Discover why so many people from Dix Hills are traveling to Wantagh for their piano lessons. Piano lessons for beginners – advanced, kids-adults.
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“In 3 months I went from no experience to reading music, playing songs, and performing on stage!”
– Drew Reynolds, Student
Which Lessons Would You Like to Learn More About Today?
How Do I Get Started?
That’s easy. Follow the three simple steps below so you can
stop thinking about the piano and actually start playing it.
1. Take Your Assessment
This 30 second Readiness Assessment will help deternine if you’re actually ready to start playing the piano. I’ll ask a few quick questions like are you a beginner, intermediate or advanced player? What are some of your concerns? What are your goals? Once I get your request, an email will be sent to you with your results. If you’re ready, you’ll move to step 2. This assessment is valuable to anyone who is interested in playing the piano.
2. Request Your Intro
The second part of the assessment will determine if you feel that this is the studio for you by coming in for an intro lesson. This intro lesson will allow you to get a feel for how piano lessons will be going forward. Half the lesson will be spent giving instruction on how to sit, how to position your hands so you’re not in pain, and so much more. The other half will be spent talking about your goals and what you expect going forward. This is the time to see if you vibe with Sara. Once the lesson is done, you can decide if this is the studio for you.
3. Play Music You Love
If you decide to take lessons here, that is when the magic really happens! Once you are a student here, you will be on the road to playing the piano with ease. My Lab Lessons are the perfect piano lessons for beginners and intermediates and my Elite Lessons are reserved for more advanced players. I want you to become the kind of pianist that YOU want to be. Want to be the casual player at parties? I got you. Want to fly through challenging classical pieces? I can help you do that, too.
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What Makes You Different from the
Other Piano Lesson Schools?
For starters, I want you to play the music you actually like.
In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of people looking for piano lessons in Dix Hills. The number of good Dix Hills piano teachers, on the other hand, has decreased. If you live in Dix Hills and want to learn to play the piano, you probably don’t want to wait a bunch of years for a qualified teacher to begin teaching in your area.
So what many Dix HIllers (is that a word?) do is make the mistake of choosing a teacher who may be underqualified, causing them to develop bad habits, not achieve their goals, and have a bad piano lesson experience eventually causing them to quit. However, because they were the nearest, they chose the instructor. This wouldn’t be Long Island if we could get all the things we wanted were available in our hometown. (I still travel 22 mins for the best BBQ on Long Island)!
Let me introduce myself. I’m Sara Chatalbash, owner and teacher at Chatalbash Lessons.
If you searched for piano lessons in Dix HIlls, want to learn to play the piano fast and easy and don’t mind a quick car ride, I can help.
I want to be completely transparent with you. My goal is not to mold you into the pianist that I want you to be. My goal is to help YOU become the pianist YOU want to be. Whether you want to play for your own enjoyment, play in a band or prepare for music school, lessons here are completely geared, tailored, and focused on you and your goals. Yes, I use various music books in my piano lessons, but only to teach you concepts and provide you with the physical skills necessary to play piano and make music. This way, you’ll know exactly what to do when you sit down at the piano.
With all that said, if you came here looking for piano lessons in Dix Hills, but are willing to travel to our studio, you have to grab your Readiness Assessment now; this will put you miles ahead of everyone else learning piano today!
How Close is Your Studio to Dix Hills?
I will use Half Hollow Hills High School as a starting point and give you directions from there.
1. Start out going southwest on Vanderbilt Pkwy/County Hwy-67 toward Farmview Dr.
2. Turn right onto Half Hollow Rd.
3. Turn left onto Bagatelle Rd.
4. Take the 3rd right onto N Service Rd.
5. Merge onto Long Island Expy/I-495 W via the ramp on the left toward New York.
6. Merge onto NY-110 S via Exit 49S toward Amityville.
7. Take the ramp toward New York.
8. Merge onto Southern State Pkwy.
9. Merge onto Seaford Oyster Bay Expy/NY-135 S via Exit 28AS
10. Merge onto Sunrise Hwy/NY-27 W via Exit 2W toward New York.
11. Turn right onto Wantagh Ave.
1890A Wantagh Ave, Wantagh, NY 11793 is on the left.
There’s a Bunch of Teachers Out There. How Do
I Find the Right Piano Teacher for Me?
Whether you go with me or another music teacher, I highly recommend your teacher have these qualities so that you have the best chance of enjoying lessons.
A Teacher Who Teaches All Levels
If your music teacher only teaches beginners, you will outgrow them after a couple of years max and have to go find someone new.
A Teacher Who Can Play Advanced Music
If they can play advanced music (and I don’t just mean classical music) you know that they will be able to give you comprehensive music lessons.
A Teacher Who Has a Degree in Piano
You know that your instructor had proper training in performance, theory and pedagogy (teaching) for your music lessons.
They Must Explain Things Simply
Your music teacher must be able to explain things in a way that makes sense to you and not talk as if you went to some music academy or already know music theory.
NOT The Cheapest Teacher
A music teacher who is the cheapest most likely will be the most inexperienced, which is why they’re undercutting the industry.
Must Let You Choose Your Music
Whether it’s classical or rock, you should play the music that made you want to play piano in the first place.
I’m Looking for Piano Lessons in Dix Hills,
Why Should I Take Lessons at This Studio?
Here are a few quick reasons you may enjoy taking lessons here.
Fun & Supportive Environment
I believe in keeping music lessons fun and upbeat; nobody wants a tyrant for a teacher or to feel like they’re in school. I’m not one of those teachers who teaches every student the same way. Every student has a different personality and learns differently so it’s important for a teacher to customize music lessons to their students.
Relaxed, Casual Recitals
I’m also not one of those teachers who likes to torture their students with formal recitals. I like to give music performance opportunities in more relaxed settings, where friends and family can enjoy a cup of coffee while hearing your performance. I even have a backyard potluck over the summer where students play whatever they want! Classical music, jazz music, Latin music, Christian music, pop music, rock music, blues music, country music, R&B music, rap music….you name it, you can play it!
Continued Student Success
The students in this music studio consistently score high in NYSSMA and theory exams, win classical performance competitions, and many more are accepted into the top music schools. My students are amazing!
I’ve experimented with many forms of music. I’ve jammed and recorded with indie music bands and improvised at Fat Cat in NYC playing jazz music. I love incorporating non-classical music elements into lessons and giving the theory behind them so, as I said before, whether you’re into jazz music, Latin music, Christian music, pop music, rock music, blues music, country music, R&B music, rap music, or you really love classical music, I teach it all so there’s no limit on what styles you can learn.
Ever the Student
I don’t ever want to fall into the “those who can’t do, teach” group so I still practice, give a music performance in every recital, and challenge myself even as a music teacher. I know what it’s like to be a student. If your teacher can’t play the music that they’re teaching you, that’s a red flag. You want a teacher who can take you from A-Z and a teacher you won’t outgrow.
Unique Lab Lessons
This is a unique way to learn music. This way of teaching gives you the privacy that you need during the lesson so that you don’t feel like the teacher is hovering over you as you practice. Having to give a music performance every second of your lesson is stressful! From classical to pop, these lessons will skyrocket your results.
Who’s This Kid Jonathan?
He’s one of my students. I’ll let him tell you in his own words what lessons are like here
“I’ve progressed much further than I ever would have on my own…”
“It’s been 2 years since I made the decision to reach out to Sara for my first lesson at Chatalbash Lessons after looking at a bunch of teachers and I can undoubtedly say that not once have I ever regretted it.
I started as a beginner with Sara back in the summer of 2016 and I’ve progressed much further than I ever would have on my own. She’s done a terrific job in helping me learn the fundamentals of playing piano, music theory, as well as the music that I enjoy playing.
Despite the hard work and dedication that comes with learning music and playing the piano, having Sara as my teacher makes learning piano easy and fun. She’s everything you would want in an experienced piano teacher. Sara is an exceptionally talented pianist and teacher who’s patient and understanding when it comes to learning the piano but she will make sure that you’re focused on practicing your music and making progress.
She’s always upbeat and excited to help her students learn and love the piano. Sara is an excellent teacher and an extraordinary pianist. (Seriously, you should hear her play.) She tailors her lessons based on her student’s interests, skill level, and music goals and she’ll work with your schedule to fit in a weekly lesson time as best as she can. Without her, I never would’ve had the courage to complete my first performance.
She happily teaches kids, teens, and adult students that are willing to learn and take their music lessons seriously. Regardless of your skill level, if you’re interested in learning to play piano, play classical or looking to improve your piano skills, Sara of Chatalbash Lessons is the right teacher for the job. I highly recommend Chatalbash Lessons to any aspiring piano students looking to learn or improve their piano skills.”
Jonathan E, Long Island
Frequently Asked Questions
You might have some more questions so I listed the questions I get most below.
If I don't like lessons can I cancel?
I recommend giving lessons at least 4-6 months before making the call to quit. Learning a new instrument is hard and it takes time to really get used to the level of work and time you need to devote to it. You won’t be rocking out to your favorite songs right away so you need to be patient with yourself! Once you give it a few months and you find that you really hate it or you hate me for some odd reason then you can absolutely discontinue lessons once you give 2 weeks’ notice.
Will I be the oldest one in the studio?
I don’t know the answer to that question since I don’t know how old you are, but what I can tell you is that half of my studio is made up of adults so you won’t be alone in your journey. I’ve taught young children all the way through seniors!
Why do I need a piano teacher when I can just learn on YouTube?
You can absolutely learn piano online through YouTube and various other resources. However, you’re not getting any feedback on your playing. You’re just watching a video and trying to mimic it. You’re not learning how to actually read the music, how to properly sit at the piano, how to fix tension, or being told if you’re doing something wrong. You are just watching and repeating without really learning the ins and outs of playing piano from a professional. Plus, why would you want to do all that work of trying to figure out what to learn next and finding it when a teacher will do that for you. A teacher ensures you don’t have any gaps in your knowledge or are creating any bad habits that could lead to injury or frustration later.
What happens if my child needs to miss a lesson or change their lesson day?
Lesson days can only be changed once a season. If your child needs to change their lesson day because of another activity they’re involved in, then all you have to do is give advanced notice of this request and I’ll do my best to fit you into another class on a day/time that works better. It’s best to choose a day that you can consistently make lessons, but if you need to miss the occasional lesson, you can send in a video recording of your assignments for that week and I will send you a video lesson back with critiques and new assignments so you never lose progress!
How long are piano lessons?
Lessons are 60 minutes whether you’re in Lab Lessons or my Private Coaching Lessons. Unlike most other studios that only give beginners 30-minute lessons, you’ll get twice the amount of time to learn! Think of what you can accomplish in a whole hour compared to 30 minutes!
Do you teach students how to play by ear?
I do not play by ear so I do not teach how to play by ear. I read music fluently and can sight-read whatever is put in front of me and that’s what I teach my students to be able to do. I want them to not have to struggle to figure out how to play a song or only be able to play a song the way they hear it. I want them to be able to read and play various arrangements of everything they love!
What Other Towns Are Your Students From?
My students come from all over Long Island to take lessons here.
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