Matoush Melodies Piano Instruction

Matoush Melodies Piano Instruction

5.0Exceptional(13 reviews)
Offers online services
Offers online services


ONLINE & IN-PERSON: Professional teacher (Berklee educated) with a BA in classical piano performance and over 20 years performing and teaching offering customized, enjoyable lessons. I maintain standards of excellence with tailored technical exercises, theory, and sight-reading practice customized to each unique individual. Detailed curriculum provided as well as weekly practice instructions. My students have 2 recitals a year at a gorgeous recital hall with a Steinway grand.

I customize lessons to fit each individual and also ensure they enjoy learning with a variety of teaching approaches. If your child or you study with me, you will see clear and rapid progress, yet you or your child will really enjoy the journey.

My main goal is to make sure my students learn to love music as I do and to get them excited about music. I have over 12 (20 years experience teaching) years of experience teaching piano privately, performing, and composing and work with a musical group performing and composing my original music, mash-ups of popular and classical music, and covers.

*SEE YouTube LINK BELOW for Student Performance Videos..I absolutely love teaching piano and watching my students blossom into accomplished pianists. I use a variety of innovative teaching approaches, games, and apps and also teach music literature and history. I mix classical repertoire with popular pieces.

All levels accepted; I love to work with advanced and intermediate students and help them with ABRSM exams, but also enjoy working with beginners.


Hired 10 times
1 employee
17 years in business
Serves San Jose , CA
Offers online services

Payment methods

Cash, Check, Paypal, Zelle

Social media


Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Able to read music

Student can read music, Student cannot read music

Lesson length

30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

5 – 10 years old, 11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

Student has instrument

Students who have a piano, Students who have a keyboard, Students who have neither

Interested musical styles

Classical, Pop, I can make recommendations

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  • Reviews

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    alison G.

    I really like her teaching style and that she lets me play piano for fun and enjoyment, not for perfection. If I wanted perfection, she could also help me with that. But I’m really glad she is fun to play with and has helped me with my goals of enjoying playing the piano.
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    November 10, 2023

    mike P.

    I am a adult beginner and a slow learner. It has been a wonderful experience in the four months since I started with Samantha. She is very patient with me and allows me to progress at my own, slow, pace. There was one lesson when I was not able to play anything, even pieces that I had played the previous week. I was totally embarrassed. Yet Samantha offered words of encouragement. I also like the written down assignments for the week. It gives me a structured approach to learning. Another thing that helps with my positive experience is that Samantha would give me well known but simplified pieces in addition to the ones in the methods book. It certainly puts a smile on my face when I could play these famous pieces.
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    November 09, 2023

    amrith R.

    My son (age 9) has been learning from Toby for the past year, and we couldnt be happier. We really wanted a teacher who could help develop passion and joy around music, while maintaining a structured learning approach needed to progress. This is exactly what has happened. My son has found his own expressive musical style and Toby encourages him to play pieces that keep him engaged. At the same time, he was able to prepare for the RCM music exam, and did well with excellent preparation.
    Toby herself is an excellent musician, and so all of her students learn how to perform music, whether through the multiple recitals that she organizes throughout the year, or the online contest submissions such as the RCM Festival of Lights.
    Finally, I have had only positive experiences when it comes to interacting with her as a parent. She is very professional and diligent, coupled with a pleasant and empathetic approach.
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    August 18, 2023

    Radhika G.

    Toby taught piano lessons to my children, now teenagers for past 4 years. She is an excellent teacher, kind and encouraging. Both my children improved their skills consistently under Tobys guidance. Highly recommend her.
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    March 06, 2022
    Hired on Lessons

    Jennifer F.

    May 30, 2019
    Hired on Lessons

    Ishwarya I.

    I am a working adult who always wanted to play piano. I am so glad to have found Toby. She has a great zeal and passion for piano! She is extremely talented and an amazing teacher. She is very attentive and focuses on both piano playing and the theory behind it which makes it so much easier to understand the intricacies. She gives her all to her students! She lets me learn at my own pace while at the same time pushes me to become better! She is helping me learn not only the classics but also the new pop songs that I wish to play! She is very considerate and focuses on the overall development. I have been learning for 3 months now and I have already played a small piece in the annual recital! I could not have been more happy with my progress! I am extremely thankful to her and am going to continue learning from her!
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    January 24, 2019

    Frequently asked questions

    I offer a discounted trial lesson to allow a potential student to see my light, airy studio, play my wonderful Yamaha 6'1 grand, and get to know me a bit.  It's a good chance to ensure I am the best choice for the student.

    BA in Classical Piano Performance, multiple performances, over 20 years of teaching experience

    Multiple piano master classes including University of the Pacific Master Class at a young age.  

    Berklee College of Music Training/Classes in Composition and Songwriting (Berklee is the best music college in the country for Composition and Songwriting)

    Have curriculum/template for teaching songwriting and have taught songwriting and composition to gospel vocalists, EDM performers, and New Age pianists.

    Services offered

    Music Theory