Piano Lessons Westbury
Discover why so many people from Westbury 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.
The number of people searching for piano lessons in Westbury has gone up over recent years. That being said, the availability of skilled piano teachers has decreased. If you live in Westbury 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 Westburyians (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. 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)!
Let me introduce myself. I’m Sara Chatalbash, owner and teacher at Chatalbash Lessons.
If you searched for piano lessons in Westbury, 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 honest and transparent 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. Lessons here are fully geared, personalized, and based on you and your goals, whether you want to play for fun, play in a band, or study for music school. 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, 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 Westbury, 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 Westbury?
I will use Westbury High School as a starting point and give you directions from there.
1. Start out going south on Post Rd toward Jericho Turnpike/NY-25.
2. Post Rd becomes Post Ave.
4. Merge onto Northern State Pkwy.
5. Take 33 toward Jones Beach
6. Keep left at the fork in the ramp.
7. Turn slight right onto Wantagh Pkwy.
8. Take W4E on the left toward Eastern LI.
9. Merge onto Southern State Pkwy.
1890A Wantagh Ave, Wantagh, NY 11793 is on the right.
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 Westbury,
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.
How can you say you can help me reach my goals faster, aren't all piano lessons the same?
Piano lessons certainly are not all the same. Every teacher is different and has different techniques and styles! My style is giving you the solid foundation you need to reach YOUR goals, not mine. With my style of lessons, you get the practice time you need in lessons so that you can go home and feel confident. This leads to faster progress towards your goals and more independence to go the extra mile when I’m not around!
I don’t have room for a keyboard or piano. Can I still take lessons?
Everyone has room for at least a keyboard. Move some things around and consolidate your space so that you can accommodate an instrument. You can set up and take down the piano stand each day to put it away if you need to save space. If you genuinely don’t have the room for a piano or keyboard, then you can see if there’s a piano/keyboard in a music store, library or church you could practice on daily. If none of those are options for you, then unfortunately I don’t think piano is the right instrument to learn at this given time and you may have to wait until you’re able to have more room.
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!
What do I need to start piano lessons?
Firstly, you need either an acoustic piano or a digital piano with 88, fully-weighted keys and a bench with a sustain pedal. This is non-negotiable to begin lessons since you need an instrument at home to practice on during the week. Anything less is more a toy than an instrument and this is not up for debate. You wouldn’t ask a guitar teacher if you could practice on a toy guitar without all the strings, right? You’ll also need your lesson books (which I’ll provide you), a pencil, and an assignment notebook. Other than those physical things, you should also have time in your schedule to devote to lessons and practicing!
What if my child doesn't like the way you teach?
If your child does not like me or the way I teach for whatever reason, there is no obligation to stay in the studio. Just give the required 2-week notice of discontinuation and you’re free to go find a teacher better suited for your child. I will take no offense!
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!
What Other Towns Are Your Students From?
My students come from all over Long Island to take lessons here.
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