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***
I specialize in Classical and Pop music and typically use various method books with supplemental sheet music customized to my student's needs and desires. I also use both grand piano and studio piano for playing duets at each lesson which students really enjoy.
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.
Learning to play the piano was a lifelong dream of mine. I’ve been taking lessons from Janet now for five years. As an “adult” student starting from scratch, I was concerned that I would never really be able to understand music or become truly competent. When I look back to where I started from and how far I’ve come, I’m amazed. Janet is truly a genius at teaching. She makes difficult concepts easy to understand. And she truly understands the challenges of the adult learner. But learning is always enjoyable, never stressful. I look forward to my lessons and even my at-home practicing sessions. It’s become a kind of therapy for me! I would recommend Janet and the Fine Arts Music School to any who is serious about learning to play the piano.
Bev - Mamaroneck, NY
January 17, 2019
Janet has been an amazing resource for our family. Her patience and ability to work with young kids is exceptional.
April 29, 2018
I am an adult who learned piano for 2 years when I was little before quitting. I wanted to regain my skills and Janet has been helping me do that. She’s fantastic, kind, flexible and encouraging! She reminded me to enjoy the music while at the same time challenging me to improve my skills to the next level I couldn’t be more excited !!
Instruction in beginning and intermediate piano for all ages. Usage of lesson, theory, ear-training, sight reading, recital and more to advance learning!
Hello! I am a skilled teacher with a passion for helping others learn and excel! I hold my bachelor's degrees in music education and vocal performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I completed my master's degree in vocal performance from the University of North Texas. I have been teaching over 15 years. I tailor instruction to your need. I can help you become a stronger musician, be ready for performances and auditions, prepare for special occasions, competitions, recitals, concerts and more!
I am also very interested in nutrition and cooking. I have thus studied these areas and love to share this knowledge with others. I can help you with healthy eating, meal planning and understanding nutrients to maximize your nutrition. Cooking is endless....I can show you many, many types. Just ask!
Contact me with any qu
estions or for information. The availability displayed is primarily beginning mid/late May through the summer, when school is out. If you are interested in cooking, please send me a message. I am sometimes able to accommodate cooking lessons on Sundays given that they take longer. Thank you!
*** Specialties *** Classical, Opera, Broadway, Sacred, Art Song, Church Music
With a background in Suzuki method and Masters degree in music composition, I use my own method and curriculum that aim to give a thorough understanding of how music works and sounds as well as training the memory of songs and exercises, technique, and improvisation.
I'm a professional composer, teacher, and pianist - and I like to keep active doing all three throughout my community. On July 31, 2013 TakeLessons featured me on Seattle King 5's morning TV news program - I taught a miniature lesson and discussed the impact of piano lessons on the brain. My piano and composition lessons are very in-depth, but also very flexible. Because of my thorough knowledge and experience with music, I can teach all ages, skill levels, and an array of important subjects - including piano, ear-training, music theory, improvisation, composition, creativity, music history, ethnomusicology, and percussion. I cater to each student's interests as well as incorporate many of these subjects into my piano lessons so that every student gains a thorough understanding of music and becomes a well-rounded musician.
I started ta
king Suzuki piano lessons when I was 5 and quickly fell in love with the piano. Since the Suzuki method incorporates such thorough ear-training and the ability to play without sheet music, I quickly began to explore my creative side and was improvising on the piano by age 7. Naturally, this led to composition! Music was flowing through me, and I was able to both improvise and compose my inspirations on the piano. I entered and placed in the Reflections state composition contest each year. Throughout my youth, I was also very involved with the band (played trumpet), dance, drama and attended many symphonies, ballets, plays and operas - giving me a well-rounded artistic upbringing.
I pursued my passion and earned a Bachelor's degree in music composition from Mills College, followed by a Master's degree in music composition from the renowned California Institute of the Arts. My thorough education has taught me to compose for any instrument or ensemble as well as compose for film, dance, and theater. It has also taught me to understand the piano in-depth, along with theory and ear-training. Since graduating in 2006, I have scored several films, received commissions to compose for ensembles and musicians, and taught both composition and piano lessons. I also created an ensemble named SIRÃoNa that I composed for, managed, and performed piano, percussion, and indigenous flutes in, and I was interviewed and featured on NPR along with local radio stations and newspapers. I have produced two CD's. Most recently, I composed a score for a silent film, premiering live with the Seattle Jazz Ensemble as part of the moisture festival in Seattle.
Do you want to learn to sit at any piano and simply play what you feel? Or turn that tune running through your head into a song that you or others can perform? Or to master every detail of a piece of music so that you can express it exactly as the composer intended? I can teach you! I encourage all ages and backgrounds to explore their creative musical passions and discover the endless possibilities of piano performance and music composition!
*** Lesson Details *** When teaching piano, I take a similar approach to the Suzuki method. But instead of teaching from the Suzuki books, I teach my own composed exercises and pieces that I believe are more fun and accessible to today's student of any age! I create MP3 recordings of each exercise and have students listen to and memorize the exercises in their own time.This is a very important aspect of my lessons that thoroughly develops the ear - giving the student the ability to play the exercise from memory and to deeply understand the connection between their actions and the resulting sound.
I develop my exercises to progress each student through an increasing degree of technique difficulty and musical parameters - such as rhythm, melody, chords, harmony, key and range. Beginning exercises will isolate a specific musical parameter to bring thorough understanding of its possibilities, while advanced exercises and pieces will work on coordinating multiple parameters and techniques at the same time. Within 6 months, a beginner piano student will have tackled and perfected simple yet fun exercises that incorporate each major musical parameter, as well as develop correct posture and finger technique, and have developed some ear training and basic music theory skills. I also have my students do creative exercises, which develop more thorough ear training and the ability to eventually improvise and compose on the piano. More advanced piano students will perfect their ability to interpret and express each piece of music that they play and will receive thorough ear training, music theory lessons, and develop their creative abilities through piano improvisation and composition. Once they have tackled the fundamentals, intermediate and advanced piano students will learn the classics as well.
Along with piano lessons, I'm also highly qualified to teach music composition - including beginning to advanced composition, music theory, composing for any instrument or ensemble, Sibelius computer notation program, film scoring, and orchestration.
*** Studio Equipment *** Private room, desk, professional digital piano - 88 keys fully weighted, piano bench. 2 professional cameras and iMac computer for online lessons. Percussion instruments for young students. Sibelius for composition students... Parents can sit in.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect students to have their own piano or keyboard when having a lesson in their home.
*** Specialties *** Piano, Composition, Suzuki method, Classical, Contemporary, Ear Training, Memory Training, Piano Improvisation, Music Theory, Piano Ergonomics, In-depth Holistic Approach, Music History, Rhythm and Percussion. Success in teaching ages 3 and up, all backgrounds and ages.
After the first lesson you will be making music be on your way to achieving your musical goals. Classical piano requires a strong foundation in fundamentals such as theory, sightreading, technique and performance practice all of which we will begin to explore in your first lesson.
With 10+ years as a music teacher and professional musician I have picked up many approaches that will insure you are making the most progress and truly finding your musical voice.
As a teacher, I have worked with of many ages and backgrounds. One of my students, Skylar Stecker, has gone on to become a successful major label recording artist recently becoming the youngest artist to receive a number 1 on the dance billboard charts. I recently had the opportunity to tour with her as her guitarist and pianist.
I have studied, performed and taught music for over 10 years. I hold a B.A. in music from USC. My professional experience as a musician and teacher has led me to many areas of the music business. I've worked as an apprentice to several established film composers and arrangers and have had the opportunity work with Lionel Hampton New York Big Band, Metropole Orchestra, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Clayton Brothers, Rachelle Farrell, Michael Buble, and Charles Aznavour. I play guitar, mandolin, piano,
bass, ukulele, banjo as well as write music.
*** Lesson Details *** I am extremely patient and firmly believe that anybody can learn to play music.
I try to keep my teaching philosophy simple. We figure out your musical goals and aspirations and carve out a path to achieving them. Along the way I will try to illuminate how the path to attaining your goals and aspirations is best taken at an enjoyable, relaxed pace and with a strong work ethic.
I always prepare for your lessons based on your interests, integrating relevant books and videos, creating handouts tailored to what we are studying in order to maintain clarity.
Experienced violin, viola and piano teacher of 30+ years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of reading, theory and performance skills. I specialize in classical music. I use a variety of methods and literature all dependent on personal need and style of each student.
Maria O has been teaching piano lessons since she was in high school. There were enough children in the neighborhood who inspired her to teach piano. She took up BS degree in Music Education, and her main interest was teaching private violin and piano lessons.
Her usual clients really varies a great deal. Each student, young or old, who comes from different backgrounds, stories, and history. They are all different individuals. She tries to take each and every student as an individual and teach them in ways that best suits their personality.
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.
Graduate of Conservatory of Music, Shenyang, 12 years Experience Teaching American, Chinese and Australian Students and adults Fluent in English and Mandarin You can come to my place in Stratford for lessons as well for a lower rate.
I have 12 years of experience teaching piano to kids and adults. I am fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese. I used to study in piano major in Shenyang conservatory of Music in China Liaoning province. I was born in China, my native language is mandarin Chinese. My lessons are fun and easy to follow. I have taught kids from age 5 up to high school as well as some adult students. My students are both English speakers only or Chinese and English bilingual kids. I teach them read and playing notes at the same time. Many students have been improving their skills and enjoy playing piano year after years. I love teaching piano, really enjoy helping children to learn playing piano and show their talent. It has been a great experience and fun to be a piano teacher myself. Looking forward to help many many more children and adults who love
Cheng is a great teacher ! She tought my 6 years old daughter piano, for a year and a half .
She never in rush and stays even few more minutes.
Unfortunately, we had to move to a different town -40 min away .
We miss Cheng !
"Miss Fawn is my all time favorite teacher! She's very clear about her teaching and is a great teacher to learn from. Although she's strict on learning, sh
e's honestly a teacher where you actually have fun at the same time! She actually makes sure that you understand, and I'm glad she does that. She makes me laugh so much and is so funny! I enjoy her class very much and I want to thank her for making me a great piano player!"
"The best instructor by far after searching around for a piano instructor for my daughter. Looking forward to many more lessons!"
"At first, I doubted that I could do a piano lesson online but Mr. Raymond erased all my doubt on the very first section with him. He is really good at wha
t he does. I asked him a question and he answered it without any confusion. From his answers, I know he is really knowledgable in music generally, and piano specifically. He is friendly and laid-back but he will make sure you perfectly play your pieces. Take him and you will have no regret!"
"My 4.5 year old daughter had her first piano lesson with Jingci. I had learned how to play piano when I was a kid, so I could tell Jingci knows how to tea
ch the basic foundation very well. She's firm yet patient and got my daughter to follow her instructions even though her attention span isn't that great at her age."
"Natasha is an amazing pianist and a wonderful teacher. She’s learned from the best and teaches just like the best. She is encouraging and supportive."
"I took piano lessons with Daniela for 4 years. It was a very valuable experience. Daniela is not only very passionate about music, but is also an extraord
inary instructor. She assigned me many classical pieces that really pushed me to advance in my musical techniques and skills. Additionally, Daniela organizes two recitals every year for family and friends. If you are looking for a well-rounded instructor who truly cares about her profession and her student, then Daniela is the instructor for you!"
"I’ve been delighted with my lessons with Semyon from day one. I had studied classical piano as a child but took a hiatus of several decades, and was some
what nervous about starting up again. Semyon has put me at ease, and is so enthusiastic and encouraging, it’s contagious. He also has a focus on technique that I was looking for (scales and Hanon so far, which I know I need!). He knows his stuff but doesn’t overwhelm me with too much too soon. As an adult student, I couldn’t be more pleased with my choice and highly recommend him."
"Ben was very professional and personable with the boys. arrived in a timely manner. works great with children ."
"Eric knows a wide range of repertoire and we listened to various pieces by different composers and genres to see what music I like. As someone who is very
new to classical music, he prevented piano learning from being too overwhelming. He challenges you so you can reach higher and help you do your best."