Lilli LeGate

Lilli L.

New York, NY

Lesson Details



Lilli delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 1+

Teaching since:

What the lesson is like:
I offer dynamic, personalized music lessons that are focused but fun! I share a deep passion for music and pedagogy and give students the skills they need to succeed by creating a comfortable environment where he or she can improve as a player while enjoying themselves. I specialize in classical & pop styles but can also offer students an introduction to jazz and other contemporary styles like rock. Sight-reading, hand/body posture, and effective practice strategies are basic tenants of my instruction as is developing musicality in the player. Theory is integrated with an emphasis on chords, melody, and song structure. I encourage songs of the student's choice to be explored by means of sheet music, lead-sheet, or transcribing together by ear. As a singer-songwriter and having studied both classical and contemporary voice with a thorough understanding of proper vocal technique, I offer beginning voice lessons and encourage my piano students to explore their voices with me as well!

Lilli L. began formal piano lessons at the young age of three-and-a-half in Sacramento, California. She studied classical piano on and off for thirteen years before expanding her musical repertoire to other genres and instruments. At 16 she began singing and songwriting on guitar and piano, and at 18 inherited a drum set she played daily. She resumed private piano instruction with a new teacher, Tatiana Scott, and completed all music theory, jazz theory, and ear-training courses at college under the tutelage of Tatiana and noted jazz pianist and professor Dr. Joe Gilman. She continued on to study classical voice at College of Marin after a move to the bay area in 2013, and studied contemporary voice with Amber Morris.

Despite extensive traveling and joining the workforce at a young age, by her early twenties music instruction had become her sole profession. Since then she has been thoroughly dedicated to her students’ success and is credited for having a sharp intuition for her students’ musical preferences and learning styles and for being a sensitive and empathetic mentor. With such a broad range of musical tastes she is happy and able to teach a spectrum of musical styles on piano and in voice. Despite great success teaching music in Marin County, she relocated to finish her degree in piano performance and contemporary voice and currently resides in the Upper East Side of New York, New York teaching, studying, and playing with her band Armadillo.

Whether it's a hobby or a serious endeavor, she welcomes all students and coordinates with them based on their goals and learning style.

Cancellation Policy :
Lessons are a weekly occurrence and both the student and teacher fare better with continuity of lessons. Please keep cancellations/reschedules to a minimum and within reason: illness, emergency, major holidays, school functions are excusable. Absences for other reasons (such as busyness, playdates, etc.) or without 24 hours notice result in being charged for the lesson. Please give ample notice for vacations so the teacher can plan accordingly. If sick, let your teacher know ahead of time so she can make an informed decision about her own health. Thank you!

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Vocal Instruction
Jan 2014 - Present
Lilli L.

Piano Instruction
Jan 2007 - Present
Lilli L.

Piano & Voice Instruction
Jan 2013 - Jan 2016
Cascade Melody School of Music


Popular Music Studies & Piano Performance
Jan 2016 - Present
City University of New York
Classical Voice, general education
Aug 2013 - Jun 2015
College of Marin
Music Theory, Jazz Theory, Ear-Training
Aug 2011 - Jun 2013
American River College


French and English
Professional Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Photo by Lilli L.

"Stay Away" Original Song
"Cheek to Cheek"
"Green Onions"
Photo by Lilli L.

Photo by Lilli L.

Photo by Lilli L.

Photo by Lilli L.

Armadillo the band -  Lilli vox/piano
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15 Reviews

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Maya M. Jun 15, 2017
Piano · In home

Lilli is the best!
She teaches my three kids ranging age from 4-10 years old. My kids love her, and they are waiting every week for a lesson with Lilli. She is patient, responsible and caring.
I highly recommen Lilli as your next teacher.

Théophile Mar 18, 2017
Piano · In home

I'm 7 years old and I had a great experience. Lilli is very kind and I had a great pleasure to learn with her. She taught me in french.

Katherine (. Dec 11, 2016
Vocal Training · In home

Very likable and warm. Daughter liked her a lot and wanted more lessons.

Sonia Sep 9, 2016
Vocal Training · In home

Great! Friendly and combines singing with science. Very cool

Steven Z. Jul 7, 2016
Piano · In home

Lilli is an excellent teacher of adults. She indulges me by playing and teaching me my favorites, but also gets down to business with the essentials of learning. I'm motivated to come home from work and practice and look forward to our lessons every week.

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Steven Z. May 10, 2016
Piano · In home

Very good. Playing Carnegie hall next week :)

Ella Feb 26, 2016
Piano · In home

Lili came to our home with a big smile and very good energy. My daughter took her first piano lesson with Lili and she already can not wait for next week.

Sophie Feb 6, 2016
Piano · In studio

I was Lilli's student for a bit over two years and I had zero regrets being taught by her. We formed a bond where it had not only felt as though she was my teacher but rather also a friend. Lilli was patient with me. I had days where I just felt out of it and she understood. I learned a lot from her musically and life-wise. I enjoyed her way of teaching. She is the greatest piano teacher that I'll ever have.

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Dave Jan 30, 2016
Piano · In home

Lilli was my son's piano teacher for about a year and a half before she moved back East to further her own music education. As a 20 year veteran music teacher in California public schools (with a Bachelors of Music), I must say that Lilli is that "once in a lifetime" piano teacher that you will feel so fortunate to have crossed paths. She knows how to connect with children and gets them to tap into their inherent natural talent. Lilli knows how to effectively research age/talent appropriate music that children get excited about, which translates to self guided practice and mastery. Lilli works efficiently and really gets a lot accomplished in her lessons. Her recitals are very low key and supportive, at the same time she really puts the children in a place to shine. I doubt that you will find another piano teacher that can offer the wide variety of musical talents that Lilli possess. She is a serious educator, with an outstanding work ethic, and a great sense of humor. She's only been gone a week, and we miss her already!

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Marnie Jan 30, 2016
Piano · In home

Lilli is a wondeful piano teacher! She can teach anything from beginners to very advanced students and always teaches them somthing new. Her metthods of teaching uses multiple modalities. including listening, to the notes, sight reading, memorizing, fine motor finger memory, and using singing to understand a piece. She is very personable and ended up being a friend and member of our extended family. She is always cheerful and friendly. The best teacher ever!

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Brionna I. May 18, 2015
Piano · In studio

Lilli is a great teacher! My daughter loves working with her! She's very patient, understanding, upbeat and happy!

Dustin Y. Jun 13, 2014
Piano · In studio

Lilli is a very student friendly instructor and sets the pace of the lessons to my ability. Lilli is understanding and is able to explain the theories in a way that lets even a beginner understand.

Hillarie or James W. Nov 27, 2013
Piano ·

Thanks to Lilli

I have been wanting to learn to play the piano all my life. Now thanks to Lilli, I am realizing my dream!

Julie F. May 18, 2013
Piano ·

The Best Teacher

Lilly is the best teacher ever. I am 10 years old and playing piano for the first time. I am learning a lot and she is very nice and helps me with everything. She goes slow when I need help and when I learn something we get to go to the next thing. I really like her a lot.
From Anthony

Lilly has an unbelievable amount of patience, and does extremely well with my son. He loves piano and looks forward to going to lessons every week. I would recommend Lilly to anyone looking for a piano teacher. Her fun but relaxed attitude is what makes the lessons so positive. She makes sure he is having fun while he learns so that makes him want to play more.

From Mom

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MekasotoS Feb 7, 2012


Lili is a great instructor. She is very patient with my little one. My daughter enjoys her teaching style.

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