different styles and genres to make things interesting. We will learn how to write a song, play along to a track and learn to play by ear and by reading music. I am excited to get to know you and help you grow in your talent!
Leah, a teacher, singer/songwriter, musician, entertainer and Berklee College of Music graduate.
She loves teaching and loves her students. Her main joy in teaching is watching her students grasp a new understanding and appreciation for their desired art and growing in their skills and talent. She loves seeing her students overcome obstacles. In her lessons, Leah sets the tone for care and a safe space to truly grow fearlessly. It is important to grow in confidence in your craft. In lessons, she covers setting a foundation, different genres, confidence, warm-up exercises, vocal techniques, ear training, music theory, harmony, performance techniques, audition preparation, range, improvisation, agility, freedom and more. She focusses on a few things at a time and has her students grow into other areas to work.
Musically, she provides
sounds and smooth tones of Jazz and Soul. Her latest EP entitled SonKissed is Jazz influenced music with Neo-Soul vibes and a positive message about love and life. She has been singing around Boston and New York and writing and recording new music. She has great things in store for her in the near future and much music and passion to share with the world.
Originating from Henderson, North Carolina, she grew up singing in school, church and choirs including the Raleigh Girls Choir of Raleigh, NC. Taking singing and piano lessons grew her love for music. She always had a fondness of jazz music starting at a young age, as her father would play jazz music. Studying music has led her to perform in recitals, concerts and festivals such as the Mozart Music Festival with The Capital City Girl’s Choir in Vienna, Austria, to study and perform abroad in Valencia, Spain, to graduate from Berklee College of Music and to continue writing, performing and growing as an artist. Leah also enjoys being involved in and performing in community events as she gives back. It is very important to her to help others as many have helped her.
She gets much of her inspiration from influences such as Jesus Christ, her parents, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Dianne Reeves, Lisa Fischer, Sammy Davis Jr., Sade, Anita O’day, India Arie, Erykah Badu, Adele, Diana Ross, Alicia Keys, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Mary Mary, Robin Thicke, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Esperanza Spalding, Miles Davis, Al Jarreau, Nancy Wilson, Ledisi, Sounds of Blackness, Take 6, Gretchen Parlato, and Quincy Jones just to name a few.
Leah was so knowledgeable and personable! After my first lesson, I’d say that she did a great job of explaining concepts that I typically struggle with, in simple ways. Her passion for teaching and her skill at singing both show! I’m so happy I found her!!
June 26, 2018
I have worked with Leah for quite some time now for vocal training. I have heard a major improvement in my voice with regards to vocal strength and breath control. I would reccomend Leah for vocal training.
June 24, 2018
Leah has ability to spot what your voice really needs to improve and she's a great vocalist .
I credit my first piano teacher for giving me the courage, technique, and love of music that has made me into the performer and teacher that I am today. This passion has led me to receive a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan, and currently I am pursuing my Master’s degree in classical vocal performance at the Mannes School of Music. My goal now is to inspire my students with the same fundamentals and joy for music that my first teacher instilled in me.
Beginning students of all ages are welcome, and styles that I teach include classical and pop. Lessons will focus on technique, reading, ear training, and basic music theory. Everyone is unique and has their own learning style, and I tailor my teaching to each individual. I love to helping others understand and play the piano and achieve their personal musical goals. It would be a pleasure to help you learn!
My passion is singing and I am pursuing a Master’s degree in classical vocal performance at the Mannes School of Music. My voice teachers have greatly impacted my life and my goal is to inspire my students in a similar way. Students of all ages and levels are welcome. Styles that I teach include art song, opera, and musical theater, with a focus on building a solid and healthy vocal technique.
I have acquired many different tools for teaching through my studies and teaching experience. My experience in dance, Alexander Technique, and acting informs my teaching approach. I include body awareness, character interpretation, and making the music come alive as an integral part of the lessons.
Everyone has a unique voice and learning style and I tailor my teaching to each individual. I love to teach and enjoy helping others discover thei
r voices and achieve their personal singing goals. It would be a pleasure to help you discover your voice!
Isbael has been very helpful in teaching me the basics. She is extremely positive and patient. I couldn't ask for a better vocal instructor.
November 26, 2018
I'm an advanced singer who has worked with Isabel on a few art songs, and she taught me so much! She has a natural knack for helping with song interpretation, and her focus on staying vocally healthy really helped me stay on track. Totally recommend!
October 16, 2018
Isabel is very professional and fun to work with. In our first few lessons, we worked on solidifying some basic fundamentals of singing (proper breathing, posture, etc.) and have since moved on to some simple songs/arias. She is a wonderful teacher for beginners like me, but with her skill level, I can see her as being an exceptional teacher for more advanced students as well.
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, also with a quite 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.
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.
Fantastic teacher! Looking forward to learning a great deal about performance, great practice tips and performing challenging repertoire! Highly recommend !
February 1, 2019
Vyacheslav is the complete music teacher. He is a deeply analytical artist and is extremely perceptive and helpful. His style is at once humanistic and disciplined - he is a master artist AND technician. He goes out of his way to help you beyond the duration of your lessons and encourages you to think and explore. Seize the opportunity to work with him if you get it. I guarantee it will be time well-spent.
November 21, 2018
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.
With 27 years teaching experience I offer private lessons in classical and contemporary piano, piano theory, and aural comprehension to children and adults of all levels. Professional training is available for the people who are preparing for the ABRSM, RCM, National Piano Guild Exam, NYSSMA, and competitions at all levels.
Born in South Korea, pianist Suji Lee began to play the piano at the age of 5. She earned her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in piano performance from Keimyung University in South Korea, and she came to New York to study under Mr. Phillip Kawin, graduating from the Manhattan School of Music with Professional Studies. To pursue her passion for teaching, she also continued to study in Teachers College in Columbia University. Ms. Lee has won the first prize both from Keimyung University Music Competition and the Concerto Competition by Daegu Symphony Orchestra. She also received the Best Teachers Award from Korea Radio Broadcasting in New York. Ms. Lee actively appears on numerous stages as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist, and she is also a part of multiple ongoing concert projects: the Piano Chamber Music Series, the Su
nday Afternoon Concert Series in the Tenafly Library and the Fort Lee Library, and the Saturday Concert Series in the Closter Library, Ridgewood Library, and many other places. Ms. Lee is a director and founder of the Music Tree studio in Harrington Park and New City NY as well as a faculty member of the Cresskill Summer Music Program in Cresskill High School. Ms. Suji founded a non profit organization, “Pro Sono” in 2018 which grants monthly concerts to various nursing homes and hospitals and shares Ms. Suji's students’ talent and love with the community.
Avoid this teacher, waste your money and your kid will not learn anything from her.
January 24, 2019
Ms. Suji is a wonderful, caring teacher, who really looks out for the overall musical experience your child will encounter. My daughter's love of piano and music as whole has enhanced because of Ms. Suji. I highly recommend Ms. Suji and Music Tree Piano Studio for anyone looking to start a lesson in piano. Your child will love playing the piano!
January 20, 2019
Suji has been teaching my daughter piano for 5 years. Not only is she an amazing teacher -but she is fair and works well with parents and our crazy schedules. She pushes my daughter to work hard while finding fun and creative ways to keep her interested in playing.
When I started playing Jazz there was hardly any reliable resource available to teach me where I grew up. Through a vast hard-earned experience both as a professional pianist/keyboardist and teacher, I have created a system of learning that saves students countless hours of wrong practice and frustration understanding the theory side. Many times before the start of a semester at the Jazz College where I teach I tell my students that my course syllabus can be summarized in 2 words: Applied, Theory. Those concepts connected when taught and applied to students through an efficient system of enjoyable practice leads to students playing Jazz sometimes in 3-6 months!
When I started playing Jazz there was hardly any reliable resource available to teach me where I grew up. Through a vast experience both as a professional pianist/keyboardist and teacher, I have created a system of learning that saves students countless hours of wrong practice and frustration understanding the theory side. Many times before the end of a semester at the Jazz College where I teach I tell my students that my course syllabus can be summarized in 2 words: Applied, Theory. Those concepts connected when taught and applied to students through an efficient system of enjoyable practice lead to students playing Jazz sometimes in 3-6 months!
"Natasha is very passionate about music, and sharing that passion with others through teaching. She is very supportive and will adjust the lesson to your s
kill level. I look forward to learning more from her!"
"She is thorough with technique, and patient. I look forward to future lessons."
"His lessons are engaging. I have not played piano for almost a decade, but I am learning fast, and he reignited my love of music again."
"Both my daughters age 7 and age 10 have been taking lessons with Mr. Cooper for almost 2 years. We cannot say enough good things about him. Specifically,
my older daughter has had 3 other teachers before Mr. Cooper, but has progressed leaps and bounds since starting with Mr. Cooper. He is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and a perfectionist, and I find that my daughters are always eager to go to lessons, and more importantly to practice throughout the week!"
"Kids look forward to every lesson!!! They have thrived with Melanie!!!"
"Very kind and patient teacher. She explains things in a way that are very easy to understand."
"Yumiko is very kind and patient. I have improved a lot during the last year and finally be able to play my favorite piece."
"Wonderful first session. So nice to begin lessons again. Ed was very professional and enthusiastic."
"Very patient teacher and willing to work around busy schedule. So far knows how to keep kids engaged and enjoy lessons"