Erik Flaten

Erik F.

Philadelphia, PA
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Lesson Details

Piano

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experienced concert pianist, teacher, and music director available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I enjoy teaching in all levels, and my work experience has included working with special needs children and teaching adults while an Adjunct Faculty member at New York University’s Steinhardt School. Lessons are catered to maximizing the students interests, passions, and strengths. All students have the opportunity to perform in two annual studio recitals for free. Simply put, my goal is to help each student become the best musician they can be.
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About

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

Teaching since:
2007

Pianist, music director, and vocal coach, Erik was born and raised in Eastern Washington state. He has been heard all across the northwest and beyond, in cities including Seattle, Portland, Tacoma, NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Houston, and internationally in Prague and Salzburg. Erik has been a guest artist at Whitman College, Portland State University, The Kairos Chamber Music Lyceum, California State University Summer Arts, the West Seattle Symphony, and the Gig-Harbor Peninsula Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing, Erik’s passion for teaching has led him to be an adjudicator for various festivals including the Washington Sonata-Sonatina Festival and the Washington Regional Solo and Ensemble Festival.

Newly relocating to the East Coast, Erik is highly sought after for his collaborative work with both instrumentalists and vocalists. He is comfortable in all musical styles and genres, and has an extensive knowledge of music history and theory. Erik is currently on staff at New York University.

Students of Erik have the opportunities to perform in studio recitals and workshops.

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Experience

Music Instructor and Accompanist
Jan 2017 - Present
Settlement Music School

Director of Contemporary Music
Jan 2017 - Present
Reformation Lutheran Church

Staff Pianist
Sep 2016 - Present
New York University

Music Director
May 2015 - Aug 2016
Metropolitan Community Church San Francisco

Staff Pianist
Sep 2015 - Jun 2016
Chabot College

Educational Outreach Pianist
Apr 2015 - Jun 2016
Livermore Valley Opera

Music Director
Jun 2012 - Aug 2014
Cedar Hills United Church of Christ

Adjunct Faculty
Aug 2011 - May 2012
New York University

Education

MM Piano Performance - Solo Piano
Aug 2014 - Jun 2016
San Francisco State University
MM Piano Performance - Collaborative Piano
Aug 2011 - May 2012
New York University
BM Piano Performance
Aug 2007 - Jun 2011
Central Washington University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Full Tuition Piano Scholarship
Aug 2015
San Francisco State University
Carol Ferrando Scholarship
Dec 2014
San Francisco State University
Full Tuition Piano Scholarship
Aug 2014
San Francisco State University

Photos & Videos

Images, Book I Claude Debussy, Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI:  46    Joseph Haydn, Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 22     Alberto Ginastera
Performing the Grieg Piano Concerto with the West Seattle Symphony

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Working with Grammy and Tony award winning pianist Rob Fisher.

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6 Reviews

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Louise A. Jan 25, 2017
Piano · In studio

I was impressed by Erik's resume and had my first lesson today. He is very thorough and I can see from only one lesson that he will make a positive impact on my learning.

Siobhan Jan 24, 2017
Piano · In studio

Truly amazing teacher!

Keith Nov 2, 2016
Piano · In home

Erik is able to explain in a way that easily understood.

Sam E. Jun 5, 2016
Piano · In home

I don't normally write reviews, but felt compelled to after taking piano lessons with Eric for a few months. I'm an adult-learner, and was previously considering giving up piano due to a lack of progress. Eric's focused teaching style and enthusiasm for the instrument has re-ignited my interest in piano, while I can see (hear) tangible improvement in my playing with each lesson.

I'd have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Eric to students of all levels.

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Kelly Brancaccio Feb 29, 2016
Piano · In home

I have written a review before but now after many months, feel compelled to write again. Erik is wonderful. He is so patient, talented, and dependable. My son who was not overly eager to continue piano looks forward to his lessons with Erik and has improved a lot. Recommend without any hesitation at all.

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Kelly Brancaccio Oct 20, 2015
Piano · In home

Erik is wonderful! My 8 year old son has taken several lessons with Erik. Erik is great with him - patient, encouraging and you can tell he has planned the lesson realizing the importance of building on what was learned last. We are happy to have found such a great teacher and would highly recommend him for children or adults.

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