Hello: My name is Sharon
Dehmer and I am the President of Long Island Piano Lessons
and NYMSAA Certified.
I would now like to tell you more about myself.
One Christmas when I was a youngster my parents’ bought
my sister and I a new piano. I was full of excitement and joy that they were
willing to let me have a great opportunity to learn to play such an amazing
instrument. The piano teacher that taught me for many years gave me high hopes
in learning the piano, and I came to understand quickly how she really wanted me
to progress through her teachings. As I became better and better, she became
happier and happier. We both benefited from her teaching. As I grew in my love
for the piano, it became more of a need and less of a want to play the best I
could. It became a life-long endeavor to make progress and perfect each and
every song I played.
In my twenties, I began playing for Christmas programs
in my church. Then, as I progressed, friends and relatives requested that I play
at their parties, weddings, and other events as well. During this time, I
fulfilled one of my biggest goals in my piano life and that was to play at
Carnegie Hall. It was one of the best experiences I had ever had. Nervous yes,
but exciting even more.
For many years, I was not sure which career path to
follow. I received my Associates’ Degree as a single parent at SUNY Farmingdale
and also received my Health and Life insurance licenses. Neither of which
fulfilled a need/desire for my future. Many relatives and friends kept on
advising me to teach the piano but I found it to be more of a hobby than a
I began to observe and admire my daughter’s piano
teacher and how she truly enjoyed teaching. Then, at the end of the lesson, how
accomplished they both felt, teacher and student, alike. Soon after, I also met
someone who owned their own music business. The more I spoke to him, the more I
could see that this was what I was looking for for so many years. I truly
believe that now I have found the right path for me.
I now continue to play for church and Christmas
programs and truly believe it is time to convey my love for playing to the next
generation. Each parent and child has their own dreams of seeing their children
play an instrument. In my own opinion, the piano is one of many instruments that
can be chosen. My daughter now plays both the piano as well as the cello. Piano
is also a good mechanism for learning math and reading for school. It involves
keeping time, numbers, and giving full attention to reading each note correctly
and with sensitivity.
I now have over 32 students under my wing and am
continuing to grow. Each one has their own dreams and desires to what they would
like to accomplish. Each student needs to be molded and shaped to his/her own
perfection. I promise that I will make every effort to get them to where they
want to be. As a teacher, this is truly my deepest endeavor – to make each
student achieve more than they think they possibly can as long as we both do our
parts and work together.