Summer Ludlow
Newport Beach, CA
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Summer Ludlow

Summer L.

Newport Beach, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
We will work together to develop your understanding of music, regardless of musical background, covering the inner workings of music theory as it applies to any genre, as well as ear training, arrangement, composition, and songwriting.

Lessons will be at your pace, tailored to your interests, and, perhaps most importantly, will foster a love and understanding of music.

About Summer L.

My primary goal as a teacher is to make music lessons a positive, life-enriching experience for my students. Above all, our lessons will focus on reaching your musical potential and goals.

Lesson curriculum will cover the practical skills you need in order to develop musical fluency, creativity, and confidence so playing your instrument and learning new material doesn’t become a mundane or stressful chore.

I have been teaching piano, guitar, and music theory for the past 12 years in both private and classroom settings, working with students of all ages, levels, and musical backgrounds, including students with special needs. 
I hold a Master’s degree in Music from University of California, Irvine and a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance and Audio Engineering from Berklee College of Music, Boston.

Over the last decade, I’ve been based in New York and Southern California, where I run my private music studio, teaching students across the country via online and in-person lessons, in addition to performing in various settings and working as an accompanist and music director.

Please feel free to send me a message if you have any questions about lessons or scheduling!


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Posted Aug 24, 2021
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I'm a singing teacher and decided to take some piano lessons and get so lucky finding Summer! She is a fantastic teacher, great listener, amazing at figuring out how to teach you what you want to learn. On top of all that she is a wonderful person who makes lessons so enjoyable and fun.

Posted Aug 20, 2021
Stephanie ..
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Summer as been teaching both my daughter's, ages 7 & 11, for little over a year now and we couldn't be happier. I don't know how she does it, patience of an angel, but the girls are growing with their lessons and their love for both piano & guitar weekly. She is always encouraging and full of joy. Summer is a great listener and lets my girls have input in what music they want to learn. It is funny how the music they pick out, fits their personalities so well. Summer is extremely hardworking and punctual. We love to "virtually" invite her in our home every week. We hope one day to meet and see her play in person. Until then we look forward to our weekly sessions with her.

Posted Jun 21, 2021
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Summer is an excellent teacher! She was very accommodating and encouraging. Looking forward to future lessons!

Posted Jun 18, 2021
Ivie Gregory
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Summer is an amazing piano teacher. Her positive, encouraging and professional demeanor is like no other. She teaches 3 of my children piano:ages 14, 10, & 8 & she caters to each of their individual personalities, abilities and learning styles. I am amazed at how far each of them have come in just a year. It is so nice to see each of them sit down at the piano and just relax and have fun playing a tune. She has instilled a confidence in them that carries over into every aspect of their life. We are so grateful that the kids have fallen in love with piano, but I completely attribute that love to Summer’s style of teaching. Having a teacher that is so positive and encouraging is such a blessing.

Posted May 13, 2021
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My daughter is so happy with her lessons from Summer. She does a great job individualizing the curriculum, and even making the more monotonous parts engaging. Highly recommend.

Posted Sep 27, 2020
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I have always wanted to learn to play the piano. At the age of 50 I decided it was a perfect time! I picked Summer and it was the best choice I ever made!! She is such a great , patient teacher. She explains every thing so thoroughly that I had no problems understanding her! I caught on and achieved my goal of playing my favorite song, "Claire De lune" and more, I may not sound like a concert pianist, but I am proud of my accomplishment. It never would have happened with out such a fabulous teacher!

Posted Aug 8, 2020
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This is from my daughter who is taking lessons with Summer: “Summer has really helped me learn guitar. I have learned 20 songs now with her and she speeds things up if it is too easy and she lets me learn another song if one is too hard. I like her a lot.”

Posted Jul 24, 2020
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Summer is my 6 year old daughters guitar teacher. She has been phenomenal! In eight weeks she’s taught her all her cords, three songs, and she’s even learned how to write music! Summer is a patient and kind teacher who offers clear instructions and has good classroom management skills. I highly recommend her.

Posted Jun 2, 2020
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Best instructor ever! We love her!

Posted May 18, 2020
Erik B.
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Posted May 12, 2020
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summer is my favorite teacher because she is so kind and she lets you chose what you want to learn, and she cares about your opinion

Posted May 4, 2020
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I was so impressed with our lesson with Summer. She is a natural teacher and inspired my child in just 1 lesson. We are so excited to continue lessons with her.

Posted Apr 30, 2020
Grace M.
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Summer is skilled, knowledgeable and most importantly my daughter loves learning from her.

Posted Apr 24, 2020
Julia F.
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My daughter, Julia, is a beginner, and she loves Summer, and really appreciates Summer's teaching style!! Julia will definitely continue her online lessons. Summer is an empathetic, caring, super talented "rock star" instructor!!!

Posted Mar 20, 2020
Jo-Anne B.
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She was very good and really knew what she was doing and explained things very well!

Posted Mar 12, 2020
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My daughter loves the lessons!

Posted Feb 28, 2020
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Posted Feb 4, 2020
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Summer is amazing. She is very intuitive to the students needs and when they need to change gears. She is extremely positive and supportive of the students challenges. We couldn't be happier with our choice of instructors.

Posted Jan 7, 2020
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very good teacher! no complains.

Posted Oct 23, 2019
Emily V.
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Summer Individualized each lesson for my son, daughter, and myself!

Posted Aug 26, 2019
Ana C.
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Summer is very thorough and competent. She does a great job teaching my daughter the many layers of music!

Posted Jul 28, 2019
Ana C.
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My daughter loves Summer! She told me that she explains the “why” and is opening whole new worlds to her in music!!!

Posted Jul 26, 2019
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Great experience!!

Posted Jul 26, 2019
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Summer is a great teacher. I have progressed farther than I thought I would have in such a short time.

Posted Jul 12, 2019
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My 13 year old daughter had a great first lesson with Summer. She felt encouraged and supported as she entered into the world of music through the piano.

Posted Jun 28, 2019
Megan M.
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Amazing she’s perfect. Learned all I need to know. Can’t wait for future lessons to get so much better. Truly greatful

Posted Mar 17, 2019
Marcus R.
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I'm taking basic recording with Summer, She is excellent,
knowledgeble and easy talk to. Marcus

Posted Mar 14, 2019
Nicole H.
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Summer is fantastic. We first had her as an in-home instructor in Manhattan, and now that she has moved to California, we have her online. She is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about music, has introduced the kids to different genres, music theory and online music practice apps to keep them engaged and learning. She gives them homework "listening assignments" to help develop their ear for music. The kids have grown so much in their love of music and their ability to sight-read, play and understand music theory.

Posted Sep 20, 2018
Bibiane (with Anna and Anselm)
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Summer is the best! She has taught my children throughout their middle childhood into their teens and during this time has introduced them to many different genres of music, which they have particularly enjoyed. In that way, she has not only taught them to play the piano excellently but has instilled in them an appreciation for music. In addition to being super-nice, patient, open-minded and very well organized, she challenges her students ceaselessly and pushes them to reach their potential. She employs a variety of different teaching methods and adjusts her style to the learner in front of her. My children related to her extremely well and they loved her.
Highly recommend

Posted Sep 10, 2018
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Summer is one of the best piano teachers I ever had. She makes learning piano really fun and is extremely patient with her students. It was sometimes a challenge taking lessons on a consistent basis due to my work schedule but we always managed to get around it somehow. I really enjoyed my lessons and feel that they have helped improve my skills tremendously. Thanks Summer!!

Posted Aug 19, 2018
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We have had the pleasure of having Summer as a piano teacher for two kids and a parent. She is an outstanding teacher! Summer knows how to judiciously adapt to the different traits of the students (young or old), and to bring out the immense joy of learning to play an instrument.

Posted Aug 6, 2018
Tony H.
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Summer has been my teacher for about a year. It was a wonderful learning experience for me. She inspired me to work hard and I learned so much. Jazz, bossa, the blues and standards were the genre's we worker on. She taught me how to clap to get my timing down. Great person and a skilled instructor!!!!

Posted Aug 4, 2018
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Summer is such a great teacher! I’d taken piano lessons as a kid and wanted to return to it as an adult and I’m so glad I did! She really tailors the lessons to focus on the type of songs I’m interested in playing but also puts a real emphasis on learning the basics of theory to build off of for future songs. Highly recommend!!

Posted Jul 30, 2018
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My daughter Isabella has been taking guitar lessons with Summer for the last 3 years and we all love her.
She is a dedicated and loving teacher. She is the reason why Isa loves and enjoys music.

Posted Jul 24, 2018
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Summer has been teaching my 3 children piano for over a year and a half, she has helped them grow as musicians and showed them a love for playing. I love over-hearing their lessons as she always begins by asking them about their day, she is truly kind and delightful. My children are 17, 14, and 10 and they have tremendous respect for her. She has taught each of them at their individual level and customized their lessons accordingly. Summer's musical knowledge and talent seem endless. She never ceases to impress us.

Posted Jun 21, 2018
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I’m a 50+ year old that’s been working with Summer for three years studying music theory. She is a talented musician and passionate educator that has helped me advance my knowledge in ways that I never thought possible.

Posted May 23, 2018
Scott D.
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Summer was great! She kept the interest of my son in the lesson and got a lot done. She was very positive and upbeat and reallly seemed to have a great rapport with kids.

Posted Apr 14, 2018
Alex R.
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She is great with my special needs son very patient and laid back. Which is what he needs. Highly recommend her.

Posted Sep 29, 2017
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Summer is a wonderful teacher. She has all the necessary pleasant and patient, very kind and thoughtful, explains points with clarity, offered helpful ideas to assist me in overcoming my stumbling blocks. All in all, I am so happy to have her as my teacher, and I know I will reach my goal with her at my side.

Posted Sep 15, 2017
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Posted Jul 10, 2017
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Summer was a well organized instructor, highly skilled at adapting a lesson to the level of the student, which in my case was very low. She was thorough in her instructions, and provided detailed explanations as well as suggestions to increase the ability to grasp and retain the material. The material she crafted to leave behind for practice seems appropriate to build skills and confidence. Overall, an excellent instructor.

Posted May 8, 2017
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A knowledgable musician. Summer has gone to College for music and you can sense this right away.

Posted Jan 26, 2017
Kaya H.
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Summer is fantastic. Wonderful with our children. Great patience. She crafts a tailored yet demanding curriculum.

Posted Jan 18, 2017
Nicole H.
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Summer is such a fantastic, experienced teacher! She is wonderful with teaching children who are brand new to piano (mine are aged 6 and 8), and who are across the spectrum of motivation. She tailors the lesson to their ability and finds fun ways to teach note-reading, rhythm and music theory. Already my kids have jumped in their music skills. I couldn't recommend her more highly.

Posted Jan 15, 2017
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Summer is a fantastic teacher. As a not-quite-beginner who has been frustrated by teachers in the past that always seem disappointed by my progress or adhere too strictly to a specific teaching methodology, Summer has been a breath of fresh air. She's an exceptionally talented pianist, has guided me through some pieces i couldn't hope to have negotiated on my own, and I'm already seeing the benefits of her guidance on technique and musical theory. Genuinely the best piano teacher I've had.

Posted Jan 4, 2016
Alexander R.
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Very knowledgeable teacher! Im looking forward to my future lessons!

Posted Dec 24, 2015
Rachel C.
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Summer is wonderful! She figured out very quickly exactly what we needed to work on to get to my goals. She is friendly and on time. Highly recommended.

Posted May 16, 2015
Scott J.
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Summer is the best. Always prompt, super positive and incredibly helpful.

Posted Nov 9, 2014
Mrinali V.

Summer has been a great teacher

I used to play piano, but hadn't played in about 8 years. I decided to start up again and Summer has been great at getting me back into the swing of things at a good pace. Highly recommended!

Posted Feb 13, 2014
Ameet S.

Fantastic Instructor

Summer is an outstanding guitarist and a phenomenal teacher. She goes above and beyond to tailor lessons to my own musical liking and goals. She is extremely patient and really sets a tone that is conducive to learning.

Posted Jan 8, 2014
Melinda A.

Wonderful Experience

Summer was an excellent instructor. This was my first time learning any instrument and I have no background in music. Summer was very patient and helpful guiding me through the basics. She's also great at molding lessons for the student and made sure I was learning exactly what I wanted. I was waiting a long time to start taking lessons, but so glad I did. I highly recommend Summer as an instructor!

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Jan 2013 - Present


Music teacher
Jan 2009 - Present


Teaching piano, guitar, and music theory

Jan 2009 - Present


Music director
May 2016 - May 2018

Events band

Worked as musical director, accompanist, and pianist for events band, performing at corporate events, charity fundraisers, and private parties throughout the Greater New York City area.

Piano and Guitar Faculty
Sep 2014 - Sep 2017

Private Music School

Piano Faculty
Sep 2013 - May 2016

Piano School

Teaching and designing curriculum for private lessons and music classes in elementary schools to children aged 5 and older.


Masters of Fine Arts in Music
Aug 2018 - Dec 2020

University of California, Irvine

B.M. Music Production and Engineering
Sep 2010 - May 2013

Berklee College of Music

B.M. Music Performance
Sep 2010 - May 2013

Berklee College of Music



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Berklee College of Music Alumni
May 2013
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