I offer piano lessons for motivated beginner, intermediate and especially advanced pre-professional students. My approach focuses on all areas of musicianship - from interpretation to advanced technique - in order to produce competent, skilled and analytical musicians.

Bringing 15 years of teaching experience and incorporating modern teaching methods learned from a long list of internationally renown pedagogues, my unique approach to piano instruction is aimed at producing results immediately and to support the long-term development of eager students.

Unlike many music instructors, I have an active performing career which allows me to teach effective and efficient practice techniques that produce faster results in less time.

After formal studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music I travelled the world and had the honor of studying with many living legends. I currently hold a Master of Arts in Piano Performance and am a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at UC San Diego. If you are interested in learning the basics, taking your existing skills to a professional level, or just want to have some fun with music, just say


    Oberlin Conservatory of Music - Oberlin, OH - 2005

    University of California, San Diego - La Jolla, CA - 2010

    University of California, San Diego - La Jolla, CA - 2015

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  • Standard Lessons - 60 minutes

  • Advanced Students - 90 minutes

  • Introductory - 30/45 minutes

  • Introductory rates are for young children under 8, and for the first one or two months only. Once they are used to having regular lessons they will continue with Standard 60 minute lessons. Scholarships are available for students from underpriveledged circumstances or who exhibit extraordinary promise as determined by the instructor.


    “… the three major facets of music that Brendan has ingrained in me: professionalism, integrity, and discipline. Not only was he intently concerned with how good I sounded, he invested just as much time into my personal/professional development. Likewise, my two years studying under him showed me that the way you approach the piano closely resembles the way you approach life (something I found particularly perturbing as I was probably one of the worst students any teacher could ever want). But unlike all of my previous teachers, Brendan took the time to specifically tailor his teaching style to my personality. He's the first teacher who helped me truly understand the piano on a deeper introspective level. I firmly believe that the 3 years I spent getting that undergraduate degree in music would be completely and utterly useless if I didn't have the pleasure of studying under him. Brendan is the most effective piano teacher you will ever find; no one else parallels.”

    - Isaac Lu, former student

    “Brendan Nguyen is hands down the best piano teacher I've ever had in my life. The amount of time and attention to details that he provides for his students goes beyond what is required of him. He has changed the way I view and approach the piano significantly for the better and it's clear that he's not only teaching us how to be good students, but ultimately how to conduct ourselves like professional musicians.”

    - Anonymous, former student