Burt Griswold

Burt G.

Long Beach, CA

Lesson Details

Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Whether a piece of music is Classical, Jazz, rock and roll or a modern Pop tune, we find that the same musical elements being used in all of them if we know basic Theory.

Having basic Theory under our belt lets us appreciate different kinds of music more and perform that music with "know how".
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Burt teaches



Burt delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7 to 70 and special needs

Teaching since:
August 1996

Pianist/Composer/Arranger Burt Griswold lives and works out of Long Beach California. He studied music composition and piano performance, western and eastern music theory, ethnic music, choral music and electronic music at Cal State San Bernardino, Golden West College, and Long Beach City College.

Burt performs as both soloist and as accompanist in rock and jazz ensembles and with choirs. He has also sung with various choral groups and recorded commercially with the group Meritage ("50 most loved Christmas Carols"). But was the choral director/arranger for the church Teaching of the Inner Christ in Long Beach, California for ten years.

Burt has a steady output of musical composition, from instrumental music, pop music and songs to compositions for full choir. Burt's music is a combination of live and digital instruments that can be heard on the CD's "Meditation" volumes 1 and 2, and "Atalanta Fugiens: Fifty Alchemical Fugues".

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are always tailored to the needs of the student. If you are a beginner, you will learn how to play the piano and read music. If you already play and wish to take your playing to another level, you can learn how to play in a particular style of music. Or, if you are an aspiring composer or song writer, you can learn to develop your own ideas with Burt's help.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Kawai MP4 digital stage piano, Motu Digital Performer sequencing/arranging/recording software, Native Instruments Kontakt Sample Library, EMU Mps + Orchestral keyboard, Peavey keyboard amplifier.

*** Specialties ***
Besides teaching piano performance, basic musicianship, and theory, Burt's specializes in composition and will help you develop your own musical ideas.

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Feb 1999 - Present
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Piano teacher, kids through adults. Private lessons in home and at the studio. Piano classes of up to 10 students at several studio locations.

Piano Teacher
Sep 2006 - Mar 2012
Laguna School of Music

One of the jobs that really got me into piano teaching full time was a gig as Piano teacher at Laguna School of Music in Laguna Beach California where I gave lessons to individual students of all ages at the school, and travelled to give lessons at peoples homes. In addition, I taught class piano for classes of up to 12 students at local schools, including Summer camps and workshops.

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Composition and piano performance, western and eastern music theory, ethnic music, choral music and electronic music
Sep 1977 - Jun 1980
California State College San Bernardino


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

This is a song inspired by a poem from the Kogi Indians who live in the Santa Marta Mountains of Columbia. They call themselves the "Elder Brothers" and refer to us as the "Younger Brothers". Their message is a timely one. Watch the documentary "From The Heart Of The World-The Elder Brothers Warning" on YouTube.

Kogi Song

May the dawn come, may the aurora arrive,
May all people have Peace and be happy.
Now is the time that this work be finished. 
May they play the great melodies, May they play the
small melodies,
May my dancers be set loose, May my prisoners be set
They are my valleys, they are my mountains.
This is a piece that I wrote for any intermediate level student that focuses on playing octaves and crossing the right hand over left. It's played exclusively on the white notes!
There is also some Cminor boogie woogie at the end.
Photo by Burt G.

Photo by Burt G.

Photo by Burt G.
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Carole R. Feb 24, 2014
Piano ·

Excellent piano teacher!

Burt has been teaching my son (age 11) piano for over two years. He is an excellent teacher -- very knowledgeable, patient, keeps things light and fun, but at the same time is appropriately demanding.

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