Peter Deneff Music Lessons

Peter Deneff Music Lessons

5.0 (11)

About this pro

I tailor your lessons according to your individual needs, level, and learning style.  We work together towards our goals at a steady pace that works for both of us.

I have my masters degree in music composition and have taught at the college level for twenty years.  I specialize in classical, jazz, pop, and ethnic styles.  I am also an author, music arranger and producer with Hal Leonard Corporation as well as a film composer.  I also keep a very busy performance schedule!

I enjoy connecting with students and helping them realize their musical goals.  I enjoy helping them enrich their lives through music!

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Cypress, CA 90630
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11 Reviews


  • Lee Jones

    Peter is an excellent communicator and demonstrator of musical concepts and practical application of all genres of piano music...classical, jazz, blues, rock and pop . He is very patient and encouraging as an instructor and I have benefited greatly as his pupil.

  • Dr. Sheridan Ball

    Peter is so well rounded. He is highly skilled in popular, classical, and jazz styles. And he is a Great Teacher!

  • Lauren Lopez

    Peter is patient, and pushes you to do more than you thought possible. He is very creative, fun to work with, and tailors learning to the students needs. One of the best music teachers I have had!

  • Kristen Personius

    He really understood my learning style and taught in a way that would cater best to it. I always felt that my creativity was welcomed during the lessons which made it a good environment to grow as a musician.

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

I like to assess thier level, technic, understanding of music, and musical interests at the first lesson.  Also, it is important to understand what thier music goals are and set up a plan that is tailored to help them meet those goals.

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

B.A. Music - CSULB

M.M. - Composition CSULB

Private classical lessons-Leaine Gibson

Private jazz lessons-Mike Garson

Intensive MIDI editing training-Yamaha Corporation

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

I typically charge $70/hour for a lesson at my home studio. 

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching private lessons in 1992 in Long Beach.  I have always found teaching to be rewarding.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have taught every age from 5 to 80.  I tend to prefer teaching adults of any level or very gifted young people.