Jack Tinney Piano Studio

Jack Tinney Piano Studio

5.0 (4)
1 years in business

About this pro

I am a 25 year-old classically trained pianist and piano teacher dedicated to helping students achieve their musical goals. I have degrees in psychology and music from the University of Washington, have been playing seriously since I was nine, and have been teaching piano to students of all levels and ages for the last two years.

My deep classical training and patient friendly demeanor make me especially well suited for teaching:

kids

beginner adults, 

Intermediate to advanced pianists interested in classical music - especially Bach

As a teacher, I foster an approachable and student-centered teaching style, with one of my main aims being to make learning piano fun, and helping students play songs they love as quickly as possible. I have extensive training with elite classical musicians, most recently completing a one-on-one mentorship program with concert pianist Aaron Pilsan in Berlin, Germany. I am also trained in jazz and highly proficient in pop and other genres and can help students whose interests lie outside of classical music.

Piano is what I am best at, and sharing the gift of music through teaching brings me immense fulfillment and joy. I love to watch my students grow and improve over time, supporting them on their musical journey. 

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Credentials

Gig Harbor, WA 98332
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4 Reviews

5.0

  • Geri Mann

    After self learning for eight months , I was looking for some technical skills and more. I found Jack and his lessons are great! educational and fun. I am already sight reading and look forward to each lesson. Would highly recommend Jack!

  • Nadiia

    I really love our piano classes! Jack is a great personality, he is professional and is very good in understanding my needs. The classes are a lot of fun, dynamic and always something fresh and new to learn and to practice! I feel like i progressed a lot in just a month and i’m super excited to learn more! Thank you Jack Piano! I recommend you to all my friends!

  • Franklin Diggs

    I worked with "Traveling Piano Teacher" for almost a year, remotely, before his travels. He is a great instructor with a strong focus on fundamentals. When I approached him, I would consider myself advanced beginner or an early intermediate. Within a day he had highlighted some of my weakness in meter and dynamics. Over time we focused down on certain pieces. I pushed him towards Czerny, he pushed me towards Chopin. In the end, he valued pushing me towards completion of pieces that both were at the limit of my ability and those that were comfortable to read and play. He has an advanced knowledge of theory, especially harmonic theory and the building of chords often in relationship to Jazz, though he and I were studying classical. He was able to answer most my questions on theory. Only when I started doing my own compositions and asking him questions about compositional theory "Where should I mark bows up or down on the violas?" did I reach the limits of his musical knowledge. His technique is strong. A focus on technical pieces by Bach, Liszt, and Chopin has lead him to deep understanding of the physicality of the piano. A musician that listens with his ears as well as approaching pieces analytically. Happy to recommend.

  • Nick Hollenbeck

    After years of trying to find the right teacher, I’m so happy to have found Jack! Patient, kind, and conscientious are just a few of the great qualities he’s displayed in the months of working together. He’s extremely organized which keeps us on task during our sessions. Progress is through the roof!



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FAQs


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

I always start the process of working with a new student by having a conversation with the student about why they want to learn piano. I also ask them for a list of music that they like to listen to or may want to play eventually. If the student is not brand new to piano I will kindly ask them to play something for me. I gauge where the student is in their musical journey. If the student is brand new to piano, we will begin working through a lesson book together on the fundamentals of rhythm, technique, notes, etc. However, I always try to help a student learn to play a version of a song they love as early as possible. If a student has some experience with the piano, our journey together will be highly individualized and dependent on the needs and goals of the student. While I am able to offer firm guidance and support, I am a believer in student-led learning. Piano and music is a vast landscape and there is no one linear path to success.


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

I took piano lessons from 9-16. In my time at the University of Washington as an undergraduate student I was accepted by audition to receive one-on-one instruction in piano performance and received a minor in music.

From 2020-2022, I pushed myself to expand musically by learning Jazz from Seattle pianist Scotty Bemis.

In 2022 I travelled to Berlin to complete a mentorship program with concert pianist Aaron Pilsan.


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

I charge $40/hour and $25/30 minutes


What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with adults both experienced and new to piano as well as kids new to the piano.