Justin Hershey

Justin H.

Long Beach, CA

Lesson Details

Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am an experienced pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader. I have taught piano and music theory privately, and in classroom settings, to students from the age of 4 up to retirees. I have the academic knowledge that would allow me to help you with you AP Music Theory homework, as well as the practical knowledge of being able to help you figure out how to apply those principles to your playing or composing, regardless of instrument, or lack thereof.
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Justin delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 1+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Hi there, I have been playing the piano for over 20 years, and have over 8 years teaching experience, having taught everyone from 4-year olds to retired enthusiasts (including students with special needs), in private, and classroom settings. I focus on making lessons fun, while catering to the individual needs of every student. I can help with music theory questions, improvisation, and composition, as well as piano lessons focusing on jazz, classical, or any other styles you are interested in. Let me know what you are interested in learning and we can work together to accomplish any musical task.


B.A. in Music
Aug 2008 - May 2010
San Diego State University

3 Reviews

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Chris Mar 11, 2019
Piano · In studio

Justin helped me excel with jazz piano. I met him through his teaching and performance as part of the highly acclaimed Saddleback College jazz program, as well as having seen him gig in numerous locations in Orange and LA County. He has an engaging and down to earth teaching style. I’ve seen piano teachers who use a “one size fits all” canned approach to students, but Justin was able to quickly size up my personal weaknesses and strengths and set me on an individualized path to improvement.

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Nancy Feb 15, 2019

Justin is one of the most patient, thorough, encouraging, easy to work with teachers I have ever had! He knows his music and his love for it is contagious. I know his personal training was very solid, so he is extremely knowledgeable. No matter what level you are at, do yourself a favor and shedule a lesson with him. You won’t regret it!

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Hug Feb 15, 2019
Music Theory · In home

Well, what can one really say about a local phenom musical genius? This guy really knows how to play, and explain what is happening at the root of swing. On the fundamental elements of jazz, Justin has given me exercises and theory that has elevated my playing to a level that I really didn't think I could ever achieve. I also got him to give my wife a few piano lessons -something she had never done before. And within about 20 min, he had her playing through the real book. He just made it seem easy and fun, and now she can play piano. Pretty cool.

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