Mahlon Berv
Valley Village, CA
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Mahlon Berv

Mahlon B.

Valley Village, CA
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Hi there! I'm a pianist and composer with 15 years of experience in the music industry, having taught classes at Cornerstone Conservatory in Santa Monica. The most important thing I wish to impart is a love of music and a knowledge of its history. I work closely with every student to determine the proper approach for them. It is important to set goals for the student and keep track of their progress. When a student accomplishes something it is the most rewarding feeling! We will study all kinds of music, from Beethoven and Bach, to Bartok and Scott Joplin, Pop and Rock. I studied piano and composition at Juilliard and the Royal College of Music.

About Mahlon B.

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.


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

Posted Mar 28, 2017
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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.

Posted Mar 4, 2017
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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!

Posted Mar 4, 2017
Peter Ting
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Mahlon is an extremely skilled composer and educator! His knowledge of music has incredible amount of depth and I enjoy learning from him!

Posted Mar 4, 2017
Shirley Grossman
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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.

Posted Mar 4, 2017

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!

Posted Mar 4, 2017
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Very happy with my teachers lessons. He is patient and knowledgeable. Recommend Mahlon.
He has a profound love and knowledge of music,

Posted Mar 1, 2017
Yanran Z.
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Posted Jun 19, 2017

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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.

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.


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.
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.

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