I love helping students unlock what music means to them. Each student comes with their own strengths, interests, and learning styles, and together we design a custom musical pathway—so they can cultivate confidence and focus. Although I have taught students ages 3 to 70, I am particularly drawn to working with teens and adults to help them expand their life experiences through music.
In my studio, students play works by Bartok, Satie, Liszt, Granados, and Chopin. Beyond classical repertoire, I also teach students how to improvise on their favorite pop songs, everything from Adele and Maroon 5 to Broadway musical show tunes such as Hadestown and Wicked. Students also explore ensemble collaboration, family duet performances, and more.
My students’ successes include winning first prizes in the International Grande Music Competition, the BMTG Intercontinental Competition, and being named to the Honors Program at The Piano Teachers Congress of New York. Others have been accepted into the undergraduate music programs at NYU and Eastman School of Music. In addition, some of my high-school students have written and produced original songs using Logic Pro and published them on music streaming services. I am so proud of what ALL of my students achieve.
To celebrate their learning, we present biannual concerts that help foster our supportive studio community. In addition, families often offer to host these concerts at their homes to make the events even more memorable.
Ultimately, I teach to help students find joy in expressing themselves and making their own personal connections with music.
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Online lessons have been a massive success for my piano studio! Through virtual platforms, I get to meet and teach piano to serious and fun piano students from India, South Korea, Canada, and the U.S. outside of the New York metropolitan area.
The equipment I use for online lessons includes an HD webcam, Blue Yeti Premium microphone, and Open Broadcaster Software for using multiple cameras to demonstrate body/finger movements from different angles. With the screen-share feature on virtual platforms, we can compare notes on the score in PDF and mark it up from both ends.
I recently switched most of my lessons to Forte, a virtual conferencing platform optimized for music lessons, where audio quality far surpasses existing ones such as Zoom, Skype, and FaceTime. By using this new platform, I always feel like my students are sitting right next to me during the sessions.
Online lessons have so many advantages, but just to name a few, they are easily accessible, convenient, and flexible in scheduling – fit into your modern lifestyle perfectly!
Elle is a 9-yo award-winning pianista who performed at Carnegie Hall twice last year! She has been studying with me since September 2021, and our piano journey hit it off right away – she achieved multiple awards, including 3 First Places and 2 Second Places from notable international piano competitions. Besides piano, Elle loves to draw and paint (her artwork was featured in the morning TV show a few months ago) and is an avid soccer player. She is a diligent, not to mention gifted, piano student who seeks excellence in anything she pursues.
Dave became a commercial pilot very recently after 3 decades of working in a senior position in finance at a big IT company. What’s more amazing about him is that he continued his piano journey during such a challenging career transition while being a father of twins! Dave has been studying piano with me for 10 years and now can play Chopin, Satie, Bach, and Joplin. His desire to learn doesn’t stop here – Dave is currently mastering multiple languages, learning new academic subjects….and maybe eventually flying to the moon!?
Tamrin Gellert Ghai
Tamrin just started her college life this September! Aww…I’ve known her since she was 4 years old while she was watching her elder cousin’s piano lesson with me. I remember Tamrin being so small, sitting quietly with her big eyes wide open! She began her piano studies with me soon after, and fast-forward, she is now writing her original songs with her hits streaming on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon Music! This vlog was created during the height of the COVID lockdown (May 2020) – in the video, Tamrin tells us how she found a way to use her piano training for her new passion – to be a singer-songwriter!