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My 11-year-old son and I started lessons with David a few weeks ago and it has been a great experience. My son is a beginner and I re-started piano, which I played for a few years as a kid. David is teaching us challenging and helpful practicing techniques and emphasizes working on developing musical details in our pieces. He is a great, versatile teacher who motivates his students well. I highly recommend him for both kids and adults.Sep 28, 2018Verified
David is a very patient, knowledgeable, positive, friendly, encouraging teacher with have high standard and a very talented, experienced, awe-inspiring pianist. My 3 years old daughter (turning 4 soon) and I are both taking lessons from David for around a month now. We enjoyed his lesson so much that I increased my daughter’s hour from 1 to 2 hours a week. He’s been very patient and good with kids that my daughter enjoys and loves to play the piano. David’s teaching methodologies are very effective. He showed us how to practice in sets, measures, adding in reverse, spaced repetition, etc. We progressed quickly and it exceeded my expectation. Within a month I was able to play a piece (Castle in the Sky) that I never thought would be possible for me as a total beginner in music. My daughter also learned a few pieces like Old McDonald, Mary had a little lamb, and she’s beginning to challenge harder pieces from her favorite movie Frozen. David is very very good in explaining his methodologies and a lot of good suggestion so you will know exactly how to practice on your own or how to coach your kid to practice. On top of these the students also have a semi-annual recital opportunity at Steinway. Students would play their long term or goal pieces. This is a very good opportunity for anyone to show their achievement and gain stage performance experience. David will coach us how to perform from start to end. David teaches with his acoustic Grand Piano in his very clean and cozy apartment that I’m sure everyone will feel comfortable in. Lastly, David is very helpful even off lesson hours. We would text him any questions we have and he would promptly reply. He’s also very understanding and flexible when there’s schedule conflict or sometimes the kid is sick. We’ve been enjoying his lessons very much and I would highly recommend David to anyone who wants to learn or get better in playing Piano.Nov 17, 2019Verified
My 7 year old nephew started lesson with David for roughly a month now and he told me David is definitely a 5-star teacher. Before finding David on Thumbtack my nephew was learning else where for a year but the result wasn't satisfying and his interest for piano was somehow dampened. David was quick to access my nephew's skill and was able pinpointed the exact issue that had been bothering us. He did it all in the trial lesson. David is great with kids and is even a better teacher. In just 5 lessons (including the trial) , I already see my nephew enjoying piano more. He hums the pieces he just learned which had never happened with the previous teacher. We are so happy we found David on Thumbtack :)Mar 20, 2019Verified
We did several trial lessons for my 5-year old twins for their first piano teacher and we finally settled with David. And I am glad we made the right choice. David communicates with kids extremely well with great patience. He has a very systematic way of structuring the lessons from the very beginning. Each lesson covers a combination of elements including practice, correction, theory and fun learning, keeping kids interested and motivated. The twins are able to play Old MacDonald after only 4 lessons and they are learning dynamics (loud vs. soft) and counting. He is punctuate and easy going. His home studio is pleasant and comfortable with a baby grand piano that makes playing music a moment for enjoyment.Oct 14, 2018Verified
I began taking lessons with David after I had already been learning piano for several months. I had improved quickly at first, but it soon became apparent that without a teacher who could offer specific guidance on how to efficiently work through the challenges in the music I was learning, I'd be unable to continue to make meaningful progress. David has helped me with all of this and more—I've learned not only how to practice in a more methodical way that has yielded steady improvement, but also how to add expressiveness to my playing with a level of care and detail that I hadn't even considered before. Highly recommended.Mar 24, 2019Verified
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?My teaching methodology includes how to learn / memorize faster and more efficiently (I have spent the last few years specifically researching and creating many methodologies); how to solve technical / mechanical / relaxation issues; how to express yourself musically and connect with your inner self; how to practice physically, mentally, and emotionally; how to set and achieve goals; and much more besides.
- 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 17 years. Additionally, I have done extensive research into learning and memorization methods. 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.
- What types of customers have you worked with?I have taught students of all ages and abilities - from kids as young as 3 and a half years old to teenagers, adults, and older students. And my students have taken lessons with me for all sorts of reasons - to just have some fun, to pass examinations and auditions, to achieve specific personal goals, to make music a part of their lives, to grow both as musicians and as people, and to go on to professional music careers.