Piano Matchmaking

Erica’s Gift

Is it magic? How does Erica understand and translate the rhythm of her clients’ lives so quickly and so clearly, and find the piano that is the musical equivalent of their soul mate?

The powerful connection that Erica forges between a person and their piano has an element of genius. Having grown up in a home with 26 pianos, Erica always understood that every piano, like every person, possesses different traits. Trained as both a pianist and a teacher, Erica is able to speak the language of a master musician and also understand the needs of someone who wants to fulfill a desire to play. The key is for Erica to find the right match between player and piano.

For Erica, having the customer understand this new world of personality differences between pianos, a world that she can successfully describe and demonstrate to any client, is one of the most gratifying and fulfilling aspects of her life.

Every piano has a unique soul, just like the person who sits down to play it. While the mechanics and structure of a certain piano make, size, style, age, and price may be the same, there is an endless number of variables that account for how each piano will sound and feel. For that reason, Erica never pre-judges a piano until she sits down and plays a specific piano. Until then, is personality remains an unknown.

Uncompromising Standards

Driven by uncompromising standards, it is not unusual for Erica to send a customer home without having purchased a piano because she knows that in some cases the piano that a client is meant to own has not yet been born. Each piano that Erica meets that measures up to her standards goes into her mental memory bank, ready to be paired with a client whose needs are perfectly matched to the traits of the piano she knows will fit.

When Erica finds the piano for the client who has been waiting for her to complete the search on their behalf, she enthusiastically contacts them. When the client concurs that the fit is just right, then, and only then, is a true match made.

Why Do I Need Erica To Help Me Find My Perfect Piano?

When it’s time to invite a top-tier piano into your life, you need to know you are getting the right piano. Not only are you making a sizable investment, you are also purchasing an instrument poised to fulfill a vital role: bringing the joy of music into your home for a long time to come.

The piano business is not a regulated business. With 30 years of experience, Erica knows the ins and out of the piano business and her impeccable standards do not allow for compromise of any sort during the selection process.

When walking into a showroom filled with top-tier pianos, it seems easy to fall in love many time overs. Yet it is easy to select a piano that is not your match. Erica will assist you in assuring the piano you choose will meet your need on every level at that moment in time and, equally important, for decades to come.

Erica’s uncanny talent for “meeting” a piano and knowing “who it is” instantly, in tandem with her sixth sense when meeting people, pairs the two together and gives each of her client the confidence they need.

How Soon Will Erica Find My Piano?

Sometimes, the Piano Matchmaker can find your piano the first day out. As she travels and visits showrooms housing the finest pianos in the world, Erica gets to know the personality of literally hundreds of pianos of all top tier makes, thereby building her mental inventory of superb pianos, and their whereabouts.

It may also be possible that the piano you are meant to own is not yet born. In this case, the search will continue as Erica meets new pianos just coming on the market.

Given the uncompromising philosophy that drives Erica, the process is about finding your match in whatever timeframe it may take.

Piano Lessons

Erica began teaching at age 9, having grown up in a family of 7 pianists and educators, in a house with 26 pianos. In 2006, she discovered an easy way to read music in one lesson. So easy, she was granted a patent! “EasyPeasyKeys” for children, and “Pour & Play” for adults.) Erica teaches piano utilizing games and by having fun. She believes it is the teacher’s responsibility to make sure students are progressing quickly and with sheer joy. Her students’ progress is remarkable. Erica teaches online and in-person,; privately and group lessons; children and adults.

What is Your Typical Process for Working with a New Student?

Erica teaches to the musical interests of each student, and often supplements it with repertoire outside the student’s familiarity. Whether students are interested in playing piano pieces from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Contemporary period, or if their interest leans more toward Pop, Erica works with the student in finding pieces they like, while ensuring that those pieces foster progress.

What Education or Training Do You have that Relates to Your Work?

Erica began playing the piano at age 3 and teaching at age 9. She attended the Juilliard School (Prep) at 11 years old, commuting 5 hours each way from Vermont to NYC. She has performed as the piano soloist with the Albany Symphony, the Vermont Symphony, and the Nashua Symphony, among others. She earned her BFA in Piano Performance from SUNY Purchase and an MBA in Marketing Management from CUNY Baruch.

How Did You Get Started Doing this Type of Work?

Erica’s gift was borne of a childhood shaped by music and piano. She grew up in a family of 7 pianists and educators, in a house with twenty-six pianos. She began playing at age 3 and at age 9 she was already a full-fledged piano teacher. Soon thereafter, she earned a scholarship to the Juilliard School (Prep), traveling weekly to New York City from Vermont. At 11, she made her solo orchestral debut, and as a teen performed numerous additional solo engagements with orchestra.

What Types of Piano Students Have You Worked With?

Erica enjoys teaching all ages, from 2 to 102, and all levels, from staunch beginners to very advanced students. She also specializes in teaching students will learning differences, with which she herself has familiarity.

Describe a Recent Project You Are Proud Of. How Long Did It Take?

During a recent “Pour & Play” session, Erica taught 8 beginning adults to read music in 25 minutes. Each participant was then presented with a music score to learn on the spot. 15 minutes, later, everyone shared what they had learned and performed in our recital!

What Advice Would You Give a Student Looking to Hire You as a Piano Teacher?

Talk with some of Erica’s students to see how much they are enjoying their piano lessons. Attend one of Erica’s piano students’ recitals, both the youngsters’ recital and the adults’ soiree to witness the level of progress and the true joy of music firsthand. Certainly there are other teachers who charge less than Erica but, quoting one of her student’s parents, “With Erica, you get what you pay for – and more!”

What Questions Should Students Think Through Prior to Contacting Potential New Piano Teachers?

Often, piano teachers interview the student. With Erica, the student and family interviews her – as it should be!