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Abbey Owens

Upper Saddle River NJ | 07458

About me

The Piano Academy of Upper Saddle River

About the Teacher:
Who is Abbey Owens? His passion for music, and in particular the piano, began in his early Teens. Having taken piano lessons with several local piano teachers, it soon became evident he needed more than they could provide. They recommended Professor Remo Taverna, who, at the time, was assistant musical director of the Metropolitan Opera Company of New York. With Taverna his studies included piano, ear training, harmony, counterpoint and performance. He studied with Taverna until entering college. After earning a bachelors degree in engineering and science he entered the work force and continued piano study on his own. With the “passion” growing and piano study progress slowing-he knew he needed guidance. The musical community suggested David Bradshaw and Cosmo Buono, of piano duo fame. Abbey’s studies now took a serious turn. With Bradshaw he studied theory, repertoire, pedagogy and performance- with Buono technique and history. After performing a recital at Carnegie’s Wiell Recital Hall the “passion” increased to a feverish pitch. Within a few years he entered the graduate music program at Rutgers University. While pursuing his masters degree in musicology at Rutgers he continued piano and pedagogy studies with Bradshaw and Buono. He began teaching locally and discovered a new “Passion”-Teaching! And now he has the joy of instilling his pupils with the same passion for music he possesses.

I have now been teaching for nearly 20 years to children, teens and adults, beginners to advanced.
Since each student comes to the studio with a variety of musical goals; enjoyment, school musical activities, college prep., repertoire, competitions, etc. my teaching approach then, is strictly tailored to the students needs, there is no “Method” used. The studio offers lessons in piano, theory, harmony, counterpoint, sight-reading, ear training, performance, music history. My objective is not primarily to develop concert artist or composers but to encourage and enable a musical passion and appreciation in each and every student.

I am located in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. I teach at my studio only.

I am a member of: Location:
Pompton Valley MTA 24 Hillside Ave.
Music Teachers National Assoc. Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
New Jersey MTA Phone: (201) 327-9135
The Leschetizky Assoc.
Professional Music Teachers Guild
American College of Musicians


teacher of piano, theory, harmony and counterpoint

Lesson details

The Piano Academy Lesson Policy

Lesson Times
Lesson times can be arranged from 45 minutes onward, depending on the age and ability of the student. Beginning students, and children under the age of 8 will be scheduled for 1/2 hour lessons.

Fees and Payment Terms
$45.00 for 45 minute sessions
Family Rates (2 or more) $60.00 for 1hour, $30.00 per additional 1/2 hour.
Payment is due on the first lesson of the month for the entire month.

Missed Lessons and Make-ups
If you are aware in advance that a lesson will be missed, please notify me as soon as possible so that a makeup lesson can be scheduled.
No credit will be given for missed lessons without 24-hour notice.
There will be a limit of 2 credited missed lessons per semester (September through January & February through July) Allowances will be made for vacations during July & August.
If I must cancel a lesson due to an emergency or illness, credit will be given.

Education and Accreditation

master degree in musicology from rutgers university
Member: mtna, njmta, professional music teachers guild, leschetizky assoc.



more than 20 years


$60 & up


Monday 9am - 9pm
Tuesday 9am - 9pm
Wednesday 9am - 9pm
Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday 9am - 9pm
Saturday N/A - N/A
Sunday N/A - N/A

Teaching location

Teachers Studio




Alfred Method
Bastien Method
Faber and Faber
Royal Conservatory of Music

Instruments and Subjects

theory – analysis
theory – counterpoint
theory – harmony
theory – music history
theory – rudiments

Type of students

Young Adults



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