Extremely proud of the success of my student Nicole! She got the highest score at the Canadian Theory Exam and this is her beautiful certificate! For security reasons her last name has been replaced by eight notes !
It is my great pleasure to announce that Matthew has been chosen to perform at the Final Round of the Forte International Piano Competition!
This is a great accomplishment, since he had to win intense rounds of completion in the past two months to reach this level.
I would like to invite you to attend this event to support Matthew.
The Competition is be on January 31st at 1pm.
Tickets can be purchased at the box office or via the web site:
Forte International Piano Competition
Congratulations to my student Nicole for achieving the highest score at the Canadian Theory Exam – 100! I am extremely proud of her accomplishment! Great job!
Due to a high demand, Saturday lessons have been added to the studio schedule. Lesson times are limited, so hurry up and sign up now! Semester starts on January 5th
12/14/2014 Update: Today is an extremely exciting day for the studio!
Matthew has passed the vigorous requirements of the Forte International Piano Competition and selected to perform at the Final Round which will take place in the wonderful and world renowned CARNEGIE HALL!!
I am exceptionally delighted by the fantastic progress Matthew has made for the past 3 years. Only 9 years old and already performing in Carnegie?I couldn’t be more proud of his and all of my student’s success !
I am extremely happy to announce that my student Matthew passed his Preliminary Round at the Forte International Piano Competition in NYC on Saturday and qualified for the Semi-Final Round, which took place Sunday!
At the Semi-Final Round his score results were even better and we are eagerly awaiting to learn if he qualified for the Final Round which will take place in the renowned Carnegie Hall!
Come and visit our new updated “Piano Recitals Gallery” page. It has been modified to have most of the pictures from our recitals. More to come soon!
I would like to share the wonderful news that my eight year old student have received 2nd place in the Rondo Young Artist Piano Competition, which took place in the beginning of the month here in NY. As a winner he has been invited to perform at the beautiful Liederkrantz Foundation Hall in April. It is so great to see the results of his talent and hard work!
Meet our teachers
We are a small team of teachers led by Mrs. Anahid Syourapian. For over 17 years piano teachers Evgeni Ninov, Anahid Syourapian, Pahram Haghighi &Tamara Usatova have been passing on their love for music and teaching piano lessons to students of all ages in NYC.
Lessons are customized based on each individual students’ needs and goals. We offer mainly Classical Piano lessons, ear training & theory.
We do teach Jazz, Pop and other styles in music, but our concentration is in Classical music.
Lessons take place in our Midtown west studio just 2 blocks away from Carnegie Hall, or we can come to your home in Manhattan.
*** Call 347-645-2450 to set up your trial lesson! ***
Thanks for visiting!
“Mozart is notoriously difficult. His music is famously sparkling, brilliant, effervescent and effortless – adjectives that strike terror in the hearts of most musicians.”
“There’s a saying that only the young and old can play Mozart well: the young because they are oblivious and the old because they are no longer trying to impress anyone.”
“When playing runs and trills, think of champagne or an Italian soda, and all those bubbles rising to the top.”
from the book “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” by Amy Chua
Everyone knows it is better to start learning an instrument at a young age, but do you know why?
Because, the formative young brain is receptive to new skills, the lessons become imprinted into the brain, making progress quicker and long lasting. Recently it was shown, in several medical studies, that music lessons actually cause the left side of the brain to grow to a larger capacity, which then boosts a child’s verbal skills by 20%.
The ideal age to start a young child on his musical journey to playing an instrument is around 5 years old. Younger children can join rhythm/dance play groups but I have found that, 4 y.o for girls and 5 y.o. for boys, works out best.
It is the adult’s responsibility to give this gift to a youngster. Honestly, a young child cannot see far enough into the future to know what a talent and skill it is to be able to make music for others. They don’t want to take lessons; they would rather play video games. A parent must make the sacrifice of a modest amount of money and the time to bring the child to his lessons consistently each week. The reward is a skill that will last a lifetime, giving pleasure, gaining social admiration and self confidence! A truly great gift in so many ways!
We have received a wonderful message from the kids of the Seattle Summer Music Camp. They have been using our Resources page and found it to be very helpful while they were learning all about the Piano!
The little musicians also suggested another page as a thank you to us called “Educational Piano Resources“, which you can now find added to the existing Resource page under “Student Links”. Enjoy!
The piano teacher’s profession requires to inspire students to play with evenness of tone or regularity of delivery, note accuracy and rhythmic character, creativity and individuality, leading them to achieve successful performances that suit and reflect their particular skills, strengths and enthusiasms. This is a collaborative partnership between the teacher and each of the students, as they learn how best to portray the composer’s musical ideas in their own personal way.
Playing duets has significant value in developing musicianship skills for pianists.
After all it is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding ways to make music.
Some of the most popular piano duets ever written:
Haydn – The teacher and the pupil
Mozart – Little C Major Sonata, K. 19d
Charles Burney – Four Sonatas or Duets for Two Performers
Mozart – Sonata in F, K. 497
Schubert – Grand Duo in C, D.812
Schubert – Lebensturme, D.947
Schubert – Fantasie in F minor, D.940
Liszt – The Mephisto Waltz
Chopin – Carnival of Venice
Brahms – Waltzes op.39
Brahms – Hungarian Dances, Wo01
Brahms – The Liebeslieder, Op.52
Brahms – Neue Liebeslieder, Op.65
Faure – Dolly Suite, Op.56
Bizet – Jeux d’enfants, Op.22
Ravel – Ma mere l’oye
Ravel – Rapsodie Espagnole
Debussy – prelude a un faune
Stravinsky – 3 Easy Pieces
Stravinsky – 5 Easy Pieces
Stravinsky – Rite of Spring
Walton – Duets for Children
Piano lessons are a great way to gain a broad appreciation of music. However, the real benefits that arise from playing the piano are primarily non-musical.
A piano student who learns how to read music, use both ears, arms, legs, feet and all ten fingers, with the brain giving each body part a different assignment to perform simultaneously. No other activity allows a child to exercise all of these skills in such a constructive manner. Piano lessons, therefore, develop coordination in both mind and muscles, which transfers to many daily activities. This includes improved hand-eye coordination, greater enjoyment and ability in sports, and the full use of both left and right sides of the brain.
As a student begins to experience the benefits of concentration and coordination, he or she begins to experience a sense of confidence. Completing a difficult task is very rewarding and allows the student to feel good about what she has accomplished. As a matter of fact, learning to play the piano is one of the best methods of instilling confidence in children and adults alike. Concentration, coordination, and confidence form a foundation unsurpassed for helping students grow.
One recent MIT study determined that the cerebral cortex of a concert pianist is enlarged by 30% on average compared to people that are considered intellectuals, but who did not have instrumental music education. Another CA study found that 75% of Silicon Valley CEO’s had instrumental music education as a child.
Discipline, patience, determination and perseverance are some of the many other skills learned through piano training. Successful piano students have to work daily over extended periods of time in order to learn complex music. Piano helps students understand the concept of sustained effort, accomplish excellence and learn and to put to practice the meaning of hard work.
Why do we have to practice scales and etudes?
Because they help us develop impeccable technique, muscle memory and perfect intonation!