David Chang Music
David Chang Music

David Chang Music

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Introduction: Hello! I help people to learn piano extremely rapidly from sheet music - faster than anyone else - regardless of age or ability. Students using my methods typically accomplish in 6 months to a year what would have normally taken them 3 to 5+ years (for the most serious, dedicated students) otherwise. The difference is not just in the speed, but in the quality. When I talk about these time frames, I’m talking about high-level playing with the utmost musicality and expression. I currently offer two different programs: 1) My strategic teams (online and in-person in Brooklyn, NY) 2) 1-to-1 private coaching with me (online and in-person in Brooklyn, NY) You can find more information about both of these programs a few paragraphs down. After quickly filling literally every spot for both private coaching and my strategic teams, I decided to expand the teams. Because of this recent decision, there are indeed openings. Please only request private coaching with me if you are serious about advancing as quickly as possible and you have read everything here. It is more rare for me to directly teach new children at this point. The very few exceptions submitted audition videos to me and typically were already playing at a high level. I have in long-term situations trained parents to be as strong as or even stronger in teaching than real piano teachers. If you are that rare parent that practices with their child daily, consider becoming a student of mine in order to transform your child’s practice and progress. If you are a piano teacher that wishes to improve your playing, teaching, and/or business sense, I am uniquely able to take you to the next level and beyond in all three aspects. Feel free to set up a free consultation with me about either of the following options. Thank you! ***Strategic Teams*** -There are up to 5 people per team. -Only reliable, weekly, long-term students with excellent attendance are considered. Admission is based on interview. -Both online and in-person lessons to fully vaccinated and boosted students at my home studio here in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY (I do not travel to students) are offered. -There are two different possible lengths of time for each team: 1 hour 30 minutes ($135 per person; around $540 a month) and 2 hours ($180 per person; around $720 a month). -Students can set goals every bit as serious and ambitious as private lessons. -Goals include: a complete transformation of strategy and mindset in learning piano, rapidly acquiring independence from the teacher at all different levels, intensive performance training, professional pedagogy (teaching) training since we are all our own teachers, and of course progressing in piano with maximum efficiency and quality. ***Elite 1-to-1 Private Coaching*** -It is unlikely that I will teach more than 5 private students at this time due to extremely high demand. -Lessons are $320 for 1 hour (around $1,280 a month), $270 for 45 minutes (around $1,080 a month), and $180 for 30 minutes (around $720 a month). -Only reliable, weekly, long-term students with excellent attendance are considered. Admission is based on interview. -Both online and in-person lessons to fully vaccinated and boosted students at my home studio here in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY (I do not travel to students) are offered. -Includes all of the benefits listed above. -Obviously, every moment of the lesson is custom-tailored for maximum efficiency and quality for you specifically. -Suitable candidates tend to be highly successful in their careers and tend to strive for excellence in everything that they do. They also describe the piano as something extremely important to them. They thus seek out personalized coaching of the utmost quality to bring them to their goals as quickly as possible. *** I am a professional musician with a bachelor's degree in music education from New York University and a master's degree in piano performance from Manhattan School of Music. I have created many unique methodologies that detail how to learn and memorize music with maximum efficiency (much more information both above and a few paragraphs down). And of course, I show my students how to conquer technical and musical difficulties in order to develop into artists with their own voices. As a result, my students progress extremely quickly and attain very high levels of playing in a fraction of the usual time required. They also seem to truly enjoy the process. Lessons take place either online/remotely or at my home studio in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (somewhat near the Barclays Center and Prospect Park), where I have a baby grand piano and two high-end keyboards for use in the lessons. I am a current Thumbtack Top Pro and Steinway Educational Partner and teach full-time. I also very recently (February 2022) was a recipient of the Steinway Top Teacher Award, which was awarded for my “hard work and dedication to music education throughout 2021” and for “the care and commitment with which [I] approach [my] piano students.” In person, I have had students come to me from as far away as Queens, upper Manhattan, the Bronx, New Jersey, and Long Island. Online, I am one of the most in-demand teachers throughout the country and have taught internationally as well. I offer two student recitals for all ages and four studio classes a year. Most of my current students are adults and they have expressed that they really enjoy the sense of community they experience as a result of meeting other adult learners. There are also numerous additional performance opportunities and events for more advanced students. I have taught students of all ages (3 and up) and abilities for over 20 years and have prepared students for ABRSM exams, NYSSMA exams, specialized middle school and high school auditions, pre-college programs, college auditions (to major in music), other auditions, guzheng (古箏) exams, competitions, and all types of performances. I have also served as a judge for both NYSSMA and piano competitions. Of course, I have also taught many students who are learning just for themselves. If you are a beginner and/or don't know how to read sheet music, I can definitely help you! If you are interested in learning how to play the piano while singing, I can definitely help as well. Finally, I also welcome serious students of piano who are thinking about making classical music into a career choice. Additionally, I also offer both pedagogy and business training to prospective or current piano teachers who want to improve their teaching and/or are trying to expand their own piano studios. I have helped many other professional pianists and teachers who have inquired about my methodologies (both for themselves and for their students) and my students include and have included those who are piano teachers themselves. And as one of the most in-demand piano teachers on Thumbtack throughout the United States (one of the top even amongst the Top Pros), I am happy to share my business expertise as well. My teaching methodologies include how to learn and memorize with maximum efficiency (I have spent years specifically researching and creating many methodologies); how to solve technical / mechanical / relaxation issues (including how to achieve much greater speed and control); how to achieve extremely high levels of musicality, nuance, and expression; how to express yourself musically and connect with your inner self; how to rapidly gain autonomy and independence from the teacher; how to practice physically, mentally, and emotionally; how to set and achieve goals; how to use both motivation and willpower to your advantage; and much more besides. One of the unique components of my lessons is that I teach very specifically what I like to think of as the art of practicing itself (derived from the methodologies I created). I coach students on how to logically solve all technical and musical difficulties (at least the aspects of music that CAN be logically solved) and then train them to be as independent of me as possible. This helps to unlock the door to true musical expression. I have performed at such venues as Steinway Hall, Lincoln Center, Leith Hill Place (Surrey, UK), WeArts Theatre (Shanghai), Parsons Music Performance Center (Shanghai), Fazioli Piano Center (Taipei), Marc A. Scorca Hall of the National Opera Center, the Bitter End, Soapbox Gallery, Sullivan Hall, Flushing Town Hall, Molloy College, James C. Colgate Hall, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office of New York, the Tenri Cultural Institute of New York, Black Box Theatre (NYU), Frederick Loewe Theatre (NYU), the Skirball Center (NYU), Goldmark Hall (Mannes), Pforzheimer Hall (MSM), Greenfield Hall (MSM), Yamaha Piano Salon, Prague Conservatory, Jan Deyl Conservatory (Prague), the Jazz Dock (Prague), the Centro Municipal Integrado El Llano (Gijón, Spain), and the Centro Municipal Integrado Pumarín (Gijón, Spain). I have participated in both the Gijón International Piano Festival (Spain) and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival (New York), and have played in masterclasses for Robert McDonald, Yuan Sheng, José Ramos Santana, Nina Lelchuk, Gabriele Leporatti, Alexandre Moutouzkine, Amy Gustafson, Anthony de Mare, and Eduardus Halim. My teacher was José Ramón Méndez. In 2018, I gave solo piano recitals in both New York and Taipei. In 2019, I was the featured performer at the Manhattan International Film Festival. Also in 2019, I gave four solo piano recitals in New York, Shanghai (where I gave a masterclass as well), and Surrey (UK). In fall 2019, I performed in the New York Arabic Orchestra. In 2020, instead of giving recitals, I conducted more extensive research into learning and memorizing massive amounts of repertoire with maximum efficiency. As part of my project, I learned and memorized the complete Chopin Études in the latter six months of 2020. In 2021, I developed a new vision for the future of this studio: expansion into strategic teams and online courses so that my methodologies may reach many more people. Please feel free to message me with any questions you might have. I am genuinely passionate about teaching and sincerely care about each of my students. And if you are a part of my studio, you will find that I am very responsive and willing to help however I can. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals. Thank you!
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Molmol K.
2 weeks ago
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We started piano sessions with David in September 2021. Both me and my 13 year old are taking piano lessons from David Chang, with a few years and no prior expereince respectively. David has a special teaching style -- sets, adding in reverse, the specific notational system, spaced repetition, musical details, mental practice, and musicality.... that have helped me progress rapidly and helped my pre-teen stay engaged and curious. David is super responsive and easy to reach when we have questions.

Details: 10 - 13 years old • No, the student cannot read music • 2 - 4 yrs of formal training • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student has a piano • 45 minutes • At the pro’s location

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Erica V.
2 weeks ago
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I’ve been studying with David for the last 9 months and it has been a great experience. I went from a true beginner in October, unable to read music, to performing the A section of Für Elise at my first in-person recital at the National Opera Center in June. The studio is a really nice community of serious adult students (and a few really talented kids) and my progress has been incredibly fast due to David’s patience and teaching methods. He caters to true beginners (like me) and also to more experienced students. The studio has a number of virtual and in-person performance opportunities. I particularly enjoyed the 6 weeks of performance training that we did within our strategic teams leading up to the recital. David is extremely organized and communicative and uses technology to help make the virtual lessons feel as real as possible. I typically attend in-person lessons at David’s studio in NYC, but it’s nice to have the flexibility to attend remotely as well. I highly recommend David to anyone who is looking to learn or improve their piano skills quickly!

Details: 26 - 44 years old • No, the student cannot read music • No formal training; some self-taught experience • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student has a piano • 45 minutes • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc.

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Max K.
6 days ago
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Only took one lesson and I learned more in that hour than I have in years. David is an excellent teacher and he’s a genius in piano theory. Highly recommend. Can’t wait to work with him again in the future.

Details: 26 - 44 years old • Yes, the student can read music • 4+ yrs of formal training • Classical • Yes, the student has a keyboard • 45 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet) • My home, venue, etc. • At the pro’s location

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Anthony C.
Feb 10, 2022
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I started taking lessons with David in January 2021 and it was by far one of the best decisions that I've ever made. David is not only one of the best music teachers that I've ever had, he's also one of the best teachers that I've had in any subject -ever. David is a true professional and he's built an amazing studio with students of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. I particularly like the way David indirectly teaches his students to be lifelong learners. In fact, I apply what I've learned from David in several different areas outside of music today. First, he listens to his students. I can attest to this because he listened to the names of the pieces that I wanted to play and he let me choose the piece that I wanted to learn. His method of teaching is backed by science and his personal experiences as a pianist perfecting his craft. His style is very creative and effective and makes learning the piano collaborative, structured and fun. In a short amount of time I was able to play my first piece Comptine d'un autre ete and starting on my next piece Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. If you are reading this review, you are more than likely looking for a piano teacher or you're on the fence about taking lessons with David. Either way, you have my word that lessons with David will be well worth your time and investment if you're willing to put in the work. David is a hidden gem and you will get his best every lesson. Thank you David for allowing me to be apart of your music world.

Details: 26 - 44 years old • No, the student cannot read music • No formal training; some self-taught experience • Classical • Yes, the student has a keyboard • 60 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Miryam A.
Jan 31, 2022
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I was looking for a piano teacher to help me get started again after a 10 year hiatus and I’m so glad I found David! I’m just 6 months, he was able to get me to perfection with my first goal piece. David brings a unique methodology that has helped me advance in my piano playing faster than I ever thought I could. Through my practice with him, I’ve learned more about piano theory, practice techniques, and classical music than I did in ten years of playing as a child. On top of that, David is a pleasure to work with. He’s extremely communicative, punctual, and accommodating. I look forward to my weekly lessons with David and participating in group recitals and studio classes for many seasons to come!

Details: 26 - 44 years old • Yes, the student can read music • 4+ yrs of formal training • Classical • Yes, the student has a keyboard • 60 minutes • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc.

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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    My strategic teams are $90 per person per hour - only 90-minute teams ($135 per session) and 120-minute teams ($180 per session) are offered. For private coaching, 1-hour lessons are $320 (around $1,280 a month), 45-minute lessons are $270, and 30-minute lessons are $180. I do not offer discounts both due to extremely high demand and because these methods are taught nowhere else in the world.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Typically, a new customer reads everything here and then will let me know via text which of my two programs he or she is interested in. In almost all cases, these will be my strategic teams. If it seems that they are a suitable candidate, I will set up a free consultation / interview that lasts up to 90 minutes. If everything goes well, we normally will immediately set up a regular lesson time within the following week.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have a bachelor's degree in music education from New York University and a master's degree in piano performance from Manhattan School of Music. I have been teaching for over 20 years. Additionally, I have done extensive research into learning and memorization methods for over 15 years. As a result, I have developed methodologies for maximum efficiency and results that include mental practicing, practicing in sets, spaced repetition, interleaving of tasks, and many other practicing methods. I also underwent serious business and mindset training in order to create my strategic teams.

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