Transformative Piano Lessons for Adults and Children of All Ages and All Levels.
First, Erica enjoys teaching adults and children of all ages and at every level of study. She provides piano lessons to children ages 3 to 15 who are at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, and to adults ages 16-99 at every level of playing. She teaches both in-person in her studio on NYC’s Upper West Side and online to students anywhere in the world.
Erica’s Teaching Philosophy
Erica believes it is her responsibility as the teacher to understand the student, not vice versa.
Reverse-engineering the way people think is one of Erica’s uncanny talents, and she is known worldwide for it. She quickly tailors the way she speaks to match the way the student thinks. Consequently, her students pick up new concepts in a much faster period of time which, in turn, fosters lightning-speed progress.
She teaches to the musical interests of each student, whether the student is an adult or a child. Overall, Erica suggests repertoire that each individual student likes, while ensuring a well-rounded music education and quick progress.
Piano Classes: Online and In-Person
Erica offers piano lessons both online and in-person for children and adults.
Erica’s piano studio for in-person lessons is conveniently located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, right near Lincoln Center. This is where Erica enjoys teaching in-person classes to children and adults of all ages and levels.
For piano lessons online, her piano studio is complete with equipment designed for superior communication. With online piano lessons, Erica has the opportunity to share her piano teaching approach with students around the world.
For more information about Erica’s teaching philosophy or to schedule a piano lesson with her, call (203)644-9197 or email her here.
Is Erica a Traditional Piano Teacher?
While piano classes with Erica incorporate all aspects of conventional musical education, including reading music, piano technique, theory, ear training, improvisation, composition, duets, music history, sight singing, conducting, etc., her approach to piano instruction is far from conventional.
She has the ability to inspire students of all ages to actually want to discover and learn new things. During lessons, she’ll take a spark of an idea brought about by the student and run with it, nurturing each individual’s natural desire for knowledge and understanding.
Her piano mentoring has often been likened to the tenets of Montessori Education. Alternatively, with some students, she might maintain a more structured, goal-oriented strategy. Just as each student is unique, so too is her approach to each and every student.
There are fewer things in life that Erica treasures more than this one particular gift: Teaching People to Read Music!!
One of Erica’s aspirations for her students is for them to one day sit down and play a piano piece AT SIGHT: a piece they have never learned, or even heard before. This is a skill that eludes many, and one in which Erica as a music educator specializes.
Each and every one of her students reads music. Many students come to her after decades of taking piano lessons, yet still not reading the score. Others present with really challenging learning differences, yet are able to read music after just a handful of sessions. Often, it takes just one lesson with her and the student is able to read music. Truth. ONE LESSON!
Imagine sitting down to play Christmas Carols for everyone during the holidays. Imagine your child announcing joyfully, “I Can Play Piano and I Can Read Music!” Imagine having the confidence and knowledge to be able to sit down on the piano bench – on the fly – with a friend and begin playing piano duets together. Aren’t these kinds of things every piano player wants – and should have the skills – to do? This piano expert will you get there, faster than that wonderful imagination you have.
Piano Lessons for Children
Piano classes with Erica are called “piano fun” and rightly so!
Do you have a child who seemingly cannot sit still? “Being interested” or “focusing” should most certainly not be the responsibility of the student! It is Erica’s job to quickly find the unique sparks within each child or individual to help them concentrate and excel. With patience and years of experience, Erica always finds a way to keep students fully engaged during lessons.
While some children may have challenges paying attention, Erica is able to keep the student’s attention for the entirety of every lesson. Of particular interest to many, Erica communicates extremely well with students who experience learning differences.
Her students progress very quickly and to the very best of their ability with joy and excitement.
Each of Erica’s students knows that if there is something they don’t fully understand, that’s on Erica, not them.
Wouldn’t you want your child to enjoy piano lessons like this?
How did Erica’s Teaching Personality Develop?
Erica ignites excitement immediately during lessons, stemming from being surrounded by people and pianos since age 3. Having grown up in a family of 7 pianists and educators in a home with 26 pianos may have strongly influenced this talent of hers… Each summer dozens of children at a time from around the world lived with her family in her childhood home in Old Bennington, Vermont to learn to play the piano.
Erica recalls being a teen during the summer and enjoying her daily responsibilities of teaching 3 fellow piano camp participants while putting in hours of practice of her own each day. Other times, she might be cooking and serving dinner to 50 people, or creating and delivering an arts and crafts class. Especially fun was traveling to Tanglewood to hear the BSO or to the Saratoga PAC to attend NYC Ballet rehearsals with the entire clan of 45 children and faculty in tow. In addition, daily activities included accompanying the Sonatina Chorus or developing and teaching a class about rhythm. Inventing some other creative, inspiring, and fun activity with the participants was a large part of being a faculty member at Summer Sonatina.
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