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Piano Lessons

Ron Levy offers piano lessons to students of all ages and levels who want to enjoy the experience of creating music. He teaches private as well as group lessons in piano, theory, and composition—in all styles of music, including classical, jazz improvisation, rock, pop, country, and folk styles.

Beginning piano students learn the layout of the piano keyboard and begin learning to read music notation. Ron makes the process fun, and your child will be playing familiar melodies in a very short time.

 

Intermediate students delve into form, harmony, interpretation and music theory. Correct technique is emphasized throughout the course of study.

 

Advanced students work on more challenging music, as well as advanced concepts such as structural, harmonic and motivic analysis, dramatic content, and improvisation. 

Ron Levy 's unique teaching approach is tailored to each student's strengths.
It begins with an analysis of his or her skill level and includes:

 

  • Accurate assessment and correction for effortless learning and technique

  • Individual lessons in a fun and creative environment

  • Training in the secrets of "coordinate" playing

 

Ron was fortunate to have studied piano with Nina Scolnik, who thoroughly revamped his piano technical foundation. Nina's utilization of principles she inherited from her teacher Dorothy Taubman led to huge strides in his own technical ability. These principles – the study of which were supplemented through additional workshops Ron attended in Mountain View and at Amherst – now play a large part in informing Ron's own teaching, combining with his own intuition, his powers of observation, and deep musicality to enable him to troubleshoot students' problems effectively.

Testimonials

"I appreciate Ron’s varied musical and teaching experiences; his calm, low key demeanor; and his encouraging and supportive teaching style"
 — Richard Granoff
"Ron's a great teacher.....motivator.....mentor......and he's a nice guy.
He's also one of the best musicians around." — Michael Sharman
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"I have studied jazz piano under Ron for quite a while, and I am happy with the whole experience" — Leonard Peikoff
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"When I started taking piano lessons from Ron, I was just hoping to learn a few improvisation skills. He encouraged me to think about music in a different way and to begin composing my own music. Before I knew it I had my own sonata, which was way ahead of what I thought I could do. In addition, he helped me fix a number of weaknesses in my technique that I wasn't even aware of. I owe him a lot!" — Scott Winterstein

Improvisation in both Classical and Contemporary styles is used as a tool to understand structure and to deepen the student's ability to look "behind" the music.

Fun at the Piano
Student Practicing the Piano
Piano Keyboard
Piano Student with Ron Levy