Piano, Singing, Music
Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
In Student Home
I have been teaching piano for over 40 years to children ages 7 and up as well as youth and adults. I especially like to teach beginning singers who are in high school. Many of my students have gone on to careers in music.
Once per academic year I have "Saturday Sundae Parties" for my piano students in which we play our songs for each other and then make (and eat!) ice cream sundaes. Great fun!
In June, there is the annual music concert which my students give for one another, their parents and friends.
Payment for lessons is by the month, due at the first lesson. Absences are not excused except for emergencies. However, if I cancel I will give you credit for the lesson. We follow the public school calendar September to June.
All genres of music is taught: classical, jazz, pop, and in the case of piano, the chord method by which students may learn to play by ear.
Voice lessons teach proper breathing, projection, reading music, ear-training (singing in tune). I do not teach a pop style. The object of the lessons is to find the student's true, clear voice and healthy technique which will allow the person to sing anything he/she wishes to and well. Show tunes, light classical and art songs are used for study.
Please google Joan Nahigian to visit my website. I am also known as Joan Appel, which is my professional name as an artist.
My Musical Education Background
Longy School of Music
New England Conservatory
Performances in Europe and U.S.
Genres and Subjects Taught
Piano and voice. All genres of music: classical, pop, jazz. Chord method. Professional coaching.
$30 per half hour payable by the month in advance. $60 for an hour lesson.
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
Piano ages 7 through adult, all levels. Voice ages 15 and up, all levels.
My Certifications and Awards
AB, MM, artist's diploma
My Musical Influences
Concert artist,winner of three arts council grants for presentations as "A Little Light Music". Soloist as singer with Yale University, Motet de Geneve Switzerland,Chorale de Thonon les Bains France, Various choruses in Boston area.
Founder and director of Chorale des Enfants, Thonon. Former head of choral music, Middlesex Regional High School, Townsend MA.
Lead roles in Gilbert and Sullivan productions as well as community musicals. Director of children's musicals, Cohasset MA
Organist, choir director. Substitute organist for Sunday services, weddings and funerals in churches on the South Shore of Boston.
Teaching piano and voice privately for 40 plus years.
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