The Piano Studio Of Richard Woo

The Piano Studio Of Richard Woo

5.0 (7)
1 hire on Lessons.com
15 years in business

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Hello!  We offer virtual piano and music theory lessons.  Through Zoom and other videoconferencing platforms, anybody can take lessons regardless of their location.  We are physically located in Hamilton, NJ.  Please see our website for more information.

We personalize lessons so that you could be a young student preparing for music festivals and competitions, a high school student preparing for college music auditions, an adult beginner, or anybody who does not fit into these categories--we enjoy working with all types of students!

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Trenton, NJ 08619
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7 Reviews

5.0

  • Autumn Winch

    Richard is an incredibly kind and considerate instructor. I started lessons with him as an adult beginner, having little knowledge of the piano. I had been wanting to study the piano for years but was hesitant as an adult without prior experience. I spoke with Richard and immediately knew I wanted to start! He made sure I understood the foundations of the instrument as well as the ability to read music. I always felt comfortable asking questions and expressing my thoughts. He made sure to address every question clearly and patiently. We would take the time to discuss my goals with the piano and ensured I was learning pieces I enjoyed. I was able to learn something new every week and always looked forward to our lessons! Richard definitely goes the extra mile to help his students. I would recommend him to any student, from all walks of life and levels.

  • Sam & Kym Beaver

    Our son has been studying with Mr. Woo for 7 years now. During this time, we have watched him transition from a young student into a mature and accomplished pianist. Over the years, Mr. Woo has taken a genuine interest in understanding our son's goals as a musician and has provided tools to help him focus on achieving those goals and even reaching beyond them. Mr. Woo is positive and optimistic and his ability as a teacher is exceptional. Mr. Woo’s knowledge, patience and flexibility have been incomparable. Our son’s opportunity to study under Mr. Woo has proven to be invaluable and, as parents, we are grateful for all that he continues to offer.

  • David

    Richard is a very kind, caring and patient teacher. I am an adult student and have grown very much in the last three years with him. I have seen what he has done with his students, young and older and I would recommend him greatly.

  • Sara L.

    My kids have been studying with Mr Woo for 8 years now. It’s been a fantastic journey with him. He’s not only teaching them piano, but more of developing their musicianship skills including solid music theory foundations. My kids grow so much in music with him. He’s patient and kind, and knows how to teach each kid based on their personality. My kids enjoy his lessons a lot.


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

I meet with the student for a free trial lesson and see how and what they had been working on if they have prior experience.  I make sure to ask them what they want to accomplish with piano study with me.


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

I have taught private piano since 2008.  I serve on the executive boards of the NJ Music Teachers Association and the Piano Teachers Forum of central NJ, and I adjudicate for statewide piano performance events.  I hold Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance/Pedagogy and Music Education.  I am a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) through the Music Teachers National Association.


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

I speak to the student about business logistics at the free trial lesson.


How did you get started teaching?

I wanted to pass on the knowledge and appreciation along with the struggles that I experienced with classical music in my childhood and college years.  I wanted to make it easy for adolescents and adults to play non-classical music through lead sheets and using popular chord notation.


What types of students have you worked with?

I work with all types of students including the young student preparing for music festivals and competitions, the high school student preparing for college music auditions, adult beginners, and everybody else who does not fit into these categories.  My students have entered events through the Music-Fest Rising Talents and Golden Key Music Festivals, the NJ Music Teachers Association, and the Piano Teachers Forum of central NJ.  Examinations like the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) and Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) programs can also be motivating.  At the college level, I have taught keyboard skills to non-piano majors (i.e. voice and instrumental music majors as well as non-music majors).  I have also worked with adolescents and adults with non-classical music using popular chord notations.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I have been so excited seeing my students do well with the sudden transition to online lessons in March 2020.  I always love seeing the student motivated to play on their own between lessons.


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

Please see if the teacher meets your needs and has adequate experience.  Please also see if you can imagine the relationship between you and your teacher in maintaining your motivation to play the piano.  This relationship is so important and would have ample benefit compared to a self-guided piano instruction program.


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

What do I want to get out of piano study?  How much time will I devote to the piano throughout the week?  Are there event types or examinations that would help me along my piano journey?


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