- 2 years in business
- 11 hires on Thumbtack
"When I first started taking lessons with Mark in January 2012, I was an adult beginner, most self-thought though I briefly took lessons from another teacher before. I could not play the easiest etudes by Czerny at that point (well, at least not properly). Without bragging or exaggerating, I can say that he transformed the way I play and understand piano music.
What I especially like about Mark's teaching is that it's systematic and structured. Learning a new piece starts with analyzing it, understanding why a specific tempo is indicated, perhaps even learning about the composer and the historical context of the piece. This way, I don't simply memorize the notes, but actually understand what and why I play. When I face technical difficulties, he always deconstructs them and suggests the way to practice that actually works. He also has excellent suggestions for your repertoire.
Over the years, I attended several recitals of his students, and observed incredible progress in most of the kids and adults he teaches.
Overall, I would highly recommend him as a piano teacher for a beginner or a serious musician."