Musicarts Studio

Hopewell Junction, NY

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

Lessons are the same quality one would find in a conservatory preparatory or extension division. My math background has informed my music pedagogy with cross-disciplinary insight. At the same time, I enjoy the differences in how individuals learn and seeing each student achieve the joy of mastery.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Developing students' innate talents and empowering them with musical and analytical skills. I enjoy interacting with all of my students as a mentor and friend.

Location

Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

Years in business

31

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

7

Reviews

6 Reviews
  • David F. Feb 1, 2017
    Piano Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Simple and easy
    It was a great experience. Very simple to use the web site, had a quick response and scheduled a lesson on the first phone call. Would definetly recommend this site to my friends
  • Yaslyn D. Dec 15, 2016
    Piano Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    Very pleased
    I really like her approach to teaching piano, from how the piano itself is constructed to make sounds, to finger work and melody development. My son is progressing nicely, she's able to recongnize leverage the natural abilities of her students to grow and enhance other skills in a way that is encouraging and fun.
  • CW W. Aug 20, 2016
    Denise has been our son's piano teacher for more than 7 years now and it has been an wonderful experience. His musical ability and maturity has improved substantially over the years. In addition, Denise's instruction has given him enough confidence in his musical abilities to learn to play pieces he found on the internet and to look beyond the piano; he has since learned to play the flute and the accordion as well. I truly believe Denise's personality and teaching methods makes learning and playing music a joy and not a chore.
  • Jackie H. Dec 3, 2014
    Denise Bassen has been a wonderful piano teacher to my son for five years, and I can recommend her with all my heart. I started him in lessons with the idea of "trying" some musical instruction, but it has become much more than that. Yes, he has learned to play beautifully under her direction, but it's so much more than that. She approaches each lesson with him in a way that is like a collaboration of minds. She speaks to him not as a child, but as an individual. She knows his strengths and his weaknesses, and she brings out the best in him. I honestly believe that the interpersonal interaction that goes on between the two of them is as valuable as the music work. Additionally, she opens her home to me during each lesson, so I can see the learning that goes on and enjoy the beautiful music...it is a treat each week to go to Denise's house. Her satisfied students are many....if you ask a music student at my son's school where they study, chances are it's with Denise! She is dedicated to her music and to her students, beyond a shadow of a doubt.
  • Barbara H. Nov 15, 2014
    Piano lessons for my child for almost ten years, and I have been in the room for most of those. An excellent teacher, with an amazing ear and a wonderful combination of demanding and supportive. I truly believe that because of her, my teenager will be a lifelong musician.
  • Jeremy K. Aug 15, 2014
    Denise was my piano teacher for almost 10 years- from fourth grade through twelfth grade. I started playing music by just messing around on a keyboard making up little songs. Soon after, my parents found Denise for me and it was the best decision they could have made. She has made me a confident and competent pianist. She classically trained me- teaching me favorites like Clair De Lune and the Moonlight Sonata, but also technically challenging pieces such as numerous pieces from Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier. She gave me direction and taught me everything I know about music. However, she also gave me the liberty to determine what pieces I wanted to learn and how to use our time together. One of my favorite things about Denise is how nurturing she is. When I went away to college, I took piano lessons and my teacher there was very strict. I realized that a lot of people taking lessons were used to strict teachers. Musicians seem to think that music educators need to be strict and unaccommodating in order to inspire greatness. However, she is an incredible musician in her own right, and an incredible teacher. She was always very patient with me over the years, and I always loved coming to lessons. Every lesson, every week, I looked forward to my time with her. Denise is an exceptional teacher. She teaches skills and pieces that go far beyond the highest ranks recognized by the state school exams. She teaches you skills that make you feel extremely confident in playing and performing. I would recommend Denise as a teacher to anyone. Whether you want to get a teacher for a child or for someone later in life; whether you want to take lessons as a hobby or as a serious student- Denise is the teacher for you. Nobody played music in my family and I stumbled upon the piano by chance. Music is how I express myself. I play piano, play guitar, sing, and write music. I owe all of my musical ability to Denise. If it were not for Denise’s direction I would never have had that gift. Regardless of whether you live in her area or an hour away, I recommend Denise as a teacher for anyone and everyone

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a Bachelor of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music in New York City, and a Master's Degree in Organ Performance from Binghamton University. I have sung professionally in recital, oratorio and opera, and am a professional organist and choir director for Catholic, Reformed, and Episcopal liturgies.