Piano Lessons And Music Theory With Ken

Piano Lessons And Music Theory With Ken

5.0(2 reviews)


Have been teaching piano for decades and love giving lessons to students 20 years old or older (I don't take children) up to seniors, who've either had lessons as a child but stopped, and now want to resume, to have music in their lives, or start from scratch.

I'm based in Saratoga and travel to students' homes in the Greater San Jose Area. No extra charge for travel.

I teach both Classical and Jazz Improv. Many of my students like the variety. I use my own workbook, supplied gratis to students, and gear lessons to each student's particular needs and desires. Always include basic music theory, so students understand what makes music work.

Lessons last an hour and sometimes go longer, depending upon what needs to be reviewed, assigned, clarified, demonstrated, etc. There never is any additional charge for overtime. We just have fun making music.

I love watching students' eyes light up and that imaginary lightbulb going on over their heads when they suddenly get it. That's worth more than gold, and I know I've succeeded in passing useful knowledge along.


Hired 8 times
1 employee
60 years in business
Serves Half Moon Bay , CA

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Years experience

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

Able to read music

Student can read music, Student cannot read music

Lesson length

60 minutes

Student's age

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

Interested musical styles

Classical, Jazz, Pop, I can make recommendations

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  • Reviews

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    Bonnie S.

    Ken is very encouraging and explains things well. I am enjoying my lessons with Ken. He is very patient.
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    June 05, 2022
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    Kim S.

    Ken is a very experienced musician and performer and really teaches what it’s all about, he uses his own material and everything you do has a specific purpose. And because Ken teaches independently of some book, or guide he can always adjust his lessons to what you need or are struggling.
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    January 18, 2020
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    Frequently asked questions

    No children; don't take students younger than 20.

    First, an email or phone interview, to learn what the student has in mind to accomplish.

    Next, proceed with individual learning techniques. I use my own workbooks. 

    Gently keep pushing them to learn and absorb more.

    Make sure the student continues to enjoy what they're doing.

    18 seasons with San Francisco Opera. 8 seasons with Lamplighters Music Theatre. Writing/arranging for various Grammy-winning vocal groups (see my website); directing and starring in productions with other companies (Redwood Symphony, West Bay Opera, Lyric Theatre of San Jose, Portland Light Opera company, etc); producing and directing my own shows, that have been presented in the national Fine Arts Presenters market.

    All lessons are the same fee: $50 per session, usually at least an hour long, but if we got over, there's never any additional fee.

    Just wanted to share what I've learned and accomplished over the years with others. I thoroughly enjoy teaching.

    Important: I don't take anyone under the age of 20.

    I enjoy working with people who'd taken lessons as a child, then stopped, and years later wished to regain and advance what musical knowledge they'd had. 

    Many performances of works I've composed and arranged. Too numerous to mention. Visit my website for more details.

    Dedicate time every day to studying, even if you have only 15-20 minutes to spare. The important thing is to keep at it and don't let your attention or interest flag. Moving forward and building on what you've learned is key to success.

    Am I serious about this or do I just want to waste my time and money and my teacher's time and patience?  Period!

    Services offered

    Music Theory