Sean Knapp

Sean K.

Los Angeles, CA
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About

Sean passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Sean delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2007

Master of Fine Arts Piano Performance, Tulane University

I love life, and piano is a huge part of my life. I teach students of all ages and levels, and I'm looking forward to finding talented, passionate, and hard-working students here. I am very proud of receiving my Master of Fine Arts in Piano Performance under world renowned concert and recording artist, Faina Lushtak (Moscow Conservatory).

In their lessons, students are taught how to approach every piece of music confidently, economically, and artistically. I help my students reach the highest level of taste and musicianship, and my teaching methods propel students to learn more difficult repertoire in less time. My Master’s Thesis focused on the dynamic, interdependent relationship between movement and sound. Deconstructing piano technique into simple choreographic units helps students learn faster and play more expressively. I also teach the fundamentals of music theory through electronic music composition, if the student is interested.

Ultimately I want this to be fun, but I require dedication, consistent practice, and a positive attitude. Parents, don't worry! Every student has a unique way of balancing hard work and having fun. Students of all ages will be encouraged to participate in competitions and the year end recital.

Let me tell you more about me! I am crazy about traveling! Some of my favorite places around the world are Siem Reape in Cambodia, Gotland in Sweden, and Kalymnos in Greece. One of my favorite things about traveling is seeing all the inspiring artwork made by the amazing, diverse people living on this planet.

Schedule your first lesson today! I can't wait to meet you!

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Experience

Adjunct Professor
Aug 2015 - May 2017
Tulane University Department of Music

Taught Undergraduate students piano technique, music theory, pedagogy, and performance.

Assistant Professor of Practice
Aug 2015 - Dec 2016
Tulane University Department of Theatre and Dance

Taught Undergraduate courses in dance technique and dance studies.

Sales Representative
Oct 2011 - May 2015
Steinway & Sons

Working for the greatest piano manufacturer in the entire world was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Working at the Steinway factory in Queens, I learned everything about pianos and how they are made. If you are looking to purchase a piano, I can help! Don't waste your money on junk!

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Education

Master of Fine Arts Piano Performance
Aug 2015 - May 2017
Tulane University
Bachelor of Fine Arts Piano Performance and Art History
Aug 2007 - May 2011
Tulane University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency

Awards

First Prize New Orleans Concerto and Aria Competition
Apr 2011
Tulane University

Photos & Videos

Here I am, on top of the Opera house in Oslo, Norway!

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Here is my performance of Triana by Isaac Albéniz at the Brandywine International Piano Institute.
Here is the first movement of the Ninth Prokofiev Sonata!

4 Reviews

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Diana Jul 26, 2017
Classical Piano ·

Sean is an extremely talented pianist and teacher, with very effective teaching methods. What I really like about Sean is he is extremely patient and encouraging. He doesn't make you feel bad about your mistakes and is really there to help you and support you. He is always challenging me to be better and knows the steps it takes to become an excellent piano player. I have learned so much from him and am truly grateful for all the time he has spent teaching me to become a better player! Sean is truly the best Piano Teacher!

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Zoey Jul 23, 2017
Classical Piano · In home

Sean is a world class instructor. Sean was patient and attentive ensuring I mastered a skill or song before we moved on. His knowledge of playing shines through as he is teaching, while infusing joy with the practice. My confidence in playing has grown tremendously since taking lessons with Sean and I highly recommend him for your future lessons! Sean is a wonderful instructor, pianist, and friend.

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Sudan Jul 22, 2017
Classical Piano · In home

Fantastic experience. Sean was incredibly atuned to my goals. I'll definitely be working with him again.

David Jul 22, 2017
Classical Piano · In home

Wow, Sean is an amazing pianist and teacher. I am so glad I started lessons with him. I took lessons as a kid, but stopped in high school because I wasn't improving and my teacher didn't give me the music I wanted to play. Now as an adult, I'm so excited to be getting back into lessons. In just a few weeks with Sean, I saw a huge improvement. He gave me a classical piece that I surprisingly love now, and we also worked on a couple of pop songs that I always wanted to play. I highly recommend him. He's really funny too!

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