Burt Griswold Pianist

Burt Griswold Pianist

5.0 (9)
12 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
22 years in business

About this pro

Burt works with his students so that they become complete musicians. Lessons with Burt include music theory, history and even some physics, because there is always something interesting to learn about the music that can help us play it even better. 

Music makes us feel well and whole. Being a complete musician means taking full advantage of how playing music benefits us neurologically as well as physically and emotionally. Playing a musical instrument improves our congnitive ability and our brain's performance.  

Lessons are tailored to meet needs of individual students. Beginners get to learn their way around the piano and how to read music. More advanced students can earn how music works and how to make playing the piano feel and sound musical, plus pick up some music theory, improvisation and composition tips along the way. 

If you already play the piano and want to improve an aspect of your playing or take it to a whole other level, Burt has you covered. Learning how to play different styles of music; pop, rock, jazz, or classical, can quickly revitalizes enthusiasm for making music. 

Burt also helps aspiring composers and song writers develop their ideas into finished pieces.

I discovered that it is possible to have fun at every step to being a pianist. The true highlight of teaching piano is seeing students become self motivated. The best moments are hearing a student enjoy playing a piece of music that they have mastered.

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Long Beach, CA 90803
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9 Reviews


  • Mareta Z.

    Very good and flexible. My daughter is very happy with his performance.

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  • Bert Jiang

    My kids like him very much and he is very patient never teaching too fast for my kids. They have learned to play many many beautiful songs. He also has an affordable tuition. My kids will keep with him for very very long time.

  • Jennifer Bamsey

    Burt is awesome! He was prompt and professional. I would highly recommend Burt.

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

Typically lessons are tailored for the individual student's needs. The student's needs can be determined in the first lesson. 

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

I have both a performance background and an in-depth knowledge of music (theory, composition, arranging). I have taught extensively privately and with music schools including Westminster Music Academy in Huntington Beach, Laguna School of Music in Laguna Beach, Taylor Robinson Music, and Lessons.com.

Education: Caifornia State College San Bernardino, composition, performance, Western and Eastern music theory, ethnic music, choral music and electronic music with Richard Saylor; Golden West College, jazz and improvisation with jazz pianist Jerry Schroeder, midi arranging/composing with renound Big Band arranger Tom Kubis; Long Beach City College, film scoring; Cypress College, SATB choral singing with Sheridan Ball.

I've performed as piano soloist and accompanist for rock groups, jazz ensembles and choirs. I've also sung with choral groups and toured the US, Europe and the Middle East, and recorded commercially with the choral group Meritage ("50 most loved Christmas Carols"). I was accompanist/ choral director/ arranger for the Teaching of the Inner Christ church in Long Beach, Ca for ten years. 

Also, I have a steady output of musical compositions, from instrumentalal music, pop music and songs to compositions for SATB choir. My music is a combination of live and digital instruments that can be heard on the CD's "Meditation" volumes 1 and 2, and "Atalanta Fugiens: Fifty Alchemical Fugues".

I also does studio session work and uses the keyboard regularly in the studio for composition and as a primary input device for midi sequencing, from initial idea to final arrangement.

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

My basic rate starts at $20/half hour and depends on how far I travel for the lesson.

How did you get started teaching?

I got into teaching piano after I met a great teacher named Robert Rios running a music school. At the time I was performing music but not teaching at the time and he convined me to start teaching for him. It worked out well.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have taught group piano classes and individuals students one on one privately and with schools. I teach all ages.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Any time a student clicks with the piece of music they have been making efforts to learn, receiving the enjoyment of playing and getting the positive feedback that comes with it. My enthusiasm for teaching piano continues to increase!

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

Find a teacher you resonates with. Satisy yourself that they can teach you. Find someone who challenges you, like a musical fitness trainer.

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

What music do you like. 

What do you see yourself doing with music in a year? In five years? 

Are you willing to devote time to playing your instrument every day?