Gabriel Casas
Lake Elsinore, CA
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Gabriel Casas

Gabriel C.

Lake Elsinore, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been giving private piano lessons in student's homes for the past 15 years to present date. I care deeply for all of my students and helping them achieve all of their musical goals and aspirations. My lessons consist of theory, technique, sight reading, ear training, performance, and will be tailored and designed to fit each student's wants and needs. I can come to you in person, or via internet so feel free to shoot me a message and let's get started today!

About Gabriel C.

From 4th to 12 grade I studied piano under Dr. Anne Karanikolaou.
I studied music theory, rhythm, technique, composition, and performance at Saddleback College.

My core qualifications are extended piano techniques, lesson plan development, performance assessments, putting on bi-annual recitals, musicianship skills, technology integration, individualized lesson plans, musical theory, and creative teaching skills.

2005 to present Owner/teacher at "Piano Matters".

My professional experience includes solo performances in various venues including restaurants, wine bars, cafes, private events, wedding and reception music.

Seasonal performances at the University Of Irvine Alumni group "The Inside Edge”

The first band I created was a 4 piece consisting of drums, 3 part vocals, bass, and two keyboardists which was picked up by the surf/skate/snowboard/apparel company
"Volcom" and put on their record label.

I also toured the Hawaiian Islands for over a decade with big name bands including Humble Soul, Jus Goodie, J Boog, The Heartical Crew, Remedy, The Turnstyles, Sheriff Brown, and backing numerous traveling artists from abroad.

Recently I've won multiple songwriting challenges in different groups on social media.

I currently perform with various local artists including JamKwest, Lyons Den, Smoothie J, Johnny Love, Andrew Corradini, Braddah Adrian, Jah Mex, and Anesha Rose.

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Mary
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Gabriel has been teaching my son Riser (age 7 now) for over 2 years now. We feel so blessed! My son progressed so quickly. Gabriel is patient, engaging and has a gift for helping kids grow their piano skills week by week. I love that he's also created "recitals" for his students to play for people! We recently switched from in home lessons to doing them through FaceTime, and it's almost like having Gabe in our home with us.

Posted Apr 7, 2020
Paris
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I’m an adult learner and was overwhelmed with the idea of jumping back into piano lessons after a long stint away and not a lot of foundation to start from. I enlisted the help of Gabriel and found his patience, encouragement and thoughtful teaching style put me right at ease! After a few lessons I was on my way and managed to stumble my way through a big chunk of a complicated song I had been wanting to learn! During this uncertain time in history where we are all self-isolating to protect ourselves and each other, I think there is no better time than to pick up where I left off and start my lessons again. I’ll be resuming online lessons with Gabriel again and encourage you to do the same! You won’t be disappointed. 🙂

Posted Apr 3, 2020
Valerie , Erwan and Ella
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Gabriel was amazing. He Taught my two kids and me for many years. I can’t say enough how amazing he is!!!
He is very patient and know how to deal with kids of all ages. He understands how each child is different and customize his lessons plans to their needs. He is truly an amazing teacher

Posted Mar 30, 2020
Gary
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Gabe was an awesome teacher. He taught two of our children and he was extremely friendly, patient and encouraging. They learned a lot and piano helped them in life by being disciplined and goal oriented. I highly recommend Gabe.

Posted Mar 25, 2020
Makenzie
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My son has been taking lessons for a few years now. He has learned so much and has grown as a piano player in such a short amount of time. Gabe is not only an amazing pianist but has been given the gift of teaching. He is encouraging, patient, and kind. We love that he comes to our home and my son looks forward to his lesson every week. Best teacher ever!

Posted Mar 24, 2020
Michelle
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Gabe is such an amazing teacher! Hudson has been taking lessons for 3 years and it has been such a great experience. His skill has progressed so much, sometimes his interest level goes up and down but Gabe always knows how to make it fun again with new songs to learn and then he wants to play and practice all day. He also loves performing in Gabe’s recitals and the talent show at school. Gabe is so talented and patient, we feel so lucky our friend referred us to him!

Posted Mar 23, 2020
Naila
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My son warmed up to him very quickly - it said true they say kids know it cause me being the mother I felt the compassion and warmth Gabe had and so did my little one. We have been taking classes With someone else prior where I had to drive and go and this has been so much easier for us busy moms who can stay at home and continue the work while our child is learning- Gabe is so patient and has this calm demeanor and that is so natural that kids pick up and feel comfortable- to teach kids you have to have a certain personality and Gabe sure does. I trust him so much and feel comfortable while he is teaching my son and I’m in the office downstairs- I immediately felt comfortable with him teaching my son and being in my home which is not easy to feel with just anyone- he truly cares and I have never seen him look at his watch just to get out but rather leaving the child with enough to learn and practice and that alone comes from his quality of care and compassion that he takes pride in to make sure these kids learn. I think my son learned much quicker then the previous teacher I took him too. He is made for this and I would
Recommend him in a heart beat!!

Posted Mar 23, 2020
Sandra
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Gabriel has been our Piano teacher for years and we are so happy we found him! He is great with kids and my kids have been improved so much with him !

Posted Mar 23, 2020
Elvin
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Gabriel has taught piano lessons to my 3 children for many years, since they were in elementary school, giving them a good base to continue their piano. He is patient and knowledgeable and truly cares for the students.

Posted Mar 21, 2020
Lisa
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Gabe is one of the most patient people I’ve ever met. He has worked with our three sons for years. I would highly recommend him. He does a great job and is extremely patient.

Posted Mar 21, 2020
C.C.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Both my son and daughter took lessons from Gabriel for years. He connected well with them on a personal and instructional level. They were always excited to see him and the music he brought. He is fun, patient, and very professional. I’d highly recommend him.

Posted Mar 21, 2020
Mike
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Gabriel has taught my son for over seven years and has shown him a real love of music. We could not be happier with the results. Gabriel has brought out a real passion for music in my sons. Gabriel is a fantastic teacher with the patience of a Saint. We can never thank him enough.

Posted Mar 21, 2020
Billy
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Gabe’s approach to teaching piano is to share his love of the art with anybody willing to learn, from the youngest of kids to adults. Gabe thrives off the energy of teaching and learning from others, and is passionate about every aspect of piano. What sets Gabe apart is his unwavering commitment to helping you or your loved ones to meet your highest potential… and have fun while doing it.

Posted Mar 21, 2020
Michael
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Gabriel has taught my son Troy for almost 7 years and it sparked a love of music in him that I will be thankful for the rest of my life. It has given him a passion for music and everything artistic! Gabriel’s patience and kind heart has meant everything to me and my son.

Posted Mar 21, 2020
Angeleen
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Gabriel is an excellent teacher. He is extremely knowledgeable and very patient. The material that Gabriel finds for my daughter has kept her very interested and happy to practice everyday. Both my daughter and I love that he incorporates the fundamentals of keyboard theory while keeping it fun by giving her the choice of songs she wants to learn. I highly recommend Gabriel to anyone wanting to learn piano.

Posted Mar 20, 2020
Ilonka
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Gabriel has taught our 10 year old grand daughter piano lessons for over a year. He makes it fun and easy to learn . I highly recommend Gabriel !

Posted Mar 20, 2020
Joel
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I began taking piano lessons with Gabe in middle school, and he continued to teach me and help me grow for the next 9 years. He is a fantastic guy who teaches fundamentals and music theory, but knows how to keep lessons fun as well. He was always pushing me to learn how to play music I liked, and anytime I found sheet music for one of my favorite songs, he would work with me to show me what I needed to do to practice it until I could play it. Gabe organizes his own Piano Matters recitals with all of his students to play for senior citizens, and he and his wife are incredibly supportive of everyone performing. If you want piano lessons that will challenge you without feeling like a chore, Gabe is the guy to call, hands-down.

Posted Mar 20, 2020
Stanley
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Gabriel is an excellent piano instructor teacher. He's the best decision we've ever made. In comparison to all the other piano teachers my kids have had, I would say he's the best. He uses a very personal hands-On approach. He's very instructional and makes sure his students understand the basics of music as it relates to theory music, composition, timing, and so on and so forth. He teaches my daughter and my son, and they love him. They now look forward to their piano lessons on a weekly basis. Keep up the good work!

Posted Mar 20, 2020
S. White
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Gabriel is an excellent piano instructor teacher. He's the best decision we've ever made. In comparison to all the other  piano teachers my kids have had, I would say he's the best. He uses a very personal hands-On approach. He's very instructional and makes sure his students understand the basics of music as it relates to theory music, composition, timing, and so on and so forth. He teaches my daughter and my son, and they love him to death. They now look forward to their piano lessons on a weekly basis. Keep up the good work, sir.

Posted Mar 20, 2020
Richard
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My 7 year old grandson has been taking lessons with Gabriel for a few months now and is truly enjoying it. Our in home lessons are the best and my grandson really enjoys Gabriel and his teaching skills. Gabriel is very knowledgeable, caring and patient. I would highly recommended him for anyone interested in learning to play piano.😊.

Posted Mar 19, 2020
Robyn
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My granddaughter who is seven and I am 60 have been taking lesson from Gabriela for several months. He is very patient and does great in helping us understand what he is teaching. We took lessons before from another company and my granddaughter was never excited about going. Now she is excited,she has even put in to be in the talent show at her school. This says a lot for how Gabriel teaches and also makes it enjoyable. I highly recommend him

Posted Mar 19, 2020
Brian
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Gabriel is amazing. He visits you in your home and is very experienced and focused on training classical piano. I’ve learned a lot so far and he has been focusing on teaching me on skills where I lack.

My 6 year old son and I are both students and love him!

It’s the same for my son. He has been teaching my son sight reading and the importance of practicing every day. I can already see an improvement!

Posted Mar 19, 2020
Mario
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Gabriel is not just an amazing teacher but an all around great guy.
He really knows his craft and he has a lot of patience (I'm taking lessons gor the first time at 64...)
If you take lessons from Gabriel you will not regret it!

Posted Mar 19, 2020
Kandys (Elementary School Teacher)
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Mr. Gabe is a wonderful piano instructor. He is very kind and has the patience of Job when teaching my 9 year old. My daughter never played before and she is more confident than ever. I highly recommend him!

Posted Mar 19, 2020
Jason
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I started learning piano as an adult. There's so much to learn it could take a lifetime. With gabriel he give me the tools I need to know where to begin and builds you up from there.This is important because it builds a solid foundation from the start. Gabriel is awesome,he's not afraid to take the songs and pieces you want to learn and incorporate those into your lesson and learning program. This way you learn both what you want but also what you need. His patience and passion for music really shows and he really cares if you are learning and progressing . You will learn how to play piano from Gabriel.

Posted Mar 19, 2020
Karen
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My 10 year old son has learned so much from Gabriel over a short amount of time. He looks forward to his weekly lesson in our home. It’s has been creating watching his love of music grow through Gabriel’s instruction.

Posted Mar 19, 2020
Patty
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Gabriel Casas has a love for music and the piano. It shows in his teaching! He has a unique style and care for his students every single one! Gabriel has many students that have gone on and achieved success is in their piano field of music! I am writing this review because I cannot say enough about this sincere and caring person.! Anyone from adult to child who takes lessons from Gabriel will not be disappointed!

Posted Mar 19, 2020
Becky
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

My son has been taking lessons with Gabe for about 5 years. His calm encouragement has helped him flourish in his love for piano and music. The amount of theory, classical piano, and music that my son chooses has been the perfect combination to help him create what I expect to be a lifelong enjoyment of music. He has also worked for about 1 year with my 7 year old daughter and has more patience than anyone I have ever known. She has also enjoyed every one of her lessons. I would highly recommend Gabe for all ages and all learning styles.

Posted Mar 19, 2020
Holly
Profile-location-home Student's Home

We love Gabriel! My son has come so far in such a short time. Would definitely recommend him to my friends and family! 🤗

Posted Mar 19, 2020

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Experience

Owner / Teacher
Jan 2005 - Present

Private Studio

-Develop personalized lesson plans and select material, musical equipment, and assignments. -Engage students in discussions on musical selection and composer histories. -Coordinate recitals to demonstrate students’ achievements.

Piano Teacher
Jan 2002 - Dec 2005

Pacific School of Music

Education

Music
Sep 1995 - Jun 1997

Saddleback College

Piano Theory
Jun 1985 - Jun 1994

Dr. Anne Karanikolaou Piano

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Early Childhood Music Education
Jun 1997

Saddleback College

Awards

Best Original Song
Mar 2020

Southern California Music Makers

Best Original Song
Feb 2020

Southern California Music Makers

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association
Feb 2013
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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