lena lin

Lena L.

New York, NY
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lena delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
May 1997

I have been playing piano since I was a young child and have always had a passion for music. I apprenticed in China under a master piano teacher for 15 years and then immediately started performing in many different venues. 18 years ago, I started teaching piano and have enjoyed sharing my love of music with others. I am very patient with students and am very open to the type of music they would like to play. From pop music to classical, beginning to advanced, I am well versed. If there is a specific piece you want to play, I can fit it to your level. In my lessons, I try to make each experience meaningful and joyful.
I am also available giving personalized lessons online nationwide. Looking forward to meeting you and sharing the joy of music in person and online.

*** Lesson Details ***
In our lessons, beginning students will learn to read music, play their favorite pieces, how to do warm ups and learn basic skills. I use sheet music and introductory books in my classes and assign homework for their daily practice. After 3 months, each student will move to the next level and continue learning more advanced skills. More advanced students will learn how to understand and compose music, put expression into the pieces they play and improve their current skills.
I especially emphasize in basic skills, such as recognizing the notes, reading the notes, understanding the meanings of the dynamics, and expressing oneself through each individual piece. Moreover, the basic performance skills are also occupied very heavily in each lesson, such as scales, triads in single notes and octaves, in slower speed and gradually into faster speed, and of course, different levels of etudes to build a strong base for each student to achieve his/her beautiful performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
living room w/ piano seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
The students should have their own piano or key board.

*** Specialties ***
I patiently teach my students with life examples .
I teach all techniques and skills with simple and easy to perform methods
Certified Steinway Educational Partner

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Education

BBA International Business Management
Jan 1982 - Dec 1984
Pace University

Languages

Chinese
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Certified Steinway Educational Partner
Sep 2014
Steinway

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Ertica S. Sep 10, 2017
Piano · Online

She is a great, patient and knowledgeable instructor. Definitely recommend her :)

Sherry Jul 24, 2017
Piano · In studio

She is very patient and knowledgeable.

Johannes Apr 26, 2017
Piano · In studio

As someone new to music in general, Lena focused our lessons on the fundamentals of reading music and Hanon exercises to attain dexterity. She is a very patient instructor who works with you to fix errors step by step and was more than willing to answer the many questions I constantly threw at her. I have learned quite a lot in the short time I have been working with her and I would recommend her to fellow beginners.

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Shavy K. Jan 27, 2017
Piano · In studio

Lena is great. Professional and and very patient.

Vitor D. Dec 1, 2016
Piano · In studio

Mrs. Lin is an absolutely terrific teacher! I wanted to learn how to play a couple piano pieces that I found difficult and she taught me how to play it step by step, finger placement, hand movement, everything in just a couple months! Meanwhile teaching me how to read notes and use the pedal. She is kind and sweet and again a great teacher! I couldn't ask for someone better. Thank you Mrs. Lin! (^w^)

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Soun L. Aug 6, 2016
Piano · In studio

I was just telling my brother that it was everything that I was hoping for and more -might as well give a review! The lesson was insightful, Lena is a charming teacher, and the apartment has a great artistic atmosphere. Scheduling for more lessons!

Kilandra Bass May 31, 2016
Piano · In home

Lena is an amazing instructor! I am a beginner and she is so patient. She is always accommodating if you need a schedule change

natacha B. May 30, 2016
Piano · In studio

My daughter has been a student of Lena's for almost a year now. Prior to Lena, she'd never played the piano. I can say in less than a year time, she plays the piano beautifully with both hands. My husband and I are extremely happy with our decision at chosing Lena as our daughter's piano teacher. We highly recommend her.

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Renuka B. May 15, 2016
Piano · Online

I am an absolute novice in music ; forget any instrument like piano!! From there in 5 classes , Lena with her insurmountable patience has brought me to playing pieces with control.
I also have scheduled and rescheduled a number of times. Lena has always been very very accommodative.
Thanks, Lena , for being patient, and understanding my skill level (or the lack of it) and making me become more competent and confident with each class.

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Shawna C. Mar 20, 2016
Piano · Online

I love working with Lena. She has helped me quite a bit with my fingering and confidence playing piano. Lena is very sharp, careful and always has great suggestions that is helping me make more progress with my piano practice.

Mikhail B. Nov 28, 2015
Piano · Online

A very knowledgeable teacher. It's our first time taking online lessons, but it seems to be going pretty well with Lena. She knows what she is doing and can help you with the technical details of a piece. I highly recommend her for all skill levels.

Amelie T. Nov 26, 2015
Piano · In studio

She is great ! It is always a pleasure to have a lesson with her, she is patient and kind. I can only recommend her ! :)

Elizabeth L. Nov 17, 2015
Piano · Online

Lena is a great piano teacher. She is patient and has a lot of insight. She is very knowledgeable and has helped me improve my skills.

Amber Z. Nov 15, 2015
Piano · Online

I've been taking piano lessons with Lena for two months, and I'm really enjoying it! Lena is a great teacher. She's very knowledgeable and always extremely patient with me as I'm a beginner in piano. She also has great choice in terms of picking the songs for me to start. Though it's been only two month, I'm making great process and can play two classical pieces already. What I appreciate most is that Lena makes my class schedule so flexible that I don't need to worry about losing class credits when my work prevents me from taking lessons on time. Overall I'm very satisfied with my learning experience, and I definitely recommend taking piano lessons with Lena, no matter what level you are or how you schedule looks like.

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Xu Han Oct 27, 2015
Piano · In home

Lena is a great teacher with passion for piano. She is always smiling and very patient with me. She is really good at piano music theory and made it simple and straightforward. Lena helped me clear up my confusions over the years regarding chords and nodes for piano. I am learning a good deal, and feel fulfilled after taking the class every week.

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Ryan M. Aug 20, 2015
Piano · In home

Lena is a talented and patient instructor. Relearning the piano as an adult can be a difficult process and she has helped me improve every week. I highly recommend taking lessons with her!

Beverly F. Aug 19, 2015
Piano · In studio

I'm an adult learner trying to tackle the piano and Lena is patient, kind, and creative as she helps me learn. She is flexible when work interferes with my schedule. She is a great teacher. I highly recommend her.

Tasha Aug 19, 2015
Piano · In studio

Lena is a wonderful piano instructor. I have always wanted to play the piano since I was a little girl. I have made several attempts to learn in the past and was unsuccessful every time. I started working with Lena about 4 months ago and I am already learning so much. She is patient, kind, knowledgeable and encouraging. Within 2 months I was already playing a song. I highly recommend Lena to anyone thinking about taking up the piano, or to anyone looking to polish up their skills.

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Manushi S. Aug 11, 2015
Piano · Online

She has been an amazing teacher. I have had her for about 2 months. I learned a piece in such a short time that I could never imagine I would. She has been very patient and she always explains the reasons behind the way of doing things.

Pramod P. Jun 27, 2015
Piano · Online

Lena is a great Piano teacher. She is very knowledgeable, patient & punctual. My daughter had a very good experience with her.

Brandon D. Apr 13, 2015
Piano · In studio

Lena is a wonderful teacher. I am an adult learner and she has proven to be wonderfully patient, and extremely flexible as sometimes my schedule varies due to work. Learning piano has been very fun for me and I plan to continue my lessons for a long time.

Stephen R. Apr 5, 2015
Piano · In studio

I started taking lessons with Lena a few months ago and I am very impressed with the progress we've made so far. Lena has taught me more than I expected to learn in a relatively short period of time. Besides learning songs that I want to play, I am reading sheet music and learning proper techniques. She inspires me to work harder and in return I progress and learn something new each week. I highly recommend Lena to everyone!

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Aabeille P. Feb 6, 2015
Piano · In studio

Lena is a wonderful, patient instructor! I am so grateful to have found her. My 11 year old son is learning a lot. He was hesitant to play the piano at first but as he is getting better, I could tell that he is beginning to enjoy playing and it brings him confidence to be able to play an entire song. It has been a wonderful experience and I will be bringing my other son to Lena! Highly recommend her!

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Charlie L. Oct 31, 2014
Piano · In studio

What a sweet, patient, and committed teacher! At 28 yrs. old I recently decided to take up piano having dabbled with it as a child, and in these few short months Lena has taught me to play pieces I didn't think I would be playing for years!
My 7 yr old step-daughter also takes class with Lena and loves her. As a very shy child, she feels comfortable learning with Lena and has a new found sense of self confidence.She's even playing in a recital next month. I am amazed at her progress in such a short time. Lena is patient and kind, but strongly encourages daily practice with specific exercises sent home so that the child has a plan they can understand and commit to. I highly recommend her as a teacher to both children ,and adults of all levels.

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Christina M. Oct 29, 2014
Piano · In studio

Lena is such a wonderful teacher! She is patient and is really vested in making sure you get the most out of each lesson. I'm an adult beginner and in just the 4 lessons I've had, I've come a long way and have learned so much. I really want to learn Billy Joel songs and Lena has been great in guiding me and supporting what I love. She has helped build my confidence in front of the piano and I look forward to the upcoming recital! I always look forward to classes and can't wait to see my improvement at the end of 10 lessons.

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Carol L. Oct 27, 2014
Piano · In studio

Lena is a great teacher and she is very patient. Overall I have great experience of learning. As an adult student, I have zero experience with piano at all previously but after three months I am able to play one of my most favorite piece and I am learning a new piece now.

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Karen C. Sep 13, 2014
Piano · In studio

Lena is an excellent teacher for my 5 year child. She exhibits a firm authority that is not overbearing and very nice. She's able to keep his attention and focus for the duration of the lesson, something that wasn't so easy before. He gets homework and is inspired to practice. For now, a mother can't ask for more.

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Michael O. Aug 4, 2014
Piano · In studio

I have been taking lessons with Ms. Lena for about 2 months and have been very pleased! I knew how to play the piano a bit before, but had never formally taken lessons, and Ms. Lena has been patiently showing me many things I would not have figured out on my own. She is knowledgeable, and excellent at giving pointers for what to work on in the coming week. It's been a great experience!

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Jesse D. Aug 1, 2014
Piano · In studio

This is a shout out for Lena.

My name is Jesse, and I am 28 years old. I had never played the piano before, but I want to surprise my girlfriend by playing her favorite song for her, and then propose. Although I felt the learning process was overwhelming, Lena not only taught me everything I need to know, but she also adapted to my learning style very quickly, demonstrating patience and flexibility. I am in a position that I didn't think I could get too with regard to playing music.

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Yingting H. Jul 27, 2014
Piano · In studio

Lena is very patient and experienced in teaching. I like the way that she lets me choose my favorite pieces to learn, that's a great way to keep an adult learner interested and motivated. And she always tries her best to accommodate my schedule changes and learning needs. Overall, it's been a great experience working with Lena.

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Audrey L. Jul 27, 2014
Piano · In studio

Lena is a great teacher! She is very patient while teaching. She's also very attentive to the student and will correct you if need be. I am definitely not a professional piano player, and more a beginner; she will go at your pace. I'm also really glad she asked me to bring music that I personally wanted to play, because I've been wanting to play this certain piece since forever but I've never had the will to learn it myself! She is a definitely a teacher that I would recommend to others.

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Shuang X. Jul 21, 2014
· In studio

She is so nice! I would like to select her as my teacher again. I am even willing to take her lessons after I moved to central jersey! She is a good teacher and worth I drive more than 1 hour to take her lessons

Zhi L. Jul 6, 2014
Piano · In studio

She is great with children, every patient and was able to keep my 8 and 6 year old on track.

Carol T. Jun 6, 2014
Piano · In studio

Lena is a fantastic teacher. She has a curriculum that is tailored to the student needs and really makes it fun to learn piano. I feel like she has challenged me and she has also taught me how to read music and perform. I highly recommend taking lessons from her.

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david W. Jun 2, 2014
Piano · In home

Great experienced teacher, classically trained and very patient.

I had Lena for more than 5 years as a piano teacher. She's extremely patient and very talented! I've learned Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, and some Disney pieces for the holidays =D

Overall an excellent teacher!

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Michelle S. Apr 27, 2014
Piano ·

Piano Lessons

I recommend Ms. Lena for piano lessons. She is skilled at playing and seems very experienced in teaching. I went to her as pretty much a beginner and right away she was able to assess and match my speed. Which I am very grateful for .

One thing I learned about piano is that you should practice a lot :)
I am so pleased and really made a lot of progress in a short amount of time. My friends and family are impressed ! It is a shiny black piano you will play there.

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Iris V. Apr 19, 2014
Piano ·

Learning from the best

I've been very pleased working with Lena in the past two months. She's is a wonderful teacher.

Lena is patient, gentle and experienced. She cares deeply about her students and continues to motivate and challenge them with new songs.

Whether you're a beginner, intermediate or advanced player, I'd recommend anyone to Lena!

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Vily S. Apr 7, 2014
Piano ·

Learned to play Beethoven in a month

I started with Lena about two months ago with absolutely no experience. She was very patient with me and motivated me to keep going. She made it easy to learn how to play Moonlight Sonata and after seeing her for two months I can now play about 2 minutes of it. You will see amazing results with her.

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Lorena S. Mar 28, 2014
Piano ·

Great piano lessons!

Lena is a great teacher, she is very experienced. My son, 7yrs, has been taking lesson with her for over two years and he really improved a lot. He know how to read notes. My daughter, 5yrs, just started too. We love Lena!!

elizabeth C. Mar 25, 2014
Piano ·

Teacher for Any Age

Lena is a wonderful teacher who basis her teaching approach on the individual student. She cares deeply for the student' understanding and takes on many avenues to ensure it is reached. She is always patient and well paced. My son has learned an enormous amount since he started piano.

Whether you are young or an adult, Lena is the right choice. We feel lucky to have her as a teacher.

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NATASA D. Mar 8, 2014
Piano ·

Excellent teacher

Lena is always ready to talk with you if you have some doubts and to share with you all her experience with music and the way of learning that will give the best results.She teaches you not only how to play but also to be disciplined and confident-everything that is important to achieve your success.
She is wonderful teacher, understanding and flexible.
My 3 years old girl said about her teacher Lena: "She is beautiful,gentle and so sweet".
I would highly recommend Lena for anyone considering to take piano lessons.

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justin K. Mar 1, 2014
Piano ·

A Great Teacher

Lena is a wonderful teacher who feels very passionate about teaching her students to love music. She has taught me many pieces, leveling from beginner to advanced and I have enjoyed learning them with her. Adding on, Lena will make sure that you learned and understood the lesson by assigning homework that will improve your skills in piano. Overall, I have very much enjoyed Lena's lessons and her great effort to share her love of music.

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Pavlo C. Feb 18, 2014
Piano ·

Good and patient teacher

I have been very pleased working with Lena over the past month. She adapts to various levels (I'm plain novice), covers theory and helps to conquer challenging pieces. I liked that she encouraged me to pursue a more complicated song I was interested in. At the same time, we covered easier ones to work on the basics.
Lena is a very pleasant person to deal with and I'm looking forward to continue taking lessons with her.

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jolie K. Feb 16, 2014
Piano ·

The Number One Teacher

Lena has been teaching me for 5+ years and I have learned alot over the short weeks. From "Mary had a little lamb" to "Colors of the wind", (And even more challenging pieces too-- of your choice) you have to say that's alot to learn throughout the years. Not only her teaching is excellent, but she teaches you to read the notes --along with tactics on how to do this, it's better than not knowing anything but mechanically remembering the whole song. I would recommend anyone to Lena, being she teaches all ages (and I mean all ages) and provides pointers, practices, basic, intermediate, advanced skills, Lena works on all of these. With Lena, you'll be better at piano than before.

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Joann P. Feb 11, 2014
Piano ·

This teacher has great experiences with small kids.

My daughter, Niki, started taking lessons with Lena right after she turned 3 and has been learning with Lena for 3 months now. In the beginning, I was just trying to see how well Niki can handle a 30 mins class and how she can progress. I was so amazing how much progress Niki has made. After 6 weeks of lessons, NIki was able to perform two children rhymes with her two hands playing together in a recital, and now she has mastered to play simplified "Ode to Joy", "The Can Can" and to name a few more. So many people can't believe she has only been learning for three months at her age. Niki got evaluated by another teacher as too young to learn piano before we started with Lena. However I like to share our very rewarding experiences with you about Lena. She will pick right songs and exercises for a very young child, yet keep her challenged and continuously advanced in difficult levels. I would highly recommend her to my daughter's classmates, our neighbors and you.

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I F. Jan 25, 2014
Piano ·

Miss Lena Lin is a fast teaching teacher.

I've been taking her classes since 2013 summer and I learned a lot.We've been through about 10 piano books already.Her schedules work with my schedule. Sometimes she even asks me if I like the piece she's teaching me,too.

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Abby H. Jan 23, 2014
Piano ·

Nice To Work With

I have been taking lessons with Lena for about one month. I appreciate her in-depth knowledge of theory, and her ability to provide me with exercises to help me improve in my weaker areas. Our lessons are enjoyable and have enough flexibility that I can focus on learning what interests me.

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Lillian S. Nov 6, 2013
Piano ·

Highly recommend Lena!

I have been with Lena for several months now and the experience has been nothing but wonderful. As a beginner, her patient, sweet and encouraging demeanor puts me at ease and motivates me throughout the lessons and times beyond.
Aside the fundamental skill and technique practices, Lena makes the learning process even more enjoyable by teaching you to play the piece of your choice. In addition, Lena will patiently explain the dynamics and theories behind each practice, so the lessons will not feel like repetitive mechanical doings but rather a profound enjoyment. Lena will assign homework, tailored according to your performance during the lesson, so to make sure that you will get sufficient practice on the pieces that you have more difficulty with.
I signed up the lesson with a very skeptical heart about how far I can advance in piano playing as an adult beginner. However, after few months of lessons and even though I’m still at a pretty beginning stage, I can actually envision, that one day, beautiful melodies flowing off my dancing fingers : ) Thank you Lena!

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Allison K. May 8, 2013
Piano ·

Excellent piano teacher

Lena is patient with young children. My seven-year old son has been taking lessons with Lena for a couple of years and is already learning advanced pieces from well known composers that are challenging and also fun to play. Learning piano requires repitition. When first learning a piece, Lena always has my son play the same piece several times until he is comfortable with it. Repetition helps a child learn to play well. After my son learns a difficult piece, he has a sense of victory or accomplishment. Lena is an excellent piano teacher; I recommend her to any parent that is considering piano instruction for their children.

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Anna D. May 5, 2013
Piano ·

Lena is a wonderul piano teacher.

Lena is a wonderful piano teacher. We have been taking piano lessons for three years with Lena and it has been a great experience. She is patient, understanding and flexible. My daughter is playing classical pieces and she has learned not only how to play the piano but the discipline, patience, and confidence it takes to achieve great results.

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Ben H. May 4, 2013
Piano ·

Perfect teach for young boys

Our 7 year old son has been taking lessons with Lena for just over a year. He had never taken lessons before. She has found just the right tone to keep our son interested and engaged. He looks forward to his lessons and I believe this is entirely due to her patient and gentle demeanor. He has also come a long way in his playing! I would highly recommend Lena for anyone considering lessons for a young boy or girl.

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Julie Y. Apr 29, 2013
Piano ·

Highly Reccomended

Lena has been teaching my 7 year old son for one year and has had a profoundly positive impact on his passion for piano. Prior to Lena, my son wasn't very enthused about his piano lessons and wasn't taking to the instruction. After he started learning under Lena's tutelage, I saw a remarkable difference. My son looked forward to his weekly sessions with Lena and it was apparent that the lessons were registering with him. Lena is patient and her teaching style makes it easy for my son to relate to the music. I highly recommend Lena as a piano instructor for your child.

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anna U. Apr 26, 2013
Piano ·

A perfect fit...

My daughter started taking lessons later than most children in grade 4 and is still taking lessons with Lena and she is currently in middle school. She loves to go and will practice without me telling her to. Lena is very professional and sweet. I recommend her for anyone wanting to learn or fine tune their skills on piano.

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victor L. Apr 25, 2013
Piano ·

Highly recommend Lena

Lena is patient and very friendly. She puts you at ease and always explains why you are doing things, so that it is not confusing. The lessons are always full, but time seems to go by so quickly that the lesson is over before you know it!
Lena also makes sure that you have practice work to take home, so that each lesson brings you a little further along.

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Caroline S. Apr 15, 2013
Piano ·

We're very happy with Lena

My 8 year-old daughter starting taking lessons with Lena only 3 months ago and she is already reading music and playing real songs. It's hard to believe she's learned so much in such a short time. Lena is extremely kind and patient, she keeps my daughter interested throughout the (30-minute) lesson by moving things along at a good pace, and she is serious but not scary (like my childhood teacher was). And her home, where she gives lessons, is very comfortable. I highly recommend Lena!

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Henri W. Feb 14, 2013
Piano ·

Lena brings music to life and life to music

Lena will listen carefully and bring out ideas on how to bring meaning to pieces. She is very patient and will help a beginner or intermediate student turn piano from mechanics to music. Her style is not 'dictatorial' so you need to be self motivated and carve out time on your own initiative. She's always understanding in situations where schedule changes are unavoidable and tries her best to accomodate.

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