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Piano instructor Stephanie Emery at her studio in San Diego, CA

Do your kids seem excited by music? Or is learning to play piano a dream of yours?  

My name is Stephanie Emery, and I'd like to share about my teaching, perhaps we could be a good fit!


My teaching style is person-centered and positive, combining modern teaching methods with intuition developed from many years teaching piano full-time.  My style is warm and encouraging, with plenty of attention to detail and a healthy dose of fun.  

Every student is unique, with different learning styles and tastes.  Some may become great at reading music, some may thrive by playing by ear, some may love composing their own pieces.


There are many paths up the musical mountain, and I'm experienced teaching multiple styles to different types of learners.  And although I'm classically trained, I am also a songwriter and studio musician. This diverse musical background lends an approach to teaching that connects me with a wide variety of students.   

In our lessons together, students will learn to read music, hear and interpret musical styles, read lead sheets/chords, to play with great technique, and to understand music theory and other important musical skills and concepts. 

I teach from a full size grand piano, though it's not necessary for students to have a "real" piano at home. A digital piano can be a great way to start. If you don't have an instrument yet, I can help you choose the right one!  

My goal is to make each lesson a fun and rich learning experience. My students are often with me for years, and the bond we form is special to me. I take great care in the musical and holistic growth of every person who studies with me.  

Music is in all people!  I welcome students ages 5 and up, including adults.  

About Emery Piano 


  • Classically trained pianist from age five

  • BA Music from Western Washington University

  • Full time piano instructor with 20+ years experience 

  • Member, Music Teachers Association of California

  • Multi-instrumentalist and trained vocalist

  • 20+ years as a solo performer, studio musician, singer/songwriter, music producer

Benefits of piano lessons 

  • Become a better pianist and all-around musician 

  • Build confidence and self-esteem

  • Develop a focused and patient mind

  • Develop discipline

  • Improve memory and coordination

  • Helps with accountability to have an actual teacher, students stick with it longer 

  • Constructively express feelings

  • Relieve feelings of stress and anxiety

  • Developmental and health benefits for all ages and stages

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