General Info.

Here at Whole Note Music Studio we are building a supportive, interactive and fun community centered around music. In addition to high quality piano lessons for all ages and abilities, students at Whole Note Music Studio have access to group classes, live music on Sunday afternoons, interaction with professionals from the NYC music scene in our masterclass series, and the opportunity to perform through the studio recital series. 


Private piano lessons are offered weekly in 30, 45, or 60 minute sessions, depending on the student’s age/level.  Students are expected to practice daily on a well-maintained acoustic piano.  You can find more information on tuition rates here.  

Group Classes known as Studio Sessions are held throughout the year for students (under age 15) who are enrolled in private lessons.  These optional events provide opportunities for students to interact with other piano students.  Students perform pieces for each other, play music games, or have lessons in music history, ear training, composers, and more. 

Masterclass Series Students will also have opportunities to play in a masterclass setting for different professionals within the studio's network. Ms. Doering graduated from The Juilliard School and has many successful colleagues who will be featured in the Masterclass Series. This is an opportunity for students to perform in front of their peers, receive instruction from a different perspective, and participate in a supportive environment for learning and practicing the art of performing. 

Whole Note Music Series is a Sunday afternoon concert series where students who are enrolled in private lessons for the year  can experience performances from artists throughout the diverse NYC music scene. 

Whole Note Music Studio is proud to partner with Brooklyn's Orpheus Piano Co. for professional tuning and maintenance of our studio Yamaha G1 grand piano. Check out their website to learn more about their team and reduced apprentice rate tunings.

Use code wholenote when booking your first appointment with Orpheus Piano Co. to receive a special 10% discount!


Some teachers have a gift to make learning easy and fun. That’s Kristen. I have taken piano lessons with her for two years so far. Before we started I had played mostly by ear. I never thought I could learn to read music and play classical music. Her patience and persistence and belief that I could learn have brought me to a level of playing that I never thought I could achieve. She understands my love for the piano and pushes me to be better in an upbeat way. Lessons are fun and the practice work she gives me is challenging but broken up so as not to be impossible. I’m always looking forward to the next lesson. To sum this up, Kristen is the best teacher!
— C.M. - New York City
After several years of searching for the right “fit”, Kristen is definitely the right piano teacher for our teenage daughter. An excellent pianist and music teacher, she is also a truly wonderful person for our daughter to know. Since studying with Kristen our daughter practices more consistently, looks forward to her lessons, has a better understanding of music theory, and plays with more accuracy and feeling. Hurray!
— N.D. - New York City