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We offer private instruction for Piano at all levels. Beginners are always and absolutely welcome at North Main Music! Lessons are customized for your needs. Styles covered include: Pop/Rock, Classical, Show/Broadway, Blues and Jazz.
Check out our piano teachers below, and watch one of their videos!
Aaron Gratzmiller is a piano and saxophone instructor at North Main Music. He began studying classical piano at the age of six, and picked up the saxophone a few years later. Inspired by the Jazz musicians of the ‘50s and ‘60s, he spent his High School years listening to local musicians, often sitting in with their bands. Aaron earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Performance from Berklee College of Music, and studied with instructors from Duquesne and Slippery Rock University. He has appeared with several local and national acts. Aaron currently lives in the Boston area where he performs and teaches regularly in the Jazz, Classical, Latin, and Pop idioms.
There are many reasons for studying music; some people seek lessons with specific musical goals in mind, while others are simply looking for a fun and engaging way to spend their free time. I try to address each student’s needs by showing them how to make small improvements each week. On both the piano and the saxophone, this usually involves working on the fundamentals- tone, time, technique, and reading. I also enjoy working with students to select (or even write) real music that relates to their lessons, then helping them through the process of preparing for a performance. Beyond that, it’s all about having fun and trying something new.
Music for personal enrichment and fun. Singing and Listening are two musical activities that can captivate your mind, expand your horizons and brighten your day- this is our work in our lessons.
Nanette Perrotte was raised in Amsterdam, Holland and Orlando, Florida before attending Boston’s Berklee College of Music. At Berklee she received her BA in Jazz Composition and Arranging with a principal instrument of Voice. This course of study was the fulfillment of a childhood spent singing and performing. Nanette received her Masters Degree in Education from Lesley University in Cambridge Massachusetts and focused her work on Arts as a tool to learn about, and experience, cultural diversity. Her college teaching career, private voice students, college choir and Music Appreciation courses, led Nanette to develop a lecture series, It Don’t Mean a Thing- The life and music of Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington & the Harlem Renaissance and Paris Noir- Bricktop, Baker and Porter. These lectures are available to schools, universities, senior centers, libraries and private clubs.
Diane is a piano, accordion, and vocal instructor for North Main Music. She began her musical journey at the age of 5 when she picked up her first accordion. After several years of playing the accordion, she began singing and dancing for an accordion orchestra that toured throughout the United States. Since her teen-age years, Diane has played keyboard (piano) and been a professional singer for many club/wedding bands such as The Curtis Knight Band, Players, and BarrNone. She has performed at Disney World, in Bermuda, Washington DC, Montreal, and all over New England.
Diane Teaches in our Nashua location
“I believe first and foremost that a student should have fun while they are learning to sing or play an instrument. The reason I love teaching so much is for those moments when I see a student really having a good time while learning – that little gleam in their eye when they have accomplished something they never have done before. I have won many awards, but the greatest of my achievements was when a band of my 8-year-old accordion students won 1st place in a competition. I just love knowing that I had a part in that achievement – it is a moment I will treasure forever.”
Christie is a piano instructor for North Main Music. Propelled by a passion for musical productions and singing, Christie began playing the piano at the tender age of five. As well as teaching piano, she continues to develop musically, singing in a women’s choir, participating in local area musical productions and teaching children to sing. Christie is a recent graduate of Rivier College where she earned a degree in Elementary Education.
"As a teacher, I believe every student benefits by understanding and mastering the basics. The students build the foundation to their piano playing technique and then they naturally progress to playing the music that interests and excites them. Piano is all about practice and patience; in order to achieve success you have to expect to make some mistakes. I love to see the smile on my students’ faces when they understand the lesson content and make a connection.
Chrisite teaches in our Nashua location
Kayla Paquette is a voice, piano, and guitar teacher at North Main Music. She majors in Music Education at Southern New Hampshire University. Kayla began singing and playing guitar at the age of 6 and soon after that she started to play the piano and clarinet. She has taught multiple children’s and youth choirs for local churches and schools. Kayla has also been involved in school and community musicals and in local theatre productions. She has performed in Orlando, FL, Cleveland, OH, and all over New Hampshire.
Kayla Teaches in our Nashua location
“I believe that we all have musical abilities and consequently deserve opportunities to pursue and to develop our innate talents, whether they be rhythmic, harmonic, melodic, or all of the above! Music allows us not only to express ourselves through a universal language, but also to further develop our critical thinking and listening skills, and to build upon our understandings of human history and culture throughout the ages. Most importantly, music is fun!”
Piano Lesson with Kayla Paquette
Do I need a piano at home to take piano lessons?
It is ideal if you do have a piano at home, but you can maintain lessons with by using an electric keyboard to practice on. Most of our students rent or buy small electric keyboards practice on at home. We recommend a keyboard that has regular sized keys and a touch sensitive response, which means if you press a key harder it will play louder and if you press a key softer it will play quieter.
Do you take children?
Yes, 5 years of age and older.
What books will I need to start?
We usually have people start with the Alfred series which is available here.