Piano Lessons in Needham, MA

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Piano

Our Approach to Piano Lessons at Needham Music

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 etc., 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.

Our Approach to
Piano Lessons

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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 Needham Music, 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

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), Needham Music helps students excel in their craft while encouraging the occasional step outside the comfort zone to try something new.

Our Piano Teachers:

Tobias

Tobias

Piano, Voice

Tobias Duke is a freelance music director, collaborative pianist, and baritone in the Greater Boston Area. He graduated summa cum laude in May 2022 from Castleton University with a B.A. in Music and an A.S. in Business Administration. Tobias subsequently graduated in August 2023 from Castleton’s MBA program with a concentration in Leading Organizational Change.

Maryann

Maryann

Piano, Violin, Viola

Maryann Han has been playing piano for 21 years. She graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a BM in piano performance, having been under the guidance of Victor Rosenbaum. Other teachers include Kathleen Panek, Keiko Sato, Mana Tokuno, and many more. She has performed multiple times in both solo and chamber settings

Sachiko

Sachiko

Piano, Oboe

Masters of Music, Longy School of Music at Bard College. Sachiko Murata is an Oboe educator, composer, soloist, chamber, orchestral performer, and currently Principal Oboist with The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra in Massachusetts. Sachiko has performed around the world and won first prize at the Ralph Gomberg Oboe Merit Award. As a composer, her most

Alexandra

Alexandra

Piano

Alexandra Stoetzel began studying piano at age 5 after tagging along to her mother’s classical piano lessons, and has been teaching piano for 15+ years. Graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Music Performance from Berklee College of Music, she continues her education through apprenticeships, private lessons, and real-world experience.

Olivia

Olivia

Piano & Voice

A versatile vocalist, pianist and songwriter Olivia has been involved in the performing arts world her entire life. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music where she studied Vocal performance, Music Business and Drama and a Master’s Degree from Harvard University in Psychology where she specialized in artistic creativity.

Rachel

Rachel

Piano & Voice

Rachel Shurland is a composer, producer, pianist, and singer from the Boston area. She graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelors of Science in Cognitive and Brain Sciences and Music, and Masters of Music in Composition. She has performed in various operas and productions and has composed for short films, podcasts, and marketing campaigns.

Liana

Liana

Piano & Voice

Liana Perlman is a soprano and aspiring choral director in Needham, MA. She earned a B.A. in Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA., and is looking forward to pursuing a degree in Choral Conducting in the coming years.

How it works

Together we explore student musical goals.

We match students with one of our expert instructors.

Start attending lessons! Parents can receive progress reports each week.

“Both my kids take music lessons (drums and ukelele) here and enjoy it. The teachers are super nice and encouraging. Scheduling has been easy, as well as making up lessons. We’ve had a great experience!”

— Nancy L.

“The Songwriting workshop was a great experience for my kids. Engaging, informative sessions. Maverick is a very thoughtful and intuitive teacher managing to give kids complex skills in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.”

— Gina N.

“My family has taken lessons from Needham Music over the past 11 years. That’s 4 students and 6 instruments and every experience has been wonderful! The teachers are all amazing, inspirational and kind. I recommend Needham Music whenever I can.”

— Karen H.

“We have had a wonderful experience with music and voice lessons from Needham Music the past two years (three kids, three instruments and one voice lesson). Great teachers and the scheduling policies have worked well with school and activities.”

— Tracy S.

“My son has taking euphonium private lessons at Needham Music for over 6 years. The teachers have all been fantastic, and my son just auditioned and was selected for the Needham High symphonic band. We could not have done it without Needham Music!”

— Elyse P.

We Offer Simple Pricing to Fit
Your Schedule & Budget

Intro Lesson

30 Min Lesson

$46

Per Lesson

Scheduling not required

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Weekly

30 Min Lesson

$184

Monthly

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Weekly

60 Min Lesson

$368

Monthly

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Frequently
Asked
Questions

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What Age Should My Child Start Piano Lessons?

The minimum age we recommend a student start piano lessons at Needham Music is 7 years old. Starting age will largely depend on the student when it comes to piano or keyboard.

Why Take Piano Lessons at Needham Music?

Piano lessons at Needham Music 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 at Needham Music .

Our Piano Teachers

All of the teachers at Needham Music have extensive experience and are experts in their field.

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!

What Will I Learn in Piano Lessons?

Our piano teachers understand that every student is an individual, with personal musical needs and goals. We make it a priority to tailor how we teach and what we teach to your individual needs.
If you enroll here for piano lessons, your teacher will ask you about your favorite type of music, and set goals to help accomplish whatever musical aspirations you have for yourself or your child. Together, you will develop a plan to achieve your goals! We love beginners, so even if you don’t know where to begin, we can help!