It's never too late to learn and love playing the piano, or to expand your craft. New York Piano Teacher's piano lessons are affordable private piano lessons for players of all skill levels & age ranges. Our instructors are all industry-professional pianists and teachers who offer customized, one-on-one lessons based on each individual student's needs and goals.
Our instructors specialize in all styles & genres of keyboard music, keyboard instruments, and applications, including:
- Pop & Rock
- Musical Theatre
- Electric Piano
- Professional musicians
- Auditions & Examinations
We don't teach a “one-size-fits-all” method — every lesson plan is adapted to the individual student's needs & goals.
Piano lessons at NYPT will help you develop a love of not just piano, but also music itself. We approach each student's unique goals through the lens of some common areas of study to help you develop a healthy, dynamic relationship with the instrument and the music you'd like to play. Building this technique and relationship involves coordinating your body with your mind. We'll help you reach your musical goals in a holistic way, increasing your confidence along the way so that you can play with authenticity and truth.
Some of the areas we may explore can include:
The Piano & Technique
For students of any age that are beginners, our teachers will introduce you to the piano: its components, its sounds, the effects of pedals on the sound, and more.
Technique is something all students can benefit from to help grow their command of the piano. If needed, we'll cover posture, hand & arm position, and techniques to prevent and mitigate potential strain for a healthy lifetime of playing.
Music theory is a study of the concepts, structures, & rules that help explain music and give musicians a common language to talk about it.
Music is as old as human sound and existed millenia before its theory was explored. While there are many accomplished musicians and performers that don't necessarily have a mastery of music theory, an understanding of this common musical language helps make it easier to understand what you're playing, hearing, composing, or arranging.
Lessons in music theory can include basics such as the structure of music notation (the staff & clefs, notes, rhythms, etc.) intervals, scales, melody, and chords, or more advanced study, depending on your goals and your knowledge level.
Styles & Genres
Depending on your goals, we may explore a variety of styles. For instance, while a student may wish to increase their abilities in pop/rock keyboard, we often find that exploring some jazz piano concepts can be a helpful grounding and jumping-off point. Likewise, for a student interested in growing their jazz improvisation chops, some classical studies may help build a foundation to help take their playing to the next level.
We've all seen incredible musicians that can have a previously-unseen piece of music placed in front of them and who proceed to play the piece to perfection.
Just like reading printed words without practice, sight reading is a skill that can be learned. With New York Piano Teacher's training and exercises, and by practicing, piano players can learn to not only play the notes and instructions printed on the paper, but imbue them with emotion and context for a more compelling performance.
Related to sight reading, ear training involves learning to hear and analyze music and its components in a way that's beneficial to the performer, such as finding the connective tissue between genres and songs. Music is a language with many different dialects; ear training helps us study those languages and see their connection
Improvisation & “Jamming”
A common misconception is that improvisational playing is only for jazz. This couldn't be further from the case! While you likely won't be improvising much if you're playing specific written music in-studio or with an orchestra, improvisation is an unbelievably important part of most circumstances where you'll be playing music. From pro/amateur bands to worship to playing for friends & family — in any genre — the ability to improvise is a skill that is invaluable. In addition, studies have shown that nurturing this ability also has benefits in non-musical settings that require problem solving and creativity. Fortunately, just like any other skill, it's one that can be learned and practiced!
Performance & Musicianship
You may find that you are growing comfortable with the technical aspects of keyboard playing, but feel like you're lacking a certain something in your playing and performance — that you don't feel as if you can "take the next step" in your music. This is where performance & musicianship come into play.
The best musicians and performers don't only play the music as perfectly as they can — they inject their personality and flair into the performance itself and are able to make an effective emotional connection between the material, themselves, and the listener. This ability isn't inherent to a certain level of talent or skill. Anyone can learn and improve their performance ability and musicianship. And, when you explore and grow your ability to connect emotionally with the material, you'll not only see the benefits in your musical performance; studies have shown the benefits of performance ability and general musicianship in settings outside of music!
Finding the proper repertoire to help support your path to your goals can seem overwhelming. There exists not only an unimaginably massive corpus of music specifically for piano — there are also millions of pieces already adapted for piano, as well as an arranger's or improviser's ability to reduce songs heard to piano versions.
Together, we'll select songs, pieces, and exercises that are appropriate for your skill level and your goals, and we encourage you to let us know about specific songs or pieces you'd love to explore in lessons and in practice.