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Top 10 piano teachers in Palo Alto, CA

Students agree: these Palo Alto piano lessons are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Jazz/Pop Expressions

Jazz/Pop Expressions

5.0Exceptional(6)
11 hires on Lessons
44+ years in business
Serves Palo Alto, CA
Roopsha S. says, "Our boys (7 and 10) have been taking piano lessons from Laura Michele for the past 1.5 yrs, and love their classes. Laura Michele has a wonderful connection with each kid and truly knows how to make learning music a joyful and creative experience. She follows the Orff Schulwerk teaching model, where the kids are given space and encouragement to express themselves through improvisation and stories. It's unlike any other music class we've been to. We feel so lucky to have found Laura Michele." Read more
Jonathan Chu Piano

Jonathan Chu Piano

New on Lessons
Offers online services
Serves Palo Alto, CA
Hello! I've been playing classical piano for 18 years and am based in Santa Clara, CA. I work full-time in tech and teach only a handful of students at a time, allowing me to dedicate the necessary time, energy, and passion to help them learn and improve. I have a deep love for Romantic music, with my favorite composers currently being Chopin and Schubert. While my teaching experience is mostly with adult and amateur pianists, I am open to students of all levels. I offer lessons in my home in Santa Clara on a beautiful Steinway Model M, at students' homes nearby, or over Zoom. Contact me at [email protected] or (916) 751-8354. Check out
Nora Ayzman

Nora Ayzman

5.0(4)
Offers online services
3 hires on Lessons
Serves Palo Alto, CA
Yukiko K. says, "Nora is very patient and knowledgeable. I enjoyed our online lesson and hope to switch to face to face lessons once pandemic is over. " Read more
StudioBpiano By Dr. Campbell

StudioBpiano By Dr. Campbell

5.0Exceptional(5)
Top Pro
Offers online services
4 hires on Lessons
14+ years in business
Serves Palo Alto, CA
Jennifer C. says, "I have two children - ages 7 and 9 - who took lessons with Bethany this year. We have had an excellent experience. Bethany has an outstanding capacity to gauge the ability of her students and to push them (gently!) to excel. Time and again she encouraged my children to play pieces and to take on challenges that I thought were beyond them. Time and again, she was right about their abilities. I have been delighted to watch both of my children grow so much under her instruction. Bethany creates multiple opportunities for her students to perform throughout the year. We were very impressed by how clearly she telegraphs to her students the need to take each performance seriously and to treat every audience to a polished and professional performance. Bethany is also, quite simply, wonderful with children. Our two children have different personalities and she found ways to relate to and motivate each of them. She can work with them effectively on their best days and their worst. Both of my children really like her - they find her genuinely warm and caring, and they can tell that she takes them seriously. They look forward to lessons and they work hard all week so that they will not let Bethany down. Her expectations are high, but she is also careful to nurture her students' self-esteem and to teach them how to move beyond their mistakes. There are many other wonderful things I can say about Bethany. She is very responsive to emails and text messages. She always follows up when she says she will. She is never late for a lesson and frequently spends extra time with her students at the end of the lesson. She emphasizes technique and other skills, even as she ensures that her students are genuinely enjoying the music they are encountering and mastering In short, Bethany is an all-around wonder as a piano instructor. We have had a very positive experience with Bethany and would recommend her unreservedly to anyone." Read more

Your Piano Lessons questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Lessons.

How much are piano lessons?

Piano lessons cost $40 to $80 per hour, depending on the location, their experience level, and session length. A piano lesson package costs $180 to $350 for five 1-hour lessons. Children's piano lessons and online lessons often cost less than average.

Piano lessons are available for all ages in most cities in the country. Music instructors teach:

  • Music theory
  • Sight-reading
  • Improvisation
  • How to improve playing or technique

At what age should you start piano lessons?

The best age to start piano lessons is 5 to 9 years, though learning how to play the piano doesn't have an age limit. Playing the piano strengthens fine motor skills, increases flexibility, and improves your memory no matter how old you are.

Are piano lessons worth it?

Piano lessons are worth the money and effort invested over time. Playing an instrument can be beneficial for mental health, and cognitive strength. For smaller budgets, book just a few lessons to get the basics down and continue on your own.

How long are piano lessons?

Piano lessons for beginners or children are typically 30 to 45 minutes per session. Intermediate or advanced lessons are 45 to 60+ minutes per session. Most people have 1 to 2 lessons per week.

Can you learn to play piano online?

Yes, you can learn to play piano online through a webcam or virtual tutorials. Search our list of online piano teacher near you to find an instructor. Online piano lessons are often more convenient than in-person lessons and cost 20% less on average.

How do I select a piano teacher?

Start by searching our list of piano teachers, then:

  • Get at least three free estimates to compare.
  • Read reviews on Lessons and Google if possible.
  • Ask for references from current or recent students.
  • Make sure they are kind and personable, especially when with children.
  • Get a written estimate and schedule before the first lesson.
  • Avoid making a large payment up front. Follow a payment plan instead.

After asking questions and browsing reviews, hire the best piano instructor in your area.

What questions should I ask piano instructors?

When hiring piano teachers near you, ask the following questions:

  • How long have you been teaching piano?
  • Do you have a degree in music?
  • What age do you typically teach?
  • What genre of piano do you specialize in?
  • Will you give me a contract or payment arrangement in writing?
  • Will you allow me to choose some or all of the songs we practice?

Reviews for Palo Alto piano teachers

Recent success stories from people in the Palo Alto area.
Roopsha S.
Our boys (6 and 9) have been taking piano lessons from Laura for the past 1.5 yrs, and love their classes. Laura has a wonderful connection with each kid and truly knows how to make learning music a joyful and creative experience. She follows the Orff Schulwerk teaching model, where the kids are given space and encouragement to express themselves through improvisation and stories. It's unlike any other music class we've been to. We feel so lucky to have found Laura.
Jazz/Pop Expressions
Kimmi H.
I feel incredibly blessed to have had Nora's musical influence through out my life. Nora is deeply committed to instilling a deep understanding of music through historical context, music theory as well as the expression of music through her students' connection with music. From Nora's experiences growing up in Russia, her understanding of European history and her natural curiosity for historical culture, her life experiences culminates in the practice room to bring meaning to the music that were written in times of Bach, Beethoven, Schummann, Prokofiev, to the comtemporary. I remember it to be a colorful depiction of what life was like back then, the social revolutionary movements and it's effects on music. She is then able to translate that into the musical notes on the page from form and structure to music progressions to chromatic development to style of playing and articulations. But the most important lesson I learn from her is how to express emotions through music as this is what connects us to the sounds that is being created. Although I have won awards from competitions during Nora teachings, I cannot tell you where those certificates lie but what stays with me in the last 20 years is the love of music, the trained ears for appreciating classical music, the spirit of beauty in the world by valuing music and last but not least the ability to express myself in a deeply satisfying way without using words.
Nora Ayzman
Jane L.
It's such a privilege to have Dr. Campbell to teach our 3 kids Piano!!! We have been with Dr. Campbell for the last 6 years. All 3 of our kids have different interests and styles of learning, and Dr. Campbell is able to help all of them keep their interests in piano. She takes the time identify their music interest and utilizing that, find the pieces for them to play to keep them engaged and excel. We are so thankful to have Dr. Campbell be the piano teacher for us!
studioBpiano by Dr. Campbell
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