Shane Chesnut

Shane C.

Pacoima, CA

Lesson Details



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

Teaching since:
April 2009

Hey there! My name is Shane. I'm a pianist and composer and I've been playing piano for 22 years. Music has been the great joy of my life and I love sharing it with others. My philosophy on lessons is that they should be a rewarding, positive, and upbuilding experience. Learning to play the piano is a journey, and there's no reason we can't have fun doing it! My approach is to create a custom curriculum for each student based on their goals while doing my best to observe and build upon their natural strengths. Everybody can learn with proper instruction, enough time, and a little bit of motivation and my job is to make it easy for you. Thank you for your interest, and I wish you well on your musical journey!

+ Read More


Piano and Composition Instructor
Nov 2012 - Dec 2016
ATAM Arts of Technology and Music

This was a very fun place to teach. It had a music studio with extensive equipment including a piano, multiple stringed instruments, drums, computers, and a large amount of music making hardware. Students were instructed in piano performance, songwriting, composition, and learning to play pieces by ear.

+ Read More
Piano and Music Theory Instructor
Jan 2013 - Sep 2016
Alma Mater Educational Services

Alma Mater Educational Services primarily serves the Hollywood and Beverly Hills area and specializes in college counseling and tutoring at the college level. I taught multiple college music students the essentials of piano performance, technique, composition, and music theory.

+ Read More
Piano Instructor
Jan 2013 - Mar 2014
Rock Stars Music Studios

At this school, I taught students aged 4-19 how to play the piano and keyboard. We mainly focused on contemporary music such as the Billboard top 40, and numerous pop and rock pieces. I also prepared students to play in bands with other students for recitals and concerts.

+ Read More


Bachelor's in Music Composition
Sep 2008 - Jun 2012
University of Oregon


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Certificate in Music Studies
Apr 2011
Wyndham Academy of Music

I completed this course to supplement my knowledge of piano pedagogy.


Music Teachers' Association of California
Jun 2016

MTAC aspires to be the recognized leader in (1) Student Programs, which make a positive impact in the quality of music education and in the lives of music students; (2) Member Programs, which inspire quality teaching, the pursuit of ongoing teacher education and member involvement with community outreach; (3) a thriving Foundation, which funds Student Programs and member needs through its investments, donations, and grants.

+ Read More

1 Review

Write a Review
Mike Feb 5, 2017
Piano · In studio

I studied with Shane during my time as an undergraduate student at CSUN.
I already had a substantial amount of music background having taught private lessons on another instrument (drums/percussion) myself prior to meeting Shane, but I wanted to become a strong keyboard player and needed a teacher I could afford and found Shane's rate to be in my budget. With all this in mind I was very critical going into the introduction and first few lessons.

Here's my take away regarding Shane

- He does his homework and spends the time needed to craft and customize a lesson plan geared to your goals. He doesn't just show up , show you a few things, take your money, ad nauseam week after week.

- When you show up, he knows what you are working on and is ready to listen and suggest new things. You don't have to waste lesson time recapping where you left off .

- He is passionate about teaching and music pedagogy in and of itself, not just about getting paid !!

I currently take lessons with a Doctorate level instructor in my hometown and the level of care and attention I received from Shane in comparison to my current ( and hugely more expensive ) teacher is virtually the same.

Highly Recommend !!!

+ Read More

You may want to revisit

Previously viewed teachers: