John Aschenbrenner

John A.

New Milford, CT
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I'm a product of the piano school of Tobias Matthay at the Royal College of music in London. I studied with two of his proteges, Frank Mannheimer and Denise Lassimone, as well as Trinity College of Music, London. I can teach anyone from preschoolers who can't read music to advanced colleagues.

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

Teaching since:
April 1997

My job is to get your child crazy about the piano. If you have to nag your child to play, something is wrong. The basics are, of course, important, but until you have gotten the child to accept and love the piano as an object of enjoyment, all that practicing will go nowhere.

How do I do it?

I think it's easier to learn the piano if you are having fun, and that means playing music that you like.

You can always choose what you will play in lessons, and lessons are designed around your preferences, and move at a pace comfortable to you. The basics are still taught, but at a pace that your child finds comfortable. The result of this is that I will get your child to go the piano and play by themselves with no nagging.

I have had the complete classical conservatory experience, yet that doesn't mean I expect that of you in any way, especially kids.

For children, the best start involves games and immediate playing to give the child a taste of the real joy of making music. Reading exercises have their place, but not at the very beginning.

I want you to play a song you know and enjoy your first lesson, and I can easily help you do that.

It's in your interest to play meaningful music, (to you) right away. It is possible for anyone can play music far more complex than what they can read on a page, so my first goal is to get you started playing real songs on your first lesson.

Education: BA University of California, Berkeley. Graduate work at University of Southern California Film School, Trinity College of Music, London.
Emmy Award winner, music direction. Broadway veteran. Recordings with American Symphony Orchestra released Sterling Records.
Advanced Piano lessons using the European tradition, pupil of Tobias Matthay School (London) and Denise Lassimone (Paris)

*** Lesson Details ***
If you're a beginner, I want you to start playing right away, with less emphasis on deciphering sheet music and more on the immediate physical sense of the keyboard. You have to enjoy playing by any means before you are inundated with the page. Reading music follows soon, but not before you can play music you like.
If you're more advanced, I can help you with technical development, and begin to widen your musical senses.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1926 Steinway A

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide Books and Musical Literature. Students must have instrument, electronic or acoustic.

*** Specialties ***
I teach any style of music that you prefer. I also accept students with disabilities and special needs.

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Piano Instructor
Sep 2018 - Present
Kent Preparatory School, Kent, CT

Piano Teacher
Jan 2013 - Present
Zoen Teaching Network

I've taught kids and adults for 20 years in the Westchester area, as well as internationally via webcam.

Piano Teacher
Jan 1994 - Present
Walden Pond Press

Private piano teacher in NY metropolitan area for 20 years

Piano Instructor
Sep 2017 - May 2018
Marvelwood School, Kent CT.

Orchestrator and Arranger
Jan 1982 - Oct 1996
Music Theater International, Tams Witmark

Orchestrator for A SONG FOR CYRANO by authors of GRAND HOTEL and KISMET, Arranger for TO AN ISLE IN THE WATER, Sterling Records, American Symphony Orchestra

Music Director
Jan 1982 - Jan 1993
Search for Tomorrow, CBS-TV

Composer and music director

Vocal Coach for Broadway Shows
Jan 1982 - Jan 1990
Public Theater, St. James Theater NYC

Vocal coach and pianist for Broadway shows including La Boheme with Linda Ronstadt, My One and Only with Tommy Tune, many more

Pianist on Television Shows
Jan 1982 - Jun 1986

On camera pianist in many daytime shows such as One Life To Live, As The World Turns, Search for Tomorrow, General Hospital


BA Composition
Jan 1970 - Jan 1976
University of California Berkeley
Bachelor of Arts / Composition / Piano
Jan 1968 - Jan 1976
University of California at Berkeley
Diploma / Piano
Feb 1966 - Mar 1968
Trinity College of Music, London


Fluent / Native Proficiency
English, German, French
Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


BA in Music Composition
Jun 1976
University of California, Berkeley


Emmy Award for Music Direction
Jan 1985
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Drama Critics Circle Award
Jan 1984
San Francisco Drama Critics Circle
Dramalogue Award
Jan 1978
Dramalogue Magazine


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 1980

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Photos & Videos

Excerpt from Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #2, the second theme.
Photo by John A.

Photo by John A.


7 Reviews

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Andrew R. Dec 31, 2014
Piano · In home

John has been teaching my 6 year old daughter for 3 months now and not only has he done a tremendous job gauging her abilities and teaching her but he has made it so much fun she wants to play the piano all the time.

Janet S. Jul 23, 2014
Piano · In home

John's biggest strengths are his patience, understanding and seeming endless facility with music. I read music but not fast enough to allow me to play good pieces, so John translates everything into physical movements. This makes it very easy to play interesting music, which makes me want to play more. I think he has shown me how learn, how to refine things so they are satisfying. I highly recommend him as a teacher, for beginners or advanced.

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Heather S. Jul 22, 2014
Piano · In home

My son is six years old and has been taking piano lessons with John for six months. John is a unique and engaging teacher. His extensive knowledge of music and skill at the keyboard were apparent from the beginning. He can easily demonstrate a multitude of songs and then teach them on the spot. My son is excited to play a "whole song," be it Sponge Bob or Beethoven. John's teach-by-numbers technique appeals to my son's love of numbers and patterns yet he is also quickly learning how to read sheet music. John really is skilled at disguising a lesson on technique or theory as a game. He is goofy while at the same time encouraging and supportive of my son. He keeps it light, fun, and skill appropriate. Since he comes to our home, I also appreciate John's focus on the lesson - he arrives and departs in a timely manner. I highly recommend John as a piano teacher.

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Ray S. Jul 22, 2014
Piano · In home

John is a fantastic piano teacher! In typical fashion, I was classically trained for many years as a child, dropped piano for ~30 years, and then re-started at around 40, again with a classical instructor. After a year or so I began working with John, who was a real breath of fresh air. First the first time in my life I began to truly understand the instrument, music theory, and composition; all while having a lot more fun. We've worked on a wide variety of music - pop, classical, blues, etc. - great for me as I get bored easily. John is incredibly patient - I am no great talent and often have weeks where I barely practice, but he takes it completely in stride. In addition to being a great instructor, John is an incredibly talented pianist in his own right - sort of like taking golf lessons from Phil Mickelson. He has also worked with two of my daughters, who prefer him to any other instructors they've had.

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Teresa S. Jul 19, 2014
Piano · Online

John has been a wonderful teacher to my 10 year old daughter. She is excited for her lessons and can't wait to show him all the things she has practiced. He has a terrific manner with her and is very positive!

David C. Jul 16, 2014
· In studio

I have studied music with John both in person and via online coaching. He's helped me understand lots of things about music I just didn't get from theory classes - he makes it easy. If you want to write songs or even scores, it would pay you to spend some time with John who is a fabulous arranger in his own right AND willing to teach you his secrets.

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Kelly J. Feb 25, 2014
Piano ·

Having fun and learning

My 8yr old son is taking lessons with John. He is having so much fun with the lessons that its encouraging him to learn more. John is very professional and knows just how to get his point across in a fun way. He makes learning the Piano a blast!

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