Private piano lessons in New York City on Manhattan's Upper West Side, offered by Jonathan Baker, piano teacher to adults and children, beginners to advanced. Because every student is unique, each lesson is tailored to the student's individual strengths, challenges, and interests. Musical preferences are incorporated into lessons because students are more likely to practice the music that truly inspires them. I provide a solid foundation in keyboard technique and musicianship so that students are empowered to explore any kind of music.
|Person||Baker Piano Studio|
|City||New York, NY|
|Address||31 West 69 street|
|Phone Number||(212) 874-7578|
Baker Piano Studio
The piano was my first love. I have been playing the piano every day since I was seven, and after all these years I do not regret one minute I have ever spent at the keyboard.
No one had to teach me how to practice - I couldn't wait to get home from school to dive into the keyboard. My progress increased rapidly and I made my debut at the age of 16 with the San Diego Symphony performing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto in C minor.
I was raised in Southern California, and in early childhood was fortunate to have Grace Volkman as my first piano teacher. Her no-nonsense approach to building strong technique and musicianship made my advanced studies possible. I later studied with Florence Stephenson, a renowned pianist and chamber music specialist at the University of Southern California. Subsequently, I studied with Wladimir Jan Kochanski, a concert pianist and student of the legendary Mme. Rosina Lhevinne.
At seventeen I moved to New York City to study at the Manhattan School of Music. After graduating I won First Prize in the Pennington International Piano Competition as well as the prestigious Ceravalo Prize for Excellence in the Performance of J.S. Bach.
I've had many music teachers, from private lessons to college professors and so on, but your methods rank the highest. Your ability to articulate solutions, remain patient, and provide positive feedback really makes the learning process a success. It's rare to find someone that has both a great playing and teaching ability.
David started his first piano lesson with Mr. Baker over four years ago and is now is playing pieces by Bach, Mozart, Chopin with impressive command. I think this has been very good for our son because his musical skill is something he takes pride in. Mr. Baker's approach to music education has taught our son good study habits, and I think that really made a difference.
Our daughter looks forward to her piano lessons as the high point in her week. Jonathan's approach is balanced and thorough, and I now know that her education would be incomplete without her music lessons. Interesting compositions are always selected, but Jonathan is attentive to making sure that Jennifer is developing real musicianship as well.
We had a wonderful experience at Baker Piano Studio. My now 8 year old simply loved his teacher, Mr. Baker, and always looked forward to his classes. Mr. Baker is extremely patient with kids and deals with them in a fun way so that the lessons and subsequent practice at home never turns out to be stressing. Not only that - he was kind enough to help a naive person like me find a good piano and also refer a great teacher in the town where we are now relocating to. I am so glad we found him and through his lessons my child developed the love for playing piano. We are definitely going to miss him.
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When learning a completely new skill such as playing the piano, you may suddenly feel clumsy, or feel that you are not as smart as you thought you were. Take these occasional feelings of uncertainty with good humor and be gentle with yourself. Your body-mind connection needs time to absorb new information and patterns. After a practice session you may not feel that you have achieved sufficient progress, however, the next day you may find that practicing goes much easier. Remind yourself that time is on your side.
Coordinate with your family to schedule the best time for your child's daily practice. Practicing only "when I'm in the mood" will not bring good results. Plan a 7-day practice schedule that the student and family can rely upon. This helps all family members plan their own activities as well and avoid unnecessary conflicts. Place the piano or keyboard in a room without TV or computer distraction. If that arrangement is not possible, then it essential to have the TV turned off during the practice session: a noisy environment and disruptions by others will frustrate your child's attempts to focus on their music study.
At the Baker Piano Studio located near Lincoln Center in New York City I make a point of keeping piano lessons both engaging and fun while providing the highest level of professional guidance for your child's musical education. Classical, popular, baroque, and jazz-inspired musical styles are explored, for each style enhances your child's musical education. Students learn to cultivate a relaxed and expressive approach to making music at the keyboard. Learning to play the piano is much more than a hobby - when a child learns how to focus energy and attention to achieving musical goals they acquire a self-mastery that can be applied to all aspects of their life.