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Studying Piano with Hadley

My rigorous and energetic teaching style comes directly from my own curiosity and lifelong love of learning and performing. Highly motivated students eager to learn solid classical technique, repertoire/performance preparation & interpretation thrive in the studio. My students develop over the long term as highly capable, expressive and communicative musicians. 


Students are placed in supportive peer groups which meet frequently throughout the year. Younger children learn about important composers and participate in age-appropriate games and music activities in GameDays, while older students participate in Performance Workshops/Studio Classes, engaging in lively discussion and offering supportive feedback to each other. Performance is an important part of my curriculum – students are expected to participate in our student recitals, held throughout the year at the Berkeley Piano Club. Many of my former and current students have participated in the Certificate of Merit program through MTAC, earning high accolades and performance opportunities at the MTAC convention. Students enjoy participating in master classes and recitals through the Alameda County Branch of MTAC. 


Students with little time for practicing or participating in studio activities typically are not a good fit. Please keep this in mind when contacting me, as I ask for a semester commitment for new students.

Over 25 years of experience

I've been a piano teacher in the Bay Area for nearly 30 years. I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin. I have taught on the faculties of the San Francisco Community Music Center (17 years) and the Crowden School’s Center for Music in the Community. Frequently sought out as a clinician and adjudicator, I've taught musicianship classes for the San Francisco Choral Society, chamber music master classes at Northwestern University and the Nueva School in Hillsboro and regularly adjudicate competitions in the area, including Junior Bach and MTAC’s Musical Discovery. I am a member of the Music Teacher Association of California's Alameda Branch; my students regularly perform in branch and convention recitals, and also participate in master classes and the Certificate of Merit program. I have received numerous grants for diverse educational programs for children, including lecture-recitals, competitions, and chamber music afternoons. While at the Community Music Center, I was on the faculty council, and was awarded three personal faculty enrichment grants, three partnership grants for piano marathons celebrating the music of Mendelssohn, Bach, Chopin and Schumann, and twice was presented on the Shenson Faculty Recital Series.



+vaccination w/boosters preferred

+masks are optional; if you have a cold, please wear one in the studio!

+air filter on, windows/door open (door-weather permitting.)

+if you’re experiencing COVID-like symptoms, please test before coming, and alert me before heading out. Stay home if you’re unsure, or have been exposed. A zoom session or later makeup can always be arranged!


+please park in a legal parking spot. Do not block the street, park on the sidewalk or in the driveway.

+the peace center lot across the street can be used for short periods (length of lesson.) Do not park in the numbered spaces by the wall next to the apartment building.

+walk your child across the street, or tell your child to look both ways before crossing. There is no crosswalk. Drivers are known for speeding through our neighboorhod- please take care!


+parents may stay outside (parents may not stay inside the studio during class.)

+During the lesson, please remain on the upper or lower landings. If you leave, please meet your child at the upper landing after the lesson. (also where they’ll wait if you are running late)

Contact me!

Please reach out with any questions. I'd love to speak with you.


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