A.J. Nappo is an accomplished pianist and educator based in the Washington, DC area. His primary goals as an instructor are to foster a love of music within his students, and to help them develop a firm foundation of skills that will allow them to play throughout the rest of their lives. In addition to the piano, A.J. also plays trumpet and guitar.
Starting at the age of seven, A.J. studied piano under NYU trained Helen Hollister, and his first performance experiences came as a member of his high school jazz ensemble, the accompanist for his high school choir, and a member of the pit orchestra for the musicals Pippin and Something’s Afoot. During the latter part of his high school career, A.J. auditioned and was selected to perform in the All-County and New York All-State jazz ensembles. At Gettysburg College, A.J. played piano in the college jazz ensemble and performed on tour in France, Switzerland, Italy, and Greece, including at the Jazz à Juan festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival. Currently, A.J. performs professionally at weddings and local restaurants, and has served on the music staff at his church in Bethesda, MD since 2017.
A.J. is a certified teacher in the state of Maryland and is adept at creating music lessons that inspire and excite his students. Since he began giving lessons in college, A.J. has had the pleasure of helping many students, beginners through young adults, learn how to play piano in the classical, jazz, and popular styles. He looks forward to working with new and experienced students as they pursue the lifelong gift of music.