There are a lot of piano lesson "gimmicks" these days, whether learning with a TV instructor and a cardboard keyboard or taking online lessons on the internet. Easy enough, we suppose, but the results are almost always disappointing. The truth is - learning to really play piano is not a quick or simple process. Like any artistic endeavor (or excellence in sports for that matter), achieving piano proficiency requires a commitment of time and effort, a level of discipline, and, above all, patience. The results will bring you or your child a lifetime of enjoyment and satisfaction. Nothing can replace the time-honored European classical tradition of private piano instruction, with its emphasis on note reading, essential music theory, articulation and fingering, and development of tone, technique and phrasing.
Robin was born in Santa Monica and is a lifelong Manhattan Beach resident. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance, magna cum laude, from Loyola Marymount University as well as a Master of Arts in Humanities (emphasis in 19th Century Romanticism). Robin studied with Italian concert pianist Nino Albanese and Dutch composer and pianist Bernard Verkaaik. In her teens, Robin won two successive Southern California Bach Festivals and several regional piano competitions. In college, Robin studied privately with renowned concert pianist and master teacher Johana Harris (UCLA) and continued post-graduate work with the esteemed Daniel Pollack (USC).
After a number of years as a professional performing musician in the Los Angeles area, Robin refocused her efforts on teaching, recording and composing. Since her "internet debut" in 2001, Robin's classical piano recordings have been downloaded more than 4 million times, and five of her albums are currently available on iTunes, Rhapsody, and many other online music portals. Her recordings and original compositions have been used in several feature films and many documentaries. Robin is a voting member of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences, ASCAP, the California Association of Professional Music Teachers and the Music Teachers National Association.
Pam Perry has lived in in the South Bay for more than 30 years and is a resident of Palos Verdes Estates. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Principia College in Illinois and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Education from California State University, Long Beach, with an emphasis in instructional technology. Pam’s early music education included voice and piano lessons. During her career she has taught both music and general curriculum elementary school classes for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and at private schools in both Illinois and the South Bay area. Pam incorporates computer-based learning tools into her curriculum to help young students make and appreciate music.
Pam is a member of MENC: The National Association For Music Education and the California Association For Music Education.