As a teacher, my aim is to help students unlock the meaning and message of any piece of music. For me, teaching and learning are both about exploration, inquiry and experimentation. And I approach each lesson fully committed to spark a student’s imagination and musical understanding through these principles. The joy in my teaching is seeing students’ ideas develop and being there to guide them each step of the way!
Together with my students, we discover a wide range of repertoire, from Schumann, Kurtag, and Prokofiev, to Beethoven, Ravel and Phillip Glass. I also equip students with the practical skills of lead-sheet reading, accompaniment styles, transposition and improvisation so they can take their creativity and love of music in many directions.
But my goal is to do more than teach piano. I help students become problem solvers and independent learners, as they find their own artistic voices. I ask lots of questions to help students make their own musical decisions and take ownership of their interpretations. I’ve taught students ages 5 to 68, and have found that at every age, the discovery of how music can communicate and connect people is richly rewarding.
Music is meant to be shared, so with my students each year culminates with a celebratory studio recital. Not only does this create a concrete goal and a sense of accomplishment for students, but it further cultivates the shared supportive studio environment they contribute to and enjoy.
Current Teaching Positions/ Affiliations
Manhattan School of Music Precollege - Piano Literature
Piano Teachers Congress of New York – Executive Board
20th/ 21st Century Piano Festival (PTC)- Co-Chair
Piano 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
Lyra Music Summer Workshop
Manhattan School of Music – Precollege
Special Music School
Learning an instrument requires commitment and discipline from the very first lesson. Without this, it will be difficult to succeed!
Work outside of the lesson is expected and parental guidance and involvement is extremely encouraged.
Not only is this a crucial skill for music -
but also in LIFE!
I am committed to making sure each student is at ease at the instrument!
Students will learn to:
sit correctly at the instrument
align their body to the piano
use arms, hands, fingers freely
play comfortably at the piano
Lessons are ENGAGING and FUN!
My approach is to keep students interested and involved all while learning the necessary skills!
Students see the possibilities of the instrument and the beauty of music when they are involved in what they are doing!
Welcome to Walter Aparicio Piano Studio
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