Erandi Tillakaratne

Erandi T.

Marina del Rey, CA

Lesson Details



Erandi delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4 to 70 and special needs

Teaching since:
January 1998

*SPECIALTY/EXPERTISE WORKING WITH HIGHLY GIFTED, NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENTS* Born in Sri Lanka, Erandi’s journey in music began at the age of 4 when her aunt gave Erandi her first lesson. With a direct pianistic lineage dating back to Franz Liszt, her natural gift for music was instantly obvious and it did not take long before Erandi began developing her superb technique under the guidance of virtuoso musician, Dawn Owen, and concert pianist, Beulah Ambrose. With a distinct visual flair, the dazzling young pianist has perfected a riveting, deeply emotional style that showcases her effortless power, speed, precision, and lyricism which have earned Erandi a decade-long reign of winning national titles.

At the age of 10, she made her debut public performance, and competed in her first accordion orchestra under the direction of Pamela Hacker. She later performed and nationally competed with the Martin Music Center Orchestra. When Erandi was 13 years old, she began teaching pianoforte performance, accordion, clarinet, and music theory to children and adults alike. At 16, Erandi was invited to be an adjudicator of music festivals and competitions. By the age of 17, she was the youngest joint virtuoso title winner on both the accordion and piano in AFNA’s 50 year history. By the age of 23, Erandi established her first music school where she distilled the essence of her pedagogy and musicianship in ways that were applied to create powerful movements in music.

She has performed and competed in orchestras as well as performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Television (WB Network), and at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Her students have gone on to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, the Colburn Music Academy, the CalArts Summer Music Program, Academy of Music at Hamilton High School, Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Oberlin College's Conservatory of Music, and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.

Students have the option of performing in two yearly recitals as well as annual proficiency evaluations and certificates in performance, theory, and harmony. More advanced students may enter in Summer GCSE music exams, AFNA music festivals, MTNA national competitions, and ABRSM certification under the Royal Schools of Music exam board. Participation is not mandatory, but encouraged.

Teaching Philosophy: She has always been personally invested in each student’s progress and development, and well versed in how to present concepts in a manageable fashion. Every student is unique in how they grasp new information, so every lesson is customized to each student’s abilities. Her teaching approach is very positive, patient, and non-intimidating. The goal is not only to help students discover their potential and excel in their musical ability, but to foster a lifelong love of learning and an appreciation for music.

Affiliations: Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM), Accordion Federation of North America (AFNA), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT), and Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM).

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Sep 2010 - Aug 2014
Gateway Montessori

Developed and implemented creative and challenging lessons focused on academic as well as personal progression. Provided a safe, developmentally appropriate, nurturing environment that promoted social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth. Placed an emphasis on developing self-esteem, confidence, and personal responsibility. Taught children ways to express frustrations and anger effectively without harming others or property. Channeled energy in appropriate directions and helped them exercise self-control. Taught children to assert needs and wants using respect, manners, and to negotiate solutions to conflict.
― Created individualized lessons plans which catered to each child's development and sparked student's curiosity and fostered a love of learning
― Developed a wide range of social improvement activities involving enhancing peer relationships, initiating conversation, taking turns, building leadership skills, and exercising patience
― Kept kids actively engaged in learning through arts and crafts, story-time, indoor and outdoor play, experiments, singing, acting, dancing, and fantasy play
― Established open and effective lines of communication between myself, students, their parents, and administrators
― Consistently exceeded curriculum benchmark standards set by both the CA Department of Education as well as the private school charter
― Extremely astute and vigilant with large groups of children in a structured classroom setting as well as outdoor free-play

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Pianist / Owner
Feb 2006 - Nov 2010
Vivace Music School

Established and managed a music school offering lessons in a wide range of music styles on piano, guitar, violin, oboe, clarinet, accordion, and vocal training.
― Hired and trained staff
― Effectively managed clientele
― Oversaw daily operations
― Performed administrative and financial duties including scheduling, policies and procedures, personnel issues, billing, payroll, general ledger and tax preparation

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Master of Music in Performance – Piano
Sep 2008 - May 2010
Bachelor of Arts in Music and Education
Sep 2004 - May 2008


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


MTNA Certification
Jun 2006
Music Teacher's National Association

The MTNA Professional Certification Program exists to improve the level of professionalism within the field of music teaching. Certification helps readily identify competent music teachers within the community and provides these teachers with prestige, recognition and the potential for student recruitment and increased earning power.

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MTAC Certificate of Merit
Aug 2005
Music Teacher's Association of California

May 2003
The Royal Conservatory of Music

The Royal Conservatory curriculum is made available and accessible to students across North America through the Examinations Certificate Program. Examinations are conducted three times each year in more than 300 communities through a network of local centres.

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Los Angeles International Liszt Competition
Nov 2011
Geraldine Field Keeling, Director
The Benno Rubinyi Piano Competition
Jun 2003
UCLA Music Department


Music Teachers National Association
Jun 2006

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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Photos & Videos

Photo by Erandi T.

Photo by Erandi T.

Photo by Erandi T.


2 Reviews

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Gail W. Aug 15, 2016

Erandi was a very good instructor and very sweet. We enjoyed her.

Alessio C. Jun 23, 2015
Piano · In home

Great teacher! I had two previous teachers and so far she's the best one, she's not just very experienced and knowledgeable but her teaching method it's easy to understand and follow. She's passionate about music and very dedicated to her job, she keeps leaning piano interesting and fun for me. I'll definitely keep learning and improving with her!

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