Dinnerstein Music Studio: the music teaching studio of Nick Dinnerstein.


I’m an experienced, knowledgable, and enthusiastic strings and piano teacher. I’ve taught privately and at music schools throughout New York City and New England for over 15 years. I love getting to know my studentsm watching them develop musically, helping them to discover new modes of expression and connect with others through music.

In addition to teaching, I also perform, primarily as a cellist. My playing has brought me to classical concert halls on both coasts, to Thailand, and to appearances on Sirius Radio and MTV. I’ve been a part of some renowned ensembles, including Boston Ballet and the National Lyric Opera, and performed and recorded with popular bands and songwriters, such as The Shills, Mary Bichner, and 30 Seconds to Mars.

I also compose, writing original music, and creating arrangements for ensembles, such as the Boston String Quartet.


Above all, I want my students to feel comfortable, appreciated, and excited to learn. My teaching combines a few central ideas: the importance of personal creativity and self-expression; clear, step-by-step explanations of technique; and the benefits of the latest research on learning methods. My students learn by uniting their awareness of physical touch with their sensitivity to sound, enabling them to express their emotions and thoughts through music.

I emphasize a smart and creative approach to practicing that enables students to make their practice time effective, rewarding, and enjoyable. I value the individual goals of each student and tailor lessons to fit them.

To learn more about what I can offer you with music lessons, feel free to send me a note through the contact page.


Step-by-step technical guidance, based on natural physical motions.

Applications of the latest research on learning and practicing.

Varied approaches to musicality, expression – discovering your voice.

Exercises in creativity.

Supplemental instruction in theory, composition, and improvisation.

Performance Opportunities.

Unconditional encouragement!

Questions for a New Student:

As a teacher, some of my first questions to a prospective student are:

What inspired you to consider taking up a musical instrument?

What pieces, songs, or styles are you most drawn to?

Is there anything that you’ve always dreamed of playing?

What do you hope playing an instrument can add to your life?

There are as many answers to these questions as there are students. My role as a teacher is to both provide you with a clear path to reach your personal goals, and fit my teaching to your individual personality and approach to learning.

If you are like the idea of playing an instrument, but are unsure of where to start or still have some reservations, try asking yourself one of those questions. Feel free to get in touch with me through the contact page.

The Individual Path of the Student:

Because each student comes to a lesson with their own unique personality, overall background, and set of musical experiences, a learning plan can never be one-size-fits-all.

Children: I have a lot of experience teaching young children, and I recognize their innate need for creative expression, variety, and play. To that end, I cater lesson plans to the age and inclination of each student. I use positive feedback to teach my young students that little by little, they can learn to do some amazing things with music. It’s always gratifying to watch a child with little or no experience grow into a confident musican.

To read more about my work teaching children, follow this link.

Adults: I’ve found that adult students approach learning from a number of perspectives: some wonder if learning an instrument is even possible at their age; others are accomplished in their field, be it analytic or artistic, and those experiences inform their learning process; still others study music as a way to meditate, express themselves, or join a community.

To read about lessons geared toward adults, follow this link.

There are many valuable factors that contribute to a person’s approach to learning music, and I truly appreciate how each individual relates to music and the learning process. Growing through music is a wonderful experience, and I love being part of each student’s journey.