Lea Oliver Piano Studio

Lea Oliver Piano Studio

5.0 (3)
4 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
10 years in business

About this pro

I have been teaching piano for 4 decades and I love it! I have teaching experience at all levels, from kindergarten through university, and just retired as the Director of Keyboard Studies at Hamilton High School Academy of Music in Los Angeles where I taught beginners to very advanced students. My students say that I am a kind and patient but thorough teacher, and that my lessons are fun. My goal is to help you experience the joy of music while learning to play well, whether you a beginner, intermediate or advanced pianist. Lessons are individualized to meet the needs and interests of each student. My students are also offered many opportunities to perform including recitals and the MTAC Certificate of Merit. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Teaching and Music Education from the University of Hartford, and a Master's Degree in Piano Performance from Yale University School of Music. I also have extensive experience as a vocal coach, pianist, composer and conductor on Broadway and touring shows. For more detailed information, please see my LinkedIn profile, where I am listed as one of the top 6 piano teachers and performers in this area.

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Chatsworth, CA 91311
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3 Reviews


  • Beth Thomerson

    She is fantastic! Knowledgeable and skilled. My son is thrilled to have her as a teacher!

  • Lorraina Marro

    She is extremely knowledgeable, patient, kind and has a great personality. She is very intune to gearing lessons depending on what the individual hopes to accomplish. I feel confident that I found the perfect teacher for me.

  • Lorraina Marro

    So glad I found Lea. She's extremely knowledgeable, patient, kind and makes me feel totally comfortable. I look forward to each lesson. And she lives close to me!!! :)


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

I like to get to know my students and find out their interests and just what they'd like to accomplish with piano lessons. Then I tailor their lessons to these goals while making sure I provide a good foundation in the fundamentals. 

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

I have a BA in music education and piano teaching  from The University of Hartford and a Masters Degree in piano performance from Yale University School of Music. 

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

$60 for a one hour lesson, $45 for 45 minutes and $35 for a half hour lesson. 

How did you get started teaching?

I was Director of Keyboard Studies at Hamilton High School Academy of Music for many years. I was also on the faculty of City University of New York, and a number of conservatories.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have taught students on every level from beginners to concert performers. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

It was with great pride that I recently watched my student, DaQuan Robinson perform the last movement of the Grieg Piano Concerto with orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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

Try to find a teacher that you feel comfortable with who is also well trained and patient. 

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

Do you teach beginners? Do you teach advanced students? How many years of experience do you have? Do you belong to any professional organizations? Do your students participate in a curriculum such as the Certificate of Merit program? How much will I need to practice to reach my goals?