Ready to learn piano?
I strive to offer the best piano lessons in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. For private piano lessons, schedule a time at my studio in Center City (there’s plenty of free parking). If traveling isn’t an option, I can teach piano lessons in your home (as long as it’s in the greater Philadelphia area) or online.
Studio Location: Center City, at the corner of Front & Catherine (19147)
Whether you are looking for a piano instructor for yourself or your children, you'll find ulterior motives for taking piano lessons in Philadelphia:
Lots of open street parking spots on the block
Coffee, shopping, & the Italian Market are just blocks away
Easy walking access to the 19107, 19102, 19106, 19103, and 19146 zip codes
Of course, you’re more than welcome to hang out during your child’s piano lesson; enjoy espresso and wifi.
Types of Philadelphia Piano Lessons
A one-on-one student-teacher session providing individualized instruction for the student. Lessons can be 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 60 minutes long. Shorter lessons are recommended for beginner and younger students. Everyone is different, so I tailor my lessons and music selections to fit each student's needs or goals.
I offer "partner lessons" when two young students would like to have a lesson at the same time. This works well for friends or siblings, and the students are charged separately rather than together. Lessons are 45 minutes or 60 minutes depending on the students's level of advancement, and both students will share the piano (hence the focus on younger students).
A launchpad for private lessons, beginner students learn the fundamentals of music making in a vibrant group environment. These classes are for any age range and meet weekly for an hour. Students will rotate between my baby grand acoustic piano and Clavinova 88-key digital piano.
Get lessons online, in real time, from the comfort of your home. Piano lesson online can be the perfect option for students who can't make the commute to my studio. Student's must obtain high speed internet, a piano or a full-size keyboard, and a reliable input/output audio source before registering for the online lesson course.
Get in-home piano lessons in the Philadelphia area - this option works especially well for home school piano lessons or co-ops.. I can travel to your home to teach piano lessons if you are unable to visit my studio, and we can discuss travel costs and feasibility after you've expressed interest.
Lesson fees are paid in monthly increments and are due at or before the first lesson of the month. For instance, if you sign up for 30 minute lessons and there are four lessons in a month, $120 is due by the first lesson of the month.
My lesson fees are as follows:
30 minute lesson - $30
45 minute lesson - $45
60 minute lesson - $60
At this time, I do not offer a free trial lesson, although we can certainly work out a trial lesson time with only a one-off fee.
FAQ: What if I miss a lesson? Life happens, people get sick, and severe weather occurs; I will work with you to find a suitable time for a make-up lesson up to three times per semester. My policy doesn’t allow for refunds; I’ve seen absences abused too many times.
What Ages Do I Teach at my Philadelphia Piano Studio?
I’ve taught advanced, intermediate, and beginner piano lessons in Philadelphia. Here’s some more information about the ages that I teach and what to expect:
Piano Lessons for Kids
I’ve been teaching piano lessons to children since 2011, so if your child is capable of sitting through a 30 minute long lesson and following instructions, I’m happy to teach them. I always request that we do a short consultation before agreeing to lessons for young children (ages 4-6) -- I want to make sure parents and I are on the same page regarding a child’s readiness for lessons.
Middle School & High School Lessons
Is your middle schooler or high schooler interested in lessons? I’d love to work with them. Whether they’re just starting out in music or looking to further their musical education, I can help them prepare for college auditions, high school competitions, and scholarships. I’m also more than happy to support their other musical interests, whether they be musical theater, jazz band, or anything else.
Adult Piano Lessons in Philadelphia
Adults bring a unique set of goals to piano lessons, and I always love helping my more mature students grow their appreciation for music. I can help you master your favorite pieces or learn the fundamentals.; we’ll set up a unique lesson structure just for you. Do you want to use the piano to decompress, or do you want to play your favorite Billy Joel tune at your next party? Get in touch, I'd love to help you reach your goals.
My Piano Teaching Style
Since each person has his own learning style, I use a variety of teaching methods and taper lessons according to the individual with whom I’m working. Since I’m a classically trained pianist, my teaching style lives mainly in classical repertoire, but I also incorporate contemporary styles of music, like pop, rock, jazz, and Broadway. I choose to teach primarily classical repertoire, because it requires the most advanced technical playing and reading skills.
My intention as a Philadelphia piano teacher is to equip my students to become independent musicians, therefore, I emphasize music theory and fluent music reading. My desire is that all my students feel empowered to pursue composition, write their own music and to recreate others’ music with and without sheet music. Additionally, while I actively encourage and train the ability to “play by ear,” my methods differ from Suzuki piano lessons in that I place a stronger emphasis on reading than I do on ear training for beginner students.
What Music Will You Play?
While I’m happy to teach all kinds of music (and have done so extensively), I primarily teach classical repertoire. Music encompasses all genres, but classical music takes advantage of the most advanced playing techniques. Classical music is the predecessor to most popular genres we’re familiar with today, so I recommend starting with a traditional background as a foundation for your other musical pursuits. From a classical music theory background, rock, jazz, and pop all make more musical sense. I do not offer lessons in jazz improvisation at this time.
My studio has lots of natural light, video and audio recording equipment from Zoom, and a Steinway baby grand piano. If you think it would help you learn better, I'm happy to record your lessons and send you a file. Additionally, I always recommend listening to yourself when preparing a piece; I will record you when we're closing in on a performance so we can fine-tune the music even more. I've also made my space as comfortable for waiting parents as possible, so if your child is taking lessons, please help yourself to my internet, coffee, and sunny garden patio.
Performance is a skill that requires development, so I encourage all my students to play for a live audience regularly. Each spring I hold a studio recital, where all of my students prepare repertoire to perform for each other, friends, and family. The spring recital is probably the most public audience for which students will play. I also encourage students to put on their own recitals, where they invite only as many people as they want. Recitals are not meant to be pressure-filled, but rather are opportunities to be expressive and play your art.
Searching for “Piano Lessons Near Me?”
My studio is easily accessible to residents of the following neighborhoods (among others):
Within walking distance: Old City, Society Hill, Queen Village, Bella Vista, Pennsport, Southwark, Market East, Midtown.
Just a short drive: Rittenhouse Square, Graduate Hospital, Northern Liberties, Callowhill, East Passyunk.
Possibly a 20 minute drive, but worth it: Logan Square, Fairmount, Southwest Center City, South Philly near Oregon Ave, Fishtown, University City.
I also teach students from West Philly, Manayunk, Cherry Hill, Collingswoood, and the greater Philadelphia area; let me know if a particular time works for you and we’ll make it happen.