NYC Piano Doctor

Hello - I am Dr. Joel Pierson -  a pianist, composer, and teacher living in New York City. A few years ago I started NYC Piano Doctor - a teaching business that offers high-quality, professional, and fun music lessons for students of all ages.

Since I can't handle all the inquiries myself, I employ some excellent teachers to help spread my teaching methods to the next generation of musicians looking to improve their skills!

Thinking of getting started?  

Send me an email!  Tell me about yourself (or your child).  We can discuss various options for beginning lessons. And don't forget to specify piano, guitar, saxophone, or voice!

Composer and pianist Joel Pierson has worked with artists as diverse as the Kronos Quartet, The New York Philharmonic, Wayne Newton, and Ke$ha. He has performed on all seven continents and has had his music performed by over 20 major symphony orchestras. Learn more at: 

Naama Gheber

Israel native Naama Gheber is a New York based vocalist, pianist, and educator. She studied both piano and voice in Israel, and following her mandatory military service she moved to New York City to attend The New School to study jazz performance. Today, Naama is a professional jazz musician leading her band throughout the city as well as abroad, she has performed at acclaimed jazz venues including Smalls Jazz Club, Mezzrow, The Cell Theater and Fat Cat jazz club. Naama teaches music theory, piano and voice to children and adults, both in group and private sessions. Here more at:

Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips hails from Down Under, studying piano and saxophone at the University of Melbourne before heading to New York City. Currently, Mark work both as a sideman and band leader around NYC, and even had a guest appearance in the HBO show "VINYL."  He has backed up Olivia Newton-John, Gavin Degraw, Aaron Carter, and the Iranian pop singer Shahkar. Mark performs with The Queen’s Cartoonists - a jazz band dedicated to the preservation and performance of scores from classic cartoons, and is an endorsing artist for D'Addario reeds and Selmer Paris Saxophones. Hear him play around the city or online:

Nathan Reising

Nathan Reising is an award winning pianist, saxophonist, and music educator from Baltimore, MD. After receiving his Master’s degree in music from the New England Conservatory in 2018, Nathan moved to Brooklyn to continue his career as a performer and educator. His original music draws from a range of influences and seeks to blur the lines between jazz, folk, and indie rock. He regularly performs in venues throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan. Nathan is a firm believer in the benefits of music education and strives to inspire a lifelong love of music in each student.

Helena Kay

Helena Kay is a New York based musician and teacher. She has been teaching piano and woodwind privately for 8 years, teaching students of all ages and abilities. She grew up in Perth, Scotland and moved to London in 2012 to begin studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2016 with a First Class in BMus Jazz (Hons) and receiving the Anjool Malde Jazz Prize for the highest jazz final recital mark that year. In 2015 she won the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year, and in 2017 she won the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award which she used to record and release her debut album Moon Palace. She recorded the album with her band Helena Kay's KIM trio, featuring David Ingamells on drums and Ferg Ireland on double bass, which was released on Ubuntu Music in December 2018. She has performed at various festivals such as London Jazz Festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival, D'Jazz Nevers Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Aberdeen Jazz Festival, Scarborough Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, and venues such as Ronnie Scott's, The Royal Albert Hall, The Vortex, and Cadogan Hall.

Tony Davis

Guitarist, composer and educator Tony Davis grew up around music, being the son of two internationally renowned musicians. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies (Summa Cum Laude) at The Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz (Hartford, CT), and then relocated to New York City, where he is currently studying for his Master’s in Music at The City College of New York. Tony Davis has performed at NYC’s most notable venues such as SMOKE, Smalls Jazz Club, Fat Cat, and Dizzy’s. As as an educator, Davis’ experience includes work at the Artist’s Collective (Hartford), private lessons and concerts/master classes with The Newport Jazz Assembly.  His musical influences run the gamut of nearly every musical genre, as evidenced by his compositions, arrangements and unique playing style.

Ljubinka Kulisic

Ljubinka Kulisic is a pianist and accordionist based in New York City. She has won several awards at competitions performing modern pieces for classical free bass accordion. She received her bachelor and master of arts in music performance from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland in Lugano. She has performed as a soloist and with contemporary music ensembles across Europe, Canada and United States. In 2019 Ljubinka performed as a soloist in Betty Oliviero’s “Neharot Neharot” with Grammy Award violist Kim Kashkashian, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, and the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami. Besides her involvement in music originally written for her instrument, Ms. Kulisic also transcribes Baroque and Classical pieces written for harpsichord, piano and organ. In 2015 she began her doctoral degree in music performance at the University of Toronto, where she worked as a teaching assistant for the Contemporary Music Ensemble (CME) at the Faculty of Music. Ms. Kulisic speaks English, German, Italian and Serbian.