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Piano Lessons

Piano lessons for all ages, styles, and levels

Richard Rabatin, and other instructors teach beginning, intermediate, and advanced piano lessons from first graders through adults in many music styles: Classical, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Pop, etc. The lessons maybe informal, and are personalized, extremely flexible and are – for most students – geared toward pure FUN; alternatively, students may also opt for more formal lessons to prepare for NYSSMA or JAZZLAB.

Beginners learn basic elements such as posture, hand positions, technique, and reading music while playing real music that you choose – but exercises are kept to a minimum. Elementary school students can learn songs they're already familiar with: from nursery rhymes to Disney or Sesame Street selections. Adolescents and adults can learn easy classic rock songs from bands like the Beatles to modern day artists like Taylor Swift and Billy Joel, or easy piano arrangements of popular pieces.

Intermediate players choose from more complicated pieces whether they are classical, rock, jazz,blues, or intermediate piano arrangements of popular pieces like Moon River, Beauty and The Beast, etc.

Advanced will learn more complicated chords, technique exercises, solos, and solo piano compositions or arrangements.

At all stages the direction and intensity of the lessons are completely flexible based on the student's likes – from the pure fun of learning music by favorite bands and piano players, to working on advanced theory and concepts. We invite you to explore our teaching philosophy for specifics on the learning process at Stony Brook School of Music.

Guitar and piano taught by Richard Rabatin
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Lessons in music skills including improvisation, song writing, ear training, composition, harmony, picking music out from CDs, and more taught by Richard Rabatin


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