Southbay Piano Lessons

Southbay Piano Lessons

5.0 (3)
2 hires on
1 employee
14 years in business

About this pro

Christoforo LaBarbera provides an exceptional curriculum developed over many years of experience.  He has taught in many music schools and developed their music curriculum.  Every student gets books and supplies for free, and has the option to play in two recitals a year organized and hosted by Chris.

I enjoy it when my students start to try music on their own without me helping them.  Usually after a year or two of lessons I start to see my students realize that they can figure this stuff out on their own and they begin to download and learn pieces without my help!  It makes me sooooo happy when this happens.  I also love the hard work of putting recitals together.  When I get to see all the performers get up and play for each other and then talk about their pieces during the reception, it fills me with joy. 

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Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
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3 Reviews


  • Lisa Claypoole

    My son really enjoys meeting with his "Teacher Chris" weekly, not only for lessons, but also for sharing things that are going on in his life. Teacher Chris goes "above and beyond." I asked Chris to come up with a "Talent Show" act for my son and his two friends - where all three kids would play the same piano and change places. He spent hours creating a 3-part arrangement of the "Can Can." Then he spent hours and hours doing extra practice sessions with the kids. The final result was awesome!!!

  • Glenn Suravech

    We have been working with Chris for the past 7 years. We started with him and our daughter when she was 5-years-old. Chris is an outstanding teacher, especially with children. He is patient, encouraging and very knowledgeable about effective methods for teaching piano to children. We have continued to work with Chris all these years because he is very flexible not only with his time, but also with the curriculum. We have focused most of our daughter's training in classical piano (Beethoven, Mozart, Bach), but more recently asked for pop (Pink, Ed Sheeran) and jazz-blues (Herbie Handcock, 12-bar form) training as well; which he is fully capable of teaching effectively. Finally, in terms of experience, Chris offers many years of teaching as well as his personal experience as a professional musician into his curriculum -- introducing interesting and useful ideas that make his lessons fun and exciting.

  • Ben Chalders

    Professional teacher, and quite knowledgeable about piano and music theory.

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

First we will determine what level of study we should start with.  I have detailed system for placing students in the correct books that consider age group, level of interest and amount of practice that is able to be scheduled.  This system is very pliable and can change to accommodate changes in musical interest and level of commitment.   
For the 5- to teen ages I have created many musical games that help with learning to read music and perform proficiently.  If you hire me I can guarantee that your child will enjoy every lesson and learn a lot!

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

“Teacher Chris” started taking lessons when he was all of 4 years old. By age 11 he started teaching piano to local friends for $5 a lesson and started his unique piano curriculum. All through college at the University of Louisville, where he pursued his piano and composition degree, he taught privately and group classes in Kentucky and and Indiana included starting a composition class for the prestigious Governors School for the arts.
He has performed all over the world in such places as London, NYC, Chicago, Miami, Costa Rica, Mexico, Hawaii, San Francisco and throughout the Los Angeles area.
For the past 14 years he has taught in the beach areas, worked as a teacher and music director for private music schools, and worked as a performer and composer in Los Angeles.