Los Angeles Piano Teachers
Mesrop Sarkisyan is a pianist, composer, producer, and touring musician based out of Los Angeles. He studied classical piano as a child, then moved onto to study jazz at California State University of Northridge. It was there that Mesrop's quintet, which he composed all the music for, won first place in an international jazz competition held by Downbeat magazine. While in college, he also studied under people such as Tigran Hamasyan, Ben Wendel, Ari Hoenig, and many other prominent LA musicians. After college, Mesrop decided to diversify his musical knowledge, so he began studying other genres such as hip-hop, pop, rock, r&b, and funk. It was then that he also started producing, and teaching music theory and harmony as well.
Mesrop has had some of the most amazing teachers in his life, and because of this, it has inspired him to impart onto others the knowledge and experience that they have given him. His motto is simple: love what you do, and everything else will fall into place. Mesrop is extremely passionate about music, to the point where he infects others with it. He loves what he does, and wants everyone to be given the proper chance to be able to do the same.
Conrad Reeves is a professional guitarist, music educator, music producer, and audio engineer. He earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from the esteemed Oberlin Conservatory of Music, as well as his Performance Diploma from SAM College in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Reeves offers teaching services for guitar, keyboard, vocals, songwriting, bass, drums, and music production.
Reeves holds extensive teaching experience in many instruments and age ranges. He has been a faculty member at institutions such as Michigan State University CMSD, Detroit Institute of Music Education, and a secondary lessons instructor at Oberlin Conservatory. Reeves has had longtime students in the disciplines of guitar, piano, production, drum set, bass, and songwriting. His students have rave reviews for his encouraging and engaging teaching style.
Reeves is currently the guitarist for R&B legend Faith Evans, and has worked professionally as a guitarist for major acts such as Kierra Sheard, Karen Clark Sheard, and many more. He has produced and mixed projects for many local artists in Detroit and Los Angeles.
Kä was raised on her grandmother's piano bench. Learning her love of music from a young age, it was always an intrinsic essence of her being that she would go on to be a musician. She found her true love in the flute which later developed into a passion for composing. Although she studied flute, she secondaried in guitar and piano which she first began as a child. After completing her degree in Film Scoring, Kä moved to Los Angeles where she now works as a composer.
Kä has worked with several of the composer giants of our age including Hans Zimmer and Howard Shore, but outside of her love for cinematic composition she has extensive experience as a concert flautist having performed with the San Antonio Symphony and as a soloist for two premiers in Boston’s Symphony Hall.
One of her greatest passions is engaging all ages in the musical community, whether it be through playing, learning, or listening. Kä organized several community youth programs in both Texas and Boston, and taught music therapy clinics with Alzheimers patients during college. She believes music is for everyone, and especially loves working with children.
Aaron Shadrow began his musical endeavors as a drummer at age 9. He quickly fell in love with music, and soon after took on guitar, bass, and piano. He has played in countless bands of different genres and instruments, including; drums in a jazz combo, lead guitar in an indie rock band, keyboards in a pop band, and many more.
Aaron tested out of high school early to achieve a degree in Music Production from the Los Angeles Recording School. While instrumentation is still a huge focus on his life, his main daily workload relies heavily on the usage of DAW (Digital Audio Workspace) production (specifically Pro Tools and Ableton).
Aaron is actively excited and eager to engage other musicians in their musical quest. While he is ready and able to teach beginner/intermediate lessons on drums, guitar, bass, and piano, he sees first-hand that the music industry has drastically changed, and that any musician who wants to make a living off of their craft must have a basic-advanced knowledge of DAW production. Ask Aaron about signing up for production lessons in Pro Tools and/or Ableton. Hybrid lessons are also highly encouraged (instrument of choice/DAW production).
Tyler Rivera Stein is an award-winning multimedia producer and music educator. His arrangements for Nick Luckenbaugh’s “Royal Fables,” earned a New York Innovative Theater Award in 2014. After graduating from New York University with a Bachelor’s of Vocal Performance Cum Laude, Tyler began performing professionally as a member of Actor’s Equity Association. In 2012, he was in consideration for Frankie Valli for the Chicago production of "Jersey Boys." His passion for film composing and education brought him to the West Coast after working as a hook singer for Hip Hop label, King’s Vision Entertainment and Michael Gilboe of Broadway Bullet.
Since then, he has served over 100 students as a voice and piano teacher, piano accompanist, stage and film director and specializes in working with youth students making their transitions into adult voices. Tyler teaches classical, rock, funk, pop piano, vocal jazz, pop, musical theater and vocal percussion styles. In 2015, he helped develop special needs arts programming with Arts4LA’s Activate Arts Leadership program, sponsored by the LA County Arts Commission. His work with adult with Autism at Inclusion Films produced the first film musical by and for the population, set to premiere on the COX cable networks in September set to his original music. A member of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, Tyler’s film music has accompanied films at the Catalina Island Film Festival, Las Vegas Black Film Festival, and Ft. Worth Indie; in 2016, his music was nominated for best score at the Maverick Movie Awards.
Lyusi Simon graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor’s Degree in Contemporary Writing and Production, and Voice Performance.
Lyusi started her music career as a drummer, but she felt truly passionate about voice and piano. During her studies at Berklee, she performed with originals and covers arranged for an acoustic set as well as for a 20-member band.
Now Lyusi continues her career in Los Angeles as a singer-songwriter, composer, arranger and an educator. She wishes to bring her immense love for music and knowledge to her students.
William Peterson is a musician, composer, music educator, and audio engineer. He holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College where he was mentored by Matt Wilson, Glenn Alexander, Daniel Wohl, Chester Biscardi, among others. Peterson has been playing professionally since his teenage years. His style is derived from a very diverse taste. Drawing from jazz, classical, blues, and experimental music, Peterson has developed a limitless perspective on expression.
Currently, he plays bass for Los Angeles based band Thrillers, as well as pursuing his own compositional projects.
Peterson comes from a family of educators, and he himself has been teaching guitar, bass, piano and music production for the majority of his adult life. His students have varied in skill-level and age. He sees teaching as a crucial and fundamental part of being a musician. Helping give his students the tools they need to express themselves through music has been one of his life’s greatest passions. Peterson’s curriculum encourages the fundamentals of musicianship, yet still greatly focuses on what the student wants to learn. He is available for piano, guitar, bass and music production lessons.