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Mary Jane Cope

Piano | Santa Cruz | (831) 295-2972 |


M.M. in Piano Performance, Indiana University; Certified Master Teacher. Holistic approach to musical pianism, emphasizing anatomical and psychological considerations, strength through balance (observing the rules of gravity and motion), integration of the physical and musical gesture, and elimination of unnecessary tension, both physical and psychological. Special interests: ensemble and chamber music performance and coaching; piano pedagogy mentoring; the development of a healthy, injury-preventive technique; and strategies for dealing with performance anxiety. Decades of experience as a performer, teacher, and coach at all levels, from pre-school to professional.

Ben Dorfan

Piano, Composition | Santa Cruz | 831-588-9835 |

Ben Dorfan (B.A. Music, Oberlin College) believes the primary role of a teacher is to help the student reach their goals quickly and effectively. Employing a patient and kind teaching style, he recognizes that each student learns differently. Ben serves as Vice-President of the Music Teachers’ Association of California, Santa Cruz County Branch, and Musician Liaison for Santa Cruz Chamber Players. Currently, he is pursuing a D.M.A. in Music Composition at UC Santa Cruz.

Rose Georgi

Piano, Musicology | Scotts Valley | (831) 227-5484 |


Rose Georgi is a concert pianist, teacher, accompanist and arranger for classical and jazz piano. She is a Graduate with Honors of the State Music College and Conservatory of Music, Russia. She studied advanced jazz under Dr. Joe Gilman in American River College. She has 30 years teaching experience for Piano, Music Theory, Ear Training and Sight Singing in Russia, Germany and the USA. She teaches children and adults a wide variety of styles, from beginning to advanced levels. She currently performs as a soloist and in several Santa Cruz area classical musical ensembles.

Colin Hannon

Piano | Santa Cruz | (831) 345-4372 |


Colin Hannon is a staff accompanist at UCSC, musical director for the United Methodist Church of Santa Cruz, and he regularly performs as pianist and music director for local theatrical productions (SCS, Jewel, Cabrillo Stage). He maintains a private teaching studio on the Westside of Santa Cruz and also at his home in Davenport. Colin received an MA in music from UCSC in 2004 and works with students of all ages to find joy in playing and learning about all styles of music. Musicianship, performance, reading, improvisation, technique, theory, accompaniment.

Nicki Kerns

Piano | Boulder Creek | (831) 338-1215 |

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Nicki Kerns holds a piano performance degree from Dominican College of San Rafael, where she studied piano with Robert Hagopian and Robert Shultz. She also studied with Sylvia Jenkins. She became a piano teacher quite by accident in the early 80’s and discovered she loves it. She specializes in beginners and intermediates, emphasizes theory, improv and duets, and her studio participates in Certificate of Merit each year. She accepts credit cards. Special Note: Her studio, located in her home, has pets, so those with pet allergies may want to use caution.

Lynn Kidder

Piano, Accompaniment  |  Santa Cruz  |  (831) 332-9789  |


Lynn Kidder teaches teens and adults at all levels, in the past specializing in adult beginners and advanced students. She teaches classical, ragtime, pop and simple improv, and coaches vocalists and chamber groups. She performs as a soloist, duo-pianist, chamber musician and accompanist locally and in the greater Bay Area.

Ms. Kidder has a M.Mus. in Piano Performance from the Univ. of WA in Seattle. She has retrained in the Taubman approach with Elizabeth Swarthout, John Bloomfield and Edna Golandsky.

John Orlando

Piano | Aptos | (831) 539-0000 |


John Orlando graduated summa cum laude with a DMA performance degree
from USC and is former Piano Department director at Cabrillo College.
“I love teaching piano students of all ages. When I teach, the world fades away. Teaching involves science, math, history, spirituality, philosophy, everyday life and most importantly, the uncovering of beauty. Every lesson and every student is unique. No matter how many times a piece is taught, for me, the learning goes both ways. Beauty in music is unfathomable and worthy of a life-long pursuit. And, it’s fun.”

Carol Panofsky

Oboe, Piano | Santa Cruz | (831) 566-2954 |


Carol teaches oboe, piano, recorder, and music theory. She is passionate about music literacy and includes age-appropriate theory in every lesson. Carol, Theory Director of Ragazzi Boys’ Chorus, has developed teaching materials that are friendly to both children and adults and which make no assumptions of knowledge of a musical instrument.
She is also passionate about performance and plays regularly on both coasts.
Carol received a MM from the New England Conservatory, and has been on the faculties of the University of Idaho Music School and at UCSC.

Ivan Rosenblum

Piano | Santa Cruz | (831) 479-1968 |


Education: B.A. Queens College, City University of N.Y.C; M.A. in Musicology and Ed.D. in Education-Harvard University. Former UCSC Professor. Studied Piano and Chamber Music with Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio; Composition with Hugo Weisgall and Vittorio Rieti.
Teaching possibilities-piano, theory, composition, analysis, musicianship, chamber music coaching. Many years of “student-directed” individualized teaching (see website Accompanying also available.

Kiefer Taylor

Piano | Aptos | (831) 251-1695|


Kiefer Taylor received his B.A. in Piano Performance from UC Santa Cruz and his M.M. in Music History from San Jose State University. Kiefer has a student-centered approach to piano, adapting lessons to fit the various interests and levels of his students. He accepts students of any level and age for both jazz and classical piano lessons out of his Aptos studio. He is currently the accompanist for the Santa Cruz City Schools, the piano instructor at Kuumbwa Jazz Camp, and pianist for the Santa Cruz Symphony

Heather Thompson Smits

Piano  |  Scotts Valley  |  (831) 239-1367  |


Heather Thompson Smits is an MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher of Music and serves as a board chair in the Santa Cruz Branch of MTAC. She is a concert pianist and has performed at Carnegie Hall, The World Piano Conference, numerous state and international music conventions and with the BYU Chamber Orchestra. Heather has been teaching piano in her private studio since 1992 and utilizes her psychology degree to emotionally connect with her students. She inspires them with the latest technology and popular music while incorporating the essentials of classical training.

Kay Yoon

Piano | Scotts Valley| (408) 612-2540 |


My design is to teach music as a language through the piano in the most natural, simple, and caring way I can. As an educator, my interest is in the overall personal development of my students with lifelong musical and learning skills. Seeing the growth of my students as a person with deepening musical connection and joy of attainment is rewarding. Please visit for more information. I look forward to going on a musical adventure with you!