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Piano Lessons by Terrence Butler

About Terrence Butler

I am passionate about my work. I love imparting knowledge and skill to my students. I want the best for them. Every person is different . I try to assess the best way to teach my students and then tailor a long term plan for gradual growth towards a desired musical goal.

I like seeing the growth and confidence spiral upward and outward in every individual that I teach. I have been involved with music most of my life. I began by singing in my church and school choirs. I began playing the piano around 9 years old and initially studied at the Brooklyn Academy of Music , music school.

I began playing for church choirs and small Gospel groups in high school. While at Columbia University I decided to major in music. During my time there I formed the Gospel Choir which is still active decades later, I was also the keyboard player for a fusion group called Headway.
I have been teaching seriously since 2000 and full time online since the advent of Covid. Music is my passion in life. I thoroughly enjoy what I do.
I promise you friendly , professional service plus a whole lot of fun !
  • Teaches:
    Levels: No experience, Beginner, Intermediate
  • Age Range: 0 - 100
    Individual/Group: Private Piano Lessons
    Private Group (2-4 people)
    Group (5 or more people)
    Teacher Decides
    Teacher Decides
    Hourly Rate: $40




  • Success Coach, Creative Connections (Sep, 2022 - Aug, 2022)

    Music department

    Music Coach - Teaching elementary, middle and high school students the fundamentals of music by facilitating dynamic lessons to a full classroom.
    Lessons were taught by coming up with brilliant ice breakers to grab the attention og the students.

    In addition to teaching music notation and theory , basic instruction was given in voice, piano and guitar.

    Two performances were planned and executed per school academic year either with the students performing as a choral group or on individual instruments such as the piano or guitar.

  • MUSIC INSTRUCTOR, T PRODUCTIONS (Jan, 2022 - Jan, 2022)

    MUSIC department

    I have been doing music since I was a pre-teen. I just sort of grew into it. When I was a teenager we used to share our ideas and skills with one another . In college, I was the Choir Director and people used to hang around me and the piano

    I started showing my friends how to play simple things on the piano . I guess that’s when I really started teaching music and piano in particular.

    I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Columbia University. As stated above I've been giving informal lessons since my collegiate years. Since ve 1975. Professionally I've been giving individual instruction in piano sincee 2001. I've taught in churches, homes , schools and my private studio.

    Currently th majority of my students are online due to covid, However if a student wants to travel to my studio, I'm amenable.

  • Lead Musician/Choir Trainer, Majority Baptist CHurch (Nov, 2022 - Jan, 2022)

    Music department

    Lead musician for Medium Sized Baptist church, Responsible for teaching choir Praise & Worship and choir songs. Further responsibilities include weekly hymn selection and backing up the preacher as well as playing appropriate songs when necessary.


  • Music (Aug, 2022 - Aug, 2022)

    Columbia University

    Graduate of Columbia University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music

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    Wendy Muskat

    Terrance is a slew of knowledge. As a piano teacher he brings more than just hitting the keys. He is fun and funny and makes lessons easy. I am a returning student after many years and I now know 3 pieces and hope to learn some more.

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    Hina Cao

    Positive energy, constructive feedback and guidance makes the learning effective and enjoyable

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    Elston Colon

    Having been an adult student of Terrence for the las 2 years has been a musically enriching experience. His breath of musical knowledge and styles, his ability to communicate that knowledge in a variety of ways as well as his capacity to customize lessons based on my level of proficiency and interests has helped me greatly improve my piano skills. Terrence's immediate feedback during lessons and his follow-up of assignments between lessons has help maintain my focus and motivation. He is always available to listen to pieces I send him and address them on the upcoming lessons. Terrence is not only an asset as a teacher but also as a member of any private or public organization where musical talent is required.

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