Long Ridge Music Center
1068 Long Ridge Rd.
Stamford CT 06903
(203) 968-1068
lessons@longridgemusic.com

Piano Lessons - Stamford, Greenwich, New Canaan.

Piano Lessons for children and adults.

Our music school provides private piano lessons for all levels and ages. We teach piano students from Stamford, Greenwich, New Canaan, Pound Ridge, Bedford, Armonk and the surrounding areas.

Our piano teachers are highly qualified. Each has an advanced degree in piano performance and is an experienced piano teacher. The interaction of student and teacher is critical to mastering a musical instrument, and so each piano student is carefully matched with the right piano teacher.

Prior to hiring a piano teacher we carefully qualify each one taking into consideration his or her piano teaching philosophy, skill level and ability to interact with students.

Piano students (or their parents if children) are also asked about their musical interests, desire to play different genres of music and overall goals, thus allowing us to match students to the right piano teachers.

Creating the right environment is important to ensure success and enjoyment in lessons, allowing younger piano students to receive the benefits of music education and adult piano students to maximize enjoyment.
Our piano studios are spacious, featuring large windows and acoustically isolated,
specially constructed soundproof doors with viewing glass, allowing private piano lessons to be conducted in the most efficient way.

Our piano teaching studios are furnished with quality grand pianos, allowing students to develop the right control of tone and touch and optimal conditions to progress in their lessons.

Weekly piano lessons are usually 30, 45 or 60 minutes in length but customizable piano lesson times are available.
Piano lessons are taught Monday through Friday from 10:00AM to 8:00PM and Saturday from 10:00AM to 5:00PM.

Meet Our Piano Teachers



MEET OUR TEACHERS

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Benjamin Steinhardt is also an accompanist, vocal coach, conductor and pedagogue who can be heard regularly in venues throughout New York City. Mr. Steinhardt works with students of all ages and abilities, striving to create a fun, positive learning environment carefully structured for the individual learning styles and needs of each student. Strong emphasis is placed upon the development of self-esteem, healthy body movements, and advanced learning skills.
As a pianist he has performed in the United States and Europe and has been heard at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall. A strong proponent of new music he has premiered new works by Dag Gabrielsen, Marc Chan, Zachary Abramson, and Anthony Rosado. He can be heard on an upcoming recording of Marc Chan’s My Wounded Head to be released next year. As a accompanist and conductor Mr. Steinhardt has worked with the Connecticut Light Opera Company, New York and Fairfield Universities, among others. Mr. Steinhardt studied at Manhattan School of Music, The Boston Conservatory, and Mannes College. His teachers have included Janice Weber, Sara Crawford Drogheo and Donn-Alexandre Feder. He currently studies with Teresa Dybvig, a leading proponent of the teachings of Dorothy Taubman.
He has participated in Master Classes with Richard Goode, Peter Frankl, Amy Dissanayake, Jonathon Biss, and the Raphael Piano Trio. Mr. Steinhardt is on the faculty of the Douglaston School of Music, and City Music Schools/Joria Productions. Locally he has worked with the Center Stage and Pocket Players children’s theater companies and in the Westport Public school system.


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Bryan Dmuchowski has worked as a teacher, accompanist, and performer throughout the greater New York area and Fairfield County for 10 years. He has won several awards for jazz performance and improvisation, including being named one of the top two best young jazz pianists in the state. He serves yearly as the musical director and accompanist for the Off-Beat Players based in Greenwich, CT performs for the Greenwich Performing Arts Studio, and has accompanied several Greenwich High School musical theater productions. Bryan has taught music to elementary classrooms in the Greenwich Public Schools system for 4 years. He has performed solo pieces to sold out Lincoln Center crowds and has performed with such musical greats as Billy Preston and Wynton Marsalis.

Bryan started playing piano at age 7, and soon had the honor of becoming a student of local jazz great Joyce DiCamillo. Early promise allowed him to attend the Young Artists Philharmonic Jazz Workshop where at a young age, he performed and studied with several jazz greats including Joe Beck and members of Spyro Gyro. He was accepted to the music program at Boston College where he received his double Bachelor's Degree in Music and Psychology with high honors. He continues to study with Mrs. DiCamillo to this day.

As a teacher Bryan believes that the best education can only be achieved by calling upon a wide variety of approaches and methods, and that the best musicians are those that are the most well-rounded. His teaching style is characterized by building a foundation of mutual respect with his students and a desire to share all genres of music.


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Jeb Dennis Pianist and organist Jeb Dennis began piano study at seven, and by age nine was playing organ solos for church services. At 11, he enrolled at the Silvermine School of Music in Norwalk, CT , studying with founder Juliet Shaw and her daughter Sandra Shaw-Murphy. Jeb started university-level study at age 15 with Karen Shaw, Professor of Piano at Indiana University-Jacob School of Music (also a daughter of Juliet Shaw). He received a Bachelor in Piano Performance from Indiana University, guided by Dr. Shaw, and continued post-collegiate study with her.

Mr. Dennis has studied with German Diez in New York , protege of pianist Claudio Arrau. He has performed for composer, conductor, multi-keyboardist Anthony Newman and in masterclasses of master-pianists Leslie Howard, David Dubal, Sarah Davis Buechner, Jeffrey Swan, and Leonard Hokanson.

Since 1998 he has studied organ performance with pianist/organist Randall Atcheson and is currently Atcheson's associate music director and organist at Stanwich Congregational Church in Greenwich CT. In June 2006 he attended Yale School of Music's Church Music Clinic, led by Yale organ professor Martin Jean.

In May 2010, he received his Masters of Music in Piano from State University of New York, Purchase, as a student of pianist Stephanie Brown.

Mr. Dennis is in demand as an organist, notably substituting for organists Anthony Newman and Mary-Jane Newman several times. Jeb has received organ coachings from Anthony Newman as well as insight in interpreting the composer's solo piano music. He has a large and varied repertoire and regularly collaborates with classical and non-classical artists.


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Mary Fairbank  B.A. Music, Brigham Young University, certified teacher, enjoys giving her students a well-rounded music education, customized to each student's current interests. She teaches piano by training students in technique, theory, classical, pop, jazz, and improvisation! She has experience teaching a wide variety of students, including fresh beginners, adults, and students with disabilities. In her time away from the piano, she tutors science and math and performs in local musical theatre.

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David Harewood David Warren Harewood was born and raised in New York City,  attended the famous high school of Music and Art, where upon he started playing the piano in his senior year.  After a year at Northwestern University, he spent the summer at the Berklee School of Music followed by the Mannes College of Music and Queens College. He then spent 10 years as a church musician and played with various jazz and pop artists during that period. In 2006, David attended the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music on full scholarship and graduated with a bachelors of music in Jazz studies, while studying classical piano with Alice Rybak.
Upon graduation, David traveled to Villard de Lans Jazz Festival in France and performed there with vocalist Heidi Schmidt. David has also performed in Sopot and Koszalin, Poland. In 2009, David was featured soloist at the Five Points Jazz Festival in Denver, CO.
David has taught music lessons to all ages since 1999 and is a sought after teacher.
 


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Ariadna Kryazheva Ariadna is a violinist, vocalist, composer and an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher. Born and raised in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, Ariadna studied violin from the age 5 and piano from the age 7 at the Glazunov School of Music. After moving to the US in 2004, Ariadna has immersed herself in jazz music, and subsequently received a full scholarship and graduated from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, cum laude, with a dual Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Violin and Jazz Voice Performance. 
 
After years of classical training, Ariadna was enticed and influenced by contemporary jazz composers and began writing her own music. In 2011 the University of Denver awarded her a grant to record her debut album of original jazz art songs titled Opaque Voices. DU is also where she joined creative forces with pianist David Harewood in a collaboration now called Whisper Knot. In January of 2014 David and Ariadna released another album of original music in Koszalin, Poland, and continue to perform, compose, and record together.


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