Piano Lessons Massapequa
Discover why so many people from Massapequa 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.
Ok, This All Sounds Great, but Do You
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Sure do! Below you can read reviews from Paul, Deb, and Nicole.
What Makes You Different from the
Other Piano Lesson Schools?
For starters, I want you to play the music you actually like.
The number of people looking for piano lessons in Massapequa has increased in recent years, while the number of qualified piano teachers has decreased. If you reside in Massapequa and want to learn how to play the piano, you probably don’t want to wait years for a skilled teacher to start teaching in your neighborhood.
So many Massapequins (is that a word?) make the mistake of hiring an underqualified teacher, which leads to unhealthy habits, failure to meet goals, and a terrible piano lesson experience, which eventually leads to quitting. Regardless, they chose the instructor since he or she was the closest. We wouldn’t be on Long Island if we could get anything we wanted in the town we lived in (I still travel 22 minutes for the greatest BBQ on Long Island)!
This is the point at which I slip in and announce myself. Sara Chatalbash is the owner and instructor of Chatalbash Lessons.
If you’ve been looking for piano lessons in Massapequa and want to learn how to play the piano quickly and easily, I can help.
I’m going to be completely open and honest with you. My purpose is not to mold you into the pianist I see for you. My purpose is to assist you in becoming the pianist you desire. The lessons here are completely tailored to you and your goals, whether you want to learn to play for fun, join a band, or prepare for music school.Yes, I use many music books in my piano classes, but just to teach you concepts and provide you with the physical skills required to play the piano and compose music. When you sit down at the piano, you’ll know precisely what to do.
With that said, if you’re seeking piano lessons in Massapequa but are ready to drive to our studio, you should get your Readiness Assessment right now; it’ll put you miles ahead of everyone else learning piano right now!
How Close is Your Studio to Massapequa?
I will use Massapequa High School as a starting point and give you directions from there.
2. Turn right onto Park Blvd.
3. 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.
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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.
Do I have to learn how to read music to play piano?
There are plenty of people who play piano and have no idea how to read music. But just because you CAN do that doesn’t mean you SHOULD. In my personal opinion, it’s way more beneficial to learn how to read music so that you can pull up any sheet music of any song your heart desires and be able to play it at a moment’s notice instead of having to mimic someone else to learn a song. It’s like reciting a book that you don’t know how to read so even though it takes more time to learn how to read music, it’s worth it in the long run.
What are lab lessons like if it’s not group?
Lab lessons are not to be confused with group lessons. You are never taught at the same time as everyone else in your class and you don’t have to be on the same level or even the same age as anyone else. You have your own keyboard with headphones and you work on your individual songs at your own pace and you will work with me 1-1. You don’t have to play in front of anyone or with anyone in the class. The only difference between my style and traditional, private lessons is that I am not looming over you while you’re trying to practice something new. I give you your space to figure things out without stress and you’re able to practice your songs fully before going home!
Why are you qualified to teach me piano?
Unlike a lot of piano teachers, I didn’t teach myself and this isn’t a hobby or side job for me.
I was trained for 16 years by many professional pianists who have their BM degrees on piano and/or piano performance and I graduated from The Crane School of Music, a renowned school that breeds some of the best educators in the country.
I’ve been teaching piano for 14 years and have been a pianist for 26. I’ve performed professionally at numerous venues and even on studio records. I also have experience with online lessons.
Whether you choose me or someone else, they should be professionally trained to be an instructor, be able to play/teach beginner-advanced, and piano should be their main instrument. It’s a plus if they can teach all musical genres so if you’re interested in something specific like jazz, they can teach it to you.
What’s your teaching experience?
I started teaching piano when I was 17 while I was in music school getting my music education degree and taught private piano lessons for a decade. I finally learned that private, traditional piano lessons were not the best way for students to learn piano and made the switch to lab-style lessons a few years ago. I’ve trained students successfully for college auditions, theory exams, and NYSSMA on every level.
Will I get enough time with you if there are other students in the class?
There are only 4 students maximum in a class so that means you’ll get a bunch of time with me throughout an entire hour. You will get all the time with me that you actually NEED. You THINK you need a ton of attention and for me to be looking at you every single second to correct you, but you DON’T actually need that much attention from me. It ends up being a crutch and you will learn to be helpless when I’m not around. You can ask as many questions as you want in class and I will answer them all. The only time I won’t be looking at you is when I give you a little time on your own to practice what I just taught you. I cycle around to each student many times throughout the hour so you’ll never be left alone for longer than a few minutes at a time.
Are you qualified to teach my child piano?
Yes, unlike a lot of piano teachers, I didn’t teach myself and this isn’t a hobby or side job for me.
I was trained for 16 years by many professional pianists who have degrees in music education on piano and/or piano performance and I graduated from The Crane School of Music, a renowned school that breeds some of the best music educators in the country.
I’ve been teaching piano lessons for 14 years and have been playing for 26. I’ve performed professionally at numerous venues and even on studio records. If you want to read more about my qualifications I have a list on my about page called Just The Facts click here and I’ll take you straight to the list.
Whether you choose me or someone else, they should be professionally trained, have taught a piano lesson before obviously, be able to play/teach beginner-advanced, and piano should be their main instrument.
What Other Towns Are Your Students From?
My students come from all over Long Island to take lessons here.
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