Our School (Ringwood School of Music) comes to you or you may come to us. We have been teaching all ages and levels of piano for about 20 years. Our teachers are conservatory-trained (Manhattan School of Music & The Juilliard School of Music) and currently perform in the area. In addition, students are encouraged to prepare and perform for monthly in-person or video recitals in the Ringwood area. We are also successful in working with pupils who for whatever reason need to find a new teacher.
Personally, I enjoy nurturing children who begin with a desire to learn about music and the piano into young people who wouldn't necessarily take a career in music, but have a firm foundation for playing the rest of their lives and grow up with a lively appreciation for music. I am also happy to work with adults who are just beginning or are returning to the instrument after a long absence.
Our 11 and 9 year old boys have been taking weekly lessons from Mr. Nosal for a year. Their progress is tremendous. Shortly after starting lessons they have learned to play with both hands, read music notes and try to play new pieces on their own, even started playing pieces with pedals. They have completed almost all pieces in Suzuki 1 book and many other pieces at the equivalent level. They have also developed a good understanding of “play by heart”, which is far more than just memorizing the notes. Mr. Nosal not only teaches his students all the important basics, he also helps the children to understand the music - how to play different pieces to almost perfection. Beside all their achievements in a year, I would also like to mention our boys are still interested. I can hardly imagine it would be the same without a great teacher. Many of his students have been taking lessons from Mr. Nosal for many years. We are very glad to have him as our children’s piano teacher.
I was extremely fortunate to have Michael Nosal as a piano teacher. He is a talented musician and an excellent teacher. He is extremely knowledgeable and was able to develop lessons that were tailored to my needs. In addition, he was patient and encouraging. I am very happy to recommend Michael to anyone interested in studying piano.
All new students begin by playing one or two songs at their first lesson in addition to learning the names of the white keys, the music staff and clefs, and taking home a notebook which they will use for their assignment every week -- learning how to count and read various kinds of notes -- a combination of by-rote learning with reading actual sheet music (in a book).
I began lessons at the age of 5 and have Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School of Music, respectiviely. Before joining the Ringwood School of Music in 2007 I taught piano and performed yearly Faculty Recitals at the Third Street Music School in New York City for nearly 10 years. I have accompanied extensively and have performed as a chamber musician and an improviser for ballet classes as well.
At our studio in Ringwood, the fees are $35, 50$, and 65$ for 30, 45, and 60 minute lessons, respectively. Depending on the distance, an additional $5-10 is charged to travel to a student's home. For those who cannot afford our standard fees, a lower fee can be easily negotiated.
I began accompanying children and teens on the violin, flute, cello, etc at the Third Street Music School while I was still at Juilliard and was asked to join the Faculty after about 2 years.
Most of my pupils start at age 5, 6, 7, or 8. I have taught older children and teens who switched teachers extensively as well as adults of all ages (40's, 50's 60's, even a 90-year-old). I worked with a young autistic woman from about age 16-18.
COVID has reduced our in-person performance opportunities significantly in 2020 but we are extremely optimistic about resuming them beginning this fall/winter.
Try the teacher out for a free initial session and you'll get a feel for what your lessons would be like. With us, you are under no obligation to continue unless you are completely happy and satisfied, and decide to continue yourself, or make the decision on behalf of your child/teen.
On the student's side, you'll need a decent piano (usually upright) OR a good electric keyboard that you'll be practicing on in between lessons. Realize too that if your lesson is half an hour, you'll be practicing about a half hour at home every day (except the day of the lesson).
The three big "needs" of piano playing are Note Reading, Counting, and Fingering. If you're a beginner, we'll be guiding you through these basics with appropriate songs and materials at your own pace. For transfer students, what you bring to us is what we'll work on, and we'll introduce you to new ways of playing, and new pieces of music, that you might not have thought of or known before.