Music Performance Lessons
Levels taught:Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
About Ian S.
A lifelong musician and songwriter, Ian S. has extensive experience teaching guitar and piano to students age 3 and up both as a private music instructor and as a staff music instructor at the Institute of Music for Children. With 28 years of experience on the guitar and 32 years on piano, Ian has studied and performed with several award-winning music artists, and has written, recorded, and produced over one hundred songs. He plays and teaches a variety of styles on both the guitar and the piano, from classical to jazz to rock. Ian is patient, friendly, and loves sharing the gift of music.
Ian was the guitarist in the Princeton University Jazz Ensemble for 3 seasons, was selected from a nationwide pool of musicians to perform at a special music event at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and was the recipient of the New Jersey Governor's Award in Arts Education for the category of Instrumental Music.
*** Lesson Details ***
I am very laid back and friendly, and I want you or your child to be as comfortable as possible during our lessons. You or your child will develop confidence and musical intelligence. I will make your lessons fun, enjoyable, and effective. Boredom is not an option! Music is fun... let's keep it that way.
The teaching methods I use will be custom-tailored to your individual needs, personality and specific musical goals. If it's guitar or piano you want to learn, I want to get you playing exactly what you want to be playing as soon as possible. That's what you're here for, and that's what I'm here for. I will make it happen. If it's songwriting that you want to learn, I will help you access that place inside of you that is dying to express itself creatively, and will teach you techniques to harness that energy and translate it successfully into musical expression.
You can expect to learn all the basics of music theory, proper playing techniques, improvisation and spontaneous musical expression, and I will help you develop your "ear" so you can figure out songs you like just by listening to them. This is all about you and your goals, and I want you to achieve them in a fun and engaging way.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room: Upright piano, guitars, amps, keyboard, percussion
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, fingerstyle (guitar), etc. I also teach improvisation and songwriting, and try to develop the student's ear for figuring out songs they like on their own.
Speaks Mandarin Chinese
B.A. Chinese from Rutgers University
Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Ian is fantastic teacher. He was so patient with my toddler daughter. And when she became fuzzy during the class, Ian could be so creative to always come out with a way to calm her down and redirect her attention to other musical things. I would love him to be my daughter’s music teacher for as long as possible if I did not have to move.Show More
Ian is very knowledgeable and is great in explaining theory and great in demonstrating so you can understand.
Ian is a fantastic instructor. In our second lesson, he completely changed the way I look at scales and soloing AND helped easily make sense of a music theory concept that always confused me (and how to apply it practically).
On top of it all, he is very approachable and easy to work with. Highly recommend!
Ian is a wonderful teacher! I have been taking lessons with Ian for two months, and am very happy with his instruction and my progress. He has been particularly helpful in clarifying music theory concepts (to someone with no real musical training) and then translating those concepts to playing and practicing. I highly recommend him!Show More
Ian possesses a great understanding of meditation and a calming presence.
Ian is great with kids and a great instructor. Our son is really into the lessons.
Ian is quick to understand the areas in which his student needs direction
Ian is the best , He give me a lot of confidence to start, and my English is not good he also very patient to understand what I said. In the beginning I don't have a guitar he give me a long list good for me and let me find out witch is I love, and lots of advice. Thank you Ian!Show More
Can't be better
Excellent lessons! Ian teaches fun songs that engage kids but also about technique & theory in a very casual and relaxed manner. Highly recommended!
Ian is an excellent teacher!
Great instructor, I really like how he explains all the different methods to learn piano. Now is much easier for me to know what to parctice to get better.
Ian was a great listener, very kind, and had some great suggestions to help me on my way to becoming a meditator! Highly recommend.
Very patient and a great instructor. My daughter very pleased with her first piano lesson.
Ian has a great way of developing musicality and diligence in our active 9-year old boy while somehow keeping lessons lighthearted and fun. Our son genuinely looks forward to his lesson every week.
Ian has been great. He provides a very comfortable learning environment and I look forward to my lesson each week. Highly recommended.
Had my first lesson, Ian was patient and very knowledgeable. He did a fabulous job at assessing my skill level and needs. Looking forward to the rest of my lessons!
He was excellent!
Awesome teacher! I have learned a ton from him in a short amount of time and he has helped me further my knowledge with composition on the piano!
Seriously would recommend Ian to anybody who is looking for a fun , passionate and very laid back teacher. A lot of respect to the work and music . He is very flexible and understanding , I have a very last minute schedule and he always arranged for both of us to be able to meet. Pays a lot of attention to the students goal. In only a few lessons I was able to Understand , notes, chords and why a chord is based a certain why and what not . I know play some of my favorite songs .I never wanted to learn to read music as I thought of it as boring . He is the only teacher that made me want to practice and practice and enjoy breaking down a music sheet . I will continue studying with him . Hope you get to enjoy it as much as I doShow More
Great, Esha enjoys the session.
Ian was great!!!
I can sum up my opinion of Ian in one word, WONDERFUL !! I started piano lesson as a way to help me get thru the grieving process because I had just lost my husband. Ian is a very caring and understanding human being. His patience is amazing! In just 2 months, with his instruction, I was not only able to play basic tunes on the piano, BUT, I wrote a song. Pretty cool !! :)Show More
Ian is extremely talented and explains concepts in a way that is easy to understand. This is particularly important for online lessons!!!
Awesome. I've only taken a few classes so far, but the exercises that Ian give me have really helped me get better and I constantly feel progress.
Ian has been teaching my grandson piano at my home for approximately 8 months. Ian is very knowledgeable and talented in his own right, and he has the ability to transmit that enthusiasm and technique while maintaining a level of professionalism which makes lessons both fun and productive.
In particular, Ian is able to keep my grandson interested and enthusiastic by encouraging suggestions for new songs, as well as my grandson's own ideas for his own music.
Ian has been my 8 years old son's piano instructor for several months and I hope for years to come! My son has improved so quickly and greatly with Ian's instruction and his love for the piano has grown tremendously as well. Ian works with my son on music that appeals to him and that helps so much. Ian is always on time (he comes to us), and has never cancelled. Additionally he has been flexible the few times we have needed to change an appointment.Show More
I have been taking lessons on various instruments the majority of my life. Ian is by far the best private teacher I have had. He is very concerned about technique and musicality and I am impressed with his knowledge and he patience
Ian is a great teacher! I am amazed at how patient and supportive he is. I have learned so much having him as my teacher.
Wanna learn guitar? Talk to Ian
After a change in life circumstances a little over a year ago, I decided to start learning to play the acoustic guitar. I'd tried as a kid but never seriously and this time, I decided to find a teacher. Luckily I found Ian, who is patient, understanding and incredibly encouraging, helping me to learn songs that I want to play.
I'm happy to say that after a lot of practice, I'm doing great for my first year playing and a large part of the credit goes to Ian for being such a great teacher. If you are serious about learning the guitar (or piano), I think you's be hard pressed to do better than Ian.
2 years later and still going strong. Ian is the best.
Very good Piano Teacher
* Understands what the student already knows and plans accordingly.
* I started off as a Learner , I was able to read the music notes by week-2.
* I can play little rhymes to my kids all by myself in 4 weeks.
* He is very patient and ensures that you learn the basics.
I would recommend him any day.
I'm almost afraid to write this because I need Ian to be available to teach my son!
Ian is a wonderful piano teacher. He is very kind, patient, and my son responded very well to his teaching style. After his classes my son was actually excited to practice at home because he felt more confident about playing the piano.
I'm very happy to be taking lesson with Ian. He is very patient and very helpful. I will keep taking lesson with my instructor until I feel I have the handle of playing guitar. Mean while we have a lot to cover for the next months. I will recommend Ian to any body that wishes to learn how to play Guitar. A very good instructor and very friendly as well.
Ian is an excellent teacher with great patience. I began taking acoustic guitar lessons with Ian as a true beginner with zero previous experience. He provides very good instruction at a comfortable pace along with relevant and useful practice exercises that have helped me reach the point where I'm able to play songs on my own. Ian is very encouranging and I would highly recommend him if you're planning to learn any of the subjects he teaches.Show More
I am very satisfied with Ian he's a very good instructor I regret not using Take Lesson 2 ago I would be for more advanced than I am now Ian is really working with me I enjoy it so much I increased my time and thats still is not enough because he have so much to teach you.Show More
Ian is a very patient teacher.He has been quick to understand my mistakes and correct them.He makes Piano class very interesting and enjoyable.I look forward for my weekly piano classes.
Institute of Music for Children
• Teach guitar and piano to students age 5 and up • Teach private lessons as well as group classes with up to 16 students • Develop and implement music curriculum for summer guitar program • Prepare students for semester-end recitals • Communicate with students’ parents on a weekly basis • Adhere to IMC regulations, guidelines, and objectives • Submit lesson plans and student evaluations at the end each semester