Carey Frank

Carey Frank

5.0 (19)
Best of 2023
1 employee
23 years in business

About this pro

I am a Los Angeles based Piano, Hammond organ, keyboard player and ukulele player. In addition to performing around Southern California and touring world-wide, I'm also an educator, composer and arranger. I currently teach private lessons virtually and I'm on piano faculty at the Los Angeles College of Music.

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Highland Park, CA 90042
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19 Reviews


  • Dr. Alan Clark

    I purchased several Hammond lessons from Carey. I first heard him play when he was touring with the Tedeschi Trucks Band and subsequently in several clubs in the LA area. I was in awe of his technique and overall chops. I learned he offered lessons and purchased 4. I was both excited and intimidated about taking a lesson. As a kid I had music teachers that performed well but did not have the qualities that I believe make for good teachers. I was pleasantly pleased that Carey’s abilities as a performer matched his great qualities as a teacher. I would recommend him without reservations.

  • Joi

    I’m post 50, first time taking piano lessons or any musical instrument. Carey Is focused and patient and keeps it light and fun. Baby steps for sure but only three lessons and I’ve learned a ton. Thrilled to take on something new with a great teacher.

  • Kate Curran

    Carey is not only a great musician is his own right, he's also a fantastic teacher who clearly works hard to craft each lesson to the individual needs of his students. As a professional vocalist aiming to become a more proficient instrumental player, I have so appreciated his help in filling in gaps in my knowledge and how he designs each lesson to take on challenges specific to my musical journey. Carey makes his students feel very comfortable regardless of their level. I've never been afraid to ask a "stupid" question or to go over something one more time. He's a blast to work with; patient and encouraging with a deep knowledge of his craft that I'm so glad to have access to.

  • Carol Edkins

    After receiving a gift of piano lessons for Mother's Day, I began lessons with Carey. He is a very talented, creative, patient teacher. In fact, over the summer, he will also be teaching my eight year old granddaughter, Carli. (I have heard he is an awesome ukulele teacher too)! I would highly recommend him as a teacher!

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

Every student is unique so I never teach the same exact lesson plan twice. The first few minutes of our first lesson is usually me gaging where the student is (musically speaking) and where we should begin. I treat music like a language, so I teach music similar to how someone would take Spanish lessons; learning words and how the language works, learning sentances and phrases, eventually having full conversations.

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

Bachelors of Music in Jazz Piano from the University of Central Florida

Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California

I have been teaching private lessons since 2007 and currently on faculty with Musicians Institue and Los Angeles College of Music. I have also taught at multiple summer music camps and other schools through Southern California.

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

$40/half hour lesson

$75/one hour lesson

4 half hour lessons - $145 - save $15 

8 half hour lessons - $260 - save $60 

12 half hour lessons - $370 - save $110 

4 one hour lessons - $285 - save $15 

8 one hour lessons - $530 - save $70 

12 one hour lessons - $750 - save $150 

How did you get started teaching?

I've always loved teaching. I started teaching and tutering friends of friends while I was in High school. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have always had, and currently have, all ages of students from about 4 years old to early 70s. 

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

The most important thing is if you (the student) are enjoying playing music! My job is to help guide your practice and help you become the best musician you can be, while still having fun along the way. 

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

What are your goals for learning a new instrument (I want to learn a specific song, or I want to get better at improvisation)?