Hello! I've been playing and teaching for several decades, and I can show you how to have fun with the piano. If you're a beginner, I can take you right from step one and have you playing familiar songs by the 1st or 2nd lesson. If you already have some experience, I can add to it.
I've been playing and studying piano since age 7 (long time). I began with traditional classical studies, and later added jazz and rock, and chord theory.
I earned my degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston in the late 1980's, and began teaching in the early 90's.
I perform professionally and compose music for students and others.
With over 3 decades of varied experience, including public performing, conducting choirs, accompanying vocalists, composing, guitar, and study of audio recording, I have much to share with my students.
I want my students to love playing the piano. You can study piano technique while playing songs you know. With even a moderate, consistent amount of practice time, you can make a lot of progress. You don't have to worry about not being able to do it. When people say they tried piano and couldn't do it, I know that means either the pace was too fast, or they tried to teach themselves. With piano, it's good to have a coach who can help you study at a pace that works for you.
I've never met anyone who didn't have musical abilities! You can be a serious or a recreational player. The only requirement is the willingness to spend some time at the piano.
Since beginning to teach in the early 90's, I've developed a style that includes traditional study along with other styles such as rock, pop, folk, church music and jazz. We develop our hands and our basic proficiency while also exploring songs that you're interested in.
There are 2 main worlds in music: There's the world where everything is written precisely in sheet music, and there's the world where it's chord-based and open to interpretation. Both of those worlds are fantastic. We learn skills that work in both settings, and then we figure out which style you prefer. I also teach students to improvise and write their own songs. Everyone can do it. Playing and singing is another great skill that can be learned.
The study of music is appropriate for children and adults. For children, the benefits are well-known. Adults sometimes wonder if it's too late for them to learn piano. It is not. Playing piano involves certain inborn personality traits. That's why you can start at any age. Plus, adults already know how to focus, so they have that advantage. Piano playing is a great way for adults to unwind after a stressful day. Don't be shy about giving it a try!
Group Classes Now Enrolling
In addition to the one-on-one lessons that can be booked from this page, Beverly Cashin is offering group classes this September 2020.
Beginning Piano for Adults will meet for sessions on Sundays, starting September 13. Learn more and sign up here.
Piano Class for People Who Used to Play will meet for sessions on Sundays, starting September 13. Learn more and sign up here.
I've developed my own method for introducing new students to the piano. We learn the layout of the keyboard by playing well-known songs. I have a format for teaching those songs even before a student has learned to read music. I also write a lot of music for my students. When interacting with a student inspires a certain song, I name if after them!
Often, traditional piano lessons involve only written sheet music. I've learned to show people other ways to play. For example, by learning a few chords, you can play along with your favorite recording of a rock or pop song. It's a lot of fun! I can show you how to play in different styles, such as classical, rock, jazz, new age, blues, etc.
We play exercises, scales and chords to develop the hands. Then we apply those skills to songs. I sometimes use my own materials, and sometimes use other published works. The goal is to find the style that most appeals to the student.
A word about note-reading: some adults don't want to spend a lot of time learning to read music. They just want to play songs. I can accommodate that as well. It's good to develop basic skills, but I also have materials available for those whose primarily interest is in recreational playing.