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San Diego Piano Instructor Stephanie Emery


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

I'd like to share a little about my teaching, perhaps we could be a good fit!


My teaching style is very positive, combining modern teaching methods with intuition developed from many years of teaching piano.  

Each student is unique. Some will love learning classical pieces. Others may be motivated by pop songs, movie or game soundtracks, showtunes or other types of music. Some may be great at reading music, some may thrive at playing by ear, and some may enjoy composing their own songs and pieces.

There are many paths up the musical mountain, and I'm experienced teaching many styles of music to different types of learners.  And although I'm classically trained and love preparing students to play Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, etc., I've also spent years as a songwriter and studio musician in my hometown Seattle, giving me a slightly different approach to teaching music than a classical-only teacher does. 


This background, and my belief that music is in us all, opens my studio up to a wide group of students. All people ages 5 and up, including adults and retirees are welcome, if I can find an opening in my schedule for you.    

In our piano lessons together, students learn to read music, hear music, interpret musical styles, read lead sheets, basic improvisation, to play with great technique, and to understand music theory and other 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.  


I'd love to connect with you about your interest in the piano!

Stephanie Emery  xo

San Diego Piano Instructor Stephanie Emery teaching an in-person piano lesson

My Background​​

  • Classically trained pianist from age five

  • BA Music from Western Washington University

  • Full time music instructor with 20+ years experience 

  • Fully vetted member of the Music Teachers Association of California

  • Multi-instrumentalist and trained vocalist

  • Versatile and relatable musician with both a classical music degree, but also years performing as a singer, songwriter, and rock musician in Seattle

Benefits of Piano Lessons 

  • Helps build confidence and self-esteem

  • Helps develop a focused and patient mind

  • Helps develop discipline

  • Improves memory and coordination

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

  • Learn to constructively express feelings

  • Can relieve feelings of stress and anxiety

  • Developmental and health benefits for all ages and stages

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