My daughter has been taking pianolessons with Piano Playground and the instructor is just fantastic! She has obvious love and deep passion for her work, and she is very patient and kind to her students. She also uses technology and a wide variety of materials to enhance each lesson. I am very delighted by the development of my daughter's musicianship, and how much she looks forward to her lessons every week. I highly recommend Piano Playground to anyone looking to give the gift of music to their children.
At first, We were skeptical about our 7 year old daughter taking remote lessons for piano especially with no experience or enthusiasm of her to play it. Looking back now, even though it's only been couple of months, We can see her progressing from reading simple music notes to playing variety of songs. Big thanks to Wade! As a teacher, Wade is very patient and good at breaking his teaching methodologies down so that anyone can understand them. He also structures the lessons systematically from the beginning until the end and make sure sends notes post lesson for the reference. Each lesson covers practice, correction and fun learning, keeping our daughter interested and motivated. Wade is friendly and creates a wonderful environment that our daughter is always excited to practice off lesson hours and ready to impress him in upcoming one. Our daughter is very lucky to have him as her Piano teacher. We highly recommend Wade!!
Wade Ridenhour Piano Lessons
I enjoyed my trial lesson with Meng a lot. She was friendly, knowledgeable, and most importantly, she was incredibly patient with all my questions (and I had many!). She also explained her lesson plans which sounded very comprehensive but not overwhelming. As I had no prior music training, it’s certainly helpful to have guidance on the many areas that are important to playing the piano, some of which I hadn’t even thought of before. I plan to continue the lessons with her and look forward to the results!
Piano Lessons Manhattan
Our 10 year old started pianolessons with Max a few week ago and we are very grateful. Our daughter is engaged and feeling so proud of what she's learned so far. Max is methodical and organized at the same time he is fun and creative. I get the sense that he really loves to teach music and we are so happy he is teaching music to our daughter.
Rebecca has been a wonderful piano teacher for our 7-yr old. Pre-Covid we’d tried a few different teachers but our daughter wasn’t inspired by their style of teaching. This led us to exploring other options and we are so glad to have found Rebecca! From the get go she made an extra effort to get to know our child and her interests so she could build a strong bond with her. She moved through the lessons in a very methodical manner without being overwhelming. Having been with her for a couple of months three things really stand out to us: 1) she has a special ability to form strong relationships with children, 2) she is very organized and methodical and 3) she’s a gifted musician and teacher. We would wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking to learn from her.
David is an impeccable instructor! He is scientific in what and how he teaches, takes great care with his students, is extremely knowledgeable, professional, inspiring, prompt, responsive, and has a wonderful demeanor conducive to learning.
I have played and received instruction on other instruments (recently and throughout the years), but I am a beginning student (piano mixed with some voice) with David. He has taught me critical skills for efficient and effective learning and practice (to me, this alone is HUGE), which are rooted in his extensive research and experience. I have learned to methodically build my ability to play a piece of music (the concept of sets, building sets, comprehensive execution on sets, interleaving, spaced repetition, to leverage inspiration and energy levels to make progress), to strictly analyze my music and playing, to journal my practice, and to approach my music in an acutely aware/focused/structured fashion geared towards achieving results. In vocal training I have applied these skills as well, and I have also learned additional methods to build my abilities (breathing, bracing, projection, to work through lyrics with a variety of tactics, how to deconstruct and then reconstruct something seemingly too complex for me).
Each lesson of mine adheres to the structure of theory, scales, and playing of pieces (both small pieces, and short-term and long-term goal pieces) that I have prepared for the week; this is just the combination for me. All time is spent wisely; and as each lessons plays out, David is acutely focused, incorporating his methodologies all along the way, testing my understanding, discussing practice and performance (how-to’s, and including mental practice, etc.), discussing health, providing reasoning for everything that we do, encouraging goal-setting (pieces that inspire including lofty ones, 40-piece challenge to encourage reading and exposure to new pieces), and encouraging me to ask any questions that I may have. I greatly appreciate that in lessons I am significantly challenged to think and work quickly (so as to improve my ability to play quickly). And should a question come up outside of lessons, David is very quick to respond and always generously provides extensive information.
In addition to the opportunities to play pieces cold at each lesson, David offers other invaluable performance opportunities in the form of studio classes (performance plus critique), recitals at a variety of venues, and the chance to come with him to play the Sing For Hope pianos. These also serve as wonderful opportunities for inspiration and exposure to pieces that one might not have heard of before. I personally walked away with pieces new to me and that have inspired me to keep striving to achieve!
I can say undoubtedly that David and his comprehensive methodologies have given me the tools to correct where I have gone wrong in the past and to quickly make progress which I otherwise would not have been able to. He provides the instruction and guidance of which I had always hoped to find, and I greatly recommend him to anyone no matter the age or the range of experience! He will make sure you know how to efficiently and effectively learn, practice, master, and perform. Nothing is left out, you just have to execute! :)
David Chang Music
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