Chris Swan
Saint Louis, MO
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Chris Swan

Chris S.

Saint Louis, MO
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Want to learn to play all your favorite songs, but think it will take years of piano lessons? NOT TRUE! I can teach you a system that will allow you to hear a song, sit down and play it within minutes! Learn about keys, chords, chord progressions and a whole lot more! I specialize in teaching how to play by ear, but I customize my lessons to focus on the things YOU WANT TO LEARN. Classical. Pop. Jazz. I want you to enjoy your lessons while also learning the fundamentals.

About Chris S.

Hi! My name is Chris, but a lot of people call me Luppy (pronounced "loopy"). I am a professional musician in the St. Louis area specializing in jazz as well as performing with my band Sky West Trio. I am classically trained but also play by ear. I have years of experience in the music business. I toured the country for 8 years with a band (LP Outsiders) that led to a publishing deal with Windswept Pacific, landing a song on the Three To Tango movie soundtrack, appearing on the Disney Channel Show "2 Hour Tour" with 98 Degrees, and opening for many national acts. We even toured with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy for a year. I also played trumpet on a b-side on Natalie Imbruglia's multi-platinum selling single to "Torn," and did some songwriting with Robbie Nevil (of "Ce La Vie" fame).I also have performed all over the world including many caribbean islands like Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, St. Maarten and St. Kitts.

I offer lessons to people of ALL AGES! I customize my lessons to focus on the things YOU WANT TO LEARN. My favorite thing to teach is how to play by ear! I can teach you the system that all professional musicians use to be able to play songs instantly after hearing it once. It really is possible with a little practice.

I do also teach the classical repertoire if that is what you are more interested in. For most students, I teach a combination of playing by ear and learning music theory, as well as some classical repertoire.


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20 Reviews
Angela L.
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Chris is a stellar piano teacher. He figures out student's level very quickly and starts from there.

Posted Feb 12, 2019
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Chirs is an awesome teacher. definitely looking forward to the next class.

Posted Oct 13, 2018
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Chris found out quickly what my experience was and what my goals were. Were working toward that. Thanks Chris.

Posted Jun 11, 2018
Eugene P.
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Chris is the BEST! He's very good at backing-up for me, and thinking of a different way to explain something I'm having trouble grasping. That's an ART in teaching style! I appreciate it so much.

Posted Feb 28, 2018
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Chris is a talented piano player and a stellar piano instructor. Highly recommend anyone of any age to take lessons from him. His unique approach with ear training is fun, relatable, and a strong skill for any piano player to acquire. I greatly enjoy lessons with Chris and look forward to continuing on!

Posted Jan 19, 2018
Eugene P.
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Chris is great! Lots of info at first lesson, but not enough to be overwhelming. I'm looking forward to all I'll get to learn through him! Laid-back, super easy-going, matter-of-fact style which suits my style as well.

Posted Jan 8, 2018
John Daniels
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excellent first lesson

Posted Sep 19, 2017
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Chris has been teaching me music theory along with my piano lessons. He is great and I plan to continue as long as possible.

Posted Jul 26, 2016
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Great first lesson! As an adult who's always wanted to relearn piano, I feel confident that I made the right choice in Chris.

Posted Jun 15, 2016
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Chris is awesome! He tailored my lessons to help me cover the skills that I most needed/wanted to work on while continuing to cover the basic materials he takes all his students through. He's professional, easy-going, flexible, and is a super talented player. Highly recommended for students of any playing level, or any age!

Posted Apr 27, 2016
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Chris is very knowledgeable about piano music. Also, he is patient and understanding.

Posted Apr 15, 2016

Chris is a very patient and caring person who not only continually works on his own skills and attitudes, but also encourages and rewards those qualities in others - both students and friends alike. His sense of humor, ability to motivate others, and his wide knowledge of music - everything from jazz standards to classic rock to hip hop - make him an excellent teacher for virtually any piano student.

Posted Apr 14, 2016
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Chris is simply the BEST!! patient and very thoughtful If your trying to learn the piano or simply wanting to brush up on your technique look no further because Chris is well versed in all genres of music. His trio played for my benefit last Friday to a standing room only crowd making the event both a success and memorable.

Posted Apr 13, 2016
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Chris is an amazing teacher! He has helped me understand and connect the dots quicker than any other piano teacher has. He will teach you to your preferences as to how and what you want to learn. He is patient, caring, kind, and thorough. He truly wants the student to understand the music but to have fun while doing it. He has a great sense of humor and makes the student feel comfortable. Oh and there is no use of rulers to slap fingers who make mistakes!!

Posted Apr 13, 2016

Chris is great, really knows his stuff and relays it well to students. Excellent musician and teacher.

Posted Apr 13, 2016

Chris is one of the most generous people and an incredibly talented musician. Whenever anybody asks who I recommend for a piano teacher I always send them to Chris.

Posted Apr 13, 2016
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Luppy is a world class piano player and one of the easiest going instructors anyone could hope to find. He is genuinely interested in his students success and is very patient and kind.
Luppy loves music and his energy can be contagious.
Ultra positive and knowledgeable instructor.
This is not a typical strict judgmental curt instructor. Luppy is kind and warm and wants others to succeed.
And.... did I mention he is a world class piano player?

Posted Apr 13, 2016
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Chris is an awesome teacher. He has a lot of patience and works lessons accordingly to your needs. I have expanded my knowledge of piano playing in a short time due to the help of Chris.

Posted Apr 13, 2016
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if you are wanting to learn piano by ear - Chris is a great player and teacher - check him out!

Posted Apr 13, 2016
Luke D.
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Chris is one of the most talented musicians I know! Also a great motivator! Definitely recommend learning music from this pro!

Posted Apr 13, 2016

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Founder and CEO
May 2017 - Present

Soul Motivation Records

Aug 2009 - Present

Jim Manley Duo

Piano Performer
Oct 2007 - Present

Jive and Wail Dueling Piano Bar

Aug 2001 - Present

The Sky West Trio

Piano Performer
Nov 2015 - Apr 2016

The Live Juke Joint Dueling Piano Bar

Piano Performer
Oct 2007 - Apr 2016

Spanky Entertainment

Piano Instructor
Aug 2011 - Oct 2014

Midwest Music Conservatory

Piano Performer
Sep 2011 - Sep 2013

Harrah's Casino Piano Bar

Aug 1996 - Sep 2005

LP Outsiders

Entertainment Director/Singing Waiter
Sep 1994 - Aug 1995

Big Buck Brewery and Steakhouse


Piano Performance
Aug 1995 - May 1997

Greenville College

Private Piano Lessons
Sep 1981 - May 1997

Numerous Revered Instructors



Fluent / Native Proficiency

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