Piano Lessons Old Bethpage
Discover why so many people from Old Bethpage 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, the number of people looking for piano lessons in Old Bethpage has increased. However, the number of qualified piano teachers has declined. If you live in Old Bethpage and want to take piano lessons, you probably don’t want to wait years for a good teacher to start teaching in your area.
So what many Old Bethpagers (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. Nonetheless, they chose the instructor because they were the nearest. 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)!
Let me introduce myself. I’m Sara Chatalbash, owner and teacher at Chatalbash Lessons.
If you searched for piano lessons in Old Bethpage, 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 totally open and honest with you. My goal is not to make you into the kind of piano player that I want you to be. My goal is to make you into the piano player that 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 all that said, if you came here looking for piano lessons in Old Bethpage, 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 Old Bethpage?
I will use Old Bethpage High School as a starting point and give you directions from there.
1. Start out going northwest on Kennedy Dr toward Southwick Ct.
2. Turn left onto Washington Ave.
3. Turn left onto Manetto Hill Rd.
4. Turn right onto Old Country Rd.
5. Merge onto Seaford Oyster Bay Expy/NY-135 S via the ramp on the left toward Seaford.
6. Merge onto Sunrise Hwy/NY-27 W via 2W toward New York.
7. 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 Old Bethpage
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.
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 children younger than 8?
Generally, I only accept children who are 8 years old and up, but I have made exceptions for younger children who show the level of maturity and responsibility necessary for lessons. Just because your child is playing around on the piano doesn’t mean they’re ready to be taught. They need to be able to sit still and focus for 60 minutes, listen to directions, read, and handle practicing each day at 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.
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!
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!
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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