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Avon Lake, OH 44012 (map)

Lessons Offered

Music, Music Theory, Piano

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

Online via Webcam

About Me

I have been teaching for many years in the Cleveland area, most recently in Avon Lake. I come from a musical family, and my three children are musicians as well. I have a lovely studio in my home with a separate entrance and waiting room. During the pandemic, I acquired several out-of-state students who I have continued teaching remotely. I am open to remote lessons for those students who live too far away to attend my studio in person.

I am a founding member of the Double Digit Piano Duo. The duo performs in recitals and as soloists with orchestra in the Cleveland area. As a soloist and as a duo member, I have had music written expressly for me by the Cleveland Composers Guild. My performances have been played on WCLV. I have performed as soloist with the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra several times. 

Several of my students have gone on to illustrious careers in music. One former student who I taught for ten years has won several major competitions, including the Cleveland Piano Competition.

But I also greatly enjoy the beginning stages of a student's piano education, and have a large number of beginners studying with me as well.

My Musical Education Background

My father, the late concert pianist Morton Estrin, was my first piano teacher, from age 5 through age 17. I learned to play the piano, as well as music theory and ear-training from him. At age 17 I attended the Cleveland Institute of Music where I studied with the late Eunice Podis. I earned my degree in piano performance.

Genres and Subjects Taught

The lessons will vary depending on age and prior experience. Beginners will be taught to read music from the very first lesson. Emphasis is on accuracy and detail. Proper piano technique is also stressed. Older students will work on memorized pieces as well as reading pieces. I often form duet teams with siblings or friends. School-age students have the opportunity to enter various musical events, playing for judges and earning ratings and trophies. While I usually assign classical music, I am also perfectly willing to work on special music my students bring in: pop, movie music, jazz, boogies, etc. I also do holiday music in December for those who enjoy it. I use Hanon's scales and arpeggios for technique work.

Approximately once a month throughout the school-year, I have recital classes where students perform for each other, their parents and friends. These classes are fun and promote successful public performance for those students who are interested. The classes are also extremely useful for students who are planning to major in music in college, since they gain experience playing for audiences during these classes. I do not charge extra fees for these classes, other than a one-time small rental charge for the venue (under $10).

Lesson Rates

Tuition is $30 per half-hour, with small discounts given for 45- or 60-minute lessons.

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

All ages, all levels! Day one beginners from preschool age to retirement age!

And preparation for music conservatory auditions for high-schoolers.

And everything between!

I also teach piano pedagogy to new and continuing teachers, to help hone skills and to act as a mentor. 

My Certifications and Awards

Degree in piano performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Pi Kappa Lambda, music honor society.

Ohio Federation of Music Clubs (OFMC) Junior Festival.

Co-chairman of the OFMC Junior Festival, division 1D held yearly at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory. Students perform for judges, earning comments, ratings and trophies. 

Involved with the Cleveland Composer's Guild, whose members frequently write new pieces for public performances by my students and myself. Many of these have been broadcast over WCLV.

My Musical Influences

My parents were my strongest musical influences. My dad was a concert pianist and recording artist. My mom was a violinist who taught music in elementary schools in NY. I was lucky to have music as a "second language" in my home. I have paid it forward with my own children who are all professional musicians. I was their piano teacher when they were growing up, which prepared them for learning other instruments. We all love playing music, and that is what we do for entertainment when we all get together!

My brother is Robert Estrin of LivingPianos.com, the world's first online piano resource for purchasing beautifully restored instruments. I have been a guest on his program.

I like to encourage my students to have fun with their music! Many of them play the piano in church, in school, for parties, for family events. I encourage them to attend concerts, and do lots of listening to find out what their musical influences are. 

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