Burt Griswold Pianist

Burt Griswold Pianist

5.0 (6)
10 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
22 years in business

About this pro

Pianist/Composer/Arranger Burt Griswold lives and works out of Long Beach California and has taught piano for seventeen years.

Lessons are always tailored to the needs of the student. If you are a beginner, I will teach you how to play the piano and to read music. If you already play and want to take your playing to another level, I will teach you to play in different styles of music; pop, rock, jazz, and classical.

Besides performance tips I will help you with everything that goes into Being Musical, including a little theory, improvisation and composition, to help aspiring composers and song writers develop their ideas.

Burt has studied music composition, piano performance, western and eastern music theory, ethnic music, choral music and electronic music at Cal State San Bernardino, Golden West College, and Long Beach City College. 

Burt performs as both soloist and as accompanist in rock and jazz ensembles and with choirs. He has also sung with various choral groups and recorded commercially with the group Meritage ("50 most loved Christmas Carols").

Burt was the accompanist/ choral director/ arranger for Teaching of the Inner Christ church in Long Beach, California for ten years. 

Burt has a steady output of musical composition, from instrumental music, pop music and songs to compositions for SATB choir. Burt's 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 have discovered that it is possible to have fun at every step along the way learning piano! When one of my students 'clicks' with a piece it is the best moment of teaching. Usually at that point they are on their way to being self motivated musicians!

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Long Beach, CA 90803
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6 Reviews


  • Jennifer Bamsey

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

  • Joanna Noble

    Burt is a perfect piano teacher for my 6 years old boy! First lesson my boy starts to learn how to read music. I love the way how Burt gives firm encouragement which helps my boy's mind set about learning a new instrument.

  • Ta Tu

    Music Teacher like Burt Griswold is rare to find in our society nowadays. You can easily find a music teacher, a tutor, a performer but extremely hard to get a music accompanist who has a good heart, spirit, essence and critical knowledge to profoundly listen to you then be with you for either your studying musical pieces or your own musical composition. Burt is truly one-of-a-kind musician and accompanist. He’s an outstanding individual that I do realize that it's a privilege to know, to work with and learn from ! Ta Tu

  • Pam Clements

    Mr. Burt finds just the right combination of enthusiasm, patience and discipline in his teaching. He is good with children and keeps a nice combination of songs in his portfolio to keep you challenged as well as entertained. Our overall experience has added to the happiness of our home.

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

Lessons are tailored to the individual student. 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 am familiar with all aspects of music (theory, performance, composition, arranging, choral singing) at Cal State San Bernardino, Golden West College Huntington Beach and Long Beach City College.

I've taught extensively both privately and with music schools;  the Piano Place in Huntington Beach, Laguna School of Music in Laguna Beach, Taylor Robinson Music, and now lessons.com.

I like to perform and have played in various ensembles over the years and done session work in the recording studio. I use the keyboard regularly in the studio for composition and as my primary input device for midi sequencing, from initial idea to final arrangement.

Composition is the driving force behind my music. I have a regular output of music.

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

My basic rate is $60/Hr ($30/half Hr, etc.)

How did you get started teaching?

I got started teaching seriously when I met a great teacher who ran a music school. At the time I was performing music but not teaching. He convined me to start teaching and it worked out well.

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages. I teach group piano classes and individuals one on one, both privately and with schools.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Every time a student clicks with a piece of music for the first time I am very gratified. As a result, 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 who resonates with you and who challenges you, like a musical fitness trainer.

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

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

What music do you like. 

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