Aashray Harishankar
Irvine, CA
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Profile-student-favorite Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.
Aashray Harishankar

Aashray H.

Irvine, CA
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Profile-student-favorite Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
The main goal of an Ableton class is to be able to effectively use all the tools that you are given to achieve your specific goal. Each student will have a different idea of what they want to create with this software, and its really important to be able to remove the technical obstacles and get straight to the creating. I will enable each student to be able to better visualize their projects, and I will train their ears to be able to better listen to sound such that they can understand the specifics behind creative decisions. As a producer you have to take both microscopic and macroscopic views when it comes to a piece of music, understanding how both a small sound can affect the progression of a story though music, and how the story itself unfolds over time. This can all be done through practical training in Ableton Live.

About Aashray H.

I am a professional pianist/keyboardist, songwriter, and recording artist. I graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Arts in Music & Technology and am pursuing my MFA as a Performer-Composer at CalArts in Valencia, CA.

With my diverse background in both the technical and creative arts, I will be able to help build a foundation of musical knowledge that will allow students to explore areas from theory & performance to production and innovation, all with a musical focus.

I teach students of all different ages and experience levels. My background is mainly in Carnatic (South Indian classical) music, which I have been playing on the keyboard for 17 years now, but I have been playing and performing jazz piano for the past 10 years as well. I have performed with my band, "In the Works" in the NYC area, and I also played with reggae-rock-fusion band "Light Warriors", so I have a lot of experience with live shows that I can also offer. I specialize in teaching students to read and play contemporary & jazz music using chord sheets, but more importantly, I can help you attain a deeper level of understanding of the music that most piques your interest, allowing you to tackle any challenge.

My teaching style combines theory, piano, composition, and production to give students a more comprehensive understanding of music and how they can find their voice within it. My personal passion is contemporary music but I feeI that any musician can benefit from guided study, analysis, and practice in all different genres and styles of art. Making these connections is where I feel I have the most impact with my students, and I look forward to meeting and growing as musicians together!


Write a Review
4 Reviews
Kirti S.
Profile-location-online Online

Posted Oct 12, 2020
Cesaer B.
Profile-location-online Online

Great first class! Very patient with my son.

Posted Aug 23, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

I've been a self-taught keyboard player for about 1-1.5 years and was able to play few of my favorite songs decently well. So naturally after I signed up for his class I was curious about how this will be able to take my abilities to the next level, especially in COVID times as I originally signed up for in-person class!

4-5 months in, I can confidently say that I'm loving him as my keyboard instructor! He personally encouraged me to practice using the music that I love, while blending it with his teaching to exactly point out on how one needs to approach these things. He's been really flexible in terms of scheduling during this time and that has also allowed me to come to class when I'm at 100%.

I don't know if my keyboard abilities are next level compared to when I started (it has improved), but I'm certainly enjoying this process!

Posted Aug 9, 2020
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Amazing knowledge and unique vision when it comes to arrangement and composition in many genres.

Posted Jul 23, 2019

Photos & Videos

10 Photos & Videos


Music Director
Jan 2020 - Present

KCIA - CalArts Radio

Keeping music and equipment organized in studio for hosts to access.

Live Sound Engineer
Jan 2020 - Present

California Institute of the Arts

Doing sound for recitals and shows on campus.

Teaching Assistant - Music Theory
Sep 2019 - Present

California Institute of the Arts

Tutor and graduate teaching assistant for music theory.

Composer / Producer
Jan 2011 - Present

Escapist Music

Freelance composer, producer, and audio engineer for any and all projects involving audio editing, mixing, sound design, music arrangement and composition, and live performance.

Runner / Studio Assistant
Jul 2018 - Aug 2018

Remote Control Productions

Responsible for upkeep of studio facilities and assisting composers, producers, etc. with daily tasks. Worked at the front desk, as a studio runner, and as an administrative assistant. Responsible for important tasks vital to the smooth facilitation of studio operations.

Jan 2018 - May 2018

Studio Center

Assisted with studio setup and breakdown. Assisted with sessions, including setting up microphone for talent, working with ISDN network, and editing VO spots.

Jan 2015 - May 2018

Stevens Institute of Technology

Taught music theory, composition, and piano studies.

Studio Assistant / Monitor
Aug 2014 - May 2018

Stevens Institute of Technology

Responsible for 1) Setting up of private studio room, with audio equipment cabinet, speaker set, and CD rack. 2) Setting up and assisting during sessions. 3) Setting up and repair of equipment in room (pianos, desks, mix board) 4) Organizing papers for repertoire 5) Setting up equipment in music studio for teaching use 6) Checking out of equipment (microphones, cables, etc.) and organization of studio


Aug 2019 - Present

California Institute of the Arts

Music & Technology
Aug 2014 - May 2018

Stevens Institute of Technology



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Bachelor of Arts
Aug 2018

Stevens Institute of Technology


Jun 2019
SoundExchange helps the music and creative community thrive in the digital age. SoundExchange is the independent nonprofit collective management organization that collects and distributes digital performance royalties to featured artists and copyright holders. We represent recording artists – from unsigned a cappella to acid rock to multi-platinum stars and master rights owners including major and independent record labels. It’s our job to ensure that these artists and copyright holders are compensated when their work is broadcast by non-interactive digital radio.
Society of Composers and Lyricists
Aug 2018
The Society Of Composers & Lyricists is an organization consisting of Hollywood's professional motion picture, Television, and multimedia music composers, songwriters and lyricists, with histories in the art of scoring for motion pictures and television. Many of its members have won or been nominated for Oscars, Emmys and Grammy Awards.
Audio Engineering Society
Oct 2016
Established in 1948, the Audio Engineering Society, Inc. (AES) draws its membership from amongst engineers, scientists, other individuals with an interest or involvement in the professional audio industry. The membership largely comprises engineers developing devices or products for audio, and persons working in audio content production. It also includes acousticians, audiologists, academics, and those in other disciplines related to audio. The AES is the only world-wide professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology.
Jun 2015
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.
Grammy University Network
Aug 2014
GRAMMY U is a unique and fast-growing community of college students, primarily between the ages of 17 and 25, who are pursuing a career in the recording industry. GRAMMY U events and special programs touch on all aspects of the music industry, from the technology to the tracks themselves. Events are scheduled throughout the semester to give GRAMMY U members a wide variety of experiences and professional development. Because we are part of The Recording Academy, members have extraordinary access to the industry and its artists.

Let Our Student Counselors Help You

We can match you with the perfect teacher and take care of all your scheduling needs.
Reserve Your Spot
change subject
  • {{ subject.value }}
{{ (view.locations.length > 1) ? 'Select a ' : '' }} Lesson Location
Other lesson locations may be too far away. show all
Aashray's Availability
{{ time }}
{{ time }}
{{ time }}
Time Zone:
Aashray's {{ (view.location && view.location.isStudio) ? 'Studio' : '' }} {{ (view.location && view.location.isTravel) ? 'In-Home' : '' }} {{ (view.location && view.location.isOnline) ? 'Online' : '' }} Lesson Pricing
{{ rate.duration }} minutes
${{ rate.rate }}
{{ view.loadingText }}
100% Satisfaction Guarantee

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Try the first lesson and if you’re not satisfied we'll refund any unused lessons.

Recently Viewed