"It doesn’t matter if you have played all your life or never touched an instrument.... I love teaching students at all levels."

"When I first started to play piano, I was lucky enough to study with jazz giant pianist/teacher Don Haas (1936-2001) Benny Goodman, Sammy Davis Jr., Willie Nelson, Hi-Lows. Don was one of the most sought after piano and music theory teachers in the world at the time with a waiting list of over 300 students. Within two years of studying with him, I was recording, arranging, composing, and touring with a number of bands in the Bay Area and across the country. I studied with Don for eight years and refined and modeled my own teaching style around many of the core principals Don used to teach so many of today's top musicians. Don was gracious enough to refer many of my early students to me, and I didn't let him or them down. 


Teaching music is a skill. Like anything, it takes years to master. You have to learn what to teach and when is the right time to explain things, so the student is not overwhelmed or confused. I have this experience, and it is reflected in the continued growth of all my students".



"When you know more about music than you can actually play… you will practice more...because knowledge is a powerful motivator. “

Brian forward

"My wife and I are so grateful we found Brian. Our son is passionate about jazz piano but his former teacher didn't have the experience or skills to take him to the next level. After trying out some other jazz teachers, we were fortunate to find Brian. He is the real deal!  His encyclopedic knowledge of songs and his deep understanding of music theory make a powerful combination. He formulates a clear plan for filling in gaps and taking the student where they need to go. And of course, his playing is inspirational! We've seen remarkable progress in just a few months. We recommend him 100%".

-Cliford C.

MD, CLD Stanford Medical Center

"I studied with Brian for 3 years and he is not only an amazing and respected player but also a great teacher. I now play in a couple performing Bay Area bands and the knowledge and skills he taught me are still relevant and I use them every day".

-Mark F., Musician / Tech Support Manager 

"The key linking musicians is music theory. Learning music by studying its construction, its inherited rules, its varying styles, its past and its future is the glue that gives music its structure and provides new players with the language of music needed to communicate.


Understanding music theory will transform the way you see, hear, and eventually, play music. Great musicians don’t think about music theory much when they play; they think about playing. They "are in" the moment!  They get beyond the theory. But to get to that point, you need to master your knowledge of music… That is the key to learning and playing music for years". 


Brian Withycombe 2020

Now accepting piano and music theory students.

one-hour lessons | private piano & theory lessons | in your home 


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 In-home, private piano and music theory lessons available in

following cities:

 Atherton, Menlo Park, Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto, Woodside, Los Altos, Portola Valley, Stanford, Mountain View, San Carlos, Hillsborough, Belmont, Millbrae, Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Montara, Pacifica & Moss Beach.

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