Piano and Trumpet Lessons by Joyce Toth

Briarcliff Manor, NY

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Over the years, I've gained a reputation as a teacher who goes the extra mile to work with students who have difficulties with their music studies for whatever reason. I don't cut off the lesson right in the middle of a teaching point, but will continue until the point has been covered. I am constantly providing specialized arrangements for my students, music that is not published, or is only published at an inappropriate level for the student requesting it. I try to teach students how to practice, and tell them that my goal is to help them improve their skills to the point that they don't need my help anymore.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I tell people my job is making kids smile. However, it's just as likely that they'll make me smile.
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Location

Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

Years in business

26

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

4

Reviews

10 Reviews
  • Shannon H. Aug 5, 2014
    Piano Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Liz S. Aug 3, 2014
    Joyce was low key and patient with my kindergartner, who enjoyed learning piano. She was knowledgeable and encouraging and I would recommend her.
  • Carol A. Jul 24, 2014
    Our daughter studied piano with Joyce for 3 years and made remarkable progress during that time. Joyce has a very good rapport with youth and has many strategies to keep them engaged and learning. She will teach in your home, which is convenient. The music choices were varied and fun for kids. Joyce also gives her students a role in selecting many of the pieces. She is exceptionally skilled at teaching sight reading, which is a key talent and one that not many piano teachers have. Ultimately, our daughter chose to focus more on sports as she got into middle school, but Joyce was supportive of her decision and let us know that she'd welcome being her teacher again in the future.
  • Ragini S. Jul 23, 2014
  • Yoko A. Jul 18, 2014
    Joyce has been teaching trumpet to our three children for the last few years. She is always prepared with great warm up sheets that we think she should publish them someday. Our oldest son has been studying with her for 4 years. Thanks to her wonderful instruction, he played the first trumpet at the Western Regional Band in CT. We would recommend her to anyone.
  • Tanya H. Jul 18, 2014
    Joyce is truly an amazing teacher. My son has studied trumpet with her for four years and she consistently strives to make the lessons interesting and fun for him - not always an easy task! He has learned a great deal from her and improved tremendously during the time she's been his teacher. I would highly recommend her!
  • Laura O. Jul 18, 2014
    Joyce taught my son Andrew trumpet for several years. She brought him to the highest level NYSSMA, as well as helping him into area all state. She is enthusiastic, caring, interested in what the kids are doing. She has great material and lesson plans for every level. Outstanding!!!
  • Nicole B. Jul 17, 2014
    Joyce teaches my 10 year old son and my 5 year old daughter. Very patient, and enthusiastic with both of them. You can tell that she loves music and passing on her knowledge.
  • Joanna F. Jul 17, 2014
    Joyce has been teaching my son trumpet for 3 years. How do I appreciate her? Let me count the ways! - Son played trumpet in school band throughout middle school before starting lessons with Joyce. He strongly resisted learning to sight read all those years. Joyce had him (happily!) sight reading within the first few months. - Joyce helped my son correct some technique problems which were frustrating him. His progress was impressive, and he won a coveted spot in the area all-state band. - Joyce is open to working with music that her students enjoy. Jazz improvisation has become a staple of lessons that my son looks forward to, and solos in his school jazz band have flowed from this. - Whenever I listen in on lessons I always hear laughter. Even when my son is tired and grumpy before a lesson, he comes out of the lesson feeling great. -Joyce loves cats! Your cat will be treated like royalty whenever Joyce is around.
  • Elana W. Oct 22, 2013
    Joyce has been teaching my twin 9 year old boys for over 3 years. She started teaching piano to them and now they learn trumpet from her as well. Joyce is an excellent teacher. She is a wonderful and accomplished musician and she is patient and makes learning fun for my boys. They love her and they playing their instruments.

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am constantly reviewing new repertoire for both piano and trumpet. I often evaluate published pieces and do my own arrangements at several levels that are appropriate for my students. It is essential to pique each student's interest by finding what excites them about music. I also read many blogs devoted to piano teaching or the trumpet to see what cool ideas my colleagues have come up with. I also have a network of friends who I can depend on for advice with persistent issues. Any teacher who is unwilling to ask other teachers for advice should never be allowed to teach.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
It was a natural progression from performing to sharing my knowledge with others. When I began teaching, students found me, rather than me seeking them out. I had really great instructors and of course I wanted to share what they had taught me.