David Lantz

David Lantz

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

About this pro

Too often piano lessons are spoiled by overemphasis on repetitive exercise and etudes. This approach is antiquated and usually ineffective. In my studio learning and refining music is always the priority. Different tools, such a vocalization and outlining often help my students make vast technical leaps without ever having to spend hours strengthening their fingers. Sometimes an exercise is appropriate, to isolate one difficulty can save time. But music is of the ears, not the hands, so that is always where we begin. 

I am Juilliard trained and an experienced performer. I've had extensive study with teachers of different philosophies, and I pull from all of that in my own work. I'm focused on getting results, and deepening your sense of possibility in performance. 

Music is my passion and lifelong study, and I love being able to share that with others. It's a joy to help a student past their stumbling blocks and into more confidence and poise. 

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Manhattan, NY 10106
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1 Review


  • Jonathan R. Mendelson - Upper East Side - NYC

    David was so good I hired him 4 days a week. That's right 4 days a week. My daughter who was very advanced for her age needed someone who could relate to her and laugh with her - not just teach her in perfunctory manner. David could do it all. I loved that I could hear them laughing together. Yet, David was teaching her BACH - an advanced piece and then another - and she got a grounding as a young child that has made her what she is today. But, not only did he teach piano - he helped her with her school subjects - both English and Math. He was a good student growing up so, he knew how to assist her with her homework. My daughter was lucky to be able to move to England and is now a star at her school over there - both in piano and school subjects. David Lantz played a huge role in her devolopment - without question. He's an amazing individual...soft spoken yet, not without determination and will. He's super nice and respectful - and get's along with children (not unlike Mr. Rogers of PBS fame). I recommend him to anyone - but, he's got the "magic" that children are naturally attracted to. He's a great one.


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

Usually we will talk so I can get to know the student and their goals. Then I'd like to hear something so I can get a sense of their current level.  Further to that, I  like to start right away on some new music, something simple so we can work on sound, rhythm, and phrasing. From there we continue per the student's interest and expand our repertoire. 

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

I graduated with a BA from the Juilliard School, and have studied classically with William Daghlian and Madeline Bruser. I've studied jazz and improvisation with David Liebman, Phil Markowitz, Fred Hersch, Kenny Barron, and Frank Kimbrough. I studied composition with Kendall Briggs. 

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

My standard rate for my studio in Chelsea is $60 an hour, or $40 per half-hour. 

How did you get started teaching?

I grew up in a family of music, and took on some of my mother's students when her schedule filled up.  

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages, beginner through intermediate-advanced. I teach classical, jazz, and composition. 

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

Its not enough that the teacher play well. Some are gifted with the insight to guide others and some are not. Find someone who you are comfortable with, seems organized philosophically, and has a gift for communicating sound and feeling.