Piano Lessons in Manhattan, Queens & Oakland, NJ

Have you ever wanted to play a beautiful sonata, a Billy Joel song, a Coldplay song or even a ragtime tune? Here’s your chance. With private piano lessons, you too can make like Chopin and coax beautiful tunes from any variety of piano. Learn the mastery of scales and chords that will help you understand the intricate workings of the modern piano from expert music teachers. Whether you want to learn classical piano or electric keyboard, our capable instructors can help teach you how to bring beautiful music to life, on stage or at parties or simply as a hobby. With PracticePad™, your unique learning experience at Real Brave gets you closer to your goals.

Learn to play the piano with our Queens, NY, and Oakland, NJ, instructors

If you’re looking for a piano teacher who can help you through the difficult but rewarding process of piano practice and music theory, we’re here to help. Our knowledgeable instructors are here to assist you with all your keyboard lessons to thoroughly and accurately teach anyone how to play the piano.

We have many experienced piano instructors from all over the world who teach piano lessons for kids in Queens, NY, and Oakland, NJ. Each instructor tailors the piano lessons they provide to the needs and skill level of the student, personalizing teaching to help your child progress in their playing and have fun along the way. We also offer after-school piano lessons that fit your busy schedule so you can make time for music.

Our piano instructors in Queens, NY and Oakland, NJ

Visit our Oakland, NJ, instructors or Queens, NY, instructors page page to read their bios and learn more about their musical education and teaching priorities.

Queens, NY
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Kathie Mai

Kathie Mai

Piano, Violin

Kathie has been playing the violin since she was 5 years and has never stopped playing ever since. She held her very first violin recital when she was just 11 years old! She thengot to to play with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra (MYO), CYCNY Youth Orchestra (紐約幼獅管弦樂團) and CPSM string camp at the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music. She started teaching in 2007 by coaching her orchestra peers.

With all this experience she then attended pre-college at Carnegie Mellon for violin studies. She later graduated the University at Buffalo with a Bachelors for Music Performance and now she currently plays with Litha Symphony Orchestra.

For her students in Queens NY, she wants them to have fun and memorable moments in their very own musical journey just as she did. She is looking forward to provide guidance to every student at their own pace. She believes if her students have the passion for music nothing is impossible.

Marc Seldin

Marc Seldin

Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano

Marc began playing the Clarinet when he was in the 5th grade and he knew immediately that Music Education would later be his goal in life. He later moved on to attend Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music for Art and Performing Arts. This is where he had exceptional teachers and unique learning experiences. This included the opportunity to perform on Baritone Saxophone with the Senior Jazz Band in the “Essential Ellington” competition at Lincoln Center. The band won first place in this nationwide competition, as well as best Saxophone Section.

Later, obtained a Bachelors in Music Education from CUNY Queens College. His past music experiences have inspired him to conduct concert band ensembles. Since August 2015, he has served as the Director of the Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department Band in Westchester County, New York.

For his students at the Queens NY location, Marc draws on his own personal experiences as an Conductor, Educator and Student alike. His goal is to create lessons that are geared toward the individual needs of all of his students. Not only will they learn skill and technique in a fun way but, they will also develop into a true musician which can serve them throughout their entire lives.

Jonathan Archer, a Guitar instructor at Real Brave
Jonathan Archer
Jonathan Archer, a Guitar instructor at Real Brave

Jonathan Archer

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Violin

Jonathan Archer is a Queens, NY native with a deep love and passion for music. He is studying Music Education at the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College and began playing the violin at age 2 1/2.

He also plays the guitar, Hammond organ, bass, and piano. Jonathan firmly believes that music has the ability to teach transferable life skills and is honored to be a part of the Real Brave staff.

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Sophie Price
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Sophie Price

Guitar, Piano, Vocals

Sophie has loved music her entire life. It is that very love which brought her to Queens all the way from Washington to study Music Education at the Aaron Copland School of Music in Queens NY. Her instruments of choice are Guitar, Piano and Vocals, all of which she teaches with bright energy and enthusiasm.

Sophie teaches because she believes in sharing the gift of music with everyone. Her greatest goal is to nurture the joy of music in her students. To that end, her lessons are lively and animated to ensure that the fun is never lost in the learning. She also puts emphasis on music as a form of self expression. Her lessons follow the natural progression of each student, allowing them a sense of freedom which encourages them to bring their inner selves to the music. She often incorporates ear training and music theory as tools to further her students’ ability to express themselves and makes sure to stretch their creative muscles as well.

In her class, enjoying yourself and making music are at the center of everything. She inspires confidence in her students and an appreciation for the craft. For her, teaching music isn’t just about helping students as growing musicians, it’s also about helping them harness their inner world and communicate as growing people.

Beth May Seldin

Beth May Seldin

Cello, Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Recorder, Trumpet, Violin

Beth May began playing recorder in the 3rd grade. It was a magical experience and inspired her to audition for her first recorder ensemble in the 6th grade. This gave her the confidence to audition for beginner band in the 7th grade where she began to learn the flute, her first band instrument. Since then, she has had many wonderful experiences and instructors which have helped to decide to pursue a professional career in Music Education.

Beth May later moved on to receive a Bachelors in Music Education and a Masters in Music Education from CUNY Queens College. She is a NYS Certified Music Teacher (K-12) — Certified in Orff Levels 1 & 2 — Music Together Training. She has taught in both public and private school systems as a music teacher, as well as an instructor for many years.

Her approach to teaching comes from her background and experiences as a public and private Music Educator as well the Real Brave method & Practice Pad. Based on these experiences, she has learned to tailor lessons to the individual needs of all of her students. She is always eager to come up with new, creative and fun strategies to get the most out of each of her students.

Stefano Di Lorenzo, a guitar instructor at Real Brave
Stefano Di Lorenzo
Stefano Di Lorenzo, a guitar instructor at Real Brave

Stefano Di Lorenzo

Drums, Guitar, Piano

Stefano started his musical studies almost twenty years ago in his native country, Italy. After moving to the US, Stefano graduated from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College with a Bachelors of Music and Summa Cum Laude. He has been performing in a wide variety of genres ranging from classical music to rock and jazz. Along with his performance experience, Stefano has been teaching since he was a high school student in Italy over a decade ago.

As a musician and an instructor, Stefano promotes a healthy approach to the instrument by teaching techniques based on proper use of physics and natural body motion. He tries to incorporate theory and ear training into lessons and believes in learning and performing pieces as a complete experience, which is both fulfilling and educational for the student.

At the Queens NY location, Stefano enjoys sharing his passion for music with his students and is committed to accompanying and supporting them every step of the way in their learning process using Practice Pad and the Real Brave Method.

Eddie Lyon

Eddie Lyon

Cello, Guitar, Piano, Violin, Viola

Eddie began playing violin at the age of 6. Loving the instrument and music, he continued to play all through middle school and high school, playing in small chamber groups and orchestras as well as a soloist. He later attended Adelphi University and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance. He learned piano and guitar while in college. Currently, Eddie is studying Music Education as a Graduate Student at Hofstra University.

While keeping a comfortable, relaxed and fun classroom at the Queens NY location, Eddie pushes his students to their full potential and shows them what they are capable of. Teaching how to practice and different ways to practice at home really makes a difference. Theory is infused in with the learning of the instrument so a wholesome knowledge is learned as well as the use of Real Brave’s Practice Pad and method.

Inessa Banayan

Inessa Banayan

Piano, Vocals

Inessa began studying piano at the age of 7. She attended a specialized children’s music school where she realized that it would become her future career. By the age of 18, she graduated from the Vzshno-Sakhalinsk College of Music with a degree in Piano and Music Theory. A native of Kazakhstan, she earned her B.A. with Honors from the National Conservatory of Kazakhstan, specializing in vocal performance. She was offered a prestigious position as a soprano soloist with the National Opera and Ballet Company of Kazakhstan.

Inessa has performed in major opera roles in many former Soviet nations and France. She sang lead in various productions, including Carmen, Madame Butterfly, Eugeni Onegin, Dido and Aneas, Paghliacci, and many others. She completed her M.A. at SUNY Binghamton in 2000. Some operas Inessa has performed in include Don Giovanni, Carmen, Faust, Handel’s Messiah, Faure’s Requiem, and Mozart’s Missa C-moll. She became a member of the New York City Opera in 2004 and performs in choirs throughout the city. She is currently a piano and vocal instructor right here at Real Brave in Queens NY.

Andrew Gyselings

Andrew Gyselings

Bass Guitar, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Ukulele

Andrew has been teaching music for six years. His skills cover a variety of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, piano and ukulele. And his musical tastes are even broader.

His approach to teaching is to get students playing songs that they want to learn, all while learning and building a foundation of the music theory and technique behind them. He makes each lesson fun and engaging for all students and always illustrates the lessons being taught by playing real songs along with the student.

As a singer/songwriter, he strives to empower each student with the knowledge to compose their own musical works at the Queens NY location.

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Andrew Nesbitt
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Kristen Cheung

Kristen Cheung

Piano, Violin

Kristen is a Queens, NY native and started learning the piano over 15 years ago. She participated in NYSSMA and ABRSM and later became involved in Orchestra and Jazz Bands in high school. Her interests include Classical, Contemporary, and Jazz music. As a student of the Macaulay Honors Program at Queens College, she is studying Pre-Health.

As an instructor, she wants to guide her students into experiencing music as a language to express themselves. She also encourages her students to develop their own style and play the music that they want to play! Having been a student at Real Brave before she knows the systems and methods that make Real Brave special.

Languages: Cantonese

Jordan Burgess

Jordan Burgess

Piano, Saxophone

Jordan has taken private piano lessons from a very young age and has participated in the New York State School Music Association. During his musical journey in high school at Kingsway College, he joined his school Philharmonic Ensemble. He was persistent in continuing his private lesson under numerous teachers developing a wide range of techniques and repertoire.

Later on, Jordan attended Andrew University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in General Music Performance. Here he started playing the saxophone and joined the Andrew University Wind Symphony. As a member of the Wind Symphony, he performed at numerous concert halls in Michigan the Central Cultural Caja Castilla la Mancha in Spain.

Some of Jordan’s favorites include Gospel, Classical and Jazz Music. He enjoys improvising on the piano for churches and similar events. As an instructor, he focuses on his students individual goals and helps his students to start improvising and creating their own music in Real brave’s method, PracticePad and beyond.

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Kevin Isaza
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Don Albert

Don Albert

Bass, Drums, Guitar, Trumpet, Piano

Don Albert studied music at Queens College and has been teaching guitar, bass, trumpet, performance and composition for over 30 years. He also teaches test prep and essay writing to high school and college students. Don is an intregal part of Real Brave’s PracticePad developement and implementation.

Rebecca Pissalidis, a Guitar instructor at Real Brave
Rebecca Pissalidis
Rebecca Pissalidis, a Guitar instructor at Real Brave

Rebecca Pissalidis

Guitar, Piano, Vocals

Rebecca has been singing her entire life. She received Classical Voice training from high school and in her senior year at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a Vocal concentration. She also writes and composes her own songs.

Her goals for her students is for them to be able to have fun with music while learning the technical aspects. She believes that students always need to have input in her lessons.

Dylan DeFeo

Dylan DeFeo

Clarinet, Saxophone, Piano

Dylan is a self-taught keyboardist, started on the clarinet in the 4th grade, and learned the alto saxophone in the 7th grade. His passion for Jazz, Funk, Blues and Rock is exemplified on all of his instruments. As an alumnus of St. John’s University, he currently works as the Assistant Director of the St. John’s University Jazz Band. When not at Real Brave, he can be found playing with numerous bands in the New York City area.

After covering the basics, he focuses on his student’s favorite tunes. He works to develop their skills and help solidify new concepts with familiar melodies. Dylan believes that patience is a virtue and allows his students to learn at a comfortable pace while encouraging them in the right direction. “Playing music is fun and so should learning it.”

Dylan is passionate about teaching the history, theory and philosophy of improvised music. If you seek to improve your improv, Dylan’s the teacher for you!

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Marius Dicpetris
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Alejandra Solano
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Alejandra Solano

Guitar, Piano, Violin

Alejandra has been a violinist since the age of 5 and studied at Stecher and Horowitz with Mr. Lauren Smith for several years. During her junior year in high school, she was awarded a scholarship to study with Yeu Chang Ma at the Children’s Orchestra Society. With this opportunity, had the privilege of performing with the Youth String Ensemble at Lincoln Center in 2002 and 2003. Since then, Alejandra has focused her musical abilities on teaching and performing at weddings and other special occasions.

Her goal as a music instructor is to create an environment that is fun while also equipping students with the skills that will allow them to become rewarded musicians through her know how, the Real Brave method and PracticePad.

She is also fluent in Spanish!

Amanda Hamilton

Amanda Hamilton

Amanda Hamilton holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Education/Performance from William Paterson University as well as credits towards a Masters in Music Education. She has been a vocal music director in the Verona Public Schools for more than 20 years, mainly working with the middle school and high school levels.

She has taught in the summer music program, served as the musical director for many of the middle school musicals, directed the high school vocal ensembles, accompanied the elementary choirs, has had many students accepted into the North Jersey Region and All State Chorus, and has taught many piano and voice students. She is looking forward to working with students at Real Brave to achieve their musical goals.

Amy Jisun Ahn

Amy Jisun Ahn

Amy Jisun Ahn started studying piano at six and grew up singing in various church choirs. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in law and music theory, as well as two Master’s from Queens College and the Graduate Center in music composition. Her chamber and orchestral compositions have been performed by Cygnus, the InterComteporary Ensemble (ICE) and the Second Instrumental Group, among others.

She has performed in a variety of concerts, ensembles in musical venues in New York City as a classical, jazz, theatre, pop pianist and vocalist while working as a professional accompanist and arranger. She loves to perform in a variety of genres and to improvise with other instrumentalists in jam sessions.

She focuses on her students’ favorite music and helps them build their own repertoires so they can learn to freely express themselves with passion and joy. She regards her job as instructor to be a guide on the students’ own musical journey.

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Lisa Bremer
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Joey Hochgesang, a guitar instructor in Oakland, NJ
Joey Hochgesang
Joey Hochgesang, a guitar instructor in Oakland, NJ

Joey Hochgesang

Bass, guitar, violin, viola, cello, piano (beginner)
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Joe Rizzolo
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James Sattler
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Lindsey Wormald
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Sofiya Vorobets
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Kevin Bagar, a guitar instructor at Real Brave 
Kevin Bagar
Kevin Bagar, a guitar instructor at Real Brave 

Kevin Bagar

Kevin Bagar is a Bergen County native who has played music for his entire life. He holds an Associate’s degree in general music from Bergen Community College and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Music Studies from William Paterson University with plans to continue towards a Master’s in Arts and Teaching. Music has always been his first passion, with education as a close second.

Kevin is a multi-instrumentalist with years of experience teaching composing and performing in various styles including classical, jazz, blues, rock, funk, latin, and bluegrass. While the guitar is his forte, he is also proficient on bass, piano, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, saxophone, and flute.

Having given private lessons since he was in high school, Kevin is excited to be a part of the Real Brave Audio team to help guide the next generation of musicians.

Free trial piano lessons

We offer free trial piano lessons with our instructors. This allows you or your child to try out an instrument or see if an instructor’s teaching style jives well with your learning preferences. Our goal is to match all students with piano instructors that suit their skill level and style of learning.

Don’t turn down this opportunity to become a respected keyboard and piano player. Every round of private music instruction will help you learn to play the piano that much faster and teach you all the basics you need to unlock your inner musical potential.

Why not start today and begin the learning process that will familiarize you with the keyboard and piano? You don’t have to be an experienced musician or musical artist to appreciate the sounds and techniques of classical and electric piano. Your keyboard teacher will be glad to assist you in mastering the complex playing style of the electric keyboard and the simple, classical arrangements of the traditional piano. Start with us today to learn these marvelous instruments and expand your musical knowledge!

Call us today to set up a free trial lesson in Queens at (718) 701-8951 or Oakland at (201) 465-4134.

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