If you are interested in scheduling lessons with one of our piano teachers, please use the email link at the end of the teacher's biography, or call The Music Store at (480) 831-9691 and speak to a member of our staff.


Danielle Cooke

Danielle Cooke

Danielle graduated from ASU with a degree in Jazz Performance in 2008. She then spent 3 years traveling the world working as a musician and music director on cruise ships. After settling back in Arizona, she has continued to work as a professional musician in a variety of different contexts, including playing jazz and top 40 gigs, accompanying choirs, leading praise and worship bands, composing and arranging music, as well as teaching private lessons. She enjoys sharing her love of music with others and helping them achieve their goals.

Please note that due to COVID-19, this teacher is only doing online lessons at this time.

Rates: Contact for rates
Lesson Days: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday
Instruments Taught: Piano
Contact: daniellecookethe-music-store.com


Kelly Pearson

Kelly Pearson

Kelly graduated Cum Laude from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and has been teaching piano since 2000 at The Music Store. She is an active member of several professional teaching organizations, including the following: East, Valley Music Teachers Association, Arizona State Music Teachers Association, and the Music Teachers National Association. Her teaching philosophy centers around the idea that piano lessons should not only be fun, but should also provide the skills necessary to play piano for a lifetime. Her students participate in recitals, the Arizona Study Program, and utilize technology in the lessons. Kelly's love of music and positive attitude provides a welcome learning environment for students of all ages and abilities.

Please note that due to COVID-19, this teacher is only doing online lessons at this time.

Rates: $110/month (One 30-minute lesson each week)
Lesson Days: Wednesday/Saturday
Instruments Taught: Piano
Contact: kellypearsonthe-music-store.com


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Chris Rice

As an experienced musician, teacher and performer on both piano and cello, I love to share music with others. I have performed extensively with my brother, Johnny, in a wide variety of settings all over the U.S. (from Carnegie Hall to Disneyland), and also in Europe. I studied for 12 years in the private studio of Robert Hamilton, Steinway Artist and Professor of Piano at Arizona State University. I have also pursued advanced studies in Europe, with Johannes Kropfitsch, Director of Piano at the Vienna Conservatory, and Stefan Wojtas of the Kraków Conservatory. In addition, I have done extended work with Philip Kawin of the Manhattan School of Music. On cello, I studied for many years with Taki Atsumi, President of the American Cello Congress and Professor at Arizona State University. I have received coaching on cello from many amazing teachers, including Mstislav Rostropovich, and Eugene Friesen, Grammy Award-winning jazz cellist. The things that I have learned from all of these experiences is what I bring to those who I work with in lessons. I enjoy helping students build a love of and interest in music, and I individualize my approach with each student.

I work with students of all ages and levels in my private studio. I have been invited as a guest teacher in classroom settings around the country, giving master classes to students in private music schools and presenting workshops to students at summer music camps.

Website: www.the-rice-brothers.com

The Rice Brothers in Concert - a brief introduction
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSZixbbJlbQ

Please note that due to COVID-19, this teacher is only doing online lessons at this time.

Rates: Contact for rates
Lesson Days: Wednesdays
Instruments Taught: Piano and Cello
Contact: chrisricethe-music-store.com


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Lianna Rivera Rice

As a graduate of Northern Arizona University's wonderful music program, Lianna developed a deep love for sharing the benefits of performing arts through piano education. She began teaching in the East Valley in 2011 and is now a full-time piano teacher having built a thriving piano studio. She has truly enjoyed leading students to achieving their many individualized goals and is committed to designing a personalized piano study program for each student. In both private and group classes, Lianna guides students through repertoire, theory, and music history in uniquely engaging ways. To further develop her teaching skills, Lianna continues her own personal piano practice, researches new teaching methods, and attends numerous teacher workshops/conferences throughout the year. She is also a member of the Arizona State Music Teachers Association which gives her students access to many local events such as Arizona Study Program, Piano Ensemble, competitions and more.

Click Here for Lianna’s website.

Instagram: @lianna_piano

Please note that due to COVID-19, this teacher is only doing online lessons at this time.

Rates: $40 for 45 minutes, $50 for 60 minutes
Lesson Days: Thursdays
Instruments Taught: Piano
Contact: liannariveraricethe-music-store.com


Tom Young

Tom Young

Tom is a graduate of the renowned Berklee School of Music. For the past 20 years, he has enjoyed a diverse career as a soloist, band leader, theater conductor, studio musician, music teacher, and composer. Tom teaches Jazz, Classical, and Popular styles. He uses the TEY music method for instruction "Blending Tradition with Innovation".

Please note that due to COVID-19, this teacher is only doing online lessons at this time.

Rates: Contact for rates
Lesson Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Saturday
Instruments Taught: Piano, Flute, Saxophone
Contact: tomyoungthe-music-store.com


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