Alan Cross Music Lessons

Alan Cross Music Lessons

5.0 (1)
1 employee
14 years in business

About this pro

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

Alan enjoys helping his students and seeks to find music that will lead the way to loving music. He has been teaching since 2007 and has gained a deep love for the work. In every way, Alan seeks to give his best for his students and seeks to teach technique, expression and creativity.

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Saratoga, CA 95070
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  • 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!


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 the creative or contemporary styles. Every style of music can be a creative art and for those who want to develop that side, Alan works to create a creative ability in his students.

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 five years and has taught for eleven. Alan also leads worship at his church in Santa Clara and has worked as a music director for youth 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 and taught individual piano lessons before moving to the bay area and starting here.

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 a father or mother learning along side their children. Alan tends to use piano curriculum and then feeds his students into classical, and 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 but a bit more accessible to some. Some of the greates of that styles are Phillip Aaberg and George Winston. Some today have liked Yiruma or Hisaishi. In any style you can create and Alan encourages that. At the same time the greats have written down their music and it is great to play it with feeling, emotion, and intelligence. This also is stressed. 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 those still interested find what they like the most 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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