Piano Lessons at Wilton Music Studios

Why Should I Take Piano Lessons at WMS?

Our piano teachers are consummate musicians and are comfortable teaching very young children, professional musicians polishing repertoire, and adult amateurs. If you’re a complete beginner, want to prepare for concerts, competitions or college auditions, or simply take lessons just because you love the piano, our teachers will work with each student and parent on a personal level to craft a lesson plan that fits the student’s individual needs and favorite genres of music. Whether a four-year-old taking their first lesson, a retiree returning to the instrument after a long separation, or someone prepping for concerts, our teachers will share their love of music and lay the foundation, so that students may explore their own personal musical journey.

Piano Fun fact

The first pianos were too expensive for even the very wealthy to own. For nearly a century only aristocrats and royalty owned them. How times have changed. Now there are 21 million non-professional pianists in the USA alone!

What Styles of Music Do We Teach in Your Piano Lessons?

Our teachers tailor piano lessons to the needs and desires of the student. The enormous versatility of the piano combined with the wide-ranging experience of our faculty means their piano lessons can take the student wherever they want whether it be serious classical, folk, or popular music. All students will learn the fundamentals of playing so that they can play any type of music to the best of their ability. Sometimes you hear Beethoven sonatas coming from the piano studios and sometimes, Billy Joel!

Historical Tidbits

The piano was invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori of Italy. (1655-1731) The harpsichord, which predated the piano, had no ability to change the volume. Dissatisfied with that, Christofori changed the mechanism of the harpsichord and created a new instrument in 1700 with the capacity to change volume – to play soft and loud. In Italian, piano means soft and forte means loud. This new instrument was called the gravicembalo col piano e forte, which translates to harpsichord with soft and loud. It was shortened to pianoforte and then ultimately, shortened further to, piano!

Who Are Our Teachers?

Everyone on our faculty is a professional performing musician and very at home teaching all ages and levels. Our teachers have graduated from some of the world’s greatest conservatories including the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, the Aaron Copland School of Music, the Bard College-Conservatory of music and serve on the faculties of many schools and universities, including the Mannes College of Music, Western Connecticut University, Sacred Heart University and the University of Bridgeport.

Elina Christova

A versatile pianist with a particular affinity for modern and contemporary music, Elina Christova has been lauded by critics for her “deeply considered interpretations,” “facile pianism,” and “sure musical instincts.

 

Pace Mazzagatti

A native of Philadelphia, he earned his Master’s Degree and Doctorate at the Manhattan School of Music as a student of the eminent pianist Constance Keene.

 

Sophia (Shuhui) Zhou

New-York-based pianist Sophia (Shuhui) Zhou has been featured as the soloist in Barcelona Piano Academy Concert Series, Shanghai Concert Hall Matinee Concert Series, Mannes Sound Festival in New York, Siletz Bay Music Festival, Oregon, etc.

Erin Knapp-Hynes

Erin Knapp Hynes holds a Masters of Music degree in Voice Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance.