Jeff Baker: Piano Lessons

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  • Michael B.

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    I have been seeing Jeff for about eight weeks and am totally delighted with the results I am experiencing. Each week, after I play my selections for Jeff, he goes to his computer and mysteriously prints out a new selection. Once I practice that selection, it seems that all my selections have been magically transformed to another level. I recently turned 70 and to gain some proficiency at the piano has been on my bucket list for quite some time. My joy at my improvement has only been exceeded by my wife's recent comment, "What are you playing, it sounds so beautiful !". Thank you, Jeff.

      Apr 20, 2017Verified
    • Peggy K.

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      Jeff is a very special teacher. He immediately "clicked" with my skeptical son, finding the types of pieces he'd enjoy, and made the lessons fun. Jeff goes out of his way to take an interest in his students, attending their special events and even making CD's of them playing to submit with college applications. He is one of a kind!

      Sep 8, 2011

    About this pro

    My approach is relatively simple. Give students pieces they like and show them how to play them! And when they can play them, it's "fun" and they want to learn more. In the process, they learn to read, interpret and to understand the expressive differences from one style to the next. Of course, all styles of music are included in my teaching. And, theory, arranging and composition are available upon request. For more advanced students, I offer "hands on" recording studio techniques using all the most modern technology including hardware and software.

    Years in business

    50

    Times hired on Thumbtack

    1

    Number of employees

    1
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      Q & A

      • What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
        • What age should one start piano lessons? For young students, a reading ability is valuable. Six to seven years old is a good starting age in general. Other than that, one can start at any age. • What style do you teach? First, I teach all the basics which are “non-stylistic”. However, as the basics become absorbed, I use all styles - classical, show music, jazz/swing and pop. Of course, a good technique is largely dependent on studying the ‘classics’ by the masters. • I have a keyboard. Do I really need a piano? Yes. Playing the piano is physical. Digital keyboards (unless they have weighted keys) and synthesizers do not have the proper key weight and response so as to develop a proper piano technique. I will help to find and select a proper instrument for students just starting out if necessary. • How often are the lessons? Lessons are once a week during the school year and optional (but recommended) during the summer months. My own schedule is very flexible to accomodate students as best as possible at all times. • Is there anything I should know before taking piano lessons? Only that you want to learn to play the piano and learn the language of music. While I personally will take on any student regardless of their past experience, I consider beginners to be one of my specialties.

      Business hours

      Eastern Time Zone
      Sunday8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
      Monday8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
      Tuesday8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
      Wednesday8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
      Thursday8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
      Friday8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
      Saturday8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
      Coverage Area for Jeff Baker: Piano Lessons is about 30+ miles of Huntington, NY.