Spring Recital 2016 Adult Piano Lessons

Welcome to Piano Lessons NYC

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Beginner

Our beginner piano lessons are designed for students with little to no piano experience and who want to learn the basics of music theory and keyboard skills.

Intermediate

Intermediate piano lessons are offered to those students who have already been practicing the piano for several years and want to improve their skills.

Advanced

Our advanced piano lessons are for highly skilled pianists wishing to refine their technique or who plan to audition for music schools and competitions.

Meet our Piano Instructors

GET TO KNOW YOUR INSTRUCTORS

Our piano instructors are all classically trained with a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree level of education and have graduated from highly reputable music schools and conservatories from all around the world including the Royal College of Music (RCM), London, Manhattan School of Music and New York University (NYU). Each teacher brings their own unique style of teaching and experience to the lesson to help ensure that our students get the best possible piano instruction whilst realizing their full music potential. At Piano Lessons NYC our piano instructors all have the same goal in mind and that is to provide the highest quality education in a fun, energetic and welcoming environment.

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Our Mission

WHAT'S OUR GOAL
Piano Lessons NYC’s mission is to offer affordable private piano lessons in New York City and many areas of Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island for all ages and levels. We offer personalized one-on-one piano lessons either in the student’s home or at the National Opera Center conveniently located at 330 7th Ave. Our piano instructors also offer lessons at their private residence located in Midtown East and Brooklyn. Piano Lessons NYC helps guide and foster students in a range of different musical styles including: classical, pop, jazz and musical theatre. We also prepare students for university and conservatory entrance auditions, music school exams, ABRSM exams, NYSSMA exams, recitals, and competitions. Piano Lessons NYC offers 1 hour, 45 and 30 minute lessons. All potential students receive a discounted trial lesson to evaluate their current musical level, and to discuss goals and future piano aspirations.
Our piano teachers use a mixture of British, Japanese & Russian teaching styles based on the individual needs of each student in order to better unlock their potential and achieve success in both piano theory and performance. By combining these three styles it provides a more diverse understanding of technique, musical expression, range of dynamics and interpretation. As Piano Lessons NYC expands we intend to hold annual piano recitals where our students can showcase their achievements and get accustomed to performing in front of an audience. Piano lessons can be offered in either English or Japanese. If you would like more information or to schedule your discounted trial lesson please contact us.

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Areas of Study

WHAT WE TEACH

music intervals

Music theory is the study of the structure of music. Or more simply put, it’s the language used to talk about the music we hear and play. Learning music theory is one of the most important things a musician can do as it helps them to not only become better performers, but also have a better understanding of the music they are playing and hearing. It also makes musical activities such as performing, composing, improvising, arranging, teaching music, or getting a music degree much easier once one gains a basic understanding of music theory.

During our piano lessons students will learn a range of different music theory subjects. The first thing we teach is notation which covers the staff, clefs, note names, rhythms, rests, intervals, meter and time signatures, key signatures, and dynamics. Students will also be taught about scales and chords (harmony), melodies, phrases, and musical forms. Whether you are an absolute beginner or already know a lot about music theory our piano lessons are individually tailored to cover everything from the most basic scales to the most advanced notation.

sight reading

Sight-reading by definition is the reading and performing of a piece of written music that the performer has not seen before. It is also referred to as prima vista, which translates to “at first sight,” which is exactly what we teach our students to master: the ability to read and play a piece of music upon first sight. Just like learning to read words, learning how to sight-read music takes a lot of practice and discipline until it eventually becomes second nature. In each of our piano lessons, students are given a range of different tasks and activities to help them increase their sight-reading ability. They not only become adept at playing the notes accurately, but also learn to read and anticipate the changing dynamics in speed and volume as written.

Our exercises focus on honing students’ short-term musical memories to allow them to read ahead while playing a piece so that they play it correctly when they get to that section. Often highly skilled musicians can sight-read silently, meaning they can look at printed music and hear it in their heads without playing or singing it. All musicians are required to have good sight-reading skills as this makes learning new pieces much easier and quicker. As a result students are more likely to try learning new pieces of music by themselves, making them stronger and more well-rounded performers.

solfege

In music education, solfège is a method used to teach students pitch and sight singing. At Piano Lessons NYC we teach solfège using the Kodály Method at every level of music education, from beginner through to advance. The study of solfège enables the student to audiate, or mentally hear, the pitches of a piece of music which he or she is seeing for the first time and then to play or sing them aloud. Solfège study not only improves recognition of musical intervals but also strengthens a student’s understanding of music theory.

During our piano lessons, we assign each notes of a scale a particular syllable, and then ask the student to practice them by playing different note sequences using these syllables. The sequences get gradually more difficult in terms of intervals and rhythms used as the student progresses. The seven syllables we use for this practice are: do (or doh in tonic sol-fa), re, mi, fa, sol (so in tonic sol-fa), la, and ti, which makes learning and practicing solfège extremely intuitive for players of all levels.

musicianship

Whilst music theory, sight-reading, and solfège are all used to train a musician’s ears to recognize intervals and chord qualities, learn how to perform melodies and rhythms accurately at sight, and practice writing down musical examples upon hearing them, Musicianship is about training the student not just to be a player of piano, but to be a true musician.

Many pianists are great technically, but they lack that something special which usually separates the great from the average. Good musicianship involves not only understanding how to use the piano but how to convey your story or message to the audience using emotion, passion and flair, allowing you to interpret a piece of music in an original and inventive way while still remaining true to the written score. During each piano lesson students are encouraged to feel the music they are playing and to improvise rather than to simply follow what the teacher is reciting, helping them to develop their confidence and own unique identity as a musician.

ABRSM books

Whether you have an upcoming ABRSM or NYSSMA examination our team of experienced piano teachers are all familiar with the length of time it takes to prepare for each exam and the care needed to ensure that the most appropriate and appealing selection of pieces is presented. Preparing for an ABRSM or NYSSMA exam takes careful planning and an awareness of the importance of including all aspects of the exam in the piano lessons on a regular basis.

Prior to any upcoming examination we help our students choose suitable pieces for the exam and make sure they have selected the right combination from the correct syllabus. We also incorporate at least a few minutes’ aural training and sight-reading into every piano lesson as well as giving them a mock exam well before the actual event. Our students are also encouraged to perform the pieces to their family, relatives, and friends and to work through several sample papers before the exam so that they get used to the sort of questions that will be asked while staying within the time limit. Finally, we help students to develop their confidence in themselves and their abilities through practicing walking into a room and setting up to perform, as these are often the most nerve-wrecking moments before the actual exam.

 

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  • TRIAL LESSON
  • $45.00*
  • per lesson
  • For all new students
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  • 30-MINUTE LESSON
  • $50.00*
  • per lesson
  • Suitable for 3 – 10 year-olds
  • Level : Beginner
  • Foundations of Music Theory
  • Basic Piano Skills
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  • 45-MINUTE LESSON
  • $60.00*
  • per lesson
  • Suitable for 5 year-olds to Adult
  • Level : Beginner & Intermediate
  • Music Theory & Sight Reading
  • Introduction to Musicianship
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  • 60-MINUTE LESSON
  • $70.00*
  • per lesson
  • Suitable for 10 year-olds to Adult
  • All Levels
  • Music Theory & Sight Reading
  • Solfège & Musicianship
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*Please note that fees vary depending on which location you take piano lessons. For a full breakdown of fees per location please visit our detailed rates page here.

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National Opera Center

330 7th Avenue

New York, NY 10001

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Phone: +1 (347) 302-1342

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Email: info@pianolessonsnyc.net