John Urban

John U.

New York, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
A healthy physical approach to the piano, a keen appreciation for sound, and a curious mind - these are qualities which I've been able to help cultivate in my students. You will learn how to play without tension, utilizing the body to the upmost capacity. You will learn how to create the sound you want with an instrument that can do almost anything you want it to. And all of this will be done with a constant mindset of discovery. I want to help you not only play the music you want to play but to appreciate more deeply music you already know and love. I accomplish this through a flexible method which fits the unique needs and desires of each individual student.

About John U.

Greetings! I am a teacher who believes in the importance of understanding you and your needs so that we can accomplish, as a team, your specific goals for learning to play the piano - whether that means playing a Beethoven sonata, playing by ear, or creating your own music! I am a classically trained pianist with a Master's degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. I have studied with some of the most famous pianists in the world today including Menahem Pressler, Gabriel Chodos and Livia Rev. I also have a lot of experience in the world outside of classical piano, which informs my teaching and enables me to offer your a much more well-rounded approach to not only the piano, but to understanding and enjoying music itself!


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John is the best piano teacher I've ever had. I studied with him for about a year and a half, and my musicality and ability to play the piano improved so much. He taught me techniques with logical explanations, and musical expressions with history behind the music. His lessons made me happy to see a whole new world behind the music we'd been learning. He is a very experienced and wonderful musician and teacher. I highly recommend him!

Posted Jun 27, 2018
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After taking piano lessons from a family friend for several years growing up, I decided to pick piano back up in college. Thanks to John, I was able to do much more than that. We worked together for about a year and a half, and in this time John not only helped me become a better pianist than I had ever hoped, but he opened my eyes to expressive possibilities in music that I had never been exposed to. I used to think of a piece of music as nothing more than a series of notes to be played in order, at the right tempo, the right volume, etc. John helped me see that even the most simple melody contains an infinite number of possibilities. He taught me skills that allowed me to begin to harness these possibilities and to find my own sound and style. After working with John, I feel like I hear all music in a new way, and my love for music has never been greater. To sum up, John is an expert pianist and an even better teacher. I cannot recommend him highly enough to anybody, at any level, who has a desire to learn more about music and about the piano.

Posted Jun 19, 2018

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Associate Instructor of Piano
Aug 2016 - May 2018

Indiana University

Private/group piano classes


Master of Music
Aug 2015 - May 2017

Jacobs School of Music - Indiana University

Bachelor of Music
Aug 2010 - May 2012

Chicago College of Performing Arts (Roosevelt University)



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Graduate Assistantship
Apr 2016

Indiana University

Arts in the Park Grant Recipient
Dec 2015

Indiana Arts Council

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