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Skill Levels
Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Any type of music that you enjoy, from Bach to Rock
Lesson Duration
30 minutes
Age Groups
All Ages

John Aschenbrenner

Emmy Award Winner specializes in beginners and kids, in a fun and friendly atmosphere, always at your pace. Special needs are welcome.
Teaching Philosophy

My goal is to create an environment in which students thrive and enjoy making music. I'm interested in how you can become happily involved with the piano, or deepen an interest already begun.

We use whatever methods inspire you, including the standard Conservatory Methods as well as Piano by Number. I'm not so much interested in "methods" as I am in your reaction to them.

It is very important you feel comfortable with the pace of the lessons.


Private piano teacher in NY area 25 years. Emmy Award for Music Direction, Drama Critics Circle Award, Dramalogue Award.

I'm the creator of PIANO BY NUMBER, an easy way to get started playing piano using numbers instead of notes. (Visit

I have wide experience teaching piano to special needs kids, ADHD and a variety of kids and adults.

I believe I can get any child to enjoy the piano on their own level.


Pianist, Composer, Conductor BA in composition UC Berkeley, Graduate work at USC Film School and Trinity College of Music, London.

Pianist and conductor on Broadway including MY ONE AND ONLY with Tommy Tune, off-Broadway LA BOHEME with Linda Ronstadt.

Recording of TO AN ISLE IN THE WATER with American Symphony Orchestra, Sterling Records S1016-2, You can listen to samples online here:


I'm a piano pupil of Denise Lassimonne and Frank Mannheimer, both of whom were proteges of famed Royal Academy of Music piano teacher Tobias Matthay, who specialized in tone production and technique. You can read more about my teachers here:

As a composer I'm a member of ASCAP, BMI and the Dramatist's Guild. My music appears in many films and TV shows as well as the industry standard Cinemusic Library.

Student Reviews
Ron P.

“If you're looking. This is the one. He's sharp, experienced, wise. Very comfortable to learn from. He knows that what motivates you most is your heart. That's what music is all about. He knows the discipline. Can apply it. Also relate it in an easy way to make it clear to you that you must, if you want to do this or that. I can't speak more highly of him.”

Bianca M.

“John is an outstanding piano teacher. We were looking for someone who would encourage the love of music in our child and tailor her lessons around her strengths. She has a terrific ear and doesn't love to read, and rather than force her to read music and play below her level, John recognized her ability and teaches her mostly by ear while continuing to grow her reading ability.”

Kathy S.

“John makes piano fun. My kids laugh while they learn. They have picked up familiar pieces quickly, and that has made learning to play piano painless and enjoyable.”

Don S.

“John is an excellent piano teacher. If it wasn't for him I would have never learned all of the piano pieces I know. One of the most important things I have learned was to play the piano with a soft touch. It really brings out the emotion in the piece. I started lessons with him when I was in 8th grade. Now im a senior in high school and will be continuing my weekly lesson with John.”

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