The piano is considered the "universal" instrument and is found in all musical genres. Despite its vast repertoire and ubiquitous presence in Western culture, the piano is a relatively young instrument. The piano is unique in that it is a member of both the string and percussion families. The earliest ancestor of the piano is the hammered dulcimer - a stringed instrument struck with small hammers to produce sound. Other predecessors to the piano include the harpsichord (a keyboard instrument that uses a plucking mechanism to produce sound), and the clavichord (an early form of piano that used a tangent hammer mechanism to produce sound).

Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1731) is credited with the invention of the modern piano. Through Cristofori's development, the instrument grew in range and (unlike its predecessors) became capable of variations in volume. The formal name for the piano - pianoforte - is derived from the Italian words "piano" (soft) and "forte" (loud). Due to the piano's extensive range and melodic and harmonic capabilities, it is the perfect "first" instrument for young musicians. Our piano instructors at Pellegrino Fine Arts Academy are highly-qualified professionals adept at teaching students of all ages and ability levels - beginner, through advanced.


What are the benefits of piano lessons?

  • One-on-one, individualized instruction tailored to meet your specific needs
  • Our instructors teach proper hand position, technique, posture, and correct bad habits that may impede a student's progress
  • Students are introduced to piano literature (solos, etudes, and piano methods) written by foremost composers for that instrument
  • Our instructors can recommend the right keyboard/piano to match a student's ability level and help students choose a keyboard/piano appropriate for their needs


Pellegrino Fine Arts Academy piano lessons cost $112.00 per month. For your $112.00, you receive four lessons; one per week, each 30 minutes in length. In months with five weeks, we do charge for the fifth week of lessons, bringing your tuition for those months to $140.00. There is a one-time, new student registration fee of $30.00, with a discounted registration fee of $20.00 for each additional family member.

With our program, you are under no obligation to enroll for any "set" period of time - you can begin whenever you like and can discontinue at any time. Payment is through our automated billing system and is charged to your choice of credit or debit card on the first of each month for the month in advance.

For further information or to enroll, please contact us by emailing [email protected] or calling 330-498-8400. We look forward to hearing from you!

Available Instructors:

Sandy Arnold
Sandy Arnold
Angela Fox

Marisa DiCesare

Debbie Elsass

Marie Herncane

Lisa McCleaster

Alex Gesaman

Kathleen Clay

Robert Greer