Erik Flaten

Erik F.

Philadelphia, PA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Ear Training is a fundamental part of being a musician, and any work done in ear training will help nurture all aspects of our inner musicianship. These lessons will focus on what the student needs most, and can include harmonic and melodic dictation, analysis, and sight singing.

About Erik F.

Pianist, music director, and vocal coach, Erik was born and raised in Eastern Washington state. As a solo pianist, he has been heard all across the northwest and beyond, in cities including Seattle, Portland, Tacoma, NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Philadelphia, and internationally in Prague and Salzburg. Erik has been a guest artist at Whitman College, Portland State University, The Kairos Chamber Music Lyceum, California State University Summer Arts, the West Seattle Symphony, and the Gig-Harbor Peninsula Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing, Erik’s passion for teaching has led him to be an adjudicator for various festivals including the Washington Sonata-Sonatina Festival and the Washington Regional Solo and Ensemble Festival.

Erik most recently served as the Music Director for the National Tour of Kander and Ebb's timeless musical Cabaret. This production was on tour from December 2017 through May 2018 all across North America.'s review praised the musicianship of the show, "Musical director Erik Flaten's musicians are impressive in their dexterity: At one moment, they are providing rich interpretations of the memorable John Kander score, while perhaps at the next they are playing denizens of the Kit Kat Klub or neighborhood thugs, wastrels and other folks of questionable repute. Flaten and his band are given their own richly deserved moments in the spotlight at the top of Act Two and the music director himself is given the well-earned final bow at the end of the curtain call."

Erik currently resides in Philadelphia, where he coaches and plays for a diverse range of singers. In addition to coaching and playing, Erik works as Music Director for musical theater, manages a private studio, and serves as Artistic Director of the Media Performing Arts Series. Previous successes include performances with mezzo-soprano, Angela Niederloh and baritone, Matthew Hayward in Portland, and a performance of the Grieg piano concerto with the West Seattle Symphony. Upcoming engagements on the East Coast include collaborative work with with soprano, Leah Golub.

Students of Erik have the opportunities to perform in studio recitals and workshops.


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13 Reviews
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Erik is a teacher, when I say teacher I mean someone who makes up a lesson plan on the spot, so that you'll be prepared for your next session.

Kudos for Erik,

Posted Feb 4, 2020
Nathan F.
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Erik made an excellent first impression with our beginner level 9-year-old son. Erik’s knowledge and experience, mixed with his teaching style, seem to be a good fit for him.

Posted Aug 2, 2019
Olivia F.
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Great first lesson. Erik’s knowledge and experience, mixed with his teaching style seems to be a good fit for our kids.

Posted Aug 2, 2019
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As an adult beginner I appreciate the time Erik takes to answer my questions about theory and technical aspects of playing.

Posted Apr 29, 2019
Nicky M.
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Eric is the best ! So patient and professional !

Posted Nov 15, 2018
Charles H.
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Great lesson

Posted Oct 9, 2018
Raymond M.
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Great combination of technical expertise and knowledge of history and the evolution of the piano. Every lesson is fascinating.

Posted Oct 4, 2018
Louise A.
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I was impressed by Erik's resume and had my first lesson today. He is very thorough and I can see from only one lesson that he will make a positive impact on my learning.

Posted Jan 25, 2017
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Truly amazing teacher!

Posted Jan 24, 2017
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Erik is able to explain in a way that easily understood.

Posted Nov 2, 2016
Sam E.
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I don't normally write reviews, but felt compelled to after taking piano lessons with Eric for a few months. I'm an adult-learner, and was previously considering giving up piano due to a lack of progress. Eric's focused teaching style and enthusiasm for the instrument has re-ignited my interest in piano, while I can see (hear) tangible improvement in my playing with each lesson.

I'd have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Eric to students of all levels.

Posted Jun 5, 2016
Kelly Brancaccio
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I have written a review before but now after many months, feel compelled to write again. Erik is wonderful. He is so patient, talented, and dependable. My son who was not overly eager to continue piano looks forward to his lessons with Erik and has improved a lot. Recommend without any hesitation at all.

Posted Feb 29, 2016
Kelly Brancaccio
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Erik is wonderful! My 8 year old son has taken several lessons with Erik. Erik is great with him - patient, encouraging and you can tell he has planned the lesson realizing the importance of building on what was learned last. We are happy to have found such a great teacher and would highly recommend him for children or adults.

Posted Oct 20, 2015

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Director of Contemporary Music
Jan 2017 - Present

Reformation Lutheran Church

Choir Coordinator
Apr 2019 - Oct 2019

OMS Productions

Choir coordinator for Hugh Jackman's world tour.

Music Director
Nov 2017 - May 2018

Cabaret the Musical National Tour

Rehearse, play piano, and conduct for the National Tour of the Broadway show, Cabaret.

Music Instructor and Accompanist
Jan 2017 - Sep 2017

Settlement Music School

Staff Pianist
Sep 2016 - May 2017

New York University

Music Director
May 2015 - Aug 2016

Metropolitan Community Church San Francisco

Staff Pianist
Sep 2015 - Jun 2016

Chabot College

Educational Outreach Pianist
Apr 2015 - Jun 2016

Livermore Valley Opera

Music Director
Jun 2012 - Aug 2014

Cedar Hills United Church of Christ

Adjunct Faculty
Aug 2011 - May 2012

New York University


MM Piano Performance - Solo Piano
Aug 2014 - Jun 2016

San Francisco State University

MM Piano Performance - Collaborative Piano
Aug 2011 - May 2012

New York University

BM Piano Performance
Aug 2007 - Jun 2011

Central Washington University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Full Tuition Piano Scholarship
Aug 2015

San Francisco State University

Carol Ferrando Scholarship
Dec 2014

San Francisco State University

Full Tuition Piano Scholarship
Aug 2014

San Francisco State University

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