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Piano Lessons in San Jose, CA

Even if you truly love piano music and feel at home on the piano bench, learning a new instrument isn't always easy. Before the challenges pay off, your motivation might need some boosting along the way. Luckily, South Bay has a live music scene that's full of inspiring and entertaining piano performances, and downtown San Jose is the cultural capital of the whole region. From piano bars and sheet music stores to historic concert halls and world-class symphonies, there are plenty of local opportunities to immerse yourself in the world of live piano while taking piano lessons in San Jose.

Symphony Silicon Valley Silicon Valley's very own symphony calls the California Theatre home, and there's no better place to immerse yourself in the grand tradition of live piano. Every season, the Symphony Silicon Valley entertains more than a thousand guests per night at the iconic downtown landmark. Listen to the talented symphony's take on musical masterpieces that range from the classical to the brand new, and from the local to the international. Recent and upcoming performances include piano concertos by living legends, musical interpretations of American Gothic literature, and pieces by French, Russian, German, and Japanese composers. Symphony Silicon Valley: http://www.symphonysiliconvalley.org/ The California Theatre: http://sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/california-theatre/

Live Music Venues After attending one of your city's many downtown concerts, step right into an old-school speakeasy for a little more live piano. SingleBarrel only seats small groups, so it's easy to hear and appreciate every jazzy note their live pianist plays. Located right in the middle of SoFA, SingleBarrel is just steps away from the California Theatre, McEnery Convention Center, and San Jose State University.

If you're feeling more modern, request your favorites at the Fairmont San Jose on Market Street. The hotel restaurant, Pagoda Bamboo Lounge, has a piano bar that takes written requests as you dine. Its doors are open to the street, so you don't have to walk through the hotel to find the swanky spot, but you should definitely make a point of taking the scenic route on Sunday evenings. That's when a solo pianist entertains guests in the lobby. SingleBarrel: http://www.singlebarrelsj.com/ Fairmont San Jose: http://www.fairmont.com/san-jose/

Local Music Stores Music Village is a family-owned fixture with two locations in San Jose. The instrument store's expansive sheet music selection ranges from classical composers to contemporary hits, and they also carry a wide range of piano parts and accessories. http://www.musvil.com/

Competitions and Festivals The San Jose International Piano Competition is an annual ten-day series at Le Petit Trianon Theatre, a Versailles-style recital hall that's famous for its Steinway D and equally grand architecture. You don't have to be a competitor to experience the musical thrill of the competition, though. The series is hosted by a nonprofit organization that wants to share music with the world, especially Russian piano music. It opens with a free concert and includes ten days of top-tier performances by local talents. San Jose International Piano Competition: http://sjipc.com/ Le Petit Trianon Theatre: http://www.trianontheatre.com/

Piano is a passion, a skill, and an art form all at once. To become a great pianist, you must embrace all its forms and remind yourself why piano music means so much to the world. If you're taking private piano lessons in San Jose, you're already on the right track. When piano has a regular spot in your schedule, it's easier to keep your commitment to the instrument. As your skills and music knowledge improve, you'll enjoy more freedom and confidence at the keys, and practice will be hard to distinguish from playing for pleasure.

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Viva Z.

San Jose, CA

I have 13 years of private piano teaching experience. I specialize in foundational training, performance and exam prepping, and getting my students to love playing. My students enjoy playing, love performing and love practicing. My lessons are fun, exciting, and geared towards building foundations, pushing musicality and playing songs students love.

My students have participated in numerous concerts and competitions. Some younger students have gone on to study professional music. I've also taught numerous adults and seniors, who learn piano for pure enjoyment.

Whether you're looking for lessons for serious commitment or for pure enjoyment, these lessons are perfectly tailored towards what you need and want. Come join us in our next student recital!

About Viva

Degree: Piano Performance, Eastman School of Music.

As a concert pianist, Viva grew up performing and teaching music. Viva graduated from the Eastman School of Music under world-renowned piano pedagogue Nelita True.
Over the years, she has won numerous national piano competitions in the states and Canada and debuted with numerous professional orchestras including Eastman Symphony Orchestra and Parkdale Orchestra. Additionally, she held numerous solo and student recitals recognized by TV stations such WCTV, as well as several newspapers including the Boston Globe, Andover Townsman, and Wil
mington Advocate newspapers.
In addition to performing, Viva's greatest passion is in teaching. Her beginner students grow an average of 2 years worth of study within the first year. Her former piano students' levels ranged from beginner to advanced, and their ages ranged from 4 to 30. Two of her previously held student recitals were recognized by the Boston Globe and as a result of its success, one of which was recorded by WCTV for broadcast. Viva also speak English, Spanish, and Chinese fluently and have taught in these languages.

Theory and Pedagogical Approach:
"My students are not just masters of notes, but also masters of performance. My pedagogical approach centers on developing technique, theory, harmony, aural skills, but also artistry and showmanship. Apart from being taught the structural and aesthetic components of music, my students are taught the art of performance. Each of them is a showman and a stage performer. Two student recitals are held annually, and all friends and family are encouraged to join. I believe that any student who has a heart for music will be able to reach his/her greatest potential in music. I really look forward to becoming your child's step 1 towards scholarship and showmanship."

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I'm a very enthusiastic and exciting teacher. My students are always engaged and inspired to play and perform. My students will learn to play popular songs and familiar pieces, but most importantly develop into well-rounded performers.
Each lesson will focus on developing technique, aural skills and performance. Technique strengthens and develops students' fingers and provides the foundation. Aural skills includes ear training and singing, will develop the students' sense of pitch and tone. Performance will develop students' ability to master new songs and get ready to perform in front of others.
For beginners and intermediate students, I use the Alfred Series, Bastien Series and Thompson Series. For advanced students, heavy repertoire by well-known composers will be assigned.
Students can expect to excel individually but also collaboratively as there will be many opportunities to play duets with their peers.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano, seating for parents, living room

*** Travel Equipment ***
A piano

*** Specialties ***
Levels: Beginner's, intermediate and advanced piano. While the focus is classical, there is also a lot of time for popular, jazz and ragtime. Lessons can be taught in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Students will have multiple opportunities to perform in public settings, in studio concerts or talent shows.
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Purnachandra rao February 15, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
i wish to learn piano. i am simply new to music instruments. i am indian, i am going to stay for 3 months only. i wish regular class. if possible please call me. my no: 9256635260
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Pamela O. February 12, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Viva is amazing!! How did I get so lucky to find an instructor that is so passionate, talented, patient, and pleasant. She makes learning fun. I will definitely be taking more lessons and am excited to work with her.
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Linda L. February 3, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ms Viva is a patient, loving teacher. My 11-year-old son loves her piano lesson and has more motivation at practice since he started learning from Ms Viva.
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Viva Z.

Viva Z.

San Jose, CA 95126
(10)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Cindy W.

San Jose, CA

I began teaching piano to children in my neighborhood when I was in 7th grade and continued teaching through high school. I used the John Thompson method along with a note speller and taught on a baby grand piano. After several years, I returned to teaching piano not only to children, but to adults as well using the Alfred All-in-One method. Currently, I teach piano at my home studio on a grand piano and at three private school campuses four days a week in an after-school program. With everyone I teach, my specific goals include helping students gain proficiency in sight-reading, rhythm, and playing with expression. Through the process of teaching, I identify what the student is interested in as far as style-of-music is concerned. For example, I have a child that is interested in playing jazz, so along with teaching the basics, I include a jazz pieces. Overall, I want my students to love what they are doing with their music and I strive to achieve this.

About Cindy

Music can inspire creativity and growth; it can evoke tranquility and joy. This was the case for Cindy W. who began playing the piano at the age of ten and within a couple of years studied composers such as Debussy, Liszt, Bach, and Chopin. While only in junior high, she started teaching piano, rapidly gaining teaching and business experience. She held annual recitals giving the students an opportunity to perform for their parents and peers in a public setting.

Cindy studied music with Rachel Perez-Hayes, a graduate from the Juilliard School of Music, New York, and was considered gifte
d and talented with perfect pitch recognition. Her background in music coupled with a Master'€™s degree in Educational Psychology has enabled her to create unique lesson plans for each student focusing on individual strength and ability. Cindy has performed in concerts, weddings, parties, churches, and school functions. Her entire life has been enriched with music and it is her passion to promote the arts to young minds as well as adults.

*** Lesson Details ***
Cindy teaches private 30 or 45-minute lessons from the beginning level to advanced. Students are taught using the Alfred all-in-one piano course because it is a step-by-step method that provides a solid foundation for playing and interpreting music while building self-confidence and an appreciation for the fine arts. Students typically learn how to read music and play pieces from their book while learning music theory, ear training, and rhythmic skills. Students have the option of performing in front of an audience or simply learning how to play for their own pleasure. Cindy coaches those desiring to play publicly in a non-threatening, relaxed manner.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room, grand piano, and keyboards available, room for parents to wait

*** Specialties ***
I have taught using the John Thompson and the Alfred piano course methods. I prefer using the Alfred method because it gets the students comfortable playing on the black keys from the start.
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Aramys May 18, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
First lesson was great! I learned a lot, time to practice.
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Gizaw Y. November 21, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
We have been with Cindy for more than a year she is doing excellent job we have 7 years old daughter learning piano we recommend her she is the best!!
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Gizaw Y. March 3, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
We are happy with the class

Our 7 year old daughter have been taking piano lessons for 8 months Cindy Withers did a great job for our kid. She is very patient and put priority for accuracy as well as artistic expressions, so our daughter learning with a very good technique that made her very much interested in playing music and we see a change every week. We really like Cindy Withers and we highly recommend her. Cindy Withers is an excellent instructor for our daughter.
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Cindy W.

San Jose, CA 95112
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Marwan S.

San Jose, CA

Playing piano is fun! So should your piano lessons.

I've taught piano since I was in high school, and continued to teach as a student at Cornell University. I also taught theory classes in the Cornell Piano Society, where I also served as President for 4 years.

Why? I simply love music, piano, and sharing it with others.

About Marwan

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, I started playing piano at the age of 3, and started writing music at the age of 6.
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Yuko Y. April 8, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
So far I've had 5 classes with Marwan and I have to say he is GREAT!!

He has helped me improved significantly within this short period with both piano skills and theories. Marwan makes sure to understand your skill level and music knowledge in the 1st class and prepare the class based on your current skill level. I am in my late 20's and considered a beginner player, I was a little nervous in the beginning that I won't be able to learn as quickly as younger kids do and might struggle. But that thought disappeared immediately after my first 2 classes with Marwan. He understood it very well about what I wanted to learn and needed to improve at that stage. The class with him is super FUN.

I've had other instructors in the past but I always ended losing interests in playing after a while for various reasons. Because of that, in comparison I can say Marwan is very different from my past instructors and experiences, I enjoy the class very much and always look forward to the following week's class to find out what I will learn next.
He can be strict sometimes but because of that, you are always reminded what's not right with your plays.

I am very satisfied so far and HIGHLY RECOMMEND Marwan!!!
(But at the same time if he gets tooooo popular, I will be sad not to have the flexibility of getting his classes...lol)
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Cecilia M. May 18, 2015
AP Calculus · In home
Verified Student
Marwan is amazing!
He impressed me already the first minutes of the first lesson he gave my son in AP Calculus BC by asking specific questions and pin pointing where my son might need help. After that he has come prepared and focused with materials for each tutoring session.
Marwan's piano credentials speak for themselves but I want to underscore that he is really good at adjusting to the student's level and making it fun. My daughter always tells me afterwards *it is so much fun with Marwan!*.

On top of all that, Marwan is a good, kind person and a really cool guy. You could not be in better hands.
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Marwan S.

San Jose, CA 95126
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$50 / 30-min
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DeAnna H.

Sunnyvale, CA

I love teaching piano! I have been teaching all levels for many years. I hold a Doctorate in Piano Performance, an Artist Diploma from the Mozarteum Academy in Austria, and a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance. I am especially strong in teaching technique, sightreading, and repertoire. I have also had extensive Suzuki teacher training. My students do very well at competitive and non-competitive events. And they have loads of fun!

About DeAnna

Hello! I have been teaching piano since 1982 when I finished my degree in piano performance. I also have a Doctorate in Piano Performance, and have an artist diploma from the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria. However, I think what makes me special is that I combine a friendly approach to teaching with high standards. My students do well in competitive and non-competitive events. And, they have fun!
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Helen N. May 3, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Today is my first lesson, I found Deanna to be a caring professional
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Ben Wolf January 1, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
DeAnna breaks her teaching down into segments focusing on smaller aspects, such as technique (scales and arpeggios), reading, theory, and repertoire, which I find to be pleasantly approachable in addition to giving me concrete smaller goals to work toward every week. The pieces I learn for repertoire span many historical styles, including classical, Baroque, and even some modern pieces (which are usually arrangements I've found online of songs I enjoy).

Before I started lessons with DeAnna, I had some musical skill but not to the level I wanted. One of those songs I wanted to learn to play had a section so difficult as to seem impossible every time I tried to play it. With DeAnna's help, I was able to master that song in 4 months, to the point where I can play it through on a whim, completely memorized. And even of the songs we haven't gone over, I'm confident I can handle them on my own, using the approaches DeAnna has taught me.

In addition to her skills as a teacher, DeAnna is quite personable and patient, reasonable in her expectations yet encouraging me to push myself even more, understanding when life interferes with practice, and just all-around fun to work with. I'm always looking forward to the next lesson!
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DeAnna H.

DeAnna H.

Sunnyvale, CA 94089
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starting at
$55 / 30-min
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Melissa M.

Sunnyvale, CA

Beginning Piano students will be taught the basics in a fun but productive way. I will teach a strong foundation so a student can move forward with confidence. Lessons would be individualized to focus on areas that need the most guidance.

Students will learn the basics about rhythm, harmony, and melody and how they apply to piano. They will become fluent in the 12 basic keys to a degree where you can play simple songs in any of them.

About Melissa

I have been teaching since 2006 on a variety of topics. I graduated with an BA from the University of Wisconsin. My degree is in History with and emphasis on East Asian history.

I've taught all age groups from age 2 up to retirees. My teaching experience includes one-on-one and group classes in a variety of settings. I've taught corporate classes, private lessons, small groups, and traditional classroom lessons.
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Michael May 21, 2016
Chess · Online
Verified Student
It was the first lesson. But I think it is going to be great.
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Noe May 9, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter is so excited to begin lessons here. First one was fabulous and she's practicing every day.
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Casey K. May 9, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
I've taken ukulele lessons with Melissa for about 3 months now. As a beginner to music, Melissa is patient with me and builds on topics and techniques in such a way that I was able to grasp them. Not only have we covered chords, strumming, and rhythm on the ukulele, but she taught me about music theory as well (which was unexpected but I've enjoyed learning!). I would definitely recommend Melissa for ukulele lessons!
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Melissa M.

Melissa M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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starting at
$30 / 30-min

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