Evelyn’s teaching methods are excellent. She challenges our daughter with new pieces, but makes sure our daughter is not overwhelmed by breaking the pieces down measure by measure and starting with separate hands.
Evelyn also works on essential fundamentals, such as scales, theory, and technique. Evelyn works with our daughter Jordyn on dynamics and expression, so that the finished piece sounds beautiful. The results are the most telling evidence of Evelyn’s terrific teaching methods — the progress of our daughter since she has been with Evelyn (for about 3 years) is astounding — she has progressed dramatically and was to do NYSSMA Level 4 this year when she is only 9 years old.
-Danielle M., Muttontown, New York
We found Evelyn when our daughter Lily’s previous piano teacher (who happened to be a student of Evelyn’s herself) moved away and introduced us. Evelyn is a major talent in her own right with a true love for teaching. She has been a wonderful mentor and friend to our daughter over the past several years, and we are so grateful to her for helping Lily gain the skills and confidence to conquer challenging pieces while still maintaining her love of playing piano.
-Sasha A., Huntington, NY
Evelyn is an exceptionally good music instructor because she connects with each student, meaning that she quickly recognizes their strengths and weaknesses and she highlights those strengths to build confidence early on as she addresses their weaknesses.
But most importantly, Evelyn is a kind person; children recognize that in her immediately, are drawn to her and are motivated to do well for her and for themselves. All four of our children studied played classical piano from age 6-18 and each of them worked with Evelyn over the years. Of all of the instructors with whom our children have studied, Evelyn Ulex stands out as the best.
-Leigh Ann H. & Barry L., Huntington, New York
We have three children taking piano lessons with Evelyn. Evelyn is a Pianist and musician with all her heart. She not only teaches her students the skills of playing piano, strong music theory, but also great performance skills. The lesson plan for each student is tailored to his/her strength and weaknesses. We particularly love the summer concert, a lovely event where all piano families reconnect every year.
-Susanne B., Huntington, NY
We were introduced to Evelyn by someone truly dear to us – our former piano teacher, who moved away – but assured us, we would love her own teacher. Upon receipt of that recommendation, we were welcomed into the musical world of Evelyn.
Evelyn’s professional, thorough, intricate and compassionate instruction is apparent through my children’s growth in their comprehension, development, skill, and most of all, appreciation of the art of piano. There is a meticulous attention to detail from foundation and beyond of musical theory, as well as of performance. Instruction is provided in a professional manner, and despite various challenges ranging from uncooperative weather, unexpected hiccups (e.g. the occasional injury) as well as pandemics, we find continuity and dedicated instruction in a consistent manner. The attention to intricate detail is truly impressive, and the opportunities provided to her students to perform in front of an audience are priceless. We believe these experiences tie into character development from a confidence standpoint, and are thankful.
We truly are fortunate in having these opportunities to learn from, and grow with, Evelyn Ulex. With much appreciation and many thanks.
-Rei H. and Mark D., Huntington, NY
Besides being a virtuoso pianist and a gifted teacher, Evelyn’s teaching goes beyond mastering the technique by delving deeper into the music itself. She teaches her students how to express through the piano playing a personal interpretation of the composition. She also chooses music pieces that personally fit the student in both their affinity to it and their challenge that is very carefully tailored to the level of the student.
In that Evelyn’s teaching is personal and inspirational, making her not just a great teacher, but also a life-long mentor.
- Danny B., New York City, NY
Evelyn is a remarkable teacher in so many regards, but there are three that standout for us:
She is so passionate about her craft that you can't help but to be drawn into the wondrous process of learning and mastering a piece of music, whether it’s as simple as a Christmas carol or a fiendishly difficult Rachmaninov concerto. Evelyn has an endless reservoir of patience, persistence and good humor. No matter how “ungifted”, clumsy or – on the rare occasion – unprepared you might be, she will unfailingly be at your side coaxing you to play at a level you would have never thought possible.
Lastly, with her bi-annual performances, and strong connections to the Suffolk and New York City music community, she gives her students many opportunities to showcase their efforts, and – more importantly – to build self-confidence in themselves and their ability to perform “on stage”.
Our family of 4 has benefited from Evelyn’s tutelage in the most profound way and, never could we have imagined that what started as “a bit of exposure to music” for our 8 year old, would, over the next 9 years, morph into one of the most joyful backdrops for our family.
- Natasha & Gavin M., New York City, NY
Evelyn Ulex has certain qualities I had not been able to find in other teachers. She has a true interest in her students, always attentive to their needs, and creates a sensitive and nurturing lesson which gives one an appreciation and understanding of music that go beyond musical notes.
- Sophia A., Huntington, New York
Evelyn Ulex is a wonderful piano teacher! She has amazing skills as both a musician and an educator and shows so much patience and good humor in the process of teaching. Our daughter continues to learn and greatly improve her musicianship under her friendly and caring instruction. We also appreciate the opportunity for our daughter to play in public settings.
-Scott L., Huntington, NY
Evelyn Ulex has been working with our child, Elliott, since he was about 12 years old (he is 20 years old now). Evelyn was able to not only correct very well ingrained, and at that time quite automatic, piano playing habits but also quickly move Elliott from playing ‘Marry had a little Lamb’ type songs to playing Bach, Chopin, Debussy, and others.
Beyond just teaching Elliott piano basics, Evelyn was able to instill in him the love of the piano and the love of the great piano composers. Being a composer himself, one could immediately hear the impact of this learning on every new piece of Elliott’s own compositions, advancing and enriching them tremendously. Evelyn has been the most patient, compassionate and passionate teacher; her ability to connect with our child’s very unique mind helped keep him engaged and motivated, learning, playing and composing throughout these years. It is in large part thanks to Evelyn’s piano lessons (and her many efforts that went beyond these lessons, to actual recordings we used for school submissions) that Elliott was accepted to Berklee Academy of Music for his undergraduate level studies.
Throughout it all, Evelyn has been (and still is) a true role model for Elliott, and for us, Elliott’s parent, going well beyond one’s expectations of any teacher, to inspire and awe us all (with her own level of musicianship and genuine friendship).
-Rita G., New York City, NY
Evelyn is an accomplished musician who holds our boys to high technical standards and teaches them to perform with skill and expression. They are lucky to have such strong and professional training that manifests itself in high NYSSMA and Guild performances, as well as impressive recitals.
-Leanne L., Huntington, New York