I offer piano lessons to students of all ages, from beginning to advanced levels. Whether you have never played the piano, had lessons for a while but quit, or are studying currently, you can set up a trial lesson with Nathan Johnson today to explore your abilities and develop your skills at the piano.
I love teaching, drawing on knowledge and experience and then customizing it to each unique student.
My 7 year old son started lessons with Nathan this past fall, and I have been nothing less than impressed by all that he has learned so far. Nathan knows how to tailor the lesson to fit the child's learning style, while keeping them engaged and excited to learn more.
From a student, Alessandra M. Hi everybody! I am a student at the Norton Piano School. I have been attending here for about 5 years now and Nathan is the BEST TEACHER EVER. I started at age five and hope to finish at 100! LOL! He is always willing to help us kids in any way, and guides us through the world of piano. Nathan has a LOT of patience and helps us succeed. He inspires me and others not to give up and we all love him very much. He always makes learning fun! I have learned a lot from this amazing pianist. Nathan is loving, caring, and always optimistic. He supports and believes that we can do whatever we desire. Nathan is awesome and we will always love him.
The experience I have had transcends excellence. Nathan Johnson, teacher, is keenly perceptive and has always diagnosed my strengths and areas that need to be addressed. He is a brilliant diagnostician and pianist. In addition he provides strategies that target areas of concern. Thank you for the growth and continued love of music.
Our son took piano lessons with Nathan for almost 4 years from the age of 8 to 12. Nathan is an absolutely wonderful piano teacher. Professional, patient, dedicated and passionate. He pushed my son to be the best he could be (but in a good way). We couldn't have asked for a better teacher for our kid. I highly recommend Nathan! His recitals were inspiring.
When I meet a new student, I like to learn about their interests at school, at work, and at play. It helps me know how to help them fit piano practice into their life.
If I have a beginner, I acquaint them with the layout of the keyboard, black and white keys, and help them use this layout to memorize key names by their unique shape. For younger students, we make a game out of this, as well as numbering the fingers and telling right from left. We do a little bit of reading as well. I find that these three things give me a sense of how best to proceed.
With more advanced students, I love to hear them play something they love as soon as they feel comfortable doing so...sometimes that won't happen in the first lesson, especially if they have been away from the piano for a while! I like to hear what their goals are and then put together a plan to achieve them.
I have taught private lessons for 22 years. I love working with kids and adults, beginning to advanced! I was self-taught at the piano at first, and it took finding great teachers to help undo some of my bad habits. I majored in piano performance for my undergraduate work, then I continued with a master's degree, also in piano performance. I have played with symphony orchestras and at rock concerts. I love making music, and I love helping others do the same!
I used to play at school and in church, accompanying choirs, playing chamber and solo music. Friends and parents began to ask me for lessons. My piano teacher helped me figure out how to develop a lesson plan, but experience became the best teacher! I fell in love with teaching as I would finish for the day and be left thinking about how I could convey concepts and ideas more clearly, and how I could better motivate students to practice during the week. Teaching is hard work, but it is tremendously rewarding.
I have worked with kids as young as 3 (though I think that the right age to begin ranges from 6-9 for most students) to adults well into retirement. I have taught students with learning disabilities, as well as students for whom the piano came easily. I enjoy the process of fitting piano to the student, not fitting the student to the piano.
I always love when we have our recitals! My students always surprise me with their ability to perform. Many are nervous, and no one plays perfectly. But it is always a wonderful moment in time to celebrate the hard and, sometimes, lonely work of practicing, by playing for friends and family.
Think about your daily routine. Make sure you can find time to practice every day, even if it's only for a few minutes. Daily practice is the surest guarantor to success. But even the most dedicated student has a bad week once in a while. Don't get discouraged.
Think about the music that moves you. Is it exciting? Is it dramatic? Is it gentle and lyrical? Imagine what it would feel like to play that music yourself.
It is also helpful if students are always aware of how confused they are feeling. Feeling unsure of how to practice can often sap motivation to spend time at the piano. Don't be embarrassed if you forget something we discuss in a lesson. We have to hear and then put into practice most concepts many, many times before they become second nature.