David Truskinoff

Music Director

David Truskinoff served as the Music Director/Conductor for the Broadway productions of RENT and HAIR. As an educator he has taught at the Yale School of Drama and NYU.

Piano Lessons In Chestnut Hill

Specializing in Pop, Rock, and Broadway


with Broadway Conductor/Pianist, David Truskinoff


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Billy Joel and Elton John were my teachers.

When asked about how I learned to play the piano, my answer is always, “Billy Joel and Elton John were my teachers.” And while I’ve never even met Billy or Elton, it is quite true that most of what helped shape my earliest years as a musician was playing along with their records. I did have approximately a year and a half of more “formal” lessons to learn some of the basics (reading music, ear training, learning some elementary classics) but the thing I most wanted to do was try my best to sound like Billy or Elton and that was what would keep me sitting at the piano for hours on end, practicing. I strongly believe it is also what propelled me toward my career as a Music Director/Conductor on Broadway, conducting and playing such shows as RENT, HAIR, and THE BOOK OF MORMON.

I approach teaching piano in a similar way to how I learned. It is my goal to get you up and playing as quickly as possible - playing the music you want to play, music that you connect to. Once you are able to make some decent sounds at the piano, then the fundamentals will begin to make sense.

✓ Teens thru Adults (younger students considered... let's talk)

✓ ALL levels

✓ ALL styles... learn to play what inspires YOU

✓ Music tailored and arranged for each individual student

David is a wildly generous teacher. Not only is his energy encouraging & infectious, but he’s brilliant at ‘meeting students where they are’ — he knows how to draw on your individual abilities to find your best technique and performance.
— Chris Rehmann, NYU (Drama, Class of '13)
David is a gifted educator who is able to inspire students with his down to earth style and innate musical talent. He makes music accessible and exciting for all ages. His workshops with our students were a huge hit and he was able to bring out the best in each child.
— Becky Woods/ Artistic Director Riverdale Children’s Theatre Bronx, NY


(slightly more if I come to you)

*The first session is 1/2 price*

(917) 312-8174

or inquire by email: davidtruskinoff@gmail.com