Alan Cross Music Lessons

Alan Cross Music Lessons

5.0 (4)
1 employee
14 years in business

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Alan has expertise in classical, jazz, pop, and blues. He has worked as a music director, piano accompanist, pop keyboardist and as a leader in a jazz band. Alan has been teaching piano for thirteen years and has had good success with all ages.

He has been teaching since 2007 and has gained a deep love for the work. Alan seeks to instill strong reading ability, a functional and usable understanding of music theory, capable technique, good expression, and creativity.

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Saratoga, CA 95070
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4 Reviews


  • Pam Bandla

    Alan Cross is an excellent piano teacher. He has very good understanding and is very talented. He is very patient and friendly. My son has been taking piano lessons from Alan for the last 2 years now and he is really behind to enjoy learning and playing piano now. I would highly recommend Alan Cross for piano lessons.

  • Liz agee

    My 7 year old has been taking piano lessons from Alan for the past 6 months and it has been a great experience. Besides being a very gifted pianist he is a natural teacher. He has been patient, encouraging, and has made piano fun. I highly recommend him.

  • Ramya & Bala

    Alan is an amazing teacher! He focuses on honing the kid's skills/techniques, provides individual attention and is very patient (an important skill to teach kids)! Alan started teaching my daughter piano when the pandemic struck. We were not sure how much she'd learn by starting online. We were lucky to have a friend refer Alan to us. My daughter loves playing the piano and has decided to become a musician :). Alan pays attention to the keys and teaches her the right techniques. There are times when she misses the notes and Alan always comes back with a positive "Let's try it again!". Apart from being a great teacher, Alan takes the time to communicate her progress periodically and educates us about piano. We highly recommend Alan!

  • Lisa Deolalikar

    We couldn't be more pleased having Alan teach our son how to play piano. I can't think of a better piano teacher, especially for young students. He displays immense patience and positivity toward the children. My son looks forward to all his music lessons and can't wait to meet Alan each week. He makes learning the piano fun. He encourages his students to practice by keeping a practice log and he rewards them with prizes. My son has learned to play the piano because of Alan and we are extremely grateful!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Alan works to make a tailor made plan for each student. He works for find what musical styles each students is interested in and finds a good level for them to start at. Some go classical and others more into jazz or the creative or contemporary styles. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Alan is trained in classical and jazz. He has studied piano for twenty eight years and has taught for thirteen. Alan also leads worship at his church in Santa Clara and has worked as a music director for youths and adults.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$37 for half hour, $55 for fourty five minutes, $72 for hour. 

How did you get started teaching?

Alan was encouraged to teach by other teachers. His collegiate classical teacher had a trouble student that she thought he would do well with and she asked if he would teach him. Another teacher encouraged him to teach after graduating and he assumed a few students. Alan worked as a music director at Aliso Viejo Lutheran Church of the Cross and Christian School and taught individual piano lessons before moving to the Bay Area and teaching here while serving at Peace Lutheran Church.

What types of students have you worked with?

Alan has worked with all ages. The retired, the young, teens, those in their twenties, working adults, even as young as 3 and a 1/2, and fathers or mothers learning along side their children. Alan tends to use Faber Piano Adventures or other curriculum books and then feeds his students into classical, and/or jazz if they are interested. Alan has studied improvisation and encourages it in any style, not just jazz and blues. Alan likes to write and create in the New Age style, which is a lyrical style influenced by classical and recorded by some such as Phillip Aaberg and George Winston. Yiruma or Hisaishi are liked by some today too. Alan is also good at working with those who normally don't like getting into music or the regimental lines of it and tries to help them find what they like the most in music and the joy of hard work.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

One of Alan's recent students actually listed Alan as their hero and spoke about him at a public event! Alan tries his best to be clear, concise, and helpful. He tries to explain the basics of music in a way that can be understood and tries to demonstrate and convey musicality.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

There are a lot of teachers out there and each has their own take on music and their own philosophy and ideas. Alan starts at a steady even pace and slowly builds up the practice time. Some parents encourage their students to practice many hours a day but without much more thought than that they want them to be very great! This may make fingers that can move fast and hit the right notes, and certainly greats like Beethoven were like this, but even teachers know that forcing music on people creates talented people who often aren't very happy. For this reason, Alan does encourage practicing and as the student progresses, more practice time is needed. A beginner may need 15 to 30 minutes a day, Where a more advanced student two hours or more, but in each case, the student should be working to do their best and should enjoy what they are doing. Alan has worked at piano as much as five hours a day, and finds that they joy of music doesn't die when you are working at what you should.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What kind of music do you like? Do you want to be creative or create music? Do you thrive on preset standards and expectations? Do you learn by demonstration? Any well meanored person with good talent and a good heart can convey what they know and that is mostly what you need. Much is learned by listening too. So make sure you develop your love of music by listening and find music to play in that vein.

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