Piano Teacher

“A computer can play the notes; only a person can play music”

I am a teacher of piano, improvisation and composition based in the San Francisco area.  I am accepting students of all levels above beginner; I am particularly well suited to working with adults, high school and college students, as well as budding professionals.

Original Compositions

Carpathian Spring
Arista / The Silver Locket

Over the years, I have produced four piano solo CDs of original music; I am also the founder and resident composer of The Melanthium Ensemble, a Bay Area group with an eclectic style specializing in film soundtrack as well as live performance. The two original, semi-improvised audio tracks above demonstrate my compositional skills. The two tracks below are standard classical repertoire.

Classical Repertoire

Beethoven Sonata (excerpt)
Schumann Carnaval (Preamble)

My teaching methods reflect an intuitive whole body approach.  During the lesson I may use improvisation to develop relaxation and inner confidence. I have also written proprietary method books to teach fundamentals–finger strength and independence, rapid scale, arpeggio and chord execution, phrasing, and dynamics.

For improvisation and composition students, I teach harmony, chordal progression, composing software, as well as melodic development.  My improvisation style incorporates elements from a variety of musical traditions.  For all students, musicality is foremost.  A computer can play the notes; only a person can play music.

For further information and inquiries please use the Contact form on this website, or call me at 415 847 8778.

Thank you!

Lewis Richmond