Welcome to Finger Lakes Piano Music!

" I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy, but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to  learning."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             - Plato

I have been teaching the piano for 20 years.  A career that brings me a lot of joy introducing music making, opening the wonderful world of classical, folk and other styles of music to my students.

I teach students from the age of 6 to 85 - beginners, intermediate and early advanced level students.  I equally like to teach children and adults.  My program is challenging and rewarding.  It is an in-depth and well structured program which goal is to prepare an early advanced classical pianist.  I will work on building solid pianos skills in a student such as good music ear, rhythm, proper hand posture, sight reading, proficient technique, understanding of music theory, and creativity.  The program incorporates structural elements of the Austrian/German piano school (the school of L.V. Beethoven), the French, and the Russian classical piano schools. 

In order to succeed in the program, I would like to give out some pointers.  Before enrollment, a student and his/her parents should understand that the process of becoming an early advanced pianist takes several years - between seven or more years.  The program is  incremental and systematic and requires from the student a firm determination to become a pianist through sufficient and diligent work.  A student needs to exhibit motivated, disciplined, responsible and respectful behavior.  Having a music aptitude and love for music and learning is beneficial for the smooth and harmonious experience in my program.  I recommend to parents to  encourage their children in proper and regular practicing.

The benefits from studying piano in the program are plenty.  Children will likely improve their academic performance, become self- reliant, disciplined, ambitious and successful at school.  Studying in my classical piano program will, with no doubt, enrich life, improve cognitive brain functions and develop better appreciation of music.

The classical program of my studio starts with learning scales - the complete and continuing study, it is the foundation of music and the building block of piano training.  I pay particular attention to development of proper hand posture in each of my students.  Each student is given several minutes of music ear training as a compliment of my program which is important and fun.

In my piano program I use study books by the great piano teacher of all time, the beloved student of great L.V. Beethoven, Carl Czerny, the study book by the French composer and teacher Charles - Louis Hanon, and the Russian School of Piano Playing books 1 and 2, the collective work of the distinguished Russian piano professors.

I know that learning happens best in a friendly, nurturing environment.  That is what my students find at my studio.

My students participate in our yearly studio recitals during the  Festivals of Trees at Granger Homestead Museum & Mansion and in the Rochester Piano Teachers Guild recitals- for adults it is not mandatory.  For interested students there is an opportunity to take part in the Nazareth College yearly piano competitions.

I teach from my private Finger Lakes Piano Music studio at the convenient location of 91 Chapin Street, in close proximity to the historic district of the City of Canandaigua.

Please call me at 585-393-9682 or email me at Flpianomusic@gmail.com. My first introductory/evaluation lesson is free. I will give you all the information you need, will discuss my program with you and answer any of your questions.


                                                                                                                                  Dr. Natalya Hennings