Studio News

Current Teaching Positions/ Affiliations

Piano Teachers Congress of New York – Executive Board

20th/ 21st Century Piano Festival (PTC)- Co-Chair

Works-In-Progress – Adult workshop - Adamant, VT 

Leschetitsky Association – Member

NJ Talented Young Musicians Association – Member


Past Teaching Positions

Third Street Music School Settlement (Piano Faculty) 

New York University, Steinhardt School

TeenPianophoria! – Teen Summer Program in NYC

Hunterdon Academy of the Arts

Bronx Conservatory of Music


Masterclasses / Adjudication

Conservatorio Nacional de Bolivia 

Universidad Mayor Real y Pontifica (Sucre, Bolivia). 


International Young Artist Piano Competition (Preliminary)

Bottazzi School of Music (reviewer)


Student Success & Participation

NJTYMA Russian Music Competition

PTC Honors Program

Steinway Society Classical Competition

Lyra Music Competition

Claudette Sorel Piano Competition

PTC - Incentive Recital

PTC – 20th/21st - Century Piano Festival

NYU Youth Music Festival


The Royal Conservatory of Music


Accepted To by Audition

Camp MSM

Lyra Music Summer Workshop

Manhattan School of Music – Precollege

Mannes Prep

Special Music School


 The piano studio offers high-quality piano lessons in NYC for students interested and committed to excellence in music!

  • Student of all ages, abilities & goals welcome  

  • 30, 45, or 60 minute lessons - frequency/length depend on age & experience

  • Convenient Upper West Side location

  • In-home lessons available (subject to schedule)

  • Tailored curriculum for each student's goals and interests

  • Supportive and nurturing environment

  • Performance opportunities throughout the year

Welcome to Walter Aparicio Piano Studio



Walter has been the perfect teacher for our two boys, Griffith and Rowan. Over the last 5 years, both have grown enormously, both as pianists and as musicians. Walter strikes the perfect balance between tough and loving; he's supportive, patient, serious and fun. Our boys have very different personalities, and he plays to their strengths and encourages them through their weaknesses. We can't imagine a better piano teacher!

Jim B., parent (New York, NY)

Studnets since 2012

Walter is energetic, inspiring and giving. He gives it his all to his present students and has been known to support past students. 


He encourages my son to take his piano playing to a whole new level. Walter encourages playing in recitals and entering competitions but he also realizes that it may not be for everyone. He does encourage and expect that our children put forth the effort to strive towards those goals.


It isn’t always rosy especially when Alex is starting a new piece and is struggling with a part of the song. However, Walter is encouraging but firm and demands effort in a very positive manner so that my son can succeed.


The biggest sign of success happens as we are leaving the class and my son is beaming. He tells me that the class was “so amazing and that he has learned so much.”

Linda L., parent (Clinton, NJ)`

Student since 2015

Walter has been a wonderful instructor for both my children. Both of them have made great progress under Walter's guidance and continue to flourish as little pianists. He is very patient and supportive. They both look forward to their weekly lesson and and enjoy practicing afterwards - they don't find it a chore to practice!

Walter is very flexible with my children's interests and abilities. He picks fun music as well as pieces that are challenging. One time, my daughter wanted to play the Star Wars theme song and Walter was able to find a version that was perfect for her level.

Walter has 2 recitals a year and this helps build confidence and gives them an opportunity to show case their achievements thus far. The recitals are always in a comfortable and encouraging setting. Walter also makes the recital something that the children look forward to. Everyone who participates gets a little personalized trophy!

Walter has been very flexible with scheduling. We've had to reschedule or cancel classes due to illness or vacation plans and Walter has always been very understanding.  

Connie H., parent (New York, NY)

Students since 2016

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