Mahlon Berv

Mahlon B.

Valley Village, CA
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Mahlon delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

I am a dedicated teacher, pianist, composer and conductor. I love working with students and am happy to find the right method for each person. I graduated from the Royal College of Music in London and the Jacobs School of Music. My experience covers a wide range of musical styles and genres. I would be delighted to embark together on your musical journey. I have performed at the Juilliard School, in London, Paris and New York. As a composer I've orchestrated music for Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow, and composed for award winning fashion films.


Piano and Music Theory Teacher
Mar 2017 - Present
Cornerstone Music Conservatory

Teaching group classes, and private piano lessons at the Cornerstone Music Conservatory in Santa Monica

Jan 2009 - Present

I studied with Oxana Yablonskaya of the Juilliard School of Music and Edlina Dubinsky at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. I use my experience appropriately to teach young children, beginners through advanced students. I use my knowledge and create a system that is appropriate to the level of the student. I feel an obligation to pass on the knowledge that I have because learning an instrument is proven to stimulate brain development in children, and I believe music enriches a young person's life.

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Jan 2007 - Present

Mahlon is a composer for film and concert music. He has written music for orchestra, electronics and diverse instruments. He completed an internship with Bear McCreary in 2016 and holds a Master's in Composition for Screen from the Royal College of Music. Recent performances of his music include in London, England at the London Film School, Paris, France at La Schola Cantorum, San Diego, California at PFMW and New York at the NYU/ASCAP Workshop. Mahlon has won several awards in music including New York Art Ensemble Emerging Composer 2011 and 2010, Indiana University Dean's award scholarship, Morton Gould ASCAP finalist, First Place in the 2010 Webster Community Music School Young Composer Competition, National Federation of Music Clubs winner, Pikes Peak honorable mention.

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Master of Composition in Composition for Screen
Sep 2014 - Jul 2016
Royal College of Music
Bachelor of Science in Composition and Philosophy with a Piano Concentration
Aug 2009 - May 2014
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Best Score
Mar 2019
Los Angeles Film Awards
Nominated for Best Score
Oct 2018
Los Angeles Fashion Film Festival
Best Score in a Fashion Film
May 2017
Canadian International Fashion Film Festival


Society of Composers and Lyricists
Jan 2017

The Society Of Composers & Lyricists is an organization consisting of Hollywood's professional motion picture, Television, and multimedia music composers, songwriters and lyricists, with histories in the art of scoring for motion pictures and television. Many of its members have won or been nominated for Oscars, Emmys and Grammy Awards.

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American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2014

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

My piano cover of "Sonsick" by San Fermin
My composition, Song of Solomon, for Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, and Piano Quintet
Indiana University Graduation



My opera at the Royal College of Music

Photo by Mahlon B.
Photo by Mahlon B.
Photo by Mahlon B.

8 Reviews

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Yanran Z. Jun 19, 2017
Piano · Online

Benjamin Mar 28, 2017
Piano · Online

Incredibly prepared and helpful during the lesson, sent very detailed advice after lesson for review. Awesome teacher.

Izumi Mar 4, 2017
Classical Piano · In studio

He is great pianist and his technique is amazing!!!
I really wanna be like him and he made me feel so strongly each time . He teaches me very kindly and he is also a composer so he is totally different from just a instructor of piano. I'm so luckey to meet him in my life.

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Michelle Mar 4, 2017
Arrangement and Composition · Online

Mahlon is a very talented musician and effective teacher. He is very passionate about his craft and is personable and friendly. I highly recommend him!

Peter Ting Mar 4, 2017
Arrangement and Composition · Online

Mahlon is an extremely skilled composer and educator! His knowledge of music has incredible amount of depth and I enjoy learning from him!

Shirley Grossman Mar 4, 2017
Piano · In home

Mahlon Berv is an excellent teacher for children and adults. He worked with my kids, patiently and enthusiastically, and made every lesson fun for them. They love music ! I am so glad that we found Mahlon when our kids were little. He found just the right mix of pieces and training, and my kids looked forward to piano! So many adults look back on their childhood piano teacher with mixed feelings. Not mine! Our kids love to play, and learned discipline, too. Mahlon is a fine teacher, and a good influence, too. He is a natural with kids.

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Laurence Mar 4, 2017
Piano ·

Mahlon is a fantastic person ... kind and patient, an excellent communicator, positive, funny and dedicated to his craft. You will not go far wrong with him!

Nstasha Mar 1, 2017
Piano · In studio

Very happy with my teachers lessons. He is patient and knowledgeable. Recommend Mahlon.
He has a profound love and knowledge of music,

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