If you’ve never touched a piano in your life or you want to improve on what you already know…

This Is the Studio For You

I’m Sara, the Piano Teacher Who Does Things a Bit Differently

It Takes More Than a Couple of Youtube 
Videos and Free Piano Apps to Play 
the Piano and That’s a Fact

Cue the kind of sigh so long it could
blow out birthday candles.

W ell, it happened. You got bit by the bug and now you want to learn how to play the piano.

And whether that was last week or last month, as a person wanting to learn the piano, it’s easy to get buried in the weeds of HOW to learn the piano.

In fact, it happens to the best of us— with so many options out there (videos, books, apps, etc), how do you possibly make a decision?

You were probably told, “Learn piano from a private teacher, it’s as easy as that. No more confusion, no more frustration!

But here you are, confused and frustrated, still trying to find a teacher.

Oh, and, you hear that? (Nope, not the sound of the microwave ding from the kitchen). That’s all the noise you have to sift through because it’s easier than EVER to become a piano teacher. Throw a stone and you’ll hit five with no credentials or experience. Scary, right? Well, I’m here to make it easy and help you whittle down the noise.

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This is where I slide into the room like Tom Cruise in Risky Business with a cookie 
in one hand and music books in another… uh, I mean, casually come in.

Chatalbash Lessons is a creative piano studio centered around turning 
people just like you into the kind of pianist that THEY want to be.

 

Every Business Starts With a Problem. Mine?

I saw 3 big flaws with how traditional, 1-on-1 lessons were being taught.

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Students Advance Slower Through Their Books

With 1-on-1 lessons, students got my whole, undivided attention. Sounds great, right?

Wrong! Students learned to depend on me to spoon-feed them answers instead of having time to solve the problem themselves or practice independently.

Because of this, students would go home, try to practice, and feel lost without a teacher there telling them what to do every second. Then, they’d come to their next lesson having made little to no improvement and the cycle would repeat. This was exhausting for them.

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Students Have The Same Questions Week After Week

“Where do I put my hands?” and “I don’t know what notes to play” became routine statements. 

Students were forming habits of depending ENTIRELY on me for information and answers instead of using their own problem-solving skills to navigate a piece of music.

They weren’t fully listening to their own playing because I was constantly over their shoulder listening for them. It was easier to just ask me than to figure it out themselves. My constant attention was a crutch.

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Students Felt Anxious and Gave up or Quit

Many of my students would try out a song during a lesson, make a mistake, and then feel like giving up.

Giving up felt easier than attempting a new song because they were forced to play for an audience (ME) during the whole lesson. They had no privacy to take risks, build confidence or make mistakes!

I spent so much time during lessons cheering students on and giving pep talks that I knew something needed to change.

 

Here’s How I Fixed It

I completely switched the way I taught piano lessons 
and my students have been excited ever since.

The way I teach now allows you to feel comfortable behind the piano from day one.

Instead of demanding you go home and learn most of your songs on your own…

You learn how to play all of your songs during your lesson.

This means you’ll feel more confident when you go home and practice because you’ve already mastered the song during your lesson!

This way of teaching piano focuses on SUPPORTING you while giving you enough space to grow.

In my piano lessons, you’re able to work through problems and advance much faster.

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So Why Do You Teach Lab Lessons?

I’ll start from the beginning and tell you how we got here in the video below.

Who’s Sara Chatalbash?

Here’s the cliff notes version of who I am.

As you can see from my adorable photograph, I’ve been drawn to the piano since I could reach it.

My Grams, who was also a pianist, would sit me on the bench beside her and I’d listen to her play for hours (I miss her playing). 

She gifted me her beloved piano (the same one in the picture), and that’s one of the reasons I decided to take piano lessons.

I wanted to be as good as Grams and make her proud. I’m sure many of you can relate.

I’m not going to bore you with details like… 

  • how many years I’ve been teaching

  • where I went to school

  • or where I’ve performed

But if that’s what you’re looking for, scroll down and you’ll see a full list of my credentials.

Just The Facts

If you’re anything like me, you love a good list.

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Technical Facts

• Bachelor's from Crane School of Music

• Playing piano for 26 years

• 4-time Reflections music composition champion

• 14 years teaching piano lessons

• Performed at Queens College, Carnegie Hall, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral

• Professionally accompanied singers and instrumentalists on studio albums

• Received my MBA degree

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Fun Facts

• Favorite ice cream: mint chocolate chip

• Left-handed like Paul McCartney

• Michael Jackson is my favorite artist

• Favorite cereal: Mini Wheats (don't judge)

• Avid baker. Did you say cookies?

• Super good at escape rooms

• Best smell in the world is my mom's sauce

• Favorite piano piece: Chopin's Fantasie-Impromptu in C sharp minor

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You’ll Be Amazed at What You Can Do in Just 6 Lessons

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