Peter Shannon

Peter S.

Los Angeles, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My teaching style focuses on the development of solid technique, musical understanding, and accurate sight-reading. I help students tackle tough problems at each lesson, while developing tools to ensure smooth practice sessions and avoid frustration. I bring enthusiasm and professionalism to every lesson, and develop a personalized plan tailored to each student’s personality and playing style.

About Peter S.

I enjoy working with students of all ages, and have experience teaching from ages 4 to 80! I have a dedicated approach to helping you improve, but am generally relaxed and always want to make sure that piano lessons are a fun and rewarding experience.

My piano studio in Silverlake is a beautiful and professional space, with lots of light and a view of the San Gabriel mountains. There is easy parking on the street, and it's easy to get to from most locations in Los Angeles.

I am dedicated to making music a rewarding experience for my students. I bring enthusiasm and professionalism to every lesson. I will develop a personalized plan for you to reach your musical goal as quickly as possible.

I received my bachelor’s degree in music from Stanford University, and my master’s degree in piano performance at California State University, Northridge. I've served as the head piano teacher at Musonia School of Music, and taught private and class piano at California State University, Northridge.

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Shannon P.
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Peter is a wonderful teacher with a beautiful space located in Los Feliz. There is plenty of parking and the location is easy to get in and out of. He is extremely patient and excellent at listening to my needs as a student. I have learned so much about music theory since I have started with Peter and hope to conitinue to grow and learn with him.

Posted Oct 28, 2015
Paula Carbone
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Peter's studio is conveniently located, and there is ample and easy parking. As an adult learner, I was very nervous to begin, and Peter has put me at ease. He takes things in a logical order and is extremely supportive. I always feel very confident in beginning something new due to his thorough explanations and demonstrations. I am really enjoying getting to know the piano, and Peter has made it even more enjoyable!

Posted Jul 14, 2015
Paula Carbone
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A wonderful introduction to piano for an adult beginner, with no musical background. My first lesson was engaging and informative - I am excited to continue!

Posted Jun 13, 2015
Cynthia H.
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I have taken lessons from several other teachers, and while they were all accomplished and competent, really none could compare with the inspired instruction I'm receiving Peter. Though we have been working together for a relatively short time, I feel I have made progress through issues that had dogged me for years -- like sight-reading with confidence, keeping time, and generally relaxing! He has a teaching method and prescribed lesson plans, to be sure, but he is flexible and intuitive enough to work with a student to determine what strategies will help push us past our barriers -- and we all have them. He is kind and funny, but exacting and firm. The lessons are enjoyable, but they're not play time! I've learned so much from Peter already, and can't wait to see what lies ahead!

Posted May 4, 2015
Aaron K.
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Peter is the greatest! As an adult beginner I was a little intimidated to be taking lessons from someone as talented and experienced as Peter, but that absolutely melted away the moment our first lesson began. He is incredibly patient and inspiring, and even though I'm just starting my piano education, Peter consistently boosts my confidence which helps me break through to the next level.

Taking lessons with Peter has also inspired me to listen to classical pieces, many at his suggestion, that I had long forgotten or never had the chance to know.

Posted Apr 30, 2015

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Experience

Solo pianist and accompanist
Mar 2016 - Dec 2017

Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church

Solo pianist and accompanist at Sunday services. Rehearsal pianist for choir rehearsals.

Music Director and Rehearsal Pianist
Jan 2015 - Dec 2017

Valley Performing Arts Center

Music Director for Edges, Fall 2017. First pianist for In the Heights, April 2017. Rehearsal and pit pianist for Urinetown, 2016. First pianist for The Drowsy Chaperone, 2015.

Piano Teacher
Jun 2015 - Sep 2017

Musonia School of Music

Head piano teacher - Organized new biannual recitals, gave lessons covering sight-reading, theory, piano technique and performance, and music appreciation.

Piano Teacher
Aug 2015 - May 2016

California State University, Northridge

Taught private piano lessons with classical repertoire and jazz standards. Taught both major and non-major class piano.

International Certificate for Piano Artists
Sep 2011 - Feb 2013

Fondation Bell'Arte

Performed in public concerts in Braine l'Alleud (Belgium), Vilnius (Lithuania), Palm Beach (Florida), Houston (Texas). Repertoire included Beethoven, Mendelsson, Debussy, Fauré, Chopin, Liszt

Fontainebleau Music Festival
Jul 2011 - Aug 2011

Conservatoire Américaine

Performed works by Debussy, Fauré, and Saint-Saëns.

Opera and ballet accompanist
Sep 2010 - Jun 2011

San Francisco State University

Accompanied opera workshop and ballet barre class. Participated in National Endowment for the Arts grant staging Brenda Way's "Investigating Grace" - performed Bach's Goldberg Variations live for ballet performance.

Education

M.M. in Piano Performance
Aug 2014 - Present

California State University, Northridge

B.A. in Music
Sep 2005 - Dec 2009

Stanford University

Languages

French

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Italian

Professional Proficiency

Awards

Esther Roth Memorial Scholarship
May 2015

California State University Northridge

National Endowment for the Arts Grant
Apr 2011

National Endowment for the Arts

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