Piano Lessons

Piano Lessons Pequannock, NJ

Piano lessons – New Jersey:

Prin offers private piano lessons in Pequannock, New Jersey and online to students, ages 2 through adult.

Quick Information about Piano Lessons in New Jersey by Prin:

  • Piano lessons are taught by owner on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday mornings, and some Sunday afternoons. The schedule is limited, because there is no teacher outsourcing.
  • Prin creates an individualized curriculum with Schaum piano method books, Suzuki learning tools, Montessori independent work methods, and, if requested, ABA prompting levels.
  • Lessons will be virtual or take place at Prin’s location. Music lessons in Pequannock, NJ include piano, vocal, songwriting, music production, music appreciation, music theory, and / or improv training. Music lessons and piano lessons are also available at Prin’s location in Jersey City, NJ.
  • New student lessons start at $40 per 30 minute lesson, depending on lesson type and travel.
  • Student recitals are conveniently planned in early spring not during the end of the school year.

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Piano Teacher in NJ - Prin with piano student
Private Piano Teacher in NJ –
Prin with piano student

What makes piano lessons and music lessons with Prin different than other music schools and music teachers?

  • Over 22 years of music education experience
  • Traditional classroom, after school program, small group class, and private one on one experience
  • Managed a piano school for the Tri-State area for over 5 years
  • Educational credentials in psychology and professional background in human services for developmental disabilities, counseling, and education administration for over 15 years
  • Songwriter with original music released on Spotify, Apple, and other streaming platforms
  • Working musician since age 15 with ample experience to guide young aspiring musicians

I see many wonderful music programs that thrive to teach beginners and focus on pushing performance even when a student is not ready for that yet. Performance is a wonderful thing. As an educator, I encourage the love of music and we all teach with different levels of expertise. A big part of what I bring to the table is that I am an actual songwriting artist. I’m not only an educator and I’m not only a performer. I am both, and I am not only a business person running a school or hiring other music teachers to teach my roster. You pay for and get me.

Piano Teacher in Pequannock NJ

I love the piano. I think in piano. 🙂

These days when it comes to music education, I am a piano teacher in Pequannock, NJ. I have some students in various towns in Northern NJ, too. I no longer teach in NYC, Rockland County, Westchester County, or manage anything too far away. However, I do teach online anywhere in the world! I have students in California, Florida, Tennessee, Canada, Australia, and other countries! I’ll make it work to teach you online from my music teaching space in Pequannock, New Jersey.

Piano Player in NYC

In recent years, I have been a piano player in NYC areas, including The Bitter End in Manhattan and fun private events, like cosplay theater or pub sing-a-longs. I’ve played weddings and parties, all of the usual piano player gigs, even at The Botanical Gardens in The Bronx and for military galas.

I’ve played the piano since I was a toddler and I’ve been classically trained by private music mentors. I began performing as a paid musician at 15 years old, and I’ve directed choirs at elementary through college levels. I’ve performed my own music and released albums. I know how to improv on a musical piece to make a popular song accessible by piano. I can compose on the spot. I’m an artist, and I share how to make artistic decisions with my students. Sometimes that process is slow. Of course, we learn the basics first! Of course, I encourage performance when possible, but my teaching approach is geared to help students be able to play a song they love one day, not only lesson books or songs I push on them.

As a student, I thrived on being given the space to feel comfortable with my abilities at different stages of my life as a musician. I try to pay respect to that teaching philosophy in my own teaching methods. I’ll do my best to encourage student recital participation, but it is not required or forced.

If you’re exploring music for the first time, I’ll level with you at any age. My older students have a say in what they learn. I individualize lessons once students turn 8 years old. I take parent feedback into the lesson goals, too. I believe in early learning and long-term relationships with music mentors. If you’re looking for your child to truly learn the art of music, piano, singing, songwriting, or production, I’d be happy to be their first steps in private music education.

Brief Music Teaching Bio

My first music teaching experiences happened on a volunteer basis when I was in high school and college. I began teaching at St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Manhattan in 2000 while I was a senior at Fordham University. At that time, I began teaching private students and getting paid to do small educational events, like choirs, school shows, and community theater programs. I trained as a Human Services Professional at the Young Adult Institute habilitation center in Manhattan where I learned to provide basic and recreational life skills for adults with developmental disabilities. I continued to provide these services, including music therapy and music lessons with prompting levels, as a per diem counselor for Pathways to Independence in Kearny, NJ, Hackensack Hospital in Hackensack, NJ, New Beginnings for Tomorrow in Fairfield, NJ, and a variety of other locations that serve students and clients in preschool through adult programs. I worked as Admissions administration at The Academy of Saint Aloysius all-girls college preparatory in Jersey City, NJ and managed the choir and assisted with student musical events. I worked as Associate Director of Admissions for Berkeley College while maintaining private piano students through all of those years. After the birth of my youngest daughter, I chose to work from home as of 2012 and I taught private students and group programs, including community theater programs. In the last decade, I have trained and worked in a variety of educational environments, including being the manager for The Piano School of NYC in New Jersey, Rockland and Westchester counties in New York. I have taught as a substitute teacher for Montessori and I have worked/work with local community programs, like Melody Mom, YMCA, Catholic schools, charter schools, and after school music programs for public school enrichment. I’m also a published author and freelance writer, which is what I do when I am not teaching or making music. Oh, and I do a little bit of visual art on the side. 😉

Piano Lessons

“It is never too early to start learning the piano. It is also never too late.”

– Prin

Piano Curriculum:

Piano lessons include:

  • Lesson Books and Sheet Music
  • Music theory exercises
  • Sightreading notes
  • Songwriting basics
  • Personalized song and exercise selection for all levels

Piano Lesson Style:

Classical music, Pop, Ear training, and Improv

Do I need a piano to start lessons?

No, but you do need a keyboard.

Piano Teacher Practice Expectations:

I expect my students to practice daily. Even 5 minutes is better than no minutes.

Piano Lesson Schedule – Weekly Lessons:

I encourage students to see me once a week for 30 minutes.

Older and advanced students may take 45 or 60 minute lessons, if needed.

Piano Lessons – Costs/Fees: Expected for 2023

Piano lessons start at $40 for 30 minutes in my home (Pequannock, NJ / Pompton Plains, NJ). I teach the piano lessons in Pequannock, because it is also an easy area to get to from Wayne, Riverdale, Butler, Boonton, and other areas in Northern NJ. That schedule is very limited at this time. The same rate applies to virtual lessons.

Songwriting lessons, music production lessons, or hybrid vocal and piano lessons start at $45 for 45 minutes. Please, note that Hybrid piano and vocal lessons depend on a student’s age and abilities.

Online lessons are offered with live (scheduled) Zoom, Skype, or Facetime lessons.

In-person piano lessons at student’s homes for new students have been suspended ever since Covid-19. Online learning will be available for music students outside of the Pequannock, NJ area for piano and vocal lessons. Group lessons are postponed until further notice, too. Sustainable efforts are important to music education and Prin wants to ensure that lessons are consistently provided to students.

Piano Lessons Pequannock

Piano lessons in Pequannock, NJ are the most affordable. If you are able to come to my location, I do not adjust any travel expenses or traveling time to the lesson rate. Music lessons in Pequannock are great for beginners.

BILLING:

I bill in advance to reserve lesson days and times for private piano lessons in NJ or online. Lessons are not lost when cancelled or rescheduled, but I will make note of any habitual cancelling at the last minute.

If a student does not register and pay for their lesson bundle, they do not secure their day and time for a lesson. I cannot save a day and time without payment, because other families are waiting to hear back from me to fit them into my roster. This is why billing is done in advance. I also try to communicate in advance for next bundle dates and costs for proper planning. 

Piano Lesson Bundles: 

In most cases, everyone has the same number of lessons per bundle. To accommodate late registration, I may modify a bundle to start a new student mid-season. Summer is always limited and geared towards “not getting rusty.” I do not teach regular weekly piano lessons during the summer.

Lesson bundles consist of 10 lessons at a time except for during the summer piano lesson session.

For example, a student taking piano lessons once a week for 30 minutes registers for a 10 lesson bundle. Each lesson is $40 and the total cost is $400. If payment is not received in advance, day and time is not reserved. Split cost registration payment is allowed upon request.

All lesson costs include method books and sheet music used throughout lessons. On occasion, the teacher may email a PDF to a parent/student to print, which is a licensed piece of music that has been paid for instructional use. Individualized lesson plans for any specific learning needs are not extra costs.

I accept Venmo, Paypal, Zelle, and / or cash and checks.

The first lesson for new students is a single no-obligation paid trial.

Online Piano Lessons

Online Piano Lessons are also available via Skype or Facetime for those outside of the NY and NJ area!

Skype piano lessons, virtual piano lessons, piano lessons on Facetime, and all modern virtual leaning tools for music education are available. Just ask! I am also able to do screen share lessons for those interested in songwriting lessons and music production lessons. I have also done personal video series* for those with tight schedules, using private YouTube links that may be used at the student’s convenience. 

Group Piano Lesson – Costs/Fees:

Group piano lessons have been postponed ever since the pandemic in 2020. At this time, only siblings of the same household can share lesson time. Cost is dependent on lesson duration and student ages. Ask! 🙂

Rainbow Piano – Costs / Fees:

I have had great success introducing a diverse group of students to piano with this method. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, I am unavailable to bring rainbow piano to school settings or daycare settings, and I am unable to bring rainbow piano to your home. This program is suspended until further notice.

However…

I enjoy using this method and have had success for almost 20 years helping students with various developmental disabilities enjoy learning piano and music this way. If you would like private lessons with me to use the Rainbow Piano method, contact me to discuss your specific needs and goals. Please, don’t hesitate to inform me and I will try to accommodate your situation.

*Personal Video Series – Online Piano Lessons

Please, ask me for more details on how I do personal video series to teach online piano lessons. The basic idea is that we discuss your learning goals and I create a monthly series for you to view at your own pace on YouTube. The videos are a combination of basics, exercises, lessons to learn, and feedback. This is ideal for working professionals and adults, but it also works really well with students who need extra parental support at home during their learning. It allows for me to record myself teaching and gives students the power to pause, replay, repeat, etc as needed. Cost varies per student’s curriculum goals.

Piano Students Need a Piano Teacher

Over the years, I have learned that music education and private music instruction have become glorified babysitting and commercialized hobbies for many people. Some parents lack the information about music instruction and the whole process becomes frustrating. Yes, music should be fun, but if I am taking your money for piano lessons or any music lessons, there needs to be a common goal that this is, indeed, a paid and private educational process. I’m a teacher and a mentor, and I’m the expert in my relationship with students. It’s important that younger students receive support at home to maintain a positive piano lesson experience. I will notify a student / parent after a month, if I feel the level of interest or practicing has changed.

The Piano Teacher – to – Piano Student Relationship:

  1. My students are encouraged to perform and create their own music, too.
  2. Practicing in between lessons is key.
  3. For young students, it’s crucial that parents make the time for their child to practice. I can’t control a student’s practicing outside of my lesson with them.
  4. Piano lessons are often a music lesson for the parent, too. I send lesson notes that I take during the lesson via text (or email) to parents each week. The goal is to make it easy for parents to help at home.
  5. My relationship with a student is to help them grow in music. A student’s relationship with music is up to them. Not everyone is a natural musician, but everyone can learn to appreciate music. If a student makes mistakes, that is part of the learning process and no one should discourage a child from music simply if they are not naturally artistic as a musician. That said, mistakes still need to be fixed by me.
  6. My goal is to help a student with the learning process, and I’m not overly pushy with performance pressure. I do, however, offer performing opportunities with recitals and other local events, and I also allow for studio recording or digital recording for students who show interest.
  7. If a student does not practice at all in between lessons, it is likely we won’t be the best fit together after a few months. The main reason is not for my sake, but that not practicing makes a student feel unprepared and lack confidence during their lesson with me, which in turn, makes a child avoid piano and me!

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