Lisa Burns

Lisa B.

New York, NY

Lesson Details



Lisa delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 6+, males 7 to 22 and special needs

Teaching since:
August 2005

If your child is bright and creative, and you are not sure if he/she will do well with "traditional" piano lessons (or perhaps he/she has quit lessons with a more traditional teacher), I might be the right teacher for you. As a child, I went through many, many different piano teachers before finding someone who clicked with me and appreciated my musicality and personality. Once I found that person, I loved my lessons, and I went to receive a BA in music with honors at Harvard, and an MFA in musical theatre writing from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.

I'm a caring, intelligent and creative educator with 10 years of experience teaching private lessons and in the classroom. I use interactive, curiosity-driven games to teach music notation, and I love to incorporate technology. I've worked with older beginners and students already play well by ear but are hesitant to read, as well as excellent readers. I specialize in ages 10-15, and also students with learning disabilities.

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Chorus and IB Music Teacher (MS/US)
Aug 2015 - Present
Brooklyn Friends School

Teach chorus to grades 5-12; teach IB music to grades 11-12.

Piano and Voice Teacher
Aug 2005 - Present
Private Studio

Teach private piano and voice lessons to students ages 5-18.

Head Teacher, Music
Aug 2014 - Jun 2015
Mary McDowell Friends School

Teach general music and chorus to students in grades K-5 with learning disabilities.

Teaching Artist
Aug 2013 - Jul 2014
Metropolitan Opera Guild

Teach choral music in public school elementary classrooms as part of the Urban Voices program.

Vocal Music Teacher
Jul 2012 - Jun 2013
Avenues, The World School

Teach vocal/choral music in grades 5-8.

Secondary School Music Teacher
Aug 2008 - Jun 2010
American International School of Mozambique

Teach band, choir, general music, songwriting, and IB Music to grades 6-12.


MFA, Musical Theatre Writing (Composition)
Sep 2010 - May 2012
Tisch School of the Arts, NYU
BA, Music
Sep 2001 - Jun 2005
Harvard College


Limited Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Paulette Goddard Scholarship
Aug 2011
William and Pearl C. Helbein Scholarship
Aug 2011
Funded Internship Award
Jan 2011
Wasserman Center for Career Development, NYU
Wister Prize
Jun 2005
Harvard College
John Harvard Scholar
Jun 2003
Harvard College
John Harvard Scholar
Jun 2002
Harvard College

5 Reviews

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Zoe D. May 23, 2015
Piano · In studio

Lisa is great. She has gotten having fun while learning music is what my kid needed. Lisa accomplished that, my kid loves her.

Zoe D. May 23, 2015
Piano · In studio

Lisa is great. She has gotten having fun while learning music is what my kid needed. Lisa accomplished that, my kid loves her.

Zoey P. Apr 9, 2015

I met Lisa while she was teaching Music at the American International School of Mozambique. She taught me for two enriching years and, since then, has continued to be influential in my musical career. When we first met, she was enthusiastic, encouraging, and – most importantly – filled with musical excitement. Under her, I studied the flute (starting as a complete beginner) and I had, within a short time, become a proud flutist. With her encouragement, I continued to study music with the unique opportunity to work with her one-on-one in pursuing an IB Music course. We studied not only the flute but all explored all aspects of music across cultures. While it was a heavy course load, she made the material engaging and interesting so that the work felt effortless and fun.

Lisa has a passion for music that I have yet to find in another teacher. Her unique teaching engages students and challenges them to discover on their own terms. Using games, flashcards, songs, and tapping into student creativity, she introduced and guided me through the complex world of music. I can say without a doubt that she is the reason I still love to play the flute!

I would recommend Lisa to any student: especially for students who are struggling to find their musical niche. Her passion spills over into everything that she does and makes any activity (be it practicing or performing) engaging, educational, and fun. Best of luck on your musical journey!

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Dario V. Apr 3, 2015
Piano · In home

I took lessons from Lisa Burns for 2 years in piano, music theory and ear training. My skills improved immensely after the 2 years of lessons. Lisa is an engaging, fun teacher who will challenge you to do your best and improve. She taught me beginner music theory by playing games which made everything easier to learn and not forget. My sight-reading improved a lot as well as my technique and musicality.
After taking lesson with Lisa, I was motivated to continue to play the piano and study music theory. Im in my last semester of my first year of college where I'm a music major. Lisa's lessons taught me all the basis to be able to play more proficiently and have be able to continue my studies in piano and theory.

Im really passionate about music thanks to Lisa's lessons, if you're looking to improve your skills in music theory and piano together with get a strong basis to grow as a musician, Lisa is the perfect match for you!

Monteverde, Costa Rica

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Nur M. Mar 29, 2015
Piano · In home

I first met Lisa Burns, in Maputo Mozambique and asked her to be my personal piano teacher as she was my band teacher (I play the clarinet) in high school and I really liked her way of teaching. She gets really creative with her lessons, turning musical notes into flash cards and making sure we know our rhythm with funny pneunomic devices.

I really thought the first few piano lessons were going to be frustrating since I cannot read music all that well, but she made it really fun. Her 1 hour lessons are well constructed. The lesson usually starts with minor/major scale exercises and ends with us working a variety of songs that we would chose together to learn and possibly perform in recitals.

Now I am in second year of college doing an engineering major, and I still use my clarinet, piano and music skills to join fun engineering marching bands! I would definitely recommend Lisa to any passionate music students out there!

Nur, Vancouver Canada

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