Tammy's Piano / Oboe Studio

Tammy's Piano / Oboe Studio

5.0 (3)
Best of 2022

About this pro

I have been teaching piano, oboe, and music theory since 2010. To me, teaching is a fun and creative outlet. I believe giving students intrinsic motivation to learn is to provide students supportive environment and to encourage them to independently discover the meaning of the music.

I travel to student's home in Millbrae, Burlingame, and San Bruno. I also teach at music school in San Mateo. In addition, as a member of Steinway Educational Partnership Program, students who study with me will have opportunity to perform at Steinway Hall at Steinway Piano Gallery at San Francisco (without participation or admission fee)!

Please feel free to visit my personal website if you wish to learn more details or to watch the videos of my performances.

I love teaching because I can feel the accomplishment seeing my students grow their knowledge, performance skills, and self-confidence. At the same time, I enjoy learning from my students and their parents, understanding different personalities, and meeting the people from different background.

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Millbrae, CA 94030
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3 Reviews


  • Ronny Liu

    I took lessons with Tammy for a few months at UCLA. At the time I knew nothing about piano, but wanted to give it a try. She was quick to assess my learning pace, and tailored weekly lessons that fit my goals. Students will learn that Tammy is patient, kind, and incredibly skilled. The rate she charged was reasonable, and it was one of the best that I could find. As a busy student, it was hard to practice as much as I wanted to, but Tammy worked around that with me. I would happily refer any prospective student to Tammy!

  • Tony Phillips

    Tammy is an incredible piano teacher. Throughout my life, I have studied piano under six highly qualified piano teachers, and Tammy stands out as the best piano teacher I've ever had. She has a magical way of explaining subtle technique improvements, which allows the proper techniques to sink in and stick. She invents these perfectly fitting and beautiful metaphors that make difficult changes much simpler and easy to accomplish. Another thing about our lessons, is that I feel minimal performance anxiety playing for her. I have felt anxious playing for previous teachers, especially when I haven't practiced enough. But Tammy always makes me feel calm and happy to learn. I have seen the most improvement in my piano while studying under Tammy. She's awesome and don't miss out on a chance to study with her!

  • Julia Chornak

    Absolutely LOVED taking lessons with her! I started as a beginner, and I advanced very quickly with great guidance from Tammy. She is so thoughtful, patient, and thorough in her teaching methodology. With her high-quality instruction, I enjoyed and looked forward to every lesson. Taking lessons from Tammy was definitely one of the highlights of my university experience!


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

Before I start teaching a new student, I typically ask what level and what age he/she is, and if the student has special concern.

For young beginner, I would start with Faber's Primer book

For later beginner (10 yrs or older), I would start with Alfred's Lesson Book for Late Beginner.

For students who have prior piano studies, I would first go over the pieces they are currently working on, evaluate their playing, and decide what the next steps are.

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

I started playing the piano when I was 5, and had attended performing art elementary and junior high school in Taiwan.

I have Master of Music degree in Classical Piano from Manhattan School of Music (MSM) and Bacholer of Art degree in Piano Performance from UCLA. At MSM, I took Advanced Teaching Technique class to learn American style music pedagory. In UCLA, in addition to music, I also studied Applied Developmental Psychology to understand how children approach the world.

In the summer of 2017, I attended an internship program at Golden Key Piano School at Berkeley to study Russian piano pedagogy. 

My teaching is basically a combination of Asian, American, and Russian methods.

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

30 minutes for 1st-year learner.

45 minutes for 2nd and 3rd-year learner, or beginners who wish to quickly advance their skills.

60 minutes for serious learners who are in intermediate to advance level or those who are currently preparing for exams, recitals, or competitions. 

If interest, please feel free to contact me directly regarding to the prices.

How did you get started teaching?

My first experience teaching was back in high school junior year when my friend from school band refered me to teach her younger sister oboe. Since then, teaching became the most rewarding experience in my life. I started with private one-on-one piano, oboe, and music theory lessons for children, and then started teaching adults in college years. As of now, I have experience teaching in one-on-one and group lessons at students' home and in various music schools in NYC and San Francisco Bay Area. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have been working with students age 3 to 70 beginner to advanced level (such as Chopin Ballade). I also have experience teaching students with special need, such as ADHD and autism.