Trent Garner, Piano & Percussion Lessons

Trent Garner, Piano & Percussion Lessons

5.0Exceptional(6 reviews)
Offers online services
Offers online services


I've been a student of music my whole life, starting at five years old. I have broad experience performing with a variety of ensembles, from church drumming and pit percussion, to marching in DCI and performances with local groups including the San Francisco Symphony's Sound Box, the Prometheus Symphony, San Francisco Philharmonic, and SF Jazz.

His professional experience encompasses many styles and settings, including Drum Corps International with a top ten corps, jazz bands, musical theatres, and concerto soloist.

Trent was awarded his Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying with 30+ year San Francisco Symphony principal percussionist Jack Van Geem, and capping over twenty five years of instruction, performance, and teaching.

I love music, and I live for my students "ah ha!" moments! I work well with people of all ages, and my goal with every student is to show how fun and fulfilling music can be. Let's work together to find out what your goals are and make them a reality!


Hired 3 times
1 employee
7 years in business
Serves SF , CA
Offers online services

Payment methods

Cash, Check, Venmo, Paypal, Apple Pay, Zelle

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Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Able to read music

Student can read music, Student cannot read music

Lesson length

30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

Under 5 years old, 5 – 10 years old, 11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

Student has instrument

Students who have a piano, Students who have a keyboard, Students who have neither

Interested musical styles

Classical, Jazz, Pop, I can make recommendations

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  • Reviews

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    Janice M.

    Trent is a very patient and positive teacher. Our 13 year old son has been taking lessons for about a year and he has progressed well and enjoys his sessions with Trent, which says a lot if you know the mind of a 13 year old! He has even managed to pivot quickly and offer motivating zoom lessons when SIP was instituted. I highly recommend Trent.
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    August 25, 2020

    Thomas H.

    Trent is a very enthusiastic teacher which makes learning the piano fun. He has a wide musical knowledge and inspires his students to learn.
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    August 20, 2020

    Kate M.

    Trent is a very polite, considerate teacher. He takes time to understand his students goals and shows genuine interest in their growth. He works really well with my teenage son and I wholeheartedly recommend him.
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    August 20, 2020


    Trent is knowledgable, enthusiastic, energetic, attentive, and fun to work with. My husband and are in our 70s and he is a great fit for us.
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    August 19, 2020

    Dexter M.

    Great teacher, great guy to talk to, fun all around. I’d absolutely recommend him.
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    August 19, 2020

    Katharina S.

    Trent is a great teacher! His didactics are very constructive, he engages both my sons in their own learning process, makes it fun, is demanding when it is needed and adapts to each child individually depending on his needs.
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    January 30, 2018

    Frequently asked questions

    Simply put, we first discuss goals, then assess your skill level, find the optimal material to study, and finally work towards your goals week to week!

    I have been taking private lessons or performing as a professional musician for over 20 years. I earned my BM in Percussion Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Spring '16. Currently, I play drums for local churchs weekly, percussion in pits for musicals, provide piano lessons to a healthy studio, and occasionally perform with larger ensembles. 

    I offer a free, thirty minute, in-home studio lesson/assessment, for those looking for the right fit. My teaching rates typically start at $50/30min, $65/45min, or $80/1hr. These rates are open for discussion; if you could really use a lower rate for a great teacher, reach out and we'ss see what we can work out.

    I have a 24 hour lesson cancellation policy. If you cannot make a planned lesson, we must tell me at least 24 hours in advance or the you will be charged for 50% of the lesson. I hold myself to the same professional standard; if I cancel less than 24 hours away from our lesson, I reduce the cost of your next lesson by 50%. In the case of sickness or scheduling conflict on short notice (less than 24hrs), most students find rescheduling the lesson for a different time during the week usually works best. 

    I'm grateful to have worked with students of all ages and backgrounds, from retired adults to children as young as six. 

    Remember, you get out what you put in, so come prepared to work and find a teacher you enjoy working with! 

    Services offered

    Music Theory