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Piano lessons that inspire...

Imagine you or your child getting the opportunity to study with international, award-winning performers.

Pianists who haven't just studied piano, they live it.

Now imagine, these same world class musicians coming to your home, becoming your mentor, and guiding you to lifelong musical fulfillment...

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**Currently 2 spots available and a growing waitlist for specific times. We are accepting students for the 2021-2022 school year.**

Featuring a powerful, innovative approach to learning by combining in person piano lessons with video training.

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Whether you're advanced, a hobbyist, or a beginner, we have over 30 years combined experience and know just the right approach to produce extreme results.

We are international performers, composers, and collaborators.

We have won prizes in some of the very top piano competitions in the world.

In fact, one of our teachers, Chetan, recently became a Yamaha Artist. That's the same designation Elton John and Jerome Rose have!

Our students have also done really well, winning key competitions in the San Diego area while others have gone on to compete on the international level and get accepted to major colleges and conservatories.

As internationally renowned teachers, we have students all over the world learning our unique practicing strategy that teaches you to become your own teacher.

What does that mean?

It means that you're not just learning an instrument. We're giving you the keys to a lifetime of success with music.

You'll be able to take our tools and continue teaching yourself long after the time you spend with us.

Now doesn't that sound amazing?

Plus, we aren't just incredible pianists. We're also musical innovators.

We have years of professional experience in different styles of music.

We recently won Best New Artist in San Diego for our alternative rock band.

What this means for you or your child is we can adapt piano lessons to exactly what you're looking for.

Maybe your goal is to be in a band, be a composer, a DJ, learn about synthesizers or other styles of music, go to college, compete on a high level and win.

We've lived all of this, and we have just the right solution for YOU.

And because of this, we know how to make music cool and more in touch with our current musical landscape.

So are you ready to excite your musical learning experience?

Take action now and request a free trial lesson with us.

We are currently in high demand and have limited space available.

So don't delay, contact us TODAY!

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Members of the Music Teachers Association of California

Yamaha Artist

International Competition Winners

International performances in concert and with orchestra

Performances in great venues such as Carnegie Hall

Experience in preparing students for success in competitions, testing,and college auditions


Collaborative Artists

What to look for when selecting a teacher.

When selecting a teacher the first thing you need to look for is a top quality professional, someone who is also an active high level performer.

You want someone who can actually do, not just teach!

Also you want to make sure you have a good rapport with a teacher and that it's someone you're comfortable with being in your home as a role model.

When making your selection, often times, it's like anything else: you get what you pay for.

You want a professional to teach you a new skill or you may not learn that skill very well.

Many teachers skim over foundational aspects that are key to one's playing and understanding of music.


Because they haven't taken music that far themselves.

Watch out for these teachers.

You want someone that can tailor their teaching methods to your specific needs.

Many teachers only have a 'one size fits' all approach because they lack the experience to know any better.

We're sure you've heard the frustrated story of many adults who took piano as a child, quit, wanted to resume again, but have absolutely no tools to know how or where to begin again.

Maybe this is even your story?

And unfortunately, this is what a budget education looks like.

On the other hand, a professional approach ensures the student is able to use what they learn for the rest of their life.

You'll be able to know what you're doing and that you're doing it correctly. You'll be able to teach yourself even if you wait to come back to the piano years later.

Our flawless foundation is taught from the beginning so that from Day 1, you're beginning your lifelong passion with music.

Even if you're not a beginner, we make sure to cover this foundation for you so you can quickly take advantage of everything a high level education has to offer.

(Learn more about why a flawless foundation is so important for all types of pianists.)

The secret to having lifelong success is in HOW you work.

Most people tend to think that being good is about how much you practice, that if someone practices a lot, then of course they’re going to be good, and while this can be true…

The real truth behind it is, most of it has to do with how you practice.

It is about really owning the time you are at the piano. It’s about: Making. Your. Time. Count.

We've developed the most highly efficient and effective ways to practice, gathered from personal experience and our years studying with the most sought after teachers worldwide, that will help you advance faster and achieve seemingly impossible goals.

We strive from the beginning to instill in our students that building deep fulfillment takes delayed gratification and a patient approach. And we know how to make this cool.

Our ultimate goal is that our students will be able to teach themselves music and graduate into their own artist after working with us.

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**Get in while there's still time!**

The most powerful, innovative, and new approach to learning. In person lessons combined with video training.

In this modern day of instant gratification, getting a student to practice and really pay attention to detail is overwhelming, exhausting, leads to frustration, and students wanting to quit.

With piano and other skills, we all know it takes work and effort to have success and deep fulfillment.

You have to be patient in the moment to have impatient long term results.

Most teachers just come once a week and expect the student to then practice what they've learned on their own during the week. This can become frustrating.

Even just telling the student how to practice isn't quite enough because most students, especially kids, just aren't going to do it.

They will complain and scream and literally drive their parents insane.

We've solved this problem.

With our video training, when we're not there, we're able to show students exactly how to work.

This ensures a student is practicing the right way ALL THE TIME.

This also dramatically increases the speed at which a student can learn and their desire to keep moving forward on their own.

Now, this isn't a total replacement for a parent needing to be involved to make sure their child is working regularly.

But it is a major help in the right direction, and it allows the parent and student to work together, following along with exactly what needs to be done for success.

This is the most powerful training combination available on the market today for piano lessons.

This combination is unique to us, and you will not find it available anywhere else.

Ready to take the next step in fulfilling your musical dreams?

While our space is very limited, one of our teachers would be happy to have a quick chat with you to learn more about what you're looking for and to see if we're the right fit for you.

Even if it's not us, we can help point you in the right direction to what could be best for you. We're here as your musical resource for all things piano.

But make sure to message us now while there is still some space left!

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Learning piano is the foundation for all musical training.

If you're thinking about learning to sing or play any other instrument, the best foundation starts with the piano.

Anyone can learn piano!

You do not need to have natural talent to be good because it's all in how you work.

What to expect when learning piano for the first time.

Learning the piano is about learning a lot of small coordinations.

It's kind of like patting your head and rubbing your belly at the same time, but in many different ways.

Don't worry, we take all the guess work out of it for you, so you know what to work on and when.

But because of all these intricate coordinations you learn, nothing else helps exercise the brain in so many different ways quite like learning piano.

Learning piano makes you smarter.

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Want to learn more about the specific, scientific benefits of piano lessons? Keep scrolling.

Advanced students gain the experience of professionals to guide them to artistry and high level goals.

What if you could finally get over the hurdle to win those competitions you've been dreaming about or have the confidence to be accepted to your top choice college?

If you have BIG dreams and goals, don't you want to be trained by someone who's already achieved those same dreams?

Don't you want to be trained by someone who's already helped others achieve some of those same dreams?

Because of our experience in some of the world's largest piano competitions and our training at top music conservatories, we know what it takes to truly be successful.

We know the mental mindset and the approach you should take, not just to play well but to compete well.

We know what it takes to be an artist.

We're teaching depth of musicality along with true technical mastery, and that's the secret that will take you to the next level.

We know what judges are looking for, how to present yourself, and how to prepare.


Melissa Creider has been teaching piano to my 10-year old daughter for the past year and a half. Prior to finding Melissa, my daughter had taken lessons from two other teachers over a 3 year period. During that period, my daughter's progress was slow, and practice sessions were always a dreaded chore. After taking a break from lessons for almost a year, Melissa was recommended to us by a friend. Within the first two weeks of beginning lessons with Melissa, my daughter began 'voluntarily' practicing throughout the day. We love Melissa's non-traditional approach to teaching piano. Rather than teaching piano basics using monotonous exercises and songs, Melissa uses music the student chooses to learn and enjoys playing. I believe that Melissa's brilliant teaching methods and ability to help each student achieve musical success is what makes her outstanding as a piano instructor. We are extremely pleased with my daughter's tremendous improvement in piano proficiency, fluency and enthusiasm.

-Ramon and Karen G.

Chetan Tierra has been teaching my students for more than two years. The kids love him and his professionalism is of the highest order. I'd considered many piano instructors for my school, but until I found Chetan, I wasn't satisfied that the instruction was top-notch while also being fun and engaging. He's the pianist I wish had taught me when I was young. He shares his love of music and of his chosen instrument with the children every week.

-Nan R.

My son has been learning piano from Chetan Tierra, for more than 2 yrs now. Needless to say, Chetan is extremely talented, but more importantly, amazingly patient with our son. He comes down to his level and makes it fun for him. We were very worried that our son would lose interest over time, as lots of kids do, but Chetan's dedictation, pleasant personality, along with his wonderful ability to connect with kids, has made our son, simply love learning from him. He looks forward to his lessons every week. Chetan is amazing, and we hope to have him teach our son, for many years to come!

-Keerti S.

Melissa has a great way of teaching the piano to little kids. My 8 year old daughter has a lot of fun and does not realize how much she learns. Watching Melissa play in different settings professionally has been a treat for us and an inspiration for my daughter. We know who will be teaching my 4 year old!

-Reshma B.

Taking piano lessons with us also brings a world class mentor into your home.

Have you ever had a teacher that you just couldn't stand to be around?

You probably hated that class or subject.

Now remember that SUPER inspiring teacher, the one who made you forget that you were even learning...

We pride ourselves in making lasting relationships with all our students to help them achieve the specific goals they're looking for.

AND we find music that excites them.

We're also mentors.

What you're learning through piano lessons isn't just piano or music, it's life skills.

It's accountability. It's self discipline. It's learning the value of being patient in the moment to achieve a more fulfilling goal.

We want to teach you to become an impatient/patient learner.

What does that mean?

It means, you are impatient to get to work, BUT you understand it takes patience in the moment to actually achieve your goals.

And with this approach, you'll get to your goals much faster.

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Important: We're not for everyone.

Read below to see if we're a good fit.

Who we're NOT for.

Who we're for

  • Parents who are uninvolved in their child's development with piano and are just looking to fill an extra activity in the week.
  • Students who are not planning to practice or do any work.
  • Beginners, intermediates, hobbyists, and advanced pianists who can communicate what they are hoping to achieve.
  • Students who understand they need to do their part and work with us to achieve the results they're looking for.

Students around the world have been going crazy and begging to learn our original piano compositions.

We're composers, song writers, and musical innovators and we would love to pass that on to you or your child.

(Watch some examples of what our students are loving to play.)

The proof is in our playing.

And our students' playing.


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. Chetan is also an avid composer whose works are quickly garnering international attention, most notably his modern piano cycle called Moonshadows. Chetan Tierra comes from a long line of world-class pedigree, having studied with some of the most predominant pianists of today.


MELISSA EVANS TIERRA is an American concert pianist, painter, and teacher known for her avant garde approach to music and art. She received her BM degree from Baylor University, studying with James Williams 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, studying with Levente Kende. Mrs. Tierra has performed recitals in Austria, Italy, Belgium, and Israel and has been highly praised for her interpretation of modern music, frequently premiering new works on her recitals. She has studied with many other notable teachers including Jerome Rose, Kum Sing Lee, Alon Goldstein and honed her craft of modern music with composers, Lowell Liebermann, Jo Verdis, and Chetan Tierra focusing on their works specifically. Melissa has also won several notable performance awards and been featured on radio and television. She was recently featured in The San Diego Union Tribune for her latest concert.

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We proudly offer a talented artist-faculty comprised of accomplished educators with unparalleled musical skill.


BRENDAN NGUYEN displays uncommon versatility as a performer, artist, and thinker. His bold programming style, infusion of technology, and extravagantly produced concert concepts aim to explore new musical territory while casting a contemporary eye on the established canon. Brendan has performed at the REDCAT Theater, the Monday Evening Concert series, wasteLAnd, The Stone, and has recorded with Carrier and Populist Records. He is currently working with long-time colleague mezzo-soprano Leslie Leytham on a new concert series called PROJECT [BLANK]. Brendan’s enthusiasm for contemporary music has lead to a number of premieres and commissions, including works by Wojtek Blecharz, Aaron Helgeson, Nicholas Deyoe, Clint McCallum, Beat Furrer, and Pulitzer Prize winner Roger Reynolds. He has also worked with composers George Crumb, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Lewis Nielson, and has performed with violinist David Bowlin, pianist Aleck Karis, and percussionist Steven Schick. Brendan is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and UC San Diego.


LESI MEI, classical pianist, manifests dazzling virtuosity and stunning musicality the moment her fingers touch the keys. She was the first call pianist for Beijing International Orchestra before traveling the U.S. from coast to coast, performing in such festivals as the Mostly Modern Festival in Saratoga Springs, International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City, and Olympiad Piano Festival in Colorado Springs, where she was a semifinalist in the concerto competition. Her performance diploma hails from the European Music Institute in Vienna, under the tutelage of the esteemed Professor Martin Hughes. Other notable teachers she studied with include Peter Vinograde, Joyce Yang, Ilya Yakushev, Blair McMillen, Victor Rosenbaum, Jeffrey Swan, and Geoffrey Burleson.

Lesi holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance from San Diego State University, a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Biological Engineering from the Beijing Institute of Technology.


SETH QUAY is a pianist, performer, artist and educator with a diverse portfolio of musical and life experiences. Receiving his BM in Piano Performance from the University of Montana in 2011, Seth began working as a professional pianist at the Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park, performing around 30 hours each week for hotel audiences. He has experience in improvisation, jazz, pop, singing, rock bands, drumset and percussion instruments, alongside an exceptionally well-rounded classical training. He has performed internationally throughout the US and Europe and refined his performance and teaching skills under the guidance of prominent artists and pedagogues such as Francine Kay and Chee-Hwa Tan. He has also worked intimately with internationally-recognized contemporary composers including David Maslanka, Daniel Schnyder, and Gernot Wolfgang. Completing a MM in Piano Pedagogy and Performance in 2020 from the University of Denver has uniquely prepared him to teach, with specialized training and research on the process of learning. Active as a certified yoga teacher, Seth believes in incorporating mindfulness techniques into lessons to reduce tension and create deep connections with the music. His holistic approach allows students to flourish as musicians and individuals.


MEGAN GLEESON graduated from San Diego State University in 2019, receiving a BM degree in classical piano under the instruction of Scottish concert pianist Dr. Toni James as well as Symphony pianist Dr. Tina Chong. She studied both instrumental and vocal accompaniment as well as collaborative works at SDSU where she performed in various public recitals. She has also been an active pianist for contemporary worship bands at Reliance Church in Temecula and Existence Church in San Diego for over five years. Megan has performed as an entertainer for various events around San Diego, including restaurant entertainment and corporate events. She has also performed in the Goldegg Music Seminar in Austria as an accompanist. Megan has been teaching piano for over a decade, working with students of all ages and varying levels. She has been playing the piano for 20 years and knew she wanted to become a teacher by the age of 15. Megan is an innovate, creative individual who uses her fun personality and musical passion to help her students become articulate, versatile, and well-rounded musicians who love to play and perform.

We offer performance opportunities for you or your child with regular student recitals. Watch a few of our students perform below!







Proven benefits of piano lessons

  • Higher IQ
  • Exercises parts of the brain useful in mathematics, spatial intelligence, and other intellectual pursuits
  • Provides an 'unplugged' outlet and source of entertainment
  • Promotes creativity
  • It provides benefits to children's emotional and behavorial maturation.
  • Helps develop discipline, patience, time management and organizational skills
  • Can improve reading comprehension and verbal abilities.
  • Reduces stress and anxiety

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Mr. Chetan Tierra has been teaching my son for about 2 years. And my son always looks forward for his lessons. Mr. Tierra’s passion and dedication to music inspires my son and makes him want to practice even it is not easy to find enough time for practice (my son is a high school student). Mr. Tierra helps my son to develop a strong work ethic, attention to details, and practice diligently everyday (that helps him get better with minimal frustration). He recognizes my sons abilities in playing piano and gets the best from him. Mr. Tierra always spends extra time to teach a topic my son may be struggling with, and might even schedule extra time during the week for a follow-up lesson. This teacher is not going to waste your time. He is very well organized, has great interpersonal skills, knowledgeable at teaching piano and talented at playing piano. Mr. Tierra sets realistic goals that helps my son to succeed. He fosters in my son understanding and appreciation for music. Mr. Tierra is also a Great Pianist!

-Olga J.

Melissa is fantastic! Both of our girls (12 and 10) were losing interest in piano so, though we loved our former teacher, we made the switch to Melissa hoping the girls would respond to her. What a great decision it's been for the girls, as they look forward to learning the newer pieces she teaches them in addition to the classics. She's been a blessing.

-Bret B.

I love Melissa! Not once have my kids ever complained about practicing, and they can't seem to stop playing the piano! My kids enjoy picking songs that they like and don't mind learning them! She knows how to make them learn, while enjoying every minute! They think she is so cool and love playing for her! I highly recommend Melissa!

-Brenna V.

Focuses on minor details, makes sure she understands completely before moving on to the next piece. Always very positive, energetic, lots of patience, quite encouraging, motivating. Above all he teaches with passion.

-Radhika P.

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