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Al Urbanski

★★★★☆
4 5 1
At age 50, I decided to ignore conventional wisdom and snide remarks from friends and pursue a lifelong ambition to play the piano. Today, I am able to play songs written by my popular composers the likes of Lennon & McCartney, Burt Bachrach, Stevie Wonder, and Antonio Carlos Jobim. I typed “piano lessons nyc” into Google and hit paydirt on my first click with Dmitry Alexeev. Only in New York can a beginner get someone like Dmitry to teach him piano at reasonable rates. While he has a ph.d and is an incredibly gifted musician in his own right, Dmitry is equally gifted as a teacher. I had absolutely no experience playing keyboard, yet Dmitry slowly and patiently nurtured what little native talent I had and got me actually playing the piano. It is the best money I have ever spent. If you love music, playing is a more satisfying experience than listening, even if you only play for yourself and the cats. Dmitry is a congenial and patient individual who gives the student what he wants. I didn’t aspire to play Carnegie Hall, I just wanted to play some of my favorite songs, and Dmitry took me exactly where I wanted to go. Give him a call. You will not be disappointed.

Marjorie

★★★☆☆
3 5 1
My search for a piano teacher for my son seemed to be a daunting task until I found Dmitry’s website and called him to set up the first lesson. Immediately, I knew that it was the right fit. Not only is Dmitry an amazingly talented musician, but he has the unique ability to convey his love of music through such well-crafted lessons, that your child will not even realize that music theory is being taught, and will never be bored. Dmitry always nurtures creativity by encouraging the child to select music that he/she enjoys playing from classical to jazz to pop and even to write original pieces. Although his professionalism is quite apparent, Dmitry has a sense of humor and always makes sure that your child will never feel pressured or overburdened. The lessons are taught on a beautiful Steinway piano in a lovely studio and parents get to sit in and watch their child’s progression. Twice a year Dmitry holds piano recitals in a beautiful and sophisticated venue such as Steinway Hall, where your child can experience performing in front of his/her peers. I highly recommend Dmitry for a wonderful piano experience for children of all ages.

Jill A

★★★☆☆
3 5 1
I have been taking piano lessons with Sergei for a few months now and he is a terrific teacher! He is very patient and always has great tips and tricks to making playing come more naturally and easily. I am an adult beginner taking lessons for fun and the experience has been great! Sergei makes it a light and fun experience and always helps me improve my playing at every lesson!

CB

★★★☆☆
3 5 1
My son has taken classes with Florian and Sergei since he was 4. Although he had difficulty focusing in the beginning, both teachers were always positive, patient, and creative. They would always find new ways to engage him in the lessons and keep him focused without getting frustrated. After one year, he can read music, he understands rythms, and he is more confident in his abilities. He has even participated in a recital. In addition to their work with my son, I also appreciate the professionalism of everyone I’ve encountered at Riverside Piano Studios. They truly enjoy the piano and teaching others. I recommend lessons from them for people of all ages and abilities.

Meghan

★★★☆☆
3 5 1
As an adult beginner new to music and the piano, I started taking lessons with Florian about 6 months ago with the goal of learning blues/jazz. Florian has been awesome to work with and is helping me get that cool blue/jazz sound. He is extremely patient and has designed my lessons to build off of each other each week. I feel like I have come a long way in only 6 months, and am having a lot of fun improvising. Also, I have found Dmitry to be very responsive and professional with respect to coordinating logistics/lesson times. I highly recommend Riverside Studios and Florian!

Diane

★★★☆☆
3 5 1
My 8 year old son took lessons with Dmitry at the studio for the past 3 years and now takes lessons with Oksana in our home. My 6 year old daughter, a real beginner, started with Oskana in our home this past year. Both Dmitry and Oksana are fabulous instructors, who cater to the individual learning styles of their students. They make the lessons enjoyable, and my children look forward to their lessons each week! In addition, Riverside holds twice yearly recitals for all their students. If you are looking for excellent high quality instrutors who really know how to teach children, I highly recommend Riverside Piano!

Greg

★★★☆☆
3 5 1
I started taking lessons cold with Florian around October 2011. I’ve never taken a piano lesson in my life, but after seeing some friends play who have taken lessons I was inspired to go for it. Riverside Piano was the perfect fit. Dmitry was super responsive when I reached out to him for lesson times, and they were extremely accommodating to my schedule. I’ve been taking lessons with Florian every Sunday since then. We started at the very beginners level, but then pushed forward by setting some goals and working hard to attain those goals. Florian played an integral role in getting me to where I am at the moment in my studies. The best part, though, was when Florian asked me to perform in one of the recitals that Riverside puts on.

Mark

★★★☆☆
3 5 1
I am an adult student who began with Sergei in late November 2011, having been away from regular study/practice for about 15 years. In this time, Sergei has helped me to work on some of the technical issues that have always been a challenge for me. He is also working with me to explore and interpret the music, so that the piano sings instead of sounding like a machine when I play it. Sergei also has extensive knowledge of the piano literature, and is able to recommend pieces that are challenging without being overwhelming. It no longer feels like work when I practice, and the lesson is one of the high points of my week. Last – some very young students also have their lesson prior to mine, and I have seen Sergei in action with them. I wish I had had a teacher like Sergei when I was that age. If you are an adult who wants to begin lessons or resume after a hiatus, or if you have a child interested in pursuing piano, I would definitely recommend Sergei.

Julia

★★★☆☆
3 5 1
I’m 23 and I had never taken any piano lessons before. I was afraid of running into a very strict professor who would make my desire of learning become a frustration, as we all know piano professors can spend hours just showing you how to position your fingers right. However this is not what happened. Sergei was my professor and he was great. After the first class I was already playing the song I wanted to. He helped me stay motivated by letting me play whatever I wanted to learn. He is patient, calm, a great pianist himself and very professional. I recommend him for anyone wanting to learn piano. Our classes are a lot of fun. I highly recommend.

Richard

★★★☆☆
3 5 1
The perfect approach to learning to play the piano. Riverside piano give you the perfect blend of formal ‘tutorial’ type approaches, but also with a free style teaching approach which means you can play the music you want – regardless of your current skill level. I would highly recommend this studio above all others to anyone wanting to learn the piano.

JWH

★★★☆☆
3 5 1
Professional, Resourceful, Unbelievably Talented. My experience with Riverside Piano Studios has been nothing short of excellent. Working with Florian has been an absolute joy. I appreciate his patience and encouragement as I’ve been working towards my dream of playing the piano. Florian has a natural passionate relationship with music and the piano in particular. His enthusiasm and knowledge as both a talented artist and an instructor equips me with the tools and confidence I need to move forward. Thank you Riverside Piano Studios!

Kia Graves

★★★☆☆
3 5 1
My daughter loves Riverside Piano. She began her lessons with Mr. Sergei when she was 5 years old. After attending a year at the studio, she has progressed tremendously under Mr. Sergei’s guidance and expertise. As a young student, he has successfully garnered my daughter’s attention and, as a 6 year old now, that is a tremendous accomplishment. Mr. Sergei is patient, understanding, diligent, flexible and extremely talented. Simply stated, after studying with him, my daughter wants to play exactly like Mr. Sergei. I believe, under his guidance and attention this will become a reality for her. Needless to say, I am thrilled. Kudos to Mr. Sergei and Riverside Piano Studio!

Gina

★★★☆☆
3 5 1
After going through several questionable piano teachers I stumbled across Dmitry’s piano studio on the web and couldn’t be happier with what I have found. Dmitry is highly knowledgeable with all aspects of learning piano including the music theory behind each piece as well as the technical side of becoming a better pianist through improved posture and hand positioning. I highly recommend Riverside Piano Studio to all pianists both young and old.

Sophia

★★★☆☆
3 5 1
My name is Sophia and I’m 8 years old. I started to learn piano one year ago. I had to change my teacher in September 2008. In fews months I learned more with Dmitry because he has a good method. I enjoy playing piano in his studio. In February 2009 I had the chance to participate to the recital organized by Dmitry. It was a wonderful experience. I’m thankful for Dmitry who is sharing the passion of music.

Aglaia

★★☆☆☆
2 5 1
I started learning to play piano when I was five. At that time Dmitry was still a graduate student teaching piano at a music academy in Queens. Now I’m thirteen and Dmitry is a Ph.D. and has his own studio in Manhattan. Every week I’m more than eager to commute from Queens to Manhattan just for this wonderful learning opportunity. I have found a very good piano teacher. When I first began, I couldn’t sit still for very long, and I probably had the shortest attention span any child could have. Luckily, Dmitry is a fantastic pianist and also a wonderful teacher. He found so many ways to gradually build my musical interest. He patiently led me through every song and before I knew it, I have developed a passion for music. I highly recommend Dmitry for piano lessons, especially for children. Piano lessons are fun, creative and entertaining. He’s able to eliminate frustration and is extremely encouraging. He gives 110% at every lesson. Dmitry works really well with kids and you won’t be disappointed.

Matt

★★☆☆☆
2 5 1
Dmitry is an incredibly talented pianist and teacher, and a friendly, unassuming person. I found him by searching the web for ‘nyc piano lessons’ and it could not have turned out better. By returning to the piano as an adult student, I have been introduced to the works of some great classical composers, and it has enriched my life immensely. I highly recommend piano lessons from Dmitry.

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