in Danville, CA
Our Approach to Piano Lessons at Reeder Music Academy
We believe every student is unique and different in their own way. Therefore, why should lessons be any different? Each piano lesson is tailored to the individual student’s specific interests and needs.
While focusing on foundational elements such as proper technique, reading music, finger position etc., our teachers also help students learn songs they are familiar with. This includes movie theme music, popular songs on the radio, their favorite classical artist etc. This helps keep students motivated and pushing further to learn each week.
Our approach to GET STARTED
01 Piano Lessons Should Be Fun!
We know that an interest in piano may be what first brings you into our school – but having fun is what keeps you coming back! Here at Reeder Music Academy, our goal is for every student to LOVE their music lessons as they embark on a rewarding journey of progress and discovery. We put the “fun” in fundamentals!
Our knowledgeable staff blends a high standard of music education with a creative, student-focused approach that gives students space to discover and nurture their passion for music and the piano. Whether it’s your first time at the keys or you’re a seasoned pianist, our teachers are ready to help you progress quickly toward your goals – while having fun along the way.
02 We Emphasize Healthy Technique
Healthy technique is critical to lifelong enjoyment of the piano. Our first priority is teaching strong fundamentals, including hand, wrist and arm technique, bench position, and pedaling. We believe that full-body instruction is essential to musicianship and safeguards students from injury.
Once the fundamentals are in place, you and your teacher can craft the story you want your music to tell. Our qualified teachers will assist you in developing musicianship and exploring nuance through dynamics, pausing, phrasing, and varying tempos. Learn with us as we infuse elements of music theory and music history into our well-rounded approach to fostering musical excellence.
03 We Care About Your Musical Interests
There is no one-size-fits-all method of piano instruction. Regardless of ability or prior experience, our teachers take an individualized approach to each of our students – underpinned by detailed individual assessments, a personalized learning plan, and one-on-one guidance throughout your musical journey.
While fundamentals and technique are essential, our ultimate goal is to equip students to begin exploring their own personal musical style and interests. Your teacher will work with you to understand where you want to go, and craft a unique plan to get you there. Whether your style is classical or pop (or anything in between), Reeder Music Academy helps students excel in their craft while encouraging the occasional step outside the comfort zone to try something new.
Our Piano Teachers:
Helen Jung is a piano teacher at Reeder Music Academy and also serves as the Artistic Director and piano instructor at her own Jung Piano Studio. Additionally, she works as a Program
Michael is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance. He studied with Juilliard alumni Dr. David Korevaar and Dr.
James Mahone is an active performer and instructor. He began his musical journey almost 30 years ago in Monterey, California, soaking in the influence of its rich music scene. He went on
Andrew Ferren is a musician, producer, and teaching artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Andrew began his study of music with piano at an early age. About 4 years later
Courtnee Rhone graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance. She later attended Cal State University East Bay, where she completed a Master’s Degree in
Ukrainian-born American soprano Svetlana Nikitenko began her professional career as an opera singer while still a conservatory student with the Mikhaylovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she spent four seasons appearing
Voice, Piano, Flute
Soprano Margaret Secour is a 5th generation musician and has been singing since the age of 6. As a child she studied piano and flute. She attended California State University, Long Beach
Stella Vivian Pramudji began her piano studies at the age of six in her native Indonesia. Since that early age, playing the piano has been her lifelong passion. As a child Stella
Carla Bray started playing piano at the age of five. Recognized as an accomplished and versatile musician, she is known for teaching and performing in a variety of different styles and venues.
A native of Georgia, Brett Carson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a focus on piano performance from Kennesaw State University, and a Master of Arts in Composition from Mills
Daniel Richardson is a graduate of the University of Washington (UW) with a double degree in Math (BS) and Piano Performance (BM) under the guidance of Professor Craig Sheppard. He has studied
Trumpet, Trombone, French horn, Tuba, Piano, & Theory Instructor
Josh Sherman is an active performer and instructor. His life in music began playing the piano and trumpet in elementary school, taking weekly private lessons and playing in school bands and orchestras.
Noted for his “electrifying performance” (Andre Harrell II, Voyager), Dr. Matthew Wood (Matt) holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from Louisiana State University, where he studied with Willis
Piano & Guitar
Ayla Wilson has played piano since childhood and guitar since 2019. She is currently pursing a degree in Music Industry Studies. As a songwriter and former ESL teacher, Ayla encourages her students to explore their creativity and learn the way that suits them best.
How it works
Together we explore student musical goals.
We match students with one of our expert instructors.
Start attending lessons! Parents can receive progress reports each week.
“This is the best place ever for music. The teachers are friendly and I learned so many new things about my instruments. I was pushed above and beyond and they helped me make it into my High Schools advanced band even though I was a Freshman. I highly recommend this place.”
“Both my kids go for piano at this location. The teachers are very friendly and knowledgeable. The support staff is also very friendly and prompt.”
“Awesome place to go to, Works as a shop and a school. Was able to get my Certificate of Merit there. Friendly staff there as well.”
“James Mahoney is WONDERFUL. He is so great with young kids. He’s fun, patient, gentle, great at refocusing and teaching.”
“Many thanks to Jason, Jill, Terry, & Ray Hidrogo for their help & inspiration. You won’t find a more professional & “in tune” crew anywhere else in the universe. Thanks guys!!!”
Frequently GET STARTED
What Age Should My Child Start Piano Lessons?
The minimum age we recommend a student start piano lessons at Reeder Music Academy is 7 years old. Starting age will largely depend on the student when it comes to piano or keyboard.
Why Take Piano Lessons at Reeder Music Academy?
Piano lessons at Reeder Music Academy provide teachers who instruct on a variety of styles from classical to popular music. Whether you want to learn Bach or Alicia Keys, our teachers are happy to help you become the pianist you want to be. Our piano faculty will show you the fundamentals of sight reading, technique and theory, but they will also incorporate your favorite songs into your lessons. You do not have to have a piano at home to take lessons. A simple electronic keyboard with a minimum of 61 keys will suffice for the first 6 months. Our piano teachers have warm personalities and enjoy sharing their love for the piano with you when you take piano lessons at Reeder Music Academy .
Our Piano Teachers
All of the teachers at Reeder Music Academy have extensive experience and are experts in their field.
Do I Have to Know How to Read Music?
No. Beginners are welcome! Our lesson plans aim to educate, engage and inspire students.
Do I Need a Piano to Start Taking Lessons?
No. You do not need a piano to start piano lessons, however, we do recommend having a digital piano keyboard in your home to practice between lessons. Also, keyboards are much more economical and require less commitment upfront when it comes to ongoing maintenance and moving costs.
So, What Are You Waiting for?
If you’re ready to jump into the world of keyboarding, we are excited to match you with a teacher that can get you started on your musical journey. Nothing will enable you to progress more effectively than a one-on-one partnership with an inspiring piano professional. Let us help you explore and build your abilities in a setting that is comfortable for you. You never know how far you can go until you take that first step, so get started today!
What Will I Learn in Piano Lessons?
Our piano teachers understand that every student is an individual, with personal musical needs and goals. We make it a priority to tailor how we teach and what we teach to your individual needs.
If you enroll here for piano lessons, your teacher will ask you about your favorite type of music, and set goals to help accomplish whatever musical aspirations you have for yourself or your child. Together, you will develop a plan to achieve your goals! We love beginners, so even if you don’t know where to begin, we can help!