Erica discovered an easy way to read music - so easy, she patented it in 2006! The Patent Office nearly denied her the patent - because it seemed "TOO OBVIOUS!" Can you imagine learning to read music in one lesson, in a way that is based on reason, not memorization?
Erica began teaching piano at age 9 years old. She grew up in a family of educators in a house with 26 pianos that was also a music school, with as many as 50 children and teachers living together under one roof as an extended family.
Erica teaches private and group piano lessons to children and adults. Her classes are classically-inspired, and can include theory, composition, improvisation, sight reading, ear training, sight singing and performance, based on the needs and wishes of each student.
If you're not having fun during your lesson, that's on me! Many students arrive at their lesson stating, "I'm ready for my Piano Fun!"
Imagine introducing people to the joys of reading music - every single day! Erica teaches to the student's interest, nurturing confidenace and enthusiasm.
Welcome to My World - learning to read music and play the piano one of life's greatest joys! We will make it so, together.
When I found Erica on LinkedIn, I just connected to her because I liked what she did with her business. I saw business acumen and a love of pianos. On LinkedIn I like to collect people who reflect my values and Erica certainly does that. I’ve had piano lessons before. Started and stopped maybe 4, 5 or 6 times before with different teachers. They were nice, but most of them didn’t click with me. I finally tried working with a music therapist a few years ago because of cognitive difficulties due to Multiple Sclerosis. We definitely clicked but wouldn’t you know insurance doesn’t cover music therapy? After paying a fair but unsustainable amount of cash over a few months, I had to terminate. There went my dream of learning to play piano. Years go by and along comes Erica. I didn’t tell her about my MS. In my first lesson, I actually cried. For the first time in years, I was sitting at the piano and then re-learning the piano in a new way. Here I found someone finally, who gets me. Her method of teaching was unusually simple. And she was very patient with me. I made music. When I told her about my MS she started crying because she told me that her method was meant to work with the disabled! Why shouldn’t disabled people have the joy of playing piano like other people? MS is an invisible illness that breaks down the nervous system. It can’t be seen unless one is in a wheel chair. Neurological disorders can’t be seen. But when I tell you something insight me lit up…I can’t explain it. Was it my brain making new neuronal connections or was it my spirit on fire…? I don’t know. Did it create healing and reignite my hope of making music? Yes it did. If you have an opportunity to take piano lessons from Erica do it. If you can learn her methods and pass them on to others, learn them. You may create a drastic impact on someone. Erica’s warmth and method of teaching had that impact on me.
"I have been playing the piano from an early age, but it has been many years since I took formal lessons. I have always wished to become an advanced pianist, but realized I needed professional instruction to guide me on my journey. I then found Erica. I am delighted to say that, in a few short months, my expectations have not only been met but far exceeded. I am now competently playing a Chopin Etude which has long been a particular go of mine. My progress is in large part due to Erica's talent and dedication as a pianist and teacher. And, although she holds me to the highest possible standards,bour lessons are ALWAYS chock full of laughter and camaraderie. Any serious piano student would be lucky to have Erica as an instructor, as am I.
During the first lessons, Erica shows the student how to read music and discusses their wishes with regard to interest and progress.
Erica believes it's the teacher's responsibility to understand the student, not the other way around. By discovering the particular musical interests of each student, Erica begins teaching to the student's interest, nurturing confidence and enthusiasm.
Erica teaches students as young as age 2, and beyond!
Juilliard School, Pre-College Division, age 11-14
BFA, Piano Performance SUNY College at Purchase
MBA, Marketing Management, CUNY Baruch at Zicklin
Erica began playing the piano when she was 3 years old and teaching at 9. Soon after, she was awarded a scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music, Pre-College Division.
At 11, Erica made her solo orchestral debut with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and subsequent solo engagements with the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Nashua Symphony Orchestra, among others.
While continuing her concert career, Erica earned a BFA in Piano Performance from SUNY Purchase, During her sophomore year, Erica became Miss Vermont 1985 and moved on to the Miss America Scholarship Pageant. In Atlantic City, she won a talent award which enabled her to purchase her first Steinway piano. Following graduation, Erica established a successful piano teaching practice in NYC and was later issued two patents on her teaching approach.
Following her graduation with an MBA from CUNY Baruch, Erica joined Steinway & Sons. She became the top sales representative for Steinway worldwide for eight consecutive years.
Erica's wish to match clients to pianos of all makes inspired her to found her own company, "Piano Matchmaker LLC." She continues to be the single driving force behind it, from its inception in 2005.
Erica began teaching when she was 9 years old! She is from a family of 7 pianists and teachers, and her childhood home has 26 pianos in it to this day!
Erica is a founding member of Summer Sonatina, a piano camp run by her family in Old Bennington, VT. 2019 marked the camp's 50th Anniversary! It is here at Sonatina that Erica began teaching piano.
Erica has lots of experience teaching students as young as 2 years old. Erica teaches adults as well.
She has 2 patents relating to reading music very quickly, so she loves teaching beginners. In addition, she teaches very advanced students, some of whom have gone on to become fine pianists in their own right.
EXCITING NEWS FLASH! Erica was the featured subject in a story in "The New Yorker" magazine in 2001, written by James B. Stewart, a Pulitzer prize winning journalist. The story was optioned by Tessa Ross for a feature film in 2019! Ms. Ross is the Executive Producer for such films as "Slumdog Millionaire", "12 years a Slave", Billy Elliot", among others. We expect filming to begin in sometime in 2020.
Students should be interviewing the teacher, not the other way around. Students themselves know which teacher will serve them best. Choose a teacher whose students are happy during their lessons and progressing to their best ability. This is Erica's forte.
1. Would you like to have fun during your lessons and when you are visiting the piano?
2. Would you like to progress faster than you and others ever imagined?
3. Would you like your teacher to be loads of fun while being professional?
4. Would you like a teacher who is extremely dedicated to her students?
If your answer to these questions is "yes," contact Erica at [email protected]