Brian Trahan

Brian T.

Brooklyn, NY

Lesson Details



Brian delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
November 2000

Hi! I am Brian T., a piano teacher based in Redhook, Brooklyn. Whether you (or your child) don't know a C# from an H%, or you are an experienced pianist looking for technical and interpretative guidance and/or college audition preparation, you've come to the right place!

I am a piano teacher with fifteen years of teaching experience and a University of Michigan School of Music degree. I have won piano competitions, performed classical and jazz piano for special events, and when I was younger I actually played at Carnegie Hall. Now I I play professionally every week - I have toured the country as a keyboardist with rock and pop bands, and write and record music for TV ads, short films, and for my band, Sun Nectar.

I offer private classical piano lessons to musicians of all ages and skill levels, at the following locations:
-my home studio in Redhook, Brooklyn
-in your home
-at the National Opera Center in Manhattan

Lessons are either 30 or 60 minutes long, and you may be surprised how quickly you are able to learn to not only play the piano, but to think musically and express yourself through the instrument. Most importantly, lessons are fun, motivating, and catered to your personal musical interests.

-Aside from classical piano, students may choose to focus on contemporary rock, pop, and jazz piano, or composition and music theory. However, new pianists always start with a foundation in classical technique.

I teach out of a studio room with a lovely polished ebony Kingsburg upright is accessible from F and G trains. I currently have 17 fantastic students who are studying classical and/or popular piano techniques, music theory, and/or film scoring and composition, and am looking to expand.

There are so many instruments to choose from, but for new musicians, there is endless value in starting with piano:
-The player is able see the music laid out before him/her, organized into visible scales, shapes, and voicings.
-The piano allows the player to simultaneously play each element of a fully orchestrated piece
-A solo piano composition can sound as full and rich or as small and light as the player/composer desires
-The piano is a well-rounded, squeak-free, ideal tool with which to build a solid musical foundation that will last a lifetime.

Thank you for visiting, and I hope to meet you soon!

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Pianist and Audio Engineer
Apr 2010 - Jul 2012
University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching

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Sep 2006 - Oct 2011

Continued teaching private lessons through college and beyond in Ann Arbor, MI.

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May 2001 - Aug 2006
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Held private piano lessons with up to 24 students per week, many of whom went on to be competition winners, music students in college, or piano teachers themselves. Also led group classes with up to 5 pianists playing the same repertoire simultaneously.


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University of Michigan
Bachelor of Music in PAT, Piano Principal
Sep 2006 - Apr 2011
University of Michigan

Photos & Videos


This is me playing Brahms Rhapsodie No. 2 in G minor at Perfect Time Piano Studio.
Alex after finishing Chopin Prelude in E Minor.

Photo by Brian T.


3 Reviews

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Dennis P. Jun 6, 2016
Piano · In home

Brian is a great teacher, or as my son says: very cool! It creates the perfect balance between technique and fun. Dennis is looking forward to his next lesson.

Nick Harvey Dec 14, 2015
Piano · In studio

3 lessons in and I'm learning exactly what I wanted to. Knowledgeable in a variety of styles, I recommend lessons with Brian.

Viri D. Jul 28, 2014
Piano · In studio

Brian is an excellent piano teacher for our young son. He is patient and caring. He's very knowledgeable, is willing to work with the student (and parents), and incorporates requests into the lessons, such as a particular song. Moreover, Brian adapts his teaching to keep pace with a child's attention span, and Brian explains concepts to children in terms that they can understand.

Our son has learned how to read sheet music and play through Brian.

We recommend Brian.

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