Piano Lessons Merrick
Discover why so many people from Merrick 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?
Watch your child's confidence soar as they learn to play their favorite songs.
Let them be proud of themselves! This way, they'll be excited to play each day.
Discover how easy it is to play your favorite songs. It's never too late to learn!
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
Have Any Actual Reviews?
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.
In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of people looking for piano lessons in Merrick. However, the number of qualified piano teachers has declined. If you live in Merrick 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 Merrickans (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. But they picked that teacher anyway because they were closest. If we could get anything we wanted in the town we lived in, we wouldn’t be on Long Island. (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 Merrick, and want to learn to play the piano quick and easy and don’t mind a short car ride, I can help.
I’m going to be totally open and honest with you. My goal is not to turn you into the kind of pianist I want you to be. My goal is to help YOU grow into the pianist YOU want to be. If you want to learn how to play for fun, join a band, or prep for music school, the lessons here are totally personalized to 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 all that said, if you came here looking for piano lessons in Merrick, 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 Merrick?
I will use Merrick High School as a starting point and give you directions from there.
1. Start out going north on Meadowbrook Rd toward Lednam Ct.
2.If you reach S Meadow Rd you’ve gone about 0.1 miles too far
3. Merge onto Southern State Pkwy.
4. Take 27S toward Jones Beach.
5. Merge onto Wantagh Pkwy.
6. Merge onto Sunrise Hwy/NY-27 E via W5E toward Montauk.
7. Turn left onto Wantagh Ave.
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 Merrick,
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 really need to do an intro lesson?
Yes. the intro lesson allows you to come in check out the studio, get your questions answered, and take a sample lesson, so you can see if this the studio for you. It also allows me to get to know you better so I make sure you learn the music that intrests you the most. No matter what your skill level is every new student goes through an intro lesson.
Am I learning in a group?
No, you are never learning in a group. There are other students in the same room as you, but you are learning on your own and being taught 1-1. You learn what YOU want to learn and the person next to you is learning what they want to learn. You go at your own pace and never have to play with or in front of anyone else in your class!
How long are piano lessons?
Lessons are 60 minutes whether you’re in Lab Lessons or Elite 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!
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.
What Other Towns Are Your Students From?
My students come from all over Long Island to take lessons here.
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