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Cool Piano Songs Music Studio

Montclair, CA 91763 (map)

Lessons Offered

Composition, Flute, Music, Music Theory, Piano, Singing

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

Virtual / Online

About Me

I work as a teacher and a freelance Dueling Pianoman and Solo Singing Pianoman for private events
I love great songs! I specialize in teaching singers how to accompany themselves at the piano in the most expressive and creative way possible
From Ballads to Swing to Bossa to Hard Driving Rock Tunes. A little bit of everything is what makes a good player:)
In addition, I have many tools within my recording studio to help students strengthen their skills
I work very hard at customizing my lessons to each students' needs. Your success is my success!

Dan at (contact me)

My Musical Education Background

B.A. Film Scoring Berklee College of Music(Boston, MA)
Studies at Peabody Conservatory(Baltimore, MD)
Major writing credits with Fox TV, Buena Vista TV, McCann Erickson(Ad Agency), etc.
Thousands of transcriptions of popular songs
ABRSM Exam Preparation

Jazz Studies with Charlie Banacos(New England Conservatory)

MVP Instructional Music Video Artist
Vocal Studies with Peisha McPhee(American Idol Voice Coach)
Pro Recording Facilities
Dueling Pianoman/Solo Singing Pianoman

Genres and Subjects Taught

Piano, Voice, Flute, and Music Theory Lessons

ABRSM Exam Preparation

Playing & Singing at the Piano is my specialty

Styles Taught:
Classical, Blues, Jazz, Popular, Show tunes

Recording Techniques
Music Technology(Finale, Protools, Logic)
Transcribing(playing by ear/notating music)
Jazz Harmony & Arranging

Access to Pro Recording Facilities

Request songs/styles that you wish to learn
If I don't know it I will learn it and teach it to you
My students are always introducing me to newer songs and current styles. This keeps me learning as well(a beautiful thing)


Lesson Rates

$30/30 mins, $60/hr.

All Local Lessons are in my Studio

For those unable to commute to my studio,
Online lessons are available via Skype or Face Time(same rates apply as above)

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

Ages 6 and up

My Certifications and Awards

Yamaha Certified
ABRSM Teacher

My Musical Influences

I am VERY open minded about music. You can learn something from every style. I do have some favorites. Here are just a few:

Beatles, The Who, Pink Floyd, Coldplay, Peter Gabriel, Greenday, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Florence and the Machine, Sarah McLaughlin, Bruno Mars

Dave Grusin, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Pat Methany, Chic Corea, Dixie Dreggs, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Kenny Burrell

Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, Copland, Brahms, Barber, Shostakovitch, Scriabin, Ginastera, Crumb, Berlioz, Gesualdo, Bach, Hahn

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Student Reviews

Diamond Bar, CA

I studied with Dan for about 5 months learning to read music & play the piano. I am extremely pleased with my accomplishments under his guidance. He has a love for music & shares that passion with his students. I highly recommend anyone who is interested in taking music lessons (of any kind) to contact Dan & utilize his special musical talents. I guarantee he will open up a new world of musical wonder for you.

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