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San Diego Piano Academy

San Diego, CA 92117 (map)


Lessons Offered

Piano, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

In Student Home


About Me

We teach to inspire... Music is an essential part of every day life, enhancing everything we do. We believe that the power of music is one of the most profound and important aspects in our culture and we are proud to have dedicated our lives to it. We actively do many things around music including performing, composing, collaborating and have spent many years traveling the world as part of our life's work. We are artists first and as such only teach for the love of passing along this deeply beautiful gift. ----------FREE TRIAL LESSON!- We believe that when pairing up a student and teacher it's important to see if it's a good match first. This relationship can be one of the most important factors in how quickly a student can learn and because of this the first meeting is always free with no strings. This is also for us so that we can see if the student is a good match for our teaching style and personality. ----------TEACHER HIGHLIGHTS - Members of the Music Teachers Association of California - Yamaha Artist (chetan is one of only 50 classical pianists in the world with this designation) - International Competition Winners - International performances in concert and with orchestra - Carnegie Hall

My Musical Education Background

Cleveland Institute of Music - BA, Masters, Artist Diploma Further studies throughout Europe as well as in New York and Israel

Genres and Subjects Taught

Classical, Pop, Improvisation, Composition, Songwriting, Piano Accompaniment, Inquire about other ----------OUR TEACHERS ----------MELISSA CREIDER is an active pianist in a variety of musical outlets. She currently is a soloist, duo artist, collaborative artist, composer, and performs and sings with her band, Skyterra. She received her BM degree from Baylor University and her MM degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Cliburn winning pianist, Antonio Pompa-Baldi. She also received a Postgraduate Diploma from the Koninklijk Vlaams Conservatorium in Antwerp, Belgium. Ms. Creider has performed recitals in Austria, Italy, Belgium, and Israel. She focuses on modern music and has frequently premiered new works on her recitals. Currently, her band is working on several recordings that feature virtuoso piano while mixing styles of classical music with modern popular genres. Melissa has also been highly praised for her collaborative skills. She enjoys coaching other pianists who are looking to improve this area of music making. ----------CHETAN TIERRA, a Yamaha artist, is an American concert pianist, composer, and songwriter. He has been seen on concert stages across America, Europe, Asia, and Africa in solo recital and with orchestra. While he has earned top prizes, performing in the world’s most prestigious piano competitions, including the Van Cliburn, Queen Elizabeth, Jose Iturbi, Seoul, Unisa, Hilton Head, and New Orleans, he has been at the forefront of innovative classical piano evolution. His Carnegie Hall debut in 2006 was praised as ‘magnificent’ by the NY Concert Review, and his charismatic persona and emotional style have led to many praises from audiences and critics alike. An avid songwriter and composer through his musical development, Chetan founded The Mosaic Quartet in early 2012 and his current band, Skyterra in 2015.

Lesson Rates

$40 for 1/2 hr
$60 for 45min
$80 for 1 hr

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

From beginners to advanced and professionals.

My Certifications and Awards

Yamaha Artist - 2013 (chetan is one of only 50 yamaha classical pianist with this designation) MTAC - member of the Music Teachers Association of California Carmel Society Music Competition – 2nd Prize - 2012 Seoul Internation Piano Competition – Semi-Finalist - 2011 Queen Elisabeth Internation Music Competition – Semi-Finalist - 2010 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition – Competitor – 2009 Hilton Head International Piano Competition – 2nd Prize – 2009 Jose Iturbi International Piano Competition – 3rd Prize and Audience Award – 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition – 2nd Prize – 2006 Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition – 1st Prize – 2006 California International Young Artists Competition – 1st Prize – 2006 Full Scholarship for Study at the Cleveland Institute of Music - 2006 Award for most promising student at the Cleveland Institute of Music 2004 MTAC Piano Competition for State of California – 1st Prize – 2002


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