I like Evelyn’s piano classes because I learn many different pieces that are enjoyable to play. She allows me to play pieces of my liking and guides me well overall. I’ve also had wonderful opportunities to play in front of large audiences like at the Staller Center at Stonybrook University, as well as being selected to perform with Lang Lang at the Tilles Center in Westbury.
Over the ten years I've been playing with Evelyn I've learned more and more about the joy of piano and music and I’m very thankful to have such a great teacher.
- Jehanara A., Huntington, NY
I first met Evelyn Ulex during a recital presented by SPTF (Suffolk Piano Teachers Foundation). I was attending because I was considering joining the SPTF but foremost because I was looking for my next piano teacher.
I didn’t know much about Evelyn’s teaching talent, her bottomless patience, her contagious enthusiasm, her kind encouragement, her deep knowledge, her inspiring achievements, her bubbly personality, and her joie de vivre; I heard her talking and I liked her. At that moment, I knew, I wanted her to be my teacher.
Evelyn was my teacher for only one year, but what a year it was! I was happy playing the piano. I couldn’t wait to practice and I couldn’t wait to show her what I learned. I became a better piano player and a better teacher, I discovered new music, and we became friends. I moved from Huntington and who did I pick to adopt my students? Evelyn, of course. My students have continuously grown as pianists, and to this day still thank me for suggesting Evelyn as their next teacher.
- Helena A., Huntington, New York
Evelyn Ulex is a brilliant piano teacher who is both accomplished as a pianist and rich with musical knowledge.
I have been taking lessons with her for four years now, and my technique and artistry have improved tremendously under her instruction; this has allowed me to place in competitions, perform at beautiful venues such as the Staller Center, Queens College, Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, and become confident in my abilities.
She is professional, meticulous, and enthusiastic, whose love for music exudes in every lesson and attention to detail is unmatched. Evelyn teaches not only “what’s on the page” but also theory, effective practice methods, and repertoire building. I truly believe I would not be the pianist I am today without her guidance as my piano teacher!
- Juliana T., Huntington, NY
Evelyn Ulex is an incredible teacher. Before I studied with her, I didn’t have much interest in classical music, or in having proper technique.
Evelyn reshaped my attitude and abilities as a pianist, composer, and listener. She allowed me to choose which pieces to learn, and adapted her teaching style to fit my learning style. She never judged me for any difficulties I had while learning, and never lost patience with me. Our lessons were always filled with conversation and laughter. I left every lesson knowing that my musical knowledge had been enriched. I grew to love classical music, whereas before I barely had any appreciation for it at all. Everything I learned with Evelyn, I was able to apply to my own work.
I was recently accepted to Berklee College of Music, and I credit Evelyn largely. I would not be the musician I am today without Evelyn, and I will always be so grateful to her.
- Elliott B., New York City, NY
Evelyn tailors to every student’s interests and needs. When I became really interested in jazz, she helped me develop a jazz-specific skill-set. The theory and rhythm I’ve learned with her has carried over to all the music I play in my life as I’ve grown. I’ve been learning with her since I was 7 and now i’m 19 and I wouldn’t want any other teacher.
- Ben W., New York City, NY
We appreciate Evelyn’s caring and kind teaching. She is strict, but she knows how to keep us learning and growing. She gives us the opportunity to perform in many events, which helps us learn to prepare for auditions, a judge, or an audience. She teaches us from the basics, including theory and performance, and she keeps us developing. She’s very passionate in what she does, and is very patient. We love her expressions, and we also enjoy the rewards. Evelyn also has treats for us that we look forward to, and we love her expressions and accent which adds to our overall time and experience with Evelyn. Thank you.
- Hana & Aya D., Huntington, NY
It’s not only about a piece and perfecting that piece, but you learn about music and theory—I’ve gotten a great foundation for music while having so much fun learning with Evelyn. I love her and look forward to seeing her every week.
- Allegra W, New York City
I am so very pleased to share my experiences as a student of Evelyn Ulex.
At my very first lesson, Evelyn immediately assessed my ability level and tailored future lessons to meet my specific needs and desires. From that point on, each lesson has been a joy and I am learning so much about technique, music theory, counting properly, training my fingers to adapt to difficult chords and fingerings and, perhaps most importantly, how to achieve musicality in my playing. Each different piece I work on is like a building block to the next. Each piece presents new challenges and skill sets so that I always feel I’m progressing and learning techniques that I can carry over confidently to future pieces. I have studied a wide range of pieces with Evelyn, from Classical to Ragtime — and learning such a variety of styles always keeps things interesting and enjoyable!
I have also learned so much about various musical periods, about the greatest composers and how they contributed to, created, and advanced musical styles throughout history, Evelyn imparts such fascinating knowledge with much enthusiasm and joy.
Because of Evelyn’s amazing teaching, I look forward to practicing every day. Sometimes I am very hard on myself but Evelyn always, with gentleness and humor, encourages me to overcome my self-criticism and practice with enjoyment, without tension and frustration. She gives me wonderful tips on how to diligently, yet calmly, work on and eventually master difficult musical sections. Often, when I reflect back on a lesson, I cannot believe how much I have learned in just one hour.
When I first learned of Evelyn’s astounding musical background and talent, and saw her playing concerts on YouTube and in person, or listened to her CD’s, I felt a bit intimidated about starting lessons with her. But Evelyn is so unassuming, so encouraging no matter one’s skill level or age (I am an older student), that any trepidation I had went right out the window. Evelyn is as sweet and down to earth as one can be.
I have been truly blessed to find Evelyn as a teacher. I have never learned so much in such a short time. She is demanding in that she wants each student to achieve his or her best, but at the same time she teaches with such warmth and loving encouragement.
I would urge anyone with an interest in learning piano to immediately run to Evelyn for lessons. You will NOT find a better teacher anywhere!
- Carol H. Huntington, New York