Piano Lessons

We offer comprehensive, individualized, and exciting private piano lessons that teach you to play the music you love.
Using a high-quality, traditional approach to the fundamentals, we offer a clear and attainable method for reading music, understanding music theory, and developing outstanding technique. Along with the fundamentals, we teach you to improvise, play by ear, and write music (if desired). Most importantly, lessons are FUN and inspiring.
Our exclusive curriculum includes:

  • Music Theory

  • Technique

  • Sight Reading

  • Ear Training

  • Improvisation

  • Analyzing Chord Progressions

  • Songwriting

Some students begin as strong classical players and will learn to improvise and read chord charts. Other students will be strong ear players and will learn to understand what chords and notes they are using and why, which eventually will aid their songwriting and creativity.
You will have two opportunities to perform during the year, a Master Class in the summer and a Winter Recital in December. These performance opportunities are wonderful occasions for you to share your music.
Ciara has fine-tuned this method of music education, and all of the teachers at MMS have trained with her to teach this curriculum. All of the teachers are highly skilled and perform as professional musicians in the Bay Area. Adult students have the choice of studying with Lizzie, Ashlee, Andrew, Sebastian, & Natalie

“[Ciara] shares her love of all kinds of music, and works with you on ear training, reading music,  and music theory. And you stay motivated because you work on music you love.  Like others, I really look forward to my lessons and am thrilled with  my progress. My work with her has just touched something in me that was always there and needed some nurturing to grow. And it’s starting to blossom!”
-Ed Schultz, Ciara’s piano student
“At 26, I’d never played the piano before in my life…This past December I played my first ever piano performance at the MMS annual concert/recital. Lizzie and I worked on my song for a few months, all the way from listening to it on my iPhone, to downloading and dissecting the sheet music, to adding personal touches that made it more ‘me’… It truly was a highlight of my year and something I’ll never forget.”
-Jonathan Gluck, Lizzie’s piano student