Piano performance requires practiceI am an experienced classical piano instructor (20+ years) and welcome beginners of all ages, both adults and children. Weekly music lessons occur in my Metro West home studio (near Boston, MA) or at your Wellesley or Weston home.

A former faculty member at the Dana Hall School of Music in Wellesley and teacher in the Weston schools’ after-school program, I instruct private lessons in assorted musical styles. My goal is to promote progress, build confidence, and help each student to achieve success. Click Contact.

“Here’s to a fabulous piano teacher with endless creativity and patience for all age levels! Thanks for doing such a great job with us on the piano!” K.K., Weston, MA

Testimonial

Susan Cohen has been the piano teacher for our two daughters, now ages 11 and 18 (off to college), for the last ten years. Taking lessons with Susan has been a wonderful experience for our girls, who both play very well.

She has a great way with kids, and is able to engage them in a firm, but warm way. But the fact that she is able to keep our two kids, who are very different in age and personality, each engaged and interested in playing piano, is a testament to her strong teaching skills and flexible musical approach. So, I wholeheartedly recommend Susan Cohen for piano lessons. –S.R., Wellesley, MA

Adults are welcome

where words fail, music speaks

My adults bring a great deal of enthusiasm and dedication to their lessons, and perhaps a few fears. I do my best to create a positive environment and encourage a diverse selection of your preferred music.

Some of my adult students studied piano as a child; some have never taken a musical instrument at all. My oldest adult beginner was 82 years old, and gave Christmas concerts to her family.

I suggest scheduling 15 minutes of practice, five days a week for my beginners and they sometimes seem surprised. ”Little and often makes a lot in time.”

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You are never too old to learn a new skill. C.S. Lewis

Piano care: What not to do?

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Find a qualified piano technician and consult with them for any mechanical issues. Please ask me if you need a referral. I have several names that I could suggest. I can think of four key issues that you may consider:

  • Avoid swings in temperature;
  • Keep piano away from windows;
  • Tune your piano twice a year; and
  • Evaluate the optimal location of the piano for student practice.

Avoid swings in temperature

Extreme swings from hot to cold or dry to wet can harm your piano. Dryness can cause the piano’s pitch to go flat and the sound board to possibly crack; moisture makes the piano sound sharp and may cause the keys to stick.

Also, repeated swings in relative humidity can create distortion of sound and unnecessary creaking. Talk with your piano technician about the necessity of a humidifier for your location. This does not have to be expensive and will save you money in the long run.

Keep away from windows

Keeping your piano away from windows and heating vents can be helpful. Extreme dryness can weaken the glue joints that hold the soundboard and other wood portions of the piano together. Moisture may lead to string rust. A piano functions best under fairly consistent conditions that are neither too wet or dry, optimally at a temperature of 68 degrees F and 42 percent relative humidity.

Piano tuning

Ideally, you should tune your instrument twice a year. Perhaps once after the heat goes on in the Fall and once in the Spring. To clean your keys, use a soft, damp cloth and avoid excess moisture. I use disinfectant wipes when multiple students come to play on my piano.

Practice location

Also, I suggest that you consider how the location of the piano could impact your student’s attitude towards practice. If it is close to the TV or entertainment area, that may be a distraction. Additionally, if it is far away from all human contact (such as, in a remote basement), that may feel a bit lonely.

When to start piano lessons?

piano lessons for young childrenIf you wonder whether your younger student is ready for piano study, please feel free to discuss this with me. I usually recommend starting lessons at the age of six, and teach both children and adults. Adult beginners are always welcome!

My students play on acoustic pianos and touch-sensitive electronic keyboards. What matters most is that you enjoy the music that you play, feel challenged, and make progress in attaining your personal goals.

While I tailor my piano lessons to the individual student, I realize that some can start piano instruction at an earlier age. If you live in the Boston, MA area, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Music and learning

piano instructionRecent scientific research shows a distinct connection between music and learning. Learning a song, a musical instrument, or a dance step offers an integration of body and mind that only music provides, a multi-sensory process that enhances learning readiness for school subjects such as reading, writing, and math.

Music study also improves spatial-temporal reasoning (see the M.I.N.D. Institute research), a neurological process needed to understand mathematics. The best way to enhance your child studies with music is to encourage listening to and learning music throughout his developmental years. Do it in ways that are fun and entertaining and find how to share the experience that are positive and nurturing.

“The pause is as important as the note.” Truman Fisher

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YourWebSite.com has designated SBC Piano Studio in its top list of music Web sites in varying categories.

a simple noteFor more than 15 years I have written articles in response to questions by my students and their families. My SBC Piano Studio Web site seemed the perfect forum to share that information.

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