Piano Lessons
Long Beach

Discover why so many people from Long Beach are traveling to Wantagh for their piano lessons. Piano lessons for beginners – advanced, kids-adults.

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Kids 9-12yo

Watch your child's confidence soar!

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Teens 13-19yo

Let them be proud of themselves!

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Adults 20+yo

Finally, play the music on your Spotify playlist!

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“In 3 months I went from no experience to reading music, playing songs, and performing on stage!”

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– Drew Reynolds, Student
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Which Lessons Would You Like to Learn More About Today?

Kids 9-12yo

Watch your childs confidenxe sour as they learn to play their favorite songs

Teens 13-19yo

Let them be proud and express themselves the way THEY want to!

Adults 20+yo

You're not too old to learn piano. Discover how easy it can be.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Kids 9-12yo

Watch your child's confidence soar!

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Teens 13-19yo

Let them be proud of themselves!

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Adults 20+yo

Finally, play the music on your Spotify playlist!

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Ok, This All Sounds Great, but Do You
Have Any Actual Reviews?

Sure do! Below you can read reviews from Paul, Deb, and Nicole.

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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.

Over the last few years, the number of people looking for piano lessons in Long Beach has risen. That being said, the availability of skilled Long Beach piano teachers has decreased. If you live in Long Beach and are looking for piano lessons you probably don’t want to wait several years for a quality teacher to start teaching piano lessons in your town.

So what many Long Beachers (is that a word?) end up regrettably doing is going with a teacher who may be underqualified so they pick up bad habits, won’t be able to get them to their goals and may not gel with their personality. Despite this, they chose the instructor because they were the nearest. 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)!

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 Long Beach, want to learn to play the piano fast and easy and don’t mind a quick car ride, I can help.

I’m going to be honest and 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, when you sit behind the piano you know exactly what to do.

With that said, if you searched piano lessons in Long Beach but are ok with driving a few mins to our studio, then you have to grab your Readiness Assessment now; this will put you miles ahead of everyone else learning piano today!

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Kids 9-12yo

Watch your child's confidence soar!

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Teens 13-19yo

Let them be proud of themselves!

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Adults 20+yo

Finally, play the music on your Spotify playlist!

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How Close is Your Studio to Long Beach?

I will use Long Beach High School as a starting point and give you directions from there.

1. Start out going south on Lagoon Dr toward Ivy Ln.

2. Turn left onto Regent Dr.

3. Take the 1st right onto Avon Ln.

4. Turn left onto Greenway Rd.

5. Turn left onto Lido Blvd.

6. Turn left onto Loop Pkwy.

7. Take the ramp toward Mineola.

8. Merge onto Meadowbrook Pkwy.

9. Merge onto Sunrise Hwy/NY-27 E via Exit M8E toward Merrick.

10. Turn left 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Kids 9-12yo

Watch your child's confidence soar!

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Teens 13-19yo

Let them be proud of themselves!

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Adults 20+yo

Finally, play the music on your Spotify playlist!

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 I’m Looking for Piano Lessons in Long Beach,
Why Should I Take Lessons at This Studio?

Here are a few quick reasons you may enjoy taking lessons here.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Cross-Genre Secrets

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.

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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.

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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

Which Lesson Type Would You
Like to Learn More About?

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Kids 9-12yo

Watch your child's confidence soar!

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Teens 13-19yo

Let them be proud of themselves!

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Adults 20+yo

Finally, play the music on your Spotify playlist!

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Frequently Asked Questions

You might have some more questions so I listed the questions I get most below.

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    I’m slower to pick up new concepts, can I learn piano at a slower pace?

    You can learn at whatever pace you need! There’s nobody to keep up with so the speed you make progress at makes no difference at all. You’ll see that I’m a very patient person.

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    How much do I need to practice?

    If you consistently attend lessons, you won’t need to practice a lot during the week since you’ll learn your assignments fully during the lesson and all you’ll need to do at home is just review what you learned. With that being said, more practice is never a bad thing. If you want to achieve your goals faster and become more comfortable playing difficult things, then the more practice the better. The more you play, the more you will retain what you’ve learned and you will progress even faster. The most important thing is CONSISTENCY. If you can only practice 30 minutes a day, that’s completely fine, but you should aim to practice 30 minutes every day, not just 2-3 days a week. Make it a routine like brushing your teeth!

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    Will my child be required to perform in recitals?

    Studio recitals are a way for students to show off their hard work, learn how to work towards a set goal, and learn how to perform in front of others (which will help them in many other areas of life). I do require that all students in the studio participate in recitals, but I make them super low-key as to not add tremendous pressure. I do a backyard potluck recital in the summer and I usually do a themed recital in December where there is no outside audience-students play for only each other and me. All recitals give students the opportunity to choose their own songs and we prepare months ahead of time so it’s not so stressful!

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    How long will it take until I get good?

    Well, that is entirely dependant on what your definition of good is, how much time you plan on devoting to practicing, and what your goals are! If you practice every day and your goal is to be able to play some simple Classic Rock songs, for instance, you can expect that to take 6-12months. If your goal is to be able to play advanced classical music, expect that to take longer. If you don’t practice often, you will take much longer to reach your goals.

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    Why are lab lessons better for beginners and intermediates?

    Lab lessons are specifically designed for beginner-intermediate because it fosters independent learning and problem solving from day 1, which is what beginners/intermediates desperately need. You get the practice time during your lesson to complete your songs so you’re not confused or frustrated at home. When you are given too much attention as a beginner and you’re not taught how to listen or solve for yourself, it leads to many problems down the road so it’s best to learn these skills as early as possible.

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    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!

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Kids 9-12yo

Watch your child's confidence soar! Piano lessons are meant to be fun and engaging, not stale and boring. Looking for fun lessons that put a smile on your child's face? You've come to the right place.

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Teens 13-19yo

Let them be proud of themselves! Your teen will be able to have a say in the songs they play. This way, they'll be excited to practice and show their friends what they've learned!

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Adults 20+yo

Discover how easy it is to play your favorite songs. It's stressful learning something new, but, believe it or not, you actually have some advantages learning piano as an adult. Learning piano is easier than you think.

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