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Demers Piano Studio

Arlington, MA

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About Demers Piano Studio

Tue-Wed: 11:00am-5:00pm
Thu: 11:00am-1:00pm
Fri: 11:00am-5:00pm

I offer piano instruction for young children (3 and older), older and adult students. I use the Suzuki method, classical and improvisation (jazz and blues).

I have experience with special-needs students (especially blind and ADHD), in a patient and encouraging environment.

I also teach Jazz Improv and Classical Having with Charlie Banacos for many years

Testimonials:
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Stephen Demers is an excellent teacher. Unfailingly patient and gentle of manner, he never berates a child for not practicing or hitting a wrong note. He is always challenging students to do their best, to move their playing of a piece of music to the next level, and he shows them how to practice so that improvement is steady. Lessons are not just about achieving technical competency-they are also about discerning what stories the music is telling, and about learning music theory and history: Stephen helps the music mean something to the children. He is also totally responsive to students' (and parents') questions, needs, and interests (for example, encouraging my daughter to learn jazz and giving her the tools to do so, when she expressed interest in it). As a result, I feel that my children are not only learning to play, and enjoy playing, the piano-they are receiving a complete musical education.

Nadine Weidman
Medford

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Our nine year old daughter has been taking lessons with Stephen for one year and has enjoyed his instruction, patience, warmth, and encouragement. Prior to this she was taking both group and individual lessons from a an organization based in Lexington where personal attention and encouragement was notably less. She practices everyday on her own without parental nagging and has developed a "joy" for playing. I credit this to Stephen. Also, Stephen encourages his students to attend the U.S. National Guild Piano Playing Auditions where students are independently graded on their piano skills at a national level for accuracy, tone quality, technique, rhythm, maturity in memory, dynamics, pedal, interpretation, and repertoire. Students also perform at 2 recitals in the spring, a time for them to shine in front of an audience. Overall, we have had a very positive experience with Stephen as our daughter's piano teacher.

LMK
Arlington MA

Location

39 Mott St
Arlington, MA 02474

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  • 5/5 stars March 25, 2013

    Stephen Demers is an excellent teacher. Unfailingly patient and gentle of manner, he never berates a child for not practicing or hitting a wrong note. He is always challenging students to do their best, to move their playing of a piece of music to the next level, and he shows them how to practice so that improvement is steady. Lessons are not just about achieving technical competency—they are also about discerning what stories the music is telling, and about learning music theory and history: Stephen helps the music mean something to the children. He is also totally responsive to students’ (and parents’) questions, needs, and interests (for example, encouraging my daughter to learn jazz and giving her the tools to do so, when she expressed interest in it). As a result, I feel that my children are not only learning to play, and enjoy playing, the piano—they are receiving a complete musical education.

  • 5/5 stars March 20, 2013

    Stephen is knowledgeable and patient, and shows care for his students. He provides excellent opportunities without major pressure; the reports he encouraged my children to earn were, I believe, very helpful in their acceptance to the best colleges. The best thing about his classes was the enjoyment gained through music.

  • 5/5 stars March 19, 2013

    Our children have been taking Suzuki piano lessons with Stephen for years and he is truly one of the best teachers we had interviewed. Our eldest daughter (age 12) is in her 6th year with Stephen, and our youngest (age 6) is in her 1st year. Stephen is extremely patient, always encouraging, and knows what the kids will do before they do it! Yes - he's THAT experienced. Best of all is his attitude towards teaching and learning - our girls have gotten a wholistic appreciation for music by exploring different types of music (mainly classical but also some jazz, improv, modern, ...), learning about composers, and more. Through the Suzuki method, the girls having developed amazing ear training and are comfortable playing in front of others. If you are looking for a nurturing, kind hearted, expert piano teacher - you should try a class with Stephen.

Question and answer

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. It is a good idea to discuss what you would like to or have your children learn.
Ask about experience and training.
Ask for a reference to find out what present or former clients have to say.
Ask about the availability of performance experiences.
Also, ask if you can observe a lesson.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. What training and education do you have?
How long have you been teaching?
What do you expect students to do in the way of practicing and theory study?

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I work diligently to make sure that students like what we are doing together.
I also help students to play with a good sense of rhythm.
After this we work on correct notes, tone and phrasing

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I like seeing the students mature from inexperienced often young beginners to more musical and confidant individuals with a good memory.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I have loved music. When I was twelve I bought a guitar and paid for my own lessons often practicing 6 to 7 hours a day while in school. At age seventeen a Piano arrived in my home for my sisters. I started teaching myself to play. From there I went to college starting out influenced by my Parents as Math Major switching to Music Theory and Composition and English Creative writing.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. Yes. I have always continued my study of the piano, seeing several different teachers through the years. I have watched several master classes an the internet. Also, I have read and continue to read several books on piano technique.

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. That would be being patient sympathetic. I maybe want more for my students than they want themselves. But I never push them. It's important that students really like what they are doing.

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