Belén Cusi is a New York-based pianist, singer and composer by way of Argentina and Texas. She has been playing piano since she was 8 years old, studying classically in San Antonio, TX, where she lived with her family from ages eight to eighteen. Prior to that, her family lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a culture that influences her to this day both musically and personally. She speaks fluent Spanish in addition to English.
After graduating high school, Belén moved to Boston to pursue a liberal arts degree at Boston University. However upon arriving, it was clear to her that she could not leave music behind, and once again began taking lessons at a Blink Music Studios in Cambridge, this time for jazz, pop and songwriting. Two years later, she had written and recorded her first full-length piano/vocal pop album and we well on her way to forging her own path as an emerging musician and artist.
It was during the 5 years spent at Blink Music that Belén began teaching children piano and voice - and she fell in love with it. Her musical background, combined with an extensive foundation of personal development and peak performance coaching have combined to allow her to teach with passion, perception and effectiveness.
Belén's musical influences include Debussy, Chopin, Bach and Schubert, as well as contemporary keyboardists such as Herbie Hancock ad Stevie Wonder. She is also heavily influenced by many Spanish pianists and singers, such as Mercedes Sosa from Argentina, and her very own great-grandfather and concert pianist, Hector Ruiz Diáz.
As a teacher, Belén emphasizes building a solid foundation of technique and theoretical knowledge alongside accessible repertoire that is fun and motivating for the student. She meets her students where they are at with a special ability to connect, listen to and understand them both musically and personally. She believes the lessons and skills children learn through music help foster discipline, creativity and focus that will carry them far beyond just their musical endeavors.