Grove's Piano School

Grove's Piano School

5.0 (4)

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Hi! Teaching piano and music in general is my passion, and I hope I'm doing it forever. I stand out as a teacher because I thoroughly enjoy coming up with creative ways to learn, and am looking to immediately apply every new lesson to a song, piece, or improvisation. Music is a language just as any language. It is skillful to learn it, but it is not a skill. It is a way of communicating and connecting to yourself and others. I do not want you to feel you are learning a skill with tasks to complete as much as I want you to be expressing yourself as soon as possible, and it is such a fun adventure to discover new ways to do that. I love to laugh and am quite laid back while still having expectations for you to meet based on who and where you are in your life. Often times lessons will include listening to music as well as playing or discussions about a variety of topics. Music is much more than what's hip. It is a genuine deep soul experience. Within a couple lessons, you will have the choice to improvise or write a song if you wish! With young kids, we work from The Piano Adventures workbooks as a base, and we branch out from there depending on what the child wants to learn. With adults, there is more flexibility. It depends on where you want to go! All styles of music with a bit of an emphasis on jazz and songwriting. 

I so enjoy that moment when a student lets go of the fear of getting it wrong and just feels with their whole heart what they are playing regardless of perfection or imperfection. What's the point if it isn't felt? I love that through teaching, I learn so much more for myself as well. My students introduce me to music I would never have thought to dive into. I love getting to know them through their playing and learning. Every single student is so very unique and different, and I enjoy coming up with creative plans for each of you rather than cookie cutter lesson plans. 

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Staten Island, NY 10314
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  • Jason Ciarlante

    Grove is an amazing piano teacher! We started piano lessons for our son Jason when he was just 5 yrs old. He is now nine and still loves it! Which is a big deal because kids get bored of things real quick. She is always finding ways to make the lessons fun. We highly recommend Grove to anyone looking for a piano teacher!

  • Danielle

    Miss Grove helps to build confidence and encourages a fun learning experience. My child is always happy after her lessons and eager to show off the new skills that were learned.

  • Lynn Kancso

    Grove has really helped my child acquire a love for music. She really works hard at making a connection with the students and has developed a great relationship with my daughter as a result of that. She teaches piano in a way that is fun and silly, but yet also gets across all the important technical aspects of learning the piano at the same time. I have seen great progress in my daughters musical abilities throughout the time she has been working with Grove. Grove is also very flexible and easy to work with when it comes to scheduling and needing to make changes to appointments. My daughter looks forward to her piano lessons, really enjoys them and feels very comfortable working with Grove - and that is a result of the effort Grove puts into individualizing for each child. I am very happy using Grove as my child’s piano teacher and would recommend her to anyone who is interested in getting piano lessons for their child.

  • Darilyn D’Amico

    My daughter has been taking piano lessons with Grove for a little over 3 years. Grove is sweet, kind and patient. My daughter looks forward to her lessons every week. Since we are in a pandemic, she’s been doing lessons via FaceTime and it’s been working out perfectly. I would definitely recommend Grove to anyone that is looking for a piano teacher!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

With a new student, gaining a sense of rapport is the most important thing at first. With children, we usually "doodle" on the keys and make up stories or play with percussion instruments to first connect with our bodies and feelings and to play! I like to get to know them and what their hobbies are and favorite colors, classes in school, funny stories, etc. Then usually in the first or second lesson we get into the method book. After a bit of time in the method book, we will continue, but also branch out into either pop songs, jazz, classical, and/or theory. It's relative to each student. With adults, quite similarly, rapport is important to make sure we are a good fit and get a sense of what specifically you want to learn. If you have a specific goal, I can curtail the lessons to teach you what you need for that goal. If you aren't sure, then we can try out different styles and see what feels true for you. Or we can do it all! haha. Theory will be important to learn because it is the grammar and vocabulary of music. The more you learn and immediately put to use, the more you can express musically. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have been playing and studying music since I was 8. I have a B.S. in Music with a Jazz Emphasis from The College of Staten Island where I studied under New York jazz cat Michael Morreale and Dalcroze President Dr. William Bauer. I've been teaching for about 8 years and hope I never stop! I also am a performer, a singer/songwriter, and have played all over the tri-state area for many years. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My standard pricing is $30 / half hour and $50 / hour. 

How did you get started teaching?

I have always wanted to teach since I was young. It's just something I love to do. I get so much joy from it. I started in my early 20s at a local music school on Staten Island where I was taught some basic methods of teaching and just kept growing from there until I developed my own system and methods. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have largely worked with young kids from age 5-13, but I have had numerous adult students throughout the years as well. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I had a young student who was struggling with a classical piece. He plays every style. He eats it all up, but he has the tendency to be hard on himself when he struggles with a measure of notated music. He was playing one note wrong and couldn't seem to understand why. We walked through it and he figured it out, but he said he liked the way he was doing it before. So I told him, "Okay, in this piece, let's play it the way it's written, but why don't you take that measure the way you like it, and write a song with it?" And he did! He took that measure of music, and worked with it, varied it, repeated it, and wrote a minute long song based on variations of that first theme. I had tears in my eyes! I love it when students take their challenges and just let their heart shine through it. He was able to take his frustration and manifest it into something healing and exuberant! That's what I live for. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

It depends on your goals! Talk to your teacher to make sure they are the right teacher for your goals. The teacher finds the students they need, and the student finds the teacher they need. That's a motto I live by. If I find I'm not the best fit for you, I know other teachers who might be! I just want anyone who desires to learn music, to find that connection to the language. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What do you want to play? If you don't know that's fine. Maybe start with the music you like to listen to. Personality is important as well. Some people need strict, high expectations and others want a more casual approach. Think about what you know would work best for you.