San Francisco Bay Area Piano Teachers
Cooper Grant is a 23-year-old musician and composer living in Berkeley. He plays and teaches piano and percussion for all ages and skill levels. He has played, taught and performed a variety of genres, from classical to jazz, folk, R&B, pop, and gospel. He has taught privately, through Henderson and Golden Key Schools of music, as well as through various programs like the Chico Theater Ensemble and Chico Country Day/Blue Oak Elementary Schools.
Cooper's pedagogical approach is to connect the student with their love for music, emphasizing musicality and ear training. By developing a strong practice routine, the student is able to cultivate the technique required to express themselves musically, forming a relationship between improvement and the joy of playing.
Yunhe Cai began her classical piano study at the age of four and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory and Composition in China. She then went on to receive her Master of Fine Arts degree in Music Production and Sound Design at Academy of Art University in San Francisco,
Yunhe received a level 10 grade piano certification from the China Musician Association when she was 12. She taught group music classes for kids age 3-6 for 4 years in China and obtained the Excellent Music Teacher certificate from the China Conservatory of Extracurricular.
Yunhe has been teaching private piano lessons in the bay area for more than 4 years. Some of her students have achieved good grades in the ABRSM exam. As a music teacher, Yunhe Cai is always patient, creative, innovative and confident. She is deeply committed to a very high standard and excellent quality of musical education. The results of her outstanding background as a student, teacher and composer can be seen in her work as a teacher.
Anna Aistova (graduated from Rimsky Korsakov college of Music) was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia and began her musical studies at the age of 5. From 2007 to 2012 she sang in Mariinsky and Mikhaloivsky Theatre Choirs in the productions of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Bizet’s Carmen, Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades, Puccini’s «La boheme».
In 2012 she continued her studies at the Rimsky Korsakov College of Music, Saint Petersburg in the class of professor Tatiana Cherkasova, a holder of the title Honored Artist of Russia. During this time she received several prizes including Diploma of International Vocal Competition «New Opera World» ,Moscow 2015; Laureate of International Vocal Competition «CRESCENDO INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION» USA, New York. In 2014 she performed in Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic Hall as a soloist with Saint-Petersburg Folk orchestra.
Anna has taught private lessons, covering vocal, piano, solfeggio and music theory. She has experience in working with children, combining piano and vocal technique to develop general musicality. She also works with adult students.
Larry’s lessons are meant to be fun. He teaches the basic skills so you can play Jazz, Rock and Roll, Popular Music, Blues, Country, Boogie Woogie and how to accompany Singers and Instrumentalist and to be part of an Ensemble. He also teaches Music Theory, Songwriting and Music Composition.
Larry has played piano with Todd Rundgren and has been been the pianist for such Musicals as “Grease”, “Beauty and The Beast” and “Annie Get Your Gun”.
Larry studied music privately with his wonderful teachers and gained his experience touring, recording and currently creating Sound Design and Music for live Theatre in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Warren has been teaching piano since he was 21 years old. He has been studying piano and its music for over 20 years. He's also played the violin for over 10 years and enjoys teaching.
He attended the University of California, Riverside studying under Kim Amin. During his time there he learned more about music from Caitlin St. John and Dr. Edward Bruner. Warren enjoys the music of Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Schumann Brahms, Scriabin and more.
What he expects out of students are to strive for excellence. His teaching style is to be free in communicating how one feels, how to be an excellent thinker in music and to love music.
Kevin Mach is a classically trained pianist with over 18 years of piano playing experience under his belt. He has completed all 10 levels of the CM test and continues to make the piano an integral part of his life by teaching, composing and performing all kinds of piano music, including classical and pop.
Kevin's philosophy on teaching is to get the fundamentals down and help the student work their way up from there, all while making the lessons fun and engaging. He wants to help the student not only get comfortable at the piano but also develop good habits as well as obtain a deep appreciation and love for piano music so they can pursue their own musical journeys.
Michael Zion (Mr. Mike) has been playing drums since the age of 13 and started taking piano lessons at the age of 5. He played drums in various bands throughout his highschool and college years and attended Kennesaw State University near Atlanta, GA where he received his Bachelor of Arts in History. He put a great deal of focus on the history of Jazz music while pursuing his history degree.
Michael started teaching piano lessons in 2010 and drum lessons in 2013. Primarily a drummer, Mr. Mike places a great deal of emphasis on rhythm and timing in music. While Mr. Mike has taught people of all different ages, the majority of his students have been children between the ages of 3 and 12 years old. A newcomer to San Francisco he is very excited to be a part of the music community and most important, ready and excited to teach children the skill as well as appreciation of music!
Cheng Chen began studying classical piano at the age of eight and has been studying and playing piano for more than 18 years. She received a Level 8 Grade Piano Certification from the China Musician Association.
Cheng attended Indiana University-Bloomington and graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Linguistics, minoring in Early Music at Jacobs School of Music. She developed her interest in harpsichord performing, a keyboard instrument that was largely used during the Baroque period in Western music history. While Cheng’s primary interest is the Baroque period, her early interests were Classical and Romantic periods. Her primary inspirations are Bach, Händel, Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin. During her course of study, Cheng performed several piano and harpsichord solo recitals, along with ensembles of chamber music.
When it comes to teaching, Cheng encourages her students to not only become proficient on instrument but also develop an understanding of basic music theory in order to become better performers. Since Cheng herself is a musician valuing creativity, she encourages her students to be free and creative during the study of music. She firmly believes music study should be fun and that music itself is a way for all human beings to express feelings, emotions and love.
Sharmin started playing the piano when she was 5 years old. Throughout the years she developed a passion for technical progression, feeling and understanding the pieces, breaking out of the traditional music education system. She now thrives to give her students the same experience.
She has been teaching early beginner, beginner and early intermediate levels, ages ranging from 5 years old and up. Sharmin offers students a fun, non-competitive and safe learning experience and aims to tailor each lesson to the student's age and ability. Her main goal as a music school is to give each student a life-long love of music.
Steffi Sin is a classically-trained pianist living in South San Francisco. Recently graduated from the University of California, Davis, she began her musical career at the age of four, completing all eight levels of the ABRSM exams at fourteen while teaching Music Theory.
Steffi loves exploring different genres of music, from classical pieces to musicals and encourages her students to learn pieces with different styles in order to discover what they like to play. In her spare time she enjoys playing duets. She plays the piano, guitar and trombone and has been teaching piano for a few years. Her main goal as a music teacher is to give students a supportive and fun learning environment by building on her students' skills and foundation.
Pete Egan is a teacher, writer, producer, engineer and multi-instrumentalist with varying degrees of success attached to each title. He originally came from a town in upstate New York called Binghamton. At the age of 8, his parents signed him up to take piano lessons, mostly because sports weren't going too well. He went along with the idea and 25 years later is still playing today. As lessons went on, he became more interested in jazz and less interested in classical. In 2004 he began college at SUNY Fredonia (still upstate New York but about 200 miles to the West). He played in a handful of ensembles, made several unique recordings and graduated in 2008 with a degree in Sound Recording Technology along with a Concentration in Jazz Studies (a 'concentration' is about as meaningful as a 'minor' is - but it does have the distinction of showing people that you "concentrated" more on it).
After graduating, he made the trek to the West Coast. It was an experiment in discovery and self-reliance and ended up being one of the best decisions he ever made. It helped that the Bay Area has a vibrant music scene and it became a pretty consistent source of inspiration. The music scene always is changing, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse, but being a part of it certainly felt (and continues to feel) nice. Over the years, Pete has played in a rock/reggae hybrid group called Evergreen Dub, a strange indie/post-rock ensemble called Treehouse Orchestra and more recently Alligator West (swamp-rock), Flanobo (r&b/soul), Flow Control (reggae), the Noble Hustle (funky jazz), and Emily Afton (soul-crushing singer/songwriter stuff). He also has collaborated on electronic music with several different soundcloud artists and has also made an instrumental hip-hop album.
Pete Egan loves helping students learn piano, arranging, theory and especially improvisation. He likes the challenge of balancing discipline and fun. In general, he believes in struggling toward virtually unattainable goals. That way there's always something more to achieve.
Californian-born flutist Christy Kim enjoys an active career as an orchestral and chamber musician. From 2016-2018, she was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago becoming the Flute Fellow in 2017-2018. During her time in the orchestra, Christy performed and taught flute throughout the city of Chicago. She has performed with the Chicago Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony joining them on their International Tour in 2017. She has performed under conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen, Riccardo Muti, David Robertson, Christoph Eschenbach and Leonard Slatkin. Her chamber music appearances include performing in the Kennedy Center's Conservatory Project. Christy has spent summers at the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West and National Repertory Orchestra. As a pianist, Christy performed the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto in G Minor with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic in 2007. Future engagements for the 2018-2019 season include performing with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
As a teacher of both flute and piano, Christy believes that freedom of expression is the ultimate goal of any musician. Students learn the mechanics of the instrument and fundamental building blocks of musicianship: Scales, tonal exercises and technical etudes in addition to theory, orchestral excerpts and solo repertoire. In addition, she draws awareness to the physical demands of playing an instrument, preventing injuries and ensuring longevity in our musical journeys. Her ultimate goal is to teach students how to become their own teacher by instilling a never ending sense of curiosity for music.
Christy holds a Master's Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Southern California. Christy's principal flute teachers are Mark Sparks, Tim Day, Jim Walker and Susan Greenberg.
Travis Palmer is a very tasteful musician and well gifted educator. He started playing classic rock on guitar 13 years ago and has since gone to school for music, studying jazz guitar, classical piano and currently goes to school for jazz piano at San Jose State University. Additionally, he is also able to teach songwriting and both jazz and classical music theory.
Well versed in performing live, Travis has plenty of practical experience in music and has taught a wide range of ages, ranging from children in elementary school to retired adults. Travis seems to find the perfect balance of fun and strict practice routine to help his students get the most out of their practice.