Piano Lessons on Long Island, NY
Our Approach to Piano Lessons at Grace Music School
We believe every student is unique and different in their own way. Therefore, why should lessons be any different? Each piano lesson is tailored to the individual student’s specific interests and needs.
While focusing on foundational elements such as proper technique, reading music, finger position and more. Our teachers also help students learn songs they are familiar with. This includes movie theme music, popular songs on the radio, their favorite classical artist etc. This helps keep students motivated and pushing further to learn each week.
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Piano Lessons Should Be Fun!
We know that an interest in piano may be what first brings you into our school – but having fun is what keeps you coming back! Here at Grace Music School, our goal is for every student to LOVE their music lessons as they embark on a rewarding journey of progress and discovery. We put the “fun” in fundamentals!
Our knowledgeable staff blends a high standard of music education with a creative, student-focused approach that gives students space to discover and nurture their passion for music and the piano. Whether it’s your first time at the keys or you’re a seasoned pianist, our teachers are ready to help you progress quickly toward your goals – while having fun along the way.
We Emphasize Healthy Technique
Healthy technique is critical to lifelong enjoyment of the piano. Our first priority is teaching strong fundamentals, including hand, wrist and arm technique, bench position, and pedaling. We believe that full-body instruction is essential to musicianship and safeguards students from injury.
Once the fundamentals are in place, you and your teacher can craft the story you want your music to tell. Our qualified teachers will assist you in developing musicianship and exploring nuance through dynamics, pausing, phrasing, and varying tempos. Learn with us as we infuse elements of music theory and music history into our well-rounded approach to fostering musical excellence.
We Care About Your Musical Interests & Goals
There is no one-size-fits-all method of piano instruction. Regardless of ability or prior experience, our teachers take an individualized approach to each of our students – underpinned by detailed individual assessments, a personalized learning plan, and one-on-one guidance throughout your musical journey.
While fundamentals and technique are essential, our ultimate goal is to equip students to begin exploring their own personal musical style and interests. Your teacher will work with you to understand where you want to go, and craft a unique plan to get you there. Whether your style is classical or pop (or anything in between), Grace Music School helps students excel in their craft while encouraging the occasional step outside the comfort zone to try something new.
Our Piano Teachers
Sam began to play the piano when he was only three. When Sam was seven, he started his formal training as a vocalist. He enjoys singing and playing a variety of genres including classical, jazz, and country, while simultaneously crafting original songs.
Jonathan Schwartz has studied with world renowned artists Phillip Kawin at the Manhattan School of Music and David Dubal from the Juilliard School. Jonathan has performed solo and chamber music at diverse music festivals around the world.
Music Director, Piano Teacher
Mate Marcina is the Music Director and a piano teacher at Grace Music School, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2015. He is an accomplished classical and jazz pianist, an award nominated composer and arranger, and a dedicated educator, who has studied and honed his skills in Europe and the US.
Cello, Strings & Piano
As an educator, Brit Schlude (he/they), loves to build relationships that encourage progress and celebrate growth. Growing up he studied piano and cello, and worked towards his goal of being an orchestra teacher.
Napoleon, one of ten children hails from Staten Island, NY where his mother filled their home with an eclectic array of music, “My mother did not discriminate when it came to music, If it was good music, it was played.”
Guitar, Ukulele, Piano, Trumpet
Michael is a versatile and eclectic guitarist based in the New York area. His performances have taken him throughout the United States and Canada. Equally comfortable on the classical and electric guitar, his playing experience ranges from standard classical guitar repertoire to jazz, rock, blues and world music.
Violin, Viola, Piano
Arielle Chin has been passionate about everything violin related since she was 5 years old. She holds her degree in Music Business from the Crane School of Music with a focus on classical violin studies.
Percussionist Dr. Max Herzlich has performed with the Longwood Symphony, Chelsea Symphony Orchestra, Brookline Symphony, Chappaqua Orchestra, Long Island Festival Orchestra, and Boston Opera Collaborative.
Voice, Piano, Trombone, Trumpet, Baritone Horn
Nicki is a vocal and piano teacher at GMS, priding herself in finding the unique balance between foundation and fun in each student’s lesson. Besides being an enthusiastic and dedicated educator for the past 15+ years of her life.
Chris Cuvier has been a professional pianist and composer since 1993, and a piano teacher since 1998. He graduated with a B.A. in music and English from Dowling College, and has studied with the world-renowned jazz pianist Fred Hersch.
A popular and award-winning piano teacher, Grace Casey (Heaphy) has been teaching piano since 2006 with students ranging from ages 3 to adult. Grace has previously taught and maintained a successful piano studio in NYC and Long Island.
Naomi Pierro is a singer and actress who grew up on Long Island. She has performed in many different recitals, concerts, musical theater shows, operas, and churches around NY. She has also won various singing competitions, including one at Carnegie Hall.
Piano, Violin, Voice
Molly Gallipeau is a classically trained musician that has been studying for nearly two decades. She studied at Lynn Conservatory in the preparatory program and will be receiving her B.F.A. at Five Towns College in Piano Performance and Audio Recording.
Strings, Guitar, Piano, Voice, Brass & Woodwinds
New to Grace Music School, music teacher Patricia has enjoyed a varied musical career incorporating teaching and performing, having begun both before entering college.
Guitar, Ukulele, Piano, Oboe
Allison DiMauro has been teaching guitar, piano, and ukulele at Grace Music School since 2018. Allison received her Bachelors in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia and she is a NYS certified music teacher.
Shiori Chazono, bassist, pianist, composer, arranger, and piano tuner, is currently teaching at Grace Music School and Kellenberg Memorial High School. Originally from Japan, she studied at the Tokyo College of Music, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in composition.
Toni Acerra has been teaching at Grace Music School since November 2021. She specializes in voice and piano, and teaches a wide range of ages and levels across her instruments.
Strings, Guitar, Piano
Vincent Basileo is a music educator specializing in cello performance, as well as lessons in beginner-intermediate violin, viola, piano, guitar and music theory. A student of such acclaimed cellists as Maureen Hynes, Julian Langford, Arnold Choi and Lauren Posey,
Babylon based percussionist Patrick Roche is an active performer and educator in several sides of the percussion world. As a chamber musician, Patrick has appeared with the Four as One, Avalon, and Mirage percussion quartets.
Izem Gurer was born in Istanbul, Turkey. She started to study piano with concert pianist Birsen Ulucan at the age of eight. She has been prize winner of numerous national and international piano competitions between the years 2012-2020.
Voice, Piano, Guitar
Frenie Acoba is an actress, singer, and dancer, where she has been involved in theater and entertainment for over a decade. Frenie has performed professionally in the National Tour of “South Pacific” and in the Original Broadway Cast of “Matilda the Musical”.
Voice, Piano, Violin
Caitlin Francis has been teaching voice, piano, and violin lessons at Grace Music School since 2017. She graduated from LIU Post in 2015 with a degree in music education with a focus in vocal studies.
Voice & Piano
Erik’s unique and colorful tenor voice has been described as “youthful, amusing, and crowd-pleasing.” Hailing from Brentwood, New York, he aims to inspire a world of goodwill through live performance and education in the arts.
Eunhyang Choi will make you fall in love with classical music”, By bringing personal and fresh touch into the classical piano repertoire, including own compositions or innovative projects,Eunhyang Choi breaks the barriers and invites her audiences on an emotional journey.
“Both of my daughters take lessons at Grace Music. Their friendly encouraging instruction has made a noticeable difference in each of their performance levels and keeps them wanting to progress. Great music, great people, great instruction.”
“My 3 children have been students from the beginning. Their progress has been remarkable. Grace and the entire faculty are amazing. I have and will continue to recommend Grace Music School as a great establishment for all levels of music education.”
“We are very pleased with our 8-year old daughter’s musical development at Grace Music School. She has developed a strong foundation in piano during her first year of lessons and truly enjoys practicing and working with her teacher, Kerry.”
“My daughter started piano at Grace Music a year and a half ago, when she was 5. Grace’s teaching helps her feel successful with each new song and she looks forward to her weekly lessons. My daughter says “She love it so much”. ”
“My son Andy studies piano at Grace Music School. We came to GMS from another instructor and have been nothing but impressed! GMS offers a warm family atmosphere, high-quality instruction, and positive encouragement and reinforcement. ”
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What Age Should My Child Start Piano Lessons?
The minimum age we recommend a student start piano lessons at Grace Music School is 5 years old. For younger students, we recommend an intro to the music program. Starting age will largely depend on the student when it comes to piano or keyboard. So, some students may need to wait longer than others to start. Contact us and we can help determine if your child is ready to start!
Top Rated Long Island Music School
You’ve come to the right place if you searched the web for ‘piano teachers near me‘, or ‘piano lessons near me‘, because Grace Music School offers the best piano lessons in the Northport, East Northport, Smithtown, Huntington, Plainview, Dix Hills, Melville, and Fort Salonga areas by presenting repertoire and technique with fun and innovative methods.
Why Take Piano Lessons at Grace Music School?
Piano lessons in Grace Music School provide teachers who instruct on a variety of styles from classical to popular music. Whether you want to learn Bach or Alicia Keys, our teachers are happy to help you become the pianist you want to be. Our piano faculty will show you the fundamentals of sight reading, technique and theory, but they will also incorporate your favorite songs into your lessons. You do not have to have a piano at home to take lessons. A simple electronic keyboard with a minimum of 61 keys will suffice for the first 6 months. Our piano teachers have warm personalities and enjoy sharing their love for the piano with you when you take piano lessons in Grace Music School.
Our Piano Teachers
All of the teachers at Grace Music School are experts in their field. Our piano faculty have received their musical education from such prestigious institutions all over the country.
Do I Have to Know How to Read Music?
No. Beginners are welcome! Our lesson plans aim to educate, engage and inspire students.
Do I Need a Piano to Start Taking Lessons?
No. You do not need a piano to start piano lessons, however, we do recommend having a digital piano keyboard in your home to practice between lessons. Also, keyboards are much more economical and require less commitment upfront when it comes to ongoing maintenance and moving costs.
So, What Are You Waiting for?
If you’re ready to jump into the world of keyboarding, we are excited to match you with a teacher that can get you started on your musical journey.
Nothing will enable you to progress more effectively than a one-on-one partnership with an inspiring piano professional.
Let us help you explore and build your abilities in a setting that is comfortable for you. You never know how far you can go until you take that first step, so get started today!