Jeff Baker: Piano Lessons

Huntington, NY

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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.

Location

Huntington, NY 11743

Years in business

49

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

1

Reviews

10 Reviews
  • Michael B. Apr 20, 2017
    Piano Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    The Magical, Musical, Mystery Tour
    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.
  • Jack E. Jul 7, 2016
    After studying piano for several years with teacher who focused on music theory I had attained a high level of theoretical knowledge, but still could play the piano well. I had a friend whose son had studied with Jeff and was able to play professionally. When I started with Jeff I told him that I wanted to focus on technique and play 'pretty" music. We did just that, with him arranging songs that fit my level, customized for me. I had another problem, I spend five months a year in California, and was unable to find a suitable teacher. Jeff used his considerable computer expertise to set up lessons on Skype(Skype was in its infancy in 2004). Those lessons are as good as the ones I take at his studio. Working with Jeff opened the door to a greater appreciation of classical music, and knowledge of the great composers. We also did Pop, Rock and Jazz tunes. After all this time I have yet to outpace his teaching skills. Jeff specializes i teaching youngsters, but also has many seniors, like myself. I highly recommend him for students at all levels. Jack Endee e-mail almaendee@hotmail.com
  • Peggy K. Sep 8, 2011
    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!
  • Janet O. Jul 20, 2011
    Jeff has been my teacher for two years now and he was able to pinpoint my faults in the first lesson. I don't think you'll find a better teacher on Long Island. He guides me through all aspects of music, from theory to composition to music appreciation. He teaches my daughter now, and she's learned more with him this past year than I was ever able to teach her.
  • Guy S. Jun 10, 2011
    I have an 8 year old daughter that was learning Piano and I have sensed pretty quickly that she is talented and needs the proper guidance. We looked around for a teacher that can take her to the next level. I found Jeff and today, a year later – I can really notice the difference. He has his way with kids and is capable of challenging them at the same time. Strongly recommend!
  • Deb L. Jun 9, 2011
    Jeff Baker has been my daughter's piano teacher since she was 8 years old. She is now a senior in high school and only wishes that she had more time for piano. Regardless, we are so thankful that she has such a lasting, positive connection to the piano and we owe that to Jeff. There a million words to describe Jeff. The ones that stick out the most are patient, encouraging, flexible, warm and enthusiastic. I highly recommend him!
  • Jennifer P. Jun 9, 2011
    My six year old started lessons with Jeff a few months ago. She always practices without me nagging her to do so only because Jeff is a great motivator! She has learned a lot already in such a short amount of time. Now all her sisters want to take lessons too!
  • Suzanne C. Jun 8, 2011
    Jeff is a smart and talented musician who is very enthusiastic.He enjoys teaching children how to play the piano . He has a positive attitude and encourages every student to feel that he or she could become the next Mozart .
  • Liz R. Jun 8, 2011
    My kids love Jeff. He really inspires them to learn and practice. He makes piano fun, and they really look forward to their lessons. He does a great job preparing the kids for NYSSMA. He is very organized and very accommodating for busy schedules.
  • Susan B. Jun 8, 2011
    Words can't describe what a wonderful teacher Jeff has been for our son! His approach has incorporated just the right complement of theory, classical and popular music. For a 12-year old boy to sit at the piano 7 days a week without prompting is a testament to the enthusiasm Jeff instills in his students!!!

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.