Piano Lessons Garden City
Discover why so many people from Garden City 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
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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, the number of people looking for piano lessons in Garden City has increased. The number of good piano teachers, on the other hand, has decreased. If you live in Garden City 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 Garden Cityians (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. But they picked that teacher anyway because they were closest. If all the best things we wanted were in the town we lived in then this wouldn’t be Long Island (I still travel 22 mins for the best BBQ on Long Island)!
This is where I slide in and introduce myself. I’m Sara Chatalbash, owner and teacher at Chatalbash Lessons.
If you searched for piano lessons in Garden City, and want to learn to play the piano quick and easy and don’t mind a short 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 different music books in my piano lessons, but only as a tool to teach you concepts and give you the physical skills needed to play piano and make music. This way, you’ll know exactly what to do when you sit down at the piano.
With that said, if you searched piano lessons in Garden City but are ok with driving a few mins to our studio to drive to our studio, then 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 Garden City?
I will use Garden City High School as a starting point and give you directions from there.
Take the ramp toward East Islip
1. Start out going south on Rockaway Ave.
2. Keep left at the fork to continue on Rockaway Ave.
3. Turn left onto Stewart Ave.
4. Stewart Ave becomes Cathedral Ave.
5. Cathedral Ave becomes President St.
6. Turn right onto Peninsula Blvd.
7. Take the ramp toward East Islip
8. Merge onto Southern State Pkwy.
9. Take 27S toward Jones Beach.
10. Merge onto Wantagh Pkwy.
11. Merge onto Sunrise Hwy/NY-27 E via EXIT W5E toward Montauk.
12. Turn left onto Wantagh Ave is on the left
1890A Wantagh Ave, Wantagh, NY 11793
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 Garden City,
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.
Am I too old to learn the piano?
You can learn the piano at any age unlike a lot of other activities. There are plenty of advantages to learning piano later in life and it’s important for adults and even seniors to have a creative outlet in life to express themselves.
I don’t teach children the same way I teach adults so rest assured that you’ll have custom lessons tailored to you and your learning style.
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!
Will I be embarrassed being surrounded by younger students who may better than me?
Don’t feel embarrassed. Instead, look at it as inspiration! If they can do it, so can you! Everyone starts lessons at different times so you can’t compare yourself to someone else no matter how young they may be. Everyone learns their own way at their own pace and you don’t know how long those younger students have been taking lessons for to get that good! You’ll sound just as good in time!
I was really looking for private 1-on-1 lessons - I can’t learn in a lab setting.
Let me ask you some questions. Why can’t you learn in a lab setting? Have you ever learned piano in a lab? Have you ever taken piano lessons in both formats to know what you need or prefer? I know that every other studio is doing traditional, private lessons and it’s making you think that that’s the only way you can learn, but it’s not true! Think about the way you learn in school. Your teacher teaches a new concept and then leaves you on your own in a classroom with other students to work independently to practice this new concept. Your teacher doesn’t sit next to you the whole class watching you complete your worksheets, giving you every minute of their attention, right? So why do you need that kind of attention to learn piano? Doesn’t make much sense so I urge you to at least try out a few classes before you make up your mind. You can’t possibly know until you try!
Do you teach at a studio or do you travel to my home?
I teach all lessons at my studio in Wantagh where all students have their own quality instrument to learn on and plenty of extra cool resources available to use. I do not travel to students’ homes.
I have small children and they take up most of my time and energy. Can I still make progress? Is it even worth it?
Even if you’re a busy parent, you can still make progress. I don’t require that you make x amount of progress by x date so however long you need to complete something is always fine by me, as long as you’re still striving and working as hard as you can. Even if you can’t practice much during the week, you can still make plenty of progress in your weekly lessons as you have an entire hour to learn! Slower progress is better than no progress!
What Other Towns Are Your Students From?
My students come from all over Long Island to take lessons here.
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