The piano is a wonderful instrument on which to learn music. The sound is immediate and simple to produce. Very quickly students can start to use both hands to play more than one note at a time and hear harmonies and intervals. We notice the important elements of music: rhythm, melody, harmony and form and are able to understand and produce them on different levels of complexity, as appropriate to the student. Playing the piano develops our ability to listen, the mind-finger connection, and is a beautiful outlet for our emotions. Mastering the technical challenges of the piano and learning new things gives students a sense of true accomplishment, which is a gift that remains for life. Most of all, playing the piano is fun and is a unique way of connecting to ourselves and to others!
When I teach the most important thing to me is the joy of creating music. I strive to show students what makes music magical and to inspire their enthusiasm. Whenever students tell me “that is so beautiful!” or “that was really fun!” and I see the special spark in their eye, I know we are on the right track.
All piano students are immediately entered in to a new community: one of music-makers. Students are always encouraged to share their music through performances and playing duets with each other, as appropriate.
Group and private lessons are available for all ages. Lessons take place at my home in Washington Heights on a beautiful Steinway “B”. Lessons in your home are possible for an extra fee, if there is convenient scheduling. Lessons are also available online through the ToneRow website. Once a month we have a Piano Party!
For more information or to set up a meeting, please contact me here