"♪Do you want to take your playing to a whole new level?
Whether beginner or pro, send me a hand typed message if you'd consider coming to my studio (Setauket / Stony Brook) for a one-of-a-kind learning experience. I also travel locally and do FaceTime / Skype lessons.
If you're intrigued, I'd love to hear from you!
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I cover a wide range of possible students & goals, so it's cool if you just want to skim below.
So, here's a little about me. I'm classically trained, have been teaching for almost 20 years, & regularly perform as a concert / cocktail pianist.
You may hear some recordings of mine & my students' at my website link:
As an instructor, I dedicate myself to my students and make efforts to go above and beyond in quality, helping students to learn what they love, find personal meaning for music in their lives, understand how to learn it on their own, and optionally prepare for a variety of performances (up-to 5 opportunities per month!)
I follow a constructionist / humanistic teaching approach: in which I teach the 'person' as much as the subject matter, and help the student to grow through their own personal understanding, rather than a didactic approach of only giving commands.
I've taught students aged 3 to 73!
You can learn virtually any style, ranging from: classical music, show tunes, jazz, video game themes, cultural folk tunes, improvisation, holiday, and or modern popular music.
The wide breadth of students I teach include:
1) Music Educators, including piano teachers, who wish to become become more proficient or adept at piano, or improve their own teaching
2) High achievers of all levels
3) Advanced students looking to switch teachers
4) Intermediate & Elementary students
5) Complete beginners of all ages, who are willing to dedicate time each day to the piano, even if only for an initial trial period to see if they like it enough to make a regular commitment
6) Adults who want to reconnect with piano after decades away from it
7) Professional musicians
8) Undergraduate music majors
9) Self-taught pianists
10) Students with special needs and talents
Lessons of any length vary in frequency from:
1) once per week
2) two or more lessons per week
3) or in special circumstances: less frequently
I usually teach in my home/studio in Setauket,
but also travel locally to students' homes,
and have taught online via Facetime/Skype, and videoconferencing software in which students may receive live & or pre-recorded instruction
I strive to help all students improve their practice efficacy, technique, artistry, & overall musicianship.
The diversity of individualized lesson goals include, listed below in order from more intense to less:
1) Becoming a professional pianist / instructor, or a higher quality performer / teacher
Preparing for any combination of:
2) College or graduate auditions or recordings (I have prepared students to attend and graduate as music majors at Ithaca, Fredonia, Stony Brook, Hofstra, & SCCC. A former student whom I taught starting from a beginner's method book up through advanced repertoire recently got accepted for a doctorate in music at Juilliard.)
3) Concerto competition auditions
(My high school student two, got to perform as the featured soloist with his school orchestra, and with the Stony Brook University Orchestra)
4) Your own full-length solo, duo, or senior recital
5) Piano competitions
(Several of my students compete annually at a competition at Steinway Piano Gallery. I have had several students win 1st place and cash prizes, ranging from elementary to late advanced divisions. Several of my students have been selected to perform at the NYSSMA All-State Conference Piano Showcase in Rochester)
6) Professional performances at weddings, anniversaries, & other formal events
7) Playing for your own holiday gathering or dinner party
8) NYSSMA, Piano Guild, ABRSM, & or Royal Conservatory of Music festivals / adjudications
9) Recital performances at Staller Center, Steinway Gallery, Faust Harrison Pianos, and or private residences, as well as being featured at school assemblies or accompanying your choir
10) Performing in a library lobbies, the middle of shopping malls, ballet classes, art galleries, or family gatherings
11) Senior living and hospital volunteer performances
Students may wish to perform in the more traditional avenues listed above, or may take a more creative avenue, such as:
12) Multi-media opportunities of combining music with other creative outlets, such as poetry, dance, visual arts, you-tube, facebook, instagram, etc.
13) Collaborating with other musicians & friends, such as playing in a band or forming a music duo
14) Only performing in service of others rather than being in the spotlight - such as volunteering, playing in benefit concerts, & creating musical gifts for friends and relatives
15) Or learning just for one's own personal fulfillment, (only performing for oneself with no one else in the room)
Depending on each student's individual needs and interests, we may also work on theory, ear-playing, improvisation, composition, sight-singing, overcoming stage-fright, and or fostering a healthy mindset.
I have taught many students with special needs, as well as geniuses who need someone to help them achieve their potential, and those in between.
For young children, I mix fun games, imaginative creative learning, stuffed animals, prizes, and positive work habits to set them on the path to loving the piano and being great at it!
Please see my student reviews below, and check out my Facebook teaching page.
I love facilitating student potential and discovery!"