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

Summertime Flex-time lessons

summer piano lessons

Summer is the ideal time for piano instruction

My Flex-time Summer schedule accommodates your vacation times. For more information, feel free to contact me. I have a limited number of slots remaining.

Fall signup is ongoing. Contact me if you’d like to discuss possible lesson days.

Find out what days best fit into your Fall schedule (if you know). Remember that last minute shifts in time happen and your first choice for slots can become available.

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Adults are welcome

adult beginners welcome

Adult musicians can find a sense of meaning in midlife and a creative outlet they did not have before: a sense of accomplishment that can be powerful. My adults bring a great deal of enthusiasm and dedication to their lessons, and perhaps a few fears.

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 (through age 89), and gave Christmas concerts to her family.

I do my best to create a positive environment and encourage a diverse selection of your preferred music. 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.”

When to start piano lessons?

younger student

If 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.

Contact me if you live in the Metro West area of Boston, MA. Towns include Wellesley, Weston, Wayland, and Newton.

Piano music uplifts the spirit

“Music study is a child’s most important extra-curricular activity because it will help him in many areas of life. Piano training builds physical skills, develops mental focus, and uplifts the spirit at the same time; and no other activity integrates all three aspects of humanness.

There is nothing better than playing music to build wholesome, healthy human beings.”

–Marvin Blickenstaff, pianist and pedagogue

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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