Geoff Nigl

Geoff N.

El Cajon, CA
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Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I can help students of every level, up to and including college-level texts. We can cover rhythm, note accuracy, interval and chord training, scale modes (Major, Minor, blues, Dorian, etc.) musical terminology recognition, annotation, and more.
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Geoff teaches



Geoff passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Geoff delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:
April 1999

Current Keyboardist for Vokab Kompany ( 3 time San Diego Music Award Winners)
Composed a song that appeared in a Kia commercial, and another that appeared in a movie trailer for the movie "A Good Year" staring Russell Crowe.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will travel to you if it is convenient for me. Let me know where you are located when contacting me.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Baldwin 6 foot grand piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I am traveling to you, a piano or keyboard would need to be provided in the location where we are meeting.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach you how to write music, by giving you the basic building blocks: e.g. chord and melody structuring, scale modes, and harmony sculpting. These lessons un lock doors for my students to create their own music

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Piano teaching
Apr 1999 - Present

I have been teaching privately for over 15 years now. L


Music Production
Oct 2016 - Present
Berkelee School of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency


San Diego Music Award ( multiple years )
Oct 2010


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Oct 2005

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Photos & Videos

what a beautiful instrument this is.  Yamaha C3

Me at Studio West

My band, Vokab Kompany, performing at The Belly Up Tavern in Encinitas.  Look for my keyboard solo!
Me accompanying Carly Hines at the Valhalla High School solo ensemble fest
My students love learning on my 6-foot Baldwin grand piano!

My setup for a gig at the Belly-Up Tavern, Encinitas, CA.
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5 Reviews

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Calvin Feb 26, 2017
Piano · In home

Geoff has been great at working with us to tailor the lessons to us.

Matt Burke Sep 10, 2015
Piano · In studio

Geof has been playing keyboar for Vokab Kompany since 2008. He not only plays keys, but writes and teaches drums at a middle school (and often writes those parts for our band as well). He also writes vocal harmonies, basslines and runs our practices. He arranges our songs and implements complicated key changes, as well as simple solutions to bridge sections that need work. He is a masterful guitar player. Geoff has played: xylaphone, guitar, drums, keys and bass at our live shows. We have played over 500 shows as a band, and while other members rotate, Geoff is the irriplaceable key to our machine. His studio work completes his already steller resume, as a master of Pro-Tools and upper level understanding of the popular writing software ABLETON Live.

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Valerie Aug 28, 2015
Piano · In studio

Geoff is an outstanding musician. He has accompanied my flute students on the piano for many years. His musicianship, and ability to share it with students of all ages, is the gold standard of excellence. He is professional, patient, engaging, and kind, and he always brings out the best in my students, whether it is at festival, recital, or auditioning for colleges. When someone's looking for a piano teacher, I always recommend Geoff.

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Corina Rose Aug 28, 2015
Songwriting · In studio

I've been working with Geoff for almost 10 years! He is an amazing person all around - a great friend, a great musician, and a great teacher! Geoff is patient and will go over the same thing as many times as you need. He is creative and likes to try new things and he is also very encouraging of his students to be original and incorporate their own ideas. He is passionate about what he does and he lives his life for music. Geoff is the best teacher I know because he not only gives his students the skills to succeed at anything they want to do in music, but he gives them the motivation to continue with their personal goals!

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Carl Aug 28, 2015
Piano · In studio

My son took lessons with Geoff on Piano because he wanted to play in his middle school jazz band. Not only was Geoff able to help him with technique and his piano parts, but gave him the skills and confidence to take a solo too! Geoff is very talented and patient. I would HIGHLY recommend him.

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