The Piano Professor

The Piano Professor

5.0 (3)
5 hires on
1 employee

About this pro

I teach all levels of students from beginner to artist level.  I have had four students who were winners in the Pinault International Piano Competition in New York, ranging in age 10 to professional adult. If you wish to reach that level, I will work with you, but if you wish to just learn to play for your own enjoyment, I will enjoy working with you to that end. I live in Tigard, OR and have a studio in my apartment. I am also set up for zoom lessons; virtual lessons at your computer.  Let me know what you would like to do...  reach me with your browser at;

Teaching is my career, not just a job.  I am a professional with 50 years experience, and many students who have won international piano competition.  I am on the jury board of the Encor International piano competition, and the director of the Chopin Piano Academy.  

I can teach at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg. Due to the coronavirus situation, I am also able to give virtual lessons without your leaving your home.  Virtual lessons are like my being with you.   Let me know.

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Tigard, OR 97223
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3 Reviews


  • Elaine Simon

    Ralph is an exceptional teacher who draws on a lifetime of experience. He is patient, kind, positive, and explains lessons thoroughly. He gives excellent advice. His method of teaching is practical. He teaches music as a language and encourages learning through a thorough understanding of the keys, their relationships, and being able to improvise -- much like learning a vocabulary and phrases. This differs from piano teachers I've had in the past who focused on books and memorization (or what Ralph calls parroting). Ralph has helped to correct some previous bad habits I didn't even realize I had, which had caused injury. I appreciate his techniques that will help me prevent any injuries in the future.

  • TH

    He is very Patient and explains real well.

  • Gabriel Peckham

    Approaches learning music in a different way than traditional recital methodology of memorizing pieces of music, Ralph teaches how to understand the language of music. My son is now learning music that he has chosen on his own time in addition to jazz and classical music he’s learning for classes. He’s enjoying and exploring music whereas before it was just homework


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

1. Find out what there interest is in music

2. If they have had lessons I will have them play for me

3. If they are a beginner I will tell what a wonderful thing music is and how excited I am that they are beginning their piano lessons

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

I have three degrees in music and have performed professionally both with symphony and as pop pianist 

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

My lessons are hourly lessons once a week with a flat rate of $200 per month.  

How did you get started teaching?

My parents were musicians so music was a part of my life from the time I was born.

What types of students have you worked with?

I work with all types of students, realizing their unique qualities not only in music but their personalities also.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My pleasure comes in watching my students perform.

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

Find a teacher that will work with you and your interests

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

Think about what you want to do with your piano study.  Don't be affraid to express your likes and dislikes.  It helps a teacher work with you.