Diana Mascari

Diana Mascari

Highly experienced Piano Teacher, Composer and Performer

Teacher – Since 1978, for over 35 years, Diana Mascari has been teaching piano to children and adults.

Diana teaches students at all musical levels, beginners, intermediate and advanced. She teaches popular, jazz, classical piano or a mixture of any of these styles. Diana is a friendly, understanding, experienced and flexible teacher.

Diana also continues to play both piano and organ every Sunday (since 1981) at the Hartford Street Presbyterian Church in Natick, MA. She also directs the choir at the church.

Diana has a large piano performance repertoire built over her 40+ years as a performer, including playing the grand piano at the Radisson Hotel in Milford, MA for 14 years. She has recorded much of her repertoire, concentrating on the music from the American Songbook, and includes these recordings in her piano blog, Conversations at the Piano.

Diana has assembled a list of frequently asked questions about her piano teaching. When you want to find the best piano teacher to help you (or your child) achieve your musical goals, you may be asking some of the following questions:

How long has Diana been teaching?
Since 1978, I have been teaching in my Natick Piano Studio to children and adult piano students. In addition to this, I taught keyboard in the Music Theory Department at Boston University where I was enrolled in the doctoral program. In my younger years, I taught classroom music in Worcester, Clinton and Franklin.

Student/Parent Feedback

“Ms. Mascari really understands children – their phases of development and their temperaments. He has a wonderful ability to adapt to the individual needs/desires of a child to make the experience one of loving to learn. We have seen our son both grow as a musician and develop an appreciation for music that is very gratifying as parents.”

Deval Canning, MD, Parent

Is this piano teacher versatile, flexible and patient?
I am happy to change the direction of one or more lessons when the student becomes inspired or excited about a particular song, style of music or has created his own composition.

 What kind of musical training does she have and how will it benefit me?
My two Master of Music degrees from New England Conservatory (Jazz Studies, 1992; Classical Composition, 1993) came long after my graduation from the College of the Holy Cross (1971) where I was the first graduate to become a state certified public school music teacher. I have also studied piano and composition privately with some of the best teachers in the Boston area including: Tom McKinley, Joe Maneri, Charlie Banacos, and Lukas Foss.
Because my musical training has included both classroom and private studies with the experts, I have learned the most effective ways to help you reach your musical goals.

Does Diana have any performing experience and will it help me?
Diana performs every Sunday at the Hartford Street Presbyterian Church.
Because of all of my performing experience, I have been able to explore, expand and experiment with an enormous repertoire of songs (show tunes, standards, poptunes, classical favorites and jazz selections). The solutions that I have discovered for my own piano playing will help you to become the pianist you want to be.

Will she understand my desire to learn to play the piano as an adult?
If you are an adult beginner, you’ll be in good company, I teach people just like you who say, “I always wanted to play the piano, now is the time to start!” Fear not, I understand what you need and have the patience to take you through the process.

What if I already took lessons in the past, then what? Do I have to start as a beginner?
I will meet you where you are. If you need review, I can quickly figure out where and what you need. If you have a desire to play a certain type of music, I have the versatility to help you with that too.

Need more information or have more questions?
Take a look at the Mascari Piano Studios Lesson Programs or simply Contact Us Today.

Performer, Pianist/Organist

For over 35 years Diana has played both piano and organ as well as directing the choir every Sunday at the Hartford Street Presbyterian Church in Natick, MA. Diana has also performed for many area hotels and restaurants. Her longest engagement was for 14 years at the Radisson Hotel in Milford, MA.

Composer

Diana has composed a wide variety of orchestral, choral and chamber music. She has been the recipient of numerous commissions and awards, including grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Composer Assistance Program of the American Music Center.

Diana Mascari’s compositions have been performed in Europe as well as throughout the United States, including premieres at Carnegie Recital Hall and at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Her music is recorded on MMC and BIT and her compositions are published by MMB Music, Inc., Abingdon Press and Zimbel Press.

Diana shares some of her thoughts on Composition and Teaching
Whether you’re thinking of Billy Joel, Elton John, Stevie Wonder or the Beatles, you remember the music they composed as well as their performances. The same is true for Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Chick Corea or Wynton Marsalis.As a result, it may not surprise you to know that Bach, Mozart, Beethoven or Chopin were known more for their playing than for their compositions during their lives.
Although I wrote many jazz pieces in my younger years, my career as a composer of concert music (i.e. written classical music) has not only helped me to improve my overall musicianship, but it has also revolutionized and advanced the level and method of my piano teaching.

When you compose music, two important things begin to happen:
1. The very act of putting the notes on the staff (music paper or computer software) forces you to clarify and crystallize your musical ideas. This is similar to what happens when you write a report, essay, poem or short story.
2. Many questions come up in the process of writing that lead you to start searching for everything you can find to inspire and guide you.

How will my composing experience benefit you as a piano student?Since I have spent so much effort and energy studying what was necessary to sort out and solidify my musical ideas, I now am able to bring a unique perspective and overview to your learning process.

As you are learning, I can help you with:

In the process of learning each song, you’ll discover how to unlock the door to effective piano playing. You’ll be able to do this because you’ll become aware of the many musical details built into every piece. And you’ll start thinking differently about music in general.

Need more information or have more questions?
Take a look at the Mascari Piano Studios Lesson Programs or simply Contact Us Today.