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Offers online services
Offers online services


Hi there my name is Professor Peter Shu. I have been teaching piano for 30 years, and at the college level for 24 years. My students range from the beginner 6 year old, to the intermediate/advanced 12 year old, to the undergraduate music major, to 40 year veteran music professionals.

As a professor you will have access to a broad-based music education in a private setting, in topics ranging from beginner piano, to music theory, music history, applied theory, classical and jazz technique, music technology, recording technology, improvisation, jazz theory, arranging, and composition. Genres you can choose from include classical, pop, jazz, fusion, gospel, and world music.

Lesson delivery can is online. We have found that with a dedicated student outcomes are identical between in-person and online lessons. Lesson lengths are half hour or one hour.

Budget priced beginner and intermediate lessons available with staff faculty at my studio.


BS in Church Music, North Central University 1998

MMus in Music Education, Boston University 2012

For professional and work experience visit:

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Professor Peter Shu

Professor Emeritus and former Department Chair of BA in Worship and Music


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My proudest moments as a teacher/mentor/professor are to see a musician achieve their dreams and goals. When dreams and passions are meformer t with a work ethic, drive, and determination amazing things can be achieved in an amazingly short time.

Examples of goals:

- A beginner student having no previous experience to graduate the beginner level courses and performing their first full sonatina in front of an audience within 2 years.

- a student wins their first time at MMTA piano contests in their category and performs the Honors concert.

- An intermediate classical student who has never improvised learns a song off the radio by ear.

- A beginning improviser joins a jazz combo for the first time.

- A music major writes their first original arrangement/orchestration.

- A music major wins their first award at a jazz festival.

- A touring musician discovers the joys of learning how the music he has been making all his life actually works.


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Offers online services

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Years experience

2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Able to read music

Student can read music

Lesson length

30 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

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



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Joseph G.

Peter Shu is an excellent teacher! I started taking lessons with him beginning in February of 2017. He is very adaptable to each student in his teaching approach where he is constantly emphasizing technique and theory without sacrificing fun or the musical preferences of his pupil. He is patient yet firm and can teach a variety of styles from classical to jazz to popular to sacred. I would highly recommend him for both adult and or child beginner and or advanced!
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July 30, 2017


Andrew D.

Peter Shu helped me apply music theory knowledge into real life playing! He made composition, and playing so much fun, while teaching me so much about gospel, jazz, left hand bass, and so much more! I wish I could take lessons from him again. Thanks for all you do, Pete!!
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July 29, 2017


Jody P.

Never experienced anything like working with Peter! His wisdom, creativity and gifting is astounding! What a fabulous, patient Teacher. I wish everyone could have an opportunity to be taught by him!
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July 28, 2017


Carol B.

Peter is the BEST piano teacher Ive ever had. I love his encouraging style and the method he uses is very much better than the old school way, much faster, more efficient, and way more fun! Thank you, Peter.
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July 28, 2017


Andrew G.

Pete pushes you in the best way possible. I learned the most about music from this guy when I was at North Central University. He knows so many different styles of music that I had never heard of before. Most definitely have this guy teaching you or your children.
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July 28, 2017


Dustin P.

No matter where your musicianship is at, if you wanna get to the next level and beyond, Petes your guy. He is absolutely profound at meeting you where youre at and making complex theory and technique easily accessible. The staggering wealth of knowledge and expertise he brings to the table is unmatched. Highest recommendation.
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July 28, 2017

Frequently asked questions

Lessons begin with an assessment of skills, learning style, musical goals, life stage, and time availability for study. A curriculum is then devised to meet students goals within the available time for study, within the time frame determined necessary to achieve said goals. Special consideration is made to accommodate the specific learning style of the individual student, whether they are visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learners, intuitive or rational, ear-based or reading-based learners.

After the beginner stage a student will need to choose a path suitable to their learning style and goals. They can either pursue a classical education, or one that is improvisation based and settling on a genre of study. This course of study will chart the path toward their advanced studies.

Typical time frames for the various levels are:

- Beginner to Intermediate: childhood 5 years; adult 2-3 years
- Intermediate to Advanced (including pop music, chords, and lead sheet reading): pre-teen/teen 3 years; adult 1-2 years

Advanced studies: 
- Jazz curriculum including theory 2-3 years
- Composition/Arranging/Applied Theory 1-2 years
- Bebop and advanced improvisation including world music 2-4 years

BS in Church Music, North Central University 1998
MMus in Music Education, Boston University 2012

Private Teaching Experience 30 years
Collegiate Teaching Experience 21 years
Professional Performing and Recording with National Touring Experience 30 years
Lecuture in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean

Pricing is dependent on level of study:

Beginner: $30/half hr
Intermediate: $35/half hr; $70/hr
Advanced: $80/hr

I started teaching beginner lessons at 16 years old traveling all over the Twin Cities metro. At that point I had been playing piano for 12 years. I continued at that level of teaching all the way through my undergraduate years, where upon graduating I was recruited to teach improvisation and synthesizer methods at North Central University, my Alma Mater. I will be starting my 18th school year at NCU this fall.

I went on to get my Master's Degree in 2012, which greatly revolutionized my teaching having learned about how to develop curriculum based on different learning styles of students, with considerations in psychology, sociology, and coaching techniques. My graduate specialty was curriculum design.

The youngest I have ever taught was a 3 year old, although my preferred start age is 7 years old. My eldest student is in her early 60's. They range in abilities from fresh beginner, to the hobbist musician, to the undergraduate music major, to the graduate level ethnomusicology student, all the way to 30-year touring professional musicians. 

One of my students performed with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra this summer. 

Come ready to work. It will be a blast. You WILL learn to play the piano. Make the life changes necessary to carve out the practice time you need to meet your goals. Learning to play an instrument is a lifelong endeavor with lifelong rewards. This is not a quick fix kind of thing. It will take YEARS, not months. Here are the practice guidelines:

Beginner: 2.5-5 hrs/week
Intermediate: 2.5-10 hrs/week
Advanced: 1-5 hrs/day

Ask yourself why you are interested in playing an instrument? What or who was inspired you in this decision? Who do you want to play like? What style of music do you want to make on your instrument? What kinds of things do you want to ACHIEVE musically?

Go search on YouTube and find your answers. Hold on to these initial finds, as gaining these insights into what INSPIRES you will be really important as the days turn into weeks, weeks into months. Students flame out without inspiration, goals, and dreams. 

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