Lessons Los Angeles and Internet Piano Lessons

I love helping people discover their own musical voice. I think it’s important that each person has their own unique musical experience – and that includes how they are taught and the curriculum that is used.

Over the last 10 years my students have accepted over $1,000,000 in music scholarships to schools and conservatories around the country. My students have also won 8 Downbeat Magazine Student Awards. Even though the more advanced students have enjoyed success, I also love teaching young students and beginners.

Lessons with me can include traditional piano (all ages), jazz piano, pop/rock piano, songwriting, composing, music production, performance and pedagogy.

Currently, I am offering piano lessons in Los Angeles and am accepting a select number of students in East LA or Northeast LA –  Highland Park, Montecito Heights, South Pasadena, Pasadena, Eagle Rock, Glendale, Alhambra, San Marino, Atwater Village, Los Feliz and other neighborhoods in that vicinity.

I also teach lessons over the internet. I was a skeptic for a long time about this type of lesson, but after teaching this way for a couple of years I am a believer. The rate of improvement from students has been remarkable.

 

Read about my teaching highlights – click here.

Interested in lessons? We can do a free phone consultation to make sure we’re the best fit for each other and what you’re trying to accomplish. Click here to tell me a little about your situation and I’ll be in touch soon.

If you live in Seattle and would like lessons, visit the page of my music school and I’ll help recommend a teacher there – click here to visit us at Creative Music Adventures.


Testimonials

“I am a conservatory trained classical pianist that is actively performing and teaching.  I was searching for ways to expand my knowledge and expertise by exposing myself to a different musical language (jazz).  For the past year I have been working with Michael Stegner weekly via lessons on Google Hangouts, as I live in Washington State.  Michael is a phenomenal musician and so fluent in many different styles.  This study has opened up a new musical world that both challenges me and enhances my current knowledge.  He explains things in several different ways, and introduces concepts in a thoughtful fashion.  I feel like I have added another important layer to my playing, and I look forward to our weekly lessons.  Most of all, I trust that he considers my musical development a priority and keeps me feeling upbeat about the progress because it is so much different than classical study!  The online format has worked very well as we can connect from the comfort of our own studios.  Online billing is extremely easy too.  Please feel free to contact me personally if you would like any more perspective from a classical background!”

“I am a classically-trained pianist who runs my own teaching studio in Western New York and also performs as a collaborative artist and accompanist. I had a desire to bring creativity into my musical life many years ago and it wasn’t until I found Michael’s blog and artistic voice that I found someone who I felt would be an excellent fit as a mentor-teacher in learning how to create and improvise music at the piano. I have been taking weekly online lessons with him via Google Chat since April 2017. My lessons with Michael are challenging and inspiring. We always move at a good pace and I feel that the improvisatory nature of the lessons is a good indication of the practice – flexible, reacting to the moment and yet provides great structure. Michael as a teacher is aware of all of this and can come from different angles if he sees that one approach is not connecting, a sign of a good teacher. He shares musical experiences that provide context and encourage one in this process. One of the most important qualities I have found in him as a teacher is that he creates a space for me to discover things on my own musical journey. He provides guidance but with the awareness that he wants me to discover things in my own time and pace.

As a result of Michael’s direction, guidance and teaching I am creating music at the piano that I could only imagine when I started learning these new skills. The technical and musical skills I have gained from his expertise continues to provide inspiration for what I know will be a ever-growing love for music and that to me is priceless.”

Sarah Maybee – Pianist & Teacher

“I took online sessions with Michael. When I first contacted him, I was pretty lost and confused about where to go musically, and I needed direction. I’m very happy that I found him at that time. He was extremely patient and understanding, and offered his expert guidance. We covered several topics such as music production, teaching studio management, creative exercises, composition and many other things that a life in music encompasses. Michael has done it all in his career and possesses a wealth of information. I never felt aimless during our sessions. He would target what he found to be my interests and went from there. I especially liked that Michael was comfortable jumping from things like nit-picky music theory to broad, philosophical life questions. He was a musical-life coach to me, but he also possesses the skills to be a focused teacher for singular subjects as well. I highly recommend working with Michael, especially if you were like me! It was a tremendous help and I cannot thank him enough. Thanks, Michael!”

Shawn Schlogel – Pianist, Teacher & Touring Musician

“As a piano teacher, I strive to structure my lessons with fun in mind. After attending countless conferences, meetings, and seminars, I was constantly being reminded of the rigid methods that teachers have stuck to, methods that often focused on drilling with intense repetitions. I was in search of a more innovative approach that wasn’t afraid to break the molds of traditional teaching methods.
I started online sessions with Michael in April 2018 and reaching out to him has proven to be one of the most rewarding decisions I have made in my career. Through our online lessons, Michael has helped me in so many ways including structuring lesson plans, behavior management, and exploring creative ways to teach. He always has answers to my endless stream of questions and explains his reasoning thoroughly. Michael has an attention to detail that speaks volumes about his passion for teaching and music. I’ve grown more confident as a teacher after meeting with Michael and my students have also shown greater motivation when it comes to playing and practicing on their own.
Besides improving as a teacher, working with Michael also continues to inspire me to think deeply and explore what I could do as a musician. I highly recommend working with Michael. He has played an essential role in my growth as a teacher and musician.”
Jaemee Kim – Pianist & Teacher in Bellingham, WA

“One of the things I loved about taking lessons with Michael is that he really made me think outside the box and apply my knowledge in unique yet unconventional ways. For instance, I struggled with improvising at faster tempos in high school, mostly because I thought I couldn’t “hit all the changes correctly.” I remember bringing this up to Michael during a lesson one day, and instead of teaching me licks and melodies that would work over the chord changes, he put the metronome on 200 bpm (much faster than I was used to playing) and instructed me to play consistent eighth notes at that tempo but without worrying about any harmony or chord changes on the page (playing freely). This, in turn, helped train my ears to hear melodies and harmonies that weren’t in my vocabulary before.

Michael taught me that developing ones own sound or voice doesn’t come from copying others, or showing someone what’s “right” or “wrong”. It’s about providing someone with the tools necessary to be creative and explore the endless possibilities that come with being a artist. I realized, with Michael’s guidance, that I could expand my musical knowledge by utilizing the creative tools he gave me in ways that I desired. Teaching someone a song is one thing, but teaching someone how to apply musical knowledge is a whole other ballgame and Michael has seriously mastered this. I feel lucky to have been able to take piano lessons with him.”

Danae Greenfield – Pianist, Composer & Teacher in NYC

“It is rare to find a music teacher who is versatile and open-minded yet also a high-level expert at each of the genres they teach.  Michael is one of these teachers.  From classical and jazz to singing-songwriting, composition, arranging, and production, Michael is a true master of so many musical disciplines.  And he doesn’t see boundaries between these genres – rather, he encourages students to appreciate the connections between them.  I never fit into traditional music lessons, because I wanted to explore different kinds of music and discover my own voice.  Michael has guided me through so many musical adventures, from preparing for classical piano auditions to learning New Orleans style boogie-woogie and going into the studio to record original singer-songwriter music.  In addition to being a technical genius and well-respected educator, Michael has a deep understanding of the creative process and the highly personal journey that every musician takes.  His sensitivity and thoughtfulness impacts each of his students in a unique, unforgettable way.  Furthermore, Michael provides invaluable coaching for music educators.  His perceptiveness and “sixth-sense” when it comes to teaching never fails to amaze me.  Michael is an educational innovator who thinks outside the box and brings a much-needed fresh perspective to music education.   Michael has helped me find my confidence as a musician and teacher, and I am forever grateful for his patience, generosity, and wisdom along the way.”

Anna Freedman – Pianist, Teacher, Songwriter & Vocalist


Video Clips of Students

Danae Greenfield (high school)

Ariel Pocock (jazz piano – high school)

Devon Yesberger (jazz piano – high school)

Anna Freedman (songwriting, sing and arranging)

Piano Lessons for Kids (ensemble piece I wrote)

Combo Coaching (arranging and performing class – high school)

Jazz Combo Original Music (high school coaching)

Classical Piano (high school)

Pop Piano and Singing (middle school)

Classical Piano (high school)

Beginning Piano & Music Lessons (elementary school)

Adult Piano Lessons