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Why teach piano?

Why study piano?

Teaching piano is a carefully developed skill which takes patience, nurturing, encouragement and optimism. I have always loved interacting with children. Their excitement about life, the fresh way they look at things, the funny way they may express themselves at times, and the heartfelt things they can say are some the many reasons I never get bored of teaching children. As a piano teacher, I take a student on a musical adventure – – a journey of discovery, of self awareness, and a development of appreciation for beauty that goes beyond words.

There are many times when a child needs to be expressive and creative and nothing suits this desire as much as sitting down to play the piano. Playing the piano is a joyful endeavor, and fills one’s heart with all kinds of emotions. There are certainly times when technical aspects of playing seem difficult and frustrating to a child. There is a great lesson here. With a kind and professionally experienced piano teacher, all can be overcome. We take a moment, do not judge ourselves, but instead, embark with confidence that all will be worked out with patience, diligence and attention to details.

I have been teaching piano professionally since 1984 . With training and guidance from the best piano teachers in my field, I have honed my skills to accommodate many different types of children. In my studio, I can teach a child who has difficulty reading or moving their fingers initially, as well as I can work with a gifted student who is ready for performing and competitions.

I look forward to meeting with you and your child. Come be a part of our program, take part in the weekly lessons, Performance Workshops, Community Service Concerts, Auditions , Recitals and more!

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Judy’s Piano Pedagogy Training

  • Suzuki Piano– taught by Dr. Martha Stacey (Oberlin Conservatory) who was a disciple of Dr. Haruko Kataoka, who had been Suzuki’s associate and accompanist for many years in his school in Matsumoto, Japan. Together they developed the method of   Suzuki for piano.
  • Suzuki “Parent Education” – taught by Dorothy Neff, Ridgewood, NJ. Her string professor at Oberlin, Clifford Cook, brought Shinichi Suzuki to the United States in 1964. Ms. Neff has been a renowned Suzuki teacher in the greater New York/New Jersey area for many years.

Some of the topics :

a) Ability Development from Age Zero

b) Mother Tongue Education

c) Talent Education

d) Children Learn Abilities When They are Having Fun

  • Ensemble/Duet training/Advanced Technique Studies

          Levine School of Music, Washington, D.C.

  • Russian Piano Technique acquired through private study with:

        Lydia Frumkin (Ms. Kessler’s undergraduate study at  Oberlin Conservatory)

        Liova Kaplan – co-founder of  The Washington Conservatory of Music

       Irina Morozova – Mannes College, Special School at Kaufman Center, NYC and Internationally acclaimed performer and teacher.

  • Jazz Studies :

Ron Elliston and Ronnie Wells  University of Maryland piano and voice faculty.

       – private lessons

       -Piano Vocal Jazz Workshop Series

Steve Ash – a graduate of Indiana University, one of New York City’s finest jazz pianists; a frequently sought out performer, both in the U.S and abroad.

                

Duet with Bach and Trevor

Here we have my students, Bach playing Primo and Trevor playing Secondo at their duet lesson. Notice their intense concentration and attention to rhythmic and  musical precision. They count carefully and balance their sound as an ensemble. 

Paul Nasr performing Scarlatti Sonata in E major

 I have been teaching Paul since he was about 6 years old. At age 17, he takes his music studies seriously. He has been entering annual auditions of the National Federation Music Club of NJ as well as the Music Educators Association of NJ for many years. He now regularly competes and  recently placed 3rd in the Prima Volta Music Competition 2020.
Beginning piano student enjoys a lively, fun and productive lesson. Gross motor warm ups lead to fine motor control through a progressive study of piano pieces,technical exercises,music theory, ear training and note reading skills .Everything here is tailored to the young mind and heart.
Beginning piano student enjoys a lively, fun and productive lesson. Gross motor warm ups lead to fine motor control through a progressive study of piano pieces,technical exercises,music theory, ear training and note reading skills .Everything here is tailored to the young mind and heart.
After working together with Jonathan G for the Annual Federation Auditions, we were delighted to see him receive his 1st Trophy for getting high marks over 3 years.
After working together with Jonathan G for the Annual Federation Auditions, we were delighted to see him receive his 1st Trophy for getting high marks over 3 years.

Read about what parents and students have to say about their experience with Judy Kessler Piano Teacher.