Erik Flaten

Erik F.

Philadelphia, PA
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Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
An understanding of music theory is at the root of all reading and understanding of music. Lessons in music theory will address the specific goals and genre interest of the student. Anything from how to read jazz chords to understanding the complexities of Beethoven can be covered.
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Erik delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

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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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Director of Contemporary Music
Jan 2017 - Present
Reformation Lutheran Church

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

Photos & Videos

Images, Book I Claude Debussy, Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI:  46    Joseph Haydn, Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 22     Alberto Ginastera
Performing the Grieg Piano Concerto with the West Seattle Symphony

Photo by Erik F.

Photo by Erik F.

Working with Grammy and Tony award winning pianist Rob Fisher.

Photo by Erik F.
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8 Reviews

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Charles H. Oct 9, 2018
Singing · In studio

Great lesson

Raymond M. Oct 4, 2018
Classical Piano · In studio

Great combination of technical expertise and knowledge of history and the evolution of the piano. Every lesson is fascinating.

Louise A. Jan 25, 2017
Piano · In studio

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.

Siobhan Jan 24, 2017
Piano · In studio

Truly amazing teacher!

Keith Nov 2, 2016
Piano · In home

Erik is able to explain in a way that easily understood.

Sam E. Jun 5, 2016
Piano · In home

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.

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Kelly Brancaccio Feb 29, 2016
Piano · In home

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.

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Kelly Brancaccio Oct 20, 2015
Piano · In home

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.

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