I'm a professional concert pianist and have performed throughout the United States and Europe. I'm also a Steinway Artist, documentary filmmaker, and educator. As a music professor with a Ph.D., I specialize in performance, theory, aesthetics, and music history. As a result, I bring to my students over two decades of experience and the ability to tailor lessons to their individual needs, abilities, and goals.
I admit, when I thought about practicing piano in this virtual world we now work in, I was nervous to learn the basics without a guide to accompany me. But with Daniel, it was truly seamless and simple. Since working with Daniel for the first half of 2021, I have managed to learn the basics of piano, and am genuinely enjoying the work. Because Daniel is a music professor and performer by trade, he is the best at starting from scratch and cooking up a custom lesson plan to match your goals. First I was intimidated by his CV, but he was nothing but polite and humble. He finds organic ways to relate the lesson to real-life events, which appeals to learners at all levels. He has a down to earth, honest, open, agile and outgoing personality, which makes working with him fun and exciting. I always walk away from the lesson feeling like I learned the right way to do something, and excited for next week! Daniel grounds all of his lessons in practical music theory, and the difference is obvious when working with a piano teacher. Especially when the lessons are virtual, it was essential to be taught the proper methods and truly grasp them before moving onto the next task. Dr. Beliavsky’s motto that always rings true in his lessons is “It’s all about progress, not perfection.” Daniel had no problem answering my silly questions on method and theory. In the end, it made our lessons more comfortable and carefree, while remaining disciplined and focused. He is a very talented man that makes learning piano - in person or virtually - fun at any age. I’ve recommended him to a few of my girlfriends for children’s piano lessons and they’ve had success with Daniel as well! He was a great find!
Patient, kind teacher who works with each individual student on their own level with sensitivity and care.
Professor Beliavsky is deeply committed to his students. He prepares his lessons meticulously, explains concepts clearly, and encourages questions. He brings the same degree of attention and care to his teaching that he does to his performing. I couldn't recommend him more as a music/piano teacher.
I had Daniel Beliavsky for my piano professor in college. He always found a way to make his students understand, even if that meant taking numerous approaches. He would listen to what we had to say, and then give his advice afterwards. As a former teacher, myself, I can see that he genuinely wants his students to improve. That, combined with his knowledge, expertise, and multiple approaches/teaching and learning techniques make him an incredible instructor. I can only imagine how much I could have learned and improved if I took private lessons. It is a privilege to have been taught by Daniel Beliavsky.
The first step is to talk with new students to understand their interests and goals. I then evaluate their skill set, and we proceed according to what best fits their abilities and desired outcomes.
I started performing as a child and had my professional debut at age 15. Following that, I toured the United States, Canada, and Europe, performing with orchestras and in recital. My undergraduate degree is in music, and my master's and Ph.D. are in music theory and composition. I have taught extensively for over 18 years, and have worked with thousands of students in music performance, theory, aesthetics, and history.
I currently teach piano privately and courses in music theory, history, aesthetics, and musicianship at the college level. I chair a music department at a private NYC college.
My professional rate is $120 per hour or $2 per minute.
I work with all ranges of experience and all ages.