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Being an adult with zero experience playing a piano, I wasn't sure what to expect, but Mr. Novi was ready for me as soon as I walked in. Very friendly, knowledgeable and easy to talk to. I can't wait for my next lesson!Aug 22, 2017Verified
I consider myself an adult 'beginner' student because even though I took lessons for a year or two in my pre-teens, I've long since forgotten how to play the piano or read music. Recently I found Jon Novi through the Thumbtack website. I was thrilled to learn that, right from the start, he would teach me the songs I was most interested in playing bypassing the uninspiring, rigid, standard training lessons. In fact, we spent our very first session on a song that I've been wanting to play for years, and I enjoyed every minute of it! Jon has the qualities of a great teacher he's very enthusiastic, positive, and encouraging, as well as a very skilled musician. Best of all, he takes the time to listen to the student, guiding and motivating them to reach their goals.Dec 2, 2014Verified
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I've only recently begun taking piano lessons, but I can already tell that Jon Novi is the kind of teacher who sees limitless potential in his students. His enthusiasm buoys me even when I think I've messed up a song, and encourages me to try again. Also, his piano skills are on point, and he does a good job of explaining how to read a score and the mechanics of playing the piano. Beyond piano know-how, though, I would argue that it is Jon Novi's zest for teaching that makes me glad I am taking lessons with him. You won't regret it.Aug 14, 2015Verified
I sought Mr. Novi out after taking a long hiatus from piano. I have had many piano teachers but Mr. Novi is definitely one of the most fun and enthusiastic teachers I've had. I have had many years of classical piano instruction but am completely new to jazz. Mr. Novi will give me suggestions on new pieces to learn, but ultimately leaves choosing what I learn up to me, no matter what style I want to learn (classical, jazz, rock n' roll, etc). Because of this I never see practicing as a chore since I am only playing the pieces that I truly enjoy. Mr. Novi is a fantastic musician himself, it's very inspiring to listen to him play! I would absolutely recommend Mr. Novi for anyone interested in studying piano.Feb 22, 2015Verified
Jon played piano for us at a cocktail party for our wedding, and it was magical. His passion for music is rivaled only by his skill for playing it. He was kind, gracious, well dressed and just wonderful. I do not have enough kind words to say. Please consider Jon for your event, you will not regret it.Sep 26, 2018Verified
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Every student is different. Every one gets a different teaching method. I've had thousands of students. Neither I nor my students are typical.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have a university degree that says I teach music, and another that says I'm a master of music, in performance. Before the eight years of college, I took eight years of piano lessons. Since college I have had 5-7 more private teachers, depending on how you count them. No one ever asks to see my parchments because I am an experienced teacher. This is immediately evident, and there is no substitute for experience.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?God and my parents showed me the beauty of music at an early age, and I never lost the sound.