A Piano Grows In Brooklyn is the piano lesson service delivered by Sarah Bernstein and Andrew Hoepfner. We are proud to offer our versatile lessons to piano students of all ages. Our approach is based on the personality and goals of each student.
Our students interested in traditional piano lessons study how to read and play sheet music. We explore music theory, scales, and exercises.
Many students do better with a more creative approach. We teach these students to learn their favorite songs by ear or by using chord charts. Some students want to focus on being able to perform solo or play with a band. We study improvisation, the ability to sing while playing, and sometimes we work on songwriting together.
Stylistically, our lessons run the gamut. Students learn classical, jazz, and pop songs. They learn songs from movies and TV, obscure indie songs, and songs from video games and viral videos.
A Piano Grows In Brooklyn delivers home lessons to students living in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Music is an excellent way to multiply intelligence, express the self, and deepen appreciation for the world around us. We keep this idea at the heart of our teaching.
Andrew Hoepfner has been a passionate piano player for 30 years and a devoted instructor for 16. He's the pianist of two churches in Brooklyn. During his twenties, Andrew spent much of his time touring the world in rock bands and touring a musical.
Clark Baxtresser is a pianist, singer, and composer living in Brooklyn. A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music, he started music exploration at a young age and hasn’t stopped since. He is one half of the Brooklyn-based pop duo TalkFine, a frequent collaborator and music director for the internet-based theater company Team StarKid, and is currently performing an original musical at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade (UCB) theater as part of a monthly residency.
Nathan is an experienced performer and teacher with a wide range of musical interests. Classically trained on piano from the age of 4, he eventually developed an interest in jazz and went on to study jazz saxophone and piano at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA. Nathan enjoys working with students of all ages and musical interests, from young beginners to aspiring pros. He specializes in teaching jazz, improvisation, pop music, and songwriting.
Sarah Bernstein is a versatile musician and dedicates her time to improving as a performer, songwriter, arranger, and teacher. She graduated from Belmont University in Nashville with a Bachelor's of Music in Piano and Music Technology. She has experience in the studio, as a touring musician, and plans on releasing her first solo album in 2019. Sarah has been learning and loving to play the piano since age 5 and strives to help her students feel competent, confident, and creative every step of the way.
Graeme Gengras is a pianist and producer and has been developing his musical skills for 18 years. He recently graduated from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs where he played regularly in a multitude of settings ranging from solo performance to jazz groups to indie rock bands. Graeme is currently playing with various artists around the city and working on a hip-hop project for 2019.