Piano Lessons in Santa Clara and Redwood City
The California Conservatory of Music offers piano lessons to students of all ages and abilities. Beginner students will start with fundamentals such as reading notes, playing scales, and progressing from one hand at a time to eventually both hands. We balance musicianship and fun by making sure that during each lesson you are challenged with a new technical or theory concept while always making time to work on your favorite piece of music. Experienced students will work with their teachers to further develop their technique and repertoire. Want to work on your current favorite song? No problem, our piano lesson instructors are well-versed and teach multiple genres from classical to pop and everything in between.
CCM offers one-on-one private classes so students can achieve their personal goals and move comfortably at their own pace. We encourage teachers to bring the best of what they have learned through their own training and experience and develop an approach that enables them to respond to the needs of each individual student. We offer the Bay Area’s most comprehensive piano lessons which include technique, sight reading, and music theory. We use a variety of piano method books, so students always have a goal to work towards. CCM aims to deliver the finest piano lessons in the Bay Area and to provide students the opportunity to learn with professional musicians in a fun, encouraging, and supportive environment.
Why choose CCM for piano lessons
The most qualified piano instructors in the Bay Area
Our piano lesson teachers are all university-trained with tons of performing experience. Not only that, CCM instructors are friendly, professional, and dedicated to learning about your musical goals and helping you achieve them. We are confident that we have the right teacher to meet your music lesson needs.
Free Introductory Piano Lesson
We offer all prospective students a free introductory piano lesson. We understand that signing up for lessons is an important decision. If you are not sure where to begin, this is an excellent opportunity to come in, see the school and meet our piano faculty.
Trophies and certificates to celebrate student achievements.
We believe that small steps will lead to bigger success. CCM students constantly have goals to work towards starting with the 30-day challenge and on to the 50-day, 100-day, and yearly challenges. For each completion, students receive a ribbon, medal, or trophy as well as a certificate.
Suzuki program for young students
Our piano Suzuki program is dedicated to teaching CCM students as young as 3. Developed by the Japanese Violinist Shinichi Suzuki, the Suzuki method teaches music by ear before reading notes on the instrument so teachers can focus on setting up each student with correct posture and technique to ensure the student's continued success. Parental involvement is required for students under the age of 8 and before the child starts, parents are required to attend a private 3-week parent education class.
Performance opportunities, group class, and ensembles
We believe that music is a social activity so we present piano lesson students with numerous opportunities to interact with each other. Each year we hold multiple recitals which offer a low-pressure opportunity to perform in front of an audience with other like-minded music students. In addition to recitals, piano students frequently go out into the community to perform outreach concerts at local hospitals, schools, and nursing homes. Students also have the option to join group music lesson classes at our Santa Clara location. This offers students a chance to perform for each other more frequently, as well as join on our many performance ensembles.
A proven track record of excellence since 2011
One of our goals at CCM is to instill in piano students a great appreciation for music that will last them a lifetime. Students at CCM have won numerous international competitions, performed outreach concerts all over the world, and have gotten into the best colleges in the United States. Recent CCM graduates have gone on to Harvard, Stanford, Brown, and USC. Visit our Yelp pages to see what families have to say about our program.
We prepare students for success
CCM prepares its students for multiple types of certifications including the Royal Conservatory of Music Certification, the Music Teachers’ Association of California Certificate of Merit, and the Suzuki Method for children under the age of 8. Once you enroll in our program, our teachers will help you decide what works best for you or your child.
Frequently Asked Questions About Piano Classes
What is a good age to start lessons?
We have students that start piano classes as young as age three. This greatly depends on the child's maturity level, as well as finding a right fit with one of our teachers, as not all take students that age. All of our piano teachers accept students ages five and up.
What methods do you use?
This greatly depends on the age and level of the student. Many of our teachers love the Faber Piano Adventures. You can read more about this on our blog here: Faber Piano Adventures.
Many of our teachers have prepared students for ABRSM, MTAC and other adjudications, which are great markers for growth, and help keep music students focused.
Do I need a piano?
You do need a piano or keyboard to practice on. If you opt to get a keyboard, you do need to get one that has 88 weighted keys. There are many options to rent pianos throughout the Bay Area. We always help our students find a good option for their family.
Read about getting a piano here: Choosing a Piano