Naive Music Works

Naive Music Works

5.0 (4)
1 employee
37 years in business

About this pro

I am an award-winning author of music books, pianist, State licensed music educator and composer with over 30 years experience.  I would love to teach you piano!  I am an enthusiastic passionate educator who believes in the power of learning the joy of making music. I would like you to know that I am a state licensed middle school music teacher which gives me plenty of experience as a pedagogue.I have truckloads of enthusiasm and passion which I bring.  It is a personal mission to treat each student, each lesson, as special.  Check out my website:

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New York, NY 10022
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4 Reviews


  • David Rosenberg

    Ivan is a creative and supportive teacher who helped me get past my own doubts about my ability to learn to play and that I could make and enjoy music. He is fun and supportive and offers generously of his enormous musical knowledge and especially experience of bringing music to so many students. Great teacher!

  • Gary Gottlieb

    Ivan is an exceptional teacher, patient and understanding.

  • Liz Garden

    Ivan is extremely patient and knowledgeable. His mastery is evident in his ability to explain and demosntrate in very simple terms what most of us find very complicated and involved. Never rushed, never looks at the clock. Will wrap up a lesson when he finds a good stopping point and not before. I have worked with other instructors in the past, very good and masterful at their craft. Ivan is all that but also a great teacher who understands and lives not only the music, but is also a master teacher. I always can count on having at least one aha! moment with every lesson and always walk away with something new under my belt.

  • David Rapheal

    The interactions that I have had with Ivan Salinas and Naive Music Works have just been terrific. He is very patient and works hard to ensure that the experience of learning piano is fun and productive. I have had other teachers but Ivan is definitely the best. Highly recommended.

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

I love teaching music!  I love witnessing my students grow into better musicians!

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

I have a BFA in music compostiion from California Institute of the Arts, an MA in music composition from State University of New York at Stony Brook, an MA in Educational Management form the COllege of St Rose.   I am a New York State certified music teacher, and have been a NYC public school music teacher for over 20 years.