About Louis Yungling
I was fortunate to be born into a home with a piano, and to have my early years filled with beautiful music. I remember crawling under the piano, wedging myself in between the bench (and legs of whomever was playing) and the soundboard. I used to put my ear against the piano case and listen for as long as someone played. Music was calling me.
I had traditional piano lessons from various local piano teachers near my suburban Detroit home. And for my senior year in college my teacher helped me get accepted to the Interlochen Arts Academy school. As a piano student at Interlochen, I studied with Michael Coonrod and developed a passion for the music of Robert Schumann.
At Arizona State University I studied piano with Walter Cosand, Jan Meyer Thompson and Rayna Barroll-Aschaffenburg. Several years later and after establishing my own piano studio, I noticed something was missing from my playing. Not only was I trying harder and feeling soreness and pain in my shoulder, but I was also unhappy with the sound I was making at the piano. That's when I sought out piano teacher and author Madeline Bruser. In her book, The Art of Practicing, Madeline addresses and provides help with the very issues I was dealing with.
I began working with Madeline and she helped me completely redesign my technique and approach to piano playing. The pain in my shoulder disappeared immediately and has never returned. I learned to play with more ease, and I began producing a more beautiful, natural sound that made me fall in love with practicing all over again.
Since then, as a student (and now teacher) of The Art of Practicing, I made up my mind to spend my life helping pianists realize their unique musical potential and be free from the physical and mental limitations they may be experiencing.
Other projects I'm passionate about include serving on the board of an arts education not-for-profit: the Love Yourself Project. LYP works with children of all ages to teach healthy habits, practice and develop self-esteem, and heal through self-love. I also support the very music organization that helped me be the musician I am today: The Art of Practicing Institute. I encourage you to find out more about this ground-breaking Institute by following this link: The Art of Practicing
If you are interested in taking piano lessons with me and learning more about how I can help you, please call me at 917.595.7137, or use my contact form to send me an e-mail.
May all of your efforts be filled with joy.
I teach in my Brooklyn Heights studio where, through an integration of traditional piano lessons and mindfulness awareness techniques, together we discover and develop your natural musical self. I also teach via FaceTime and Skype.
Have a question?
Send me an e-mail or call me at the studio 917.595.7137 and I will be happy to answer your questions.
On September 18, 2016 I launched a community music project in which 64 Brooklynites rolled dice to add notes to a composition. The winning title is: Bits Of Brooklyn.
Click the title to view or download the original notes, two arrangements and a recording.