(PIANO) Bernice Cooperman has been a piano teacher and has taught in Freehold NJ for over thirty years. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School and holds a degree in Music Education from Teachers Collrge, Columbia University, New York City.
I teach children from 8 years old to adults. My method of teaching is adapted to each individual's needs and tastes.
Classical music is my primary concern, 'though I also teach popular music to students who are interested.
Some of my students have participated in competitions and have performed in recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City.
After graduation fom High School a few of my students decided to Major in Music and were accepted at excellent schools.
I belong to various local music teachers organizations and have been a Member of the Board of Judges of The National Guild of Piano Teachers. I also belong to the Shore Music Educators Association (a local organization) where I have evaluated students for various scholarships and Honor recitals.
I enjoy teaching and seeing students progress, getting pleasure out of playing great music.
Mrs. Cooperman is a Juilliard educated and tenured piano teacher who has honed the art of teaching over many years. I enjoy having her as a teacher because she is patient and encouraging; Mrs. Cooperman is strict yet kind, she is demanding yet understanding, she gives me choices yet stears me in the right direction when I go off tangent when selecting pieces. I’ve had her as a teacher for two years and her balanced teaching has helped me gain an in-depth knowledge in music theory and practice pieces by a variety of composers. Overall in the past two years I have gained significant knowledge. I hope to continue my training under Mrs. Cooperman until I am off to college. - Noah Duguma from Marlboro
Before starting o new student, I invite him/her free of charge (with parent for non-adult, if possble) to get student"s interests and what they expect from taking piano lessons.
At first I ask what type of piano they have at home and how often it is tuned. If they had lessons before, I ask them to bring the music they have studied and if they can play part of a piece that they enjoy. We can continue from there.
If the student has not taken lessons before, I talk a little about how I teach and what they can expect. I do teach theory with the music to help them better understand the music they are playing.The student always comes away from the first lesson knowing more about the keyboard and how to play a short melody that they are familiar with.