John Douglas has been providing piano lessons to students of all ages and levels of experience in Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore and the surrounding communities since 1987. He has the skills and abilities to teach beginning, intermediate and advanced students. John offers a free introductory lesson for all new piano students.
Where Our Students Are From
* Includes Menifee and Lake Elsinore
What Parent’s Say
John Douglas is both an excellent piano teacher and tuner. He has taught both of my children for over 10 years. We have no desire to change teachers. He teaches all the aspects needed–theory, technique, piano, performance, and memorizing notes, He treats his students like they are his own. He loves teaching the piano and his enthusiasm is infectious. I would highly recommend John with your children and piano.- Sheryl Lam
If you are looking for a piano teacher for your child, John Douglas is the one. Mr. Douglas is all about excellence. He will not waste your time or money. We have been there during competitions and have seen the encouraging support he provides to his students. If you are serious about your child becoming an accomplished pianist, then do yourself a favor and contact John Douglas.- The Carr Family, Murrieta
My daughter took piano lessons from John Douglas for 12+ years. John is a wonderful instructor and I wish every child could grow up learning piano from him. Our experience has enhanced my own love for and appreciation of music, not just our daughter’s. I thank John Douglas for that.- Victoria Harold
Our Photo Book
Our piano studio with the Yamaha concert grand piano which students take their lesson on.
A quiet sitting area for family and friends to relax while students complete their lesson.
John Douglas playing a duet with one of his younger students at a recent recital. The stuffed animals were a big hit!
After the piano recital the presentation of awards always brings big smiles and lots of photo opportunities.
“Sit up straight, hands in position, I’ve got this.”
In memory of Teddy 2005-2015
Teddy was present at most every lesson for many years and greeted students of all ages as they arrived.
1st and 3rd place winners at a piano competition in Temecula.
“Victory is ours.” Joyful students with their awards for music composition.
Two sisters with their proud teacher at the conclusion of the spring piano recital.
Two 1st place, one 2nd place, and two 3rd place winners at a piano competition held in Temecula. It is hard not to smile when your teacher says he is proud of you.
Students with awards won through the Reflections Arts Program sponsored by the public schools. Awards are for 1st place wins at the local school level, the district level, and the county level for music composition.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. A sweep of the Senior Division at the Temecula Piano Competition.
Warming up prior to performing at the Rotary Music Competition. Total focus and concentration is needed to do your best. She did well and received 1st place and $500.
Sisters enjoy playing duets with one another. It is nice to have something to do together.
One of the most decorated students from my studio. He is now studying mechanical engineering in college and is still an awesome pianist. His skills will provide a lifetime of enjoyment.
Providing Disney tunes at the beginning of her schools Christmas program featuring Disney’s greatest hits. Note the Mickey Mouse ears. Students can use their skills at school, at church, and at home for the enjoyment of family and friends. Playing in public gives a tremendous feeling of accomplishment.
My studio at Christmastime. Very Festive. Note the basketball uniform. Many of my students excel at sports as well as music.
1st and 3rd place winners. The young man on the left is now a YouTube personality earning money with his piano skills and has courses available on improvisational techniques.
Three of my students participating in one of the first Rotary Music Competitions held at the Temecula Library. Contestants were from all over Riverside County and also included Fallbrook that year. Young lady in the middle was the 3rd place winner.
Six happy piano competition winners with the fruits of their labor. The young man 2nd from the right is now a sought after conductor throughout the nation.
Former student who is now a very successful private piano instructor. Must be around Christmastime, note the mini Christmas Tree and The Grinch peeking over her shoulder.
“Hey brother, did I hear a wrong note?” Preparing to perform at the Rotary Music Competition Finals at the University of Redlands. He went on to win 2nd place and $500. Students competing were from all over Riverside County. The young man, who is standing, went on 2 years later to duplicate his brother’s achievement.
Junior Division Master Class participants at The Steinway Festival sponsored by The Steinway Society. The private lesson and master class with two highly acclaimed master teachers was held in Palm Springs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Regarding Piano Lessons
How old do you recommend a child be before taking piano lessons?
I started at age 5 but I was fortunate to have had a mom that was willing and able to sit with me at every practice session to make sure I followed the teachers’ instructions. If a parent can do this consistently 5-7 can be a good starting age. If the child must practice on their own 8 is an ideal age in that they usually have more focus, a longer attention span, and are able to read and understand the teacher’s directions. There should still be some supervision because most children will not practice efficiently and sometimes just go through the motions. A 30-minute practice session might only have 5-10 minutes of truly effective practice. Sometimes there can be more silence than actual music making. During a lesson the teacher will show the student how to practice. It is also helpful if the parent can attend lessons during the early years so they will know how to help their child practice effectively at home. Progress will certainly follow if this is done.
How often are lessons?
Lessons are once per week in 30, 45 and 60-minute intervals depending upon the choice of the student or parents.
How much do you charge for a lesson?
Lesson tuition is $120 per month for a 30-minute private lesson once a week, $180 per month for 45 minutes, and $240 per month for 60 minutes. Tuition is based on a 4-week month, however if there is a 5th week there is no extra charge. That 5th week is considered credit for when the student must, for any reason, miss a lesson. Beginners do well with 30 minutes, older students, more advanced individuals, and adults benefit from longer lessons as more can be covered.
Do you teach students to read music?
Yes, I view the ability to read music as an essential skill in learning to play the piano.
How often do I need to practice and for how long?
Piano practice should be a daily activity and 30 minutes would be the bare minimum. As I said earlier sometimes only 5-10 minutes of that 30-minute practice session is productive. Just remember, if you do not feel like you are progressing fast enough, practice more. Younger students with shorter attention spans may break the time up into 2 or even 3 sessions and one hour should not be too much to ask of older students. It is not uncommon for advanced students to practice 2 or more hours a day. In fact, that is what I do myself. Kids today often play video games for hours. Just imagine the progress that could be made with that same amount of time spent at the piano.
Do student’s come to your studio or do you travel to theirs?
All lessons are provided in my home studio. This allows the student access to a very fine quality 9′ Yamaha concert grand piano on which to receive their lesson and also lessens any distractions that often might occur in the student’s home and hinder the value of the lesson.
Do I need to have a piano at home?
Learning the piano requires daily practice and it is impossible to achieve that without having a piano.
I’m interested in learning the piano but I don’t currently own one. What should I do?
The good news is that many fine used pianos are available for very reasonable prices on Craig’s List, etc. If you let me know, I can help you find a good piano that fits your budget.
Do you have thoughts or recommendations regarding electric keyboards (pianos)?
I am not a fan of electric keyboards, digital pianos, or whatever you want to call them. If you do start with a keyboard make sure it has 88 notes and they are full size. Some keyboards have 64 notes, some have mid-size keys and some have mini keys. These are unacceptable. The 88-note keyboard also must have a weighted touch, be touch sensitive for loud and soft musical expression, and have a sustain pedal. That being said, I do have a Yamaha Clavinova Digital Piano, but I only use it for specific effects and rhythms when I accompany my students so they get some experience playing with an ensemble. To become a fine pianist you need to have a quality piano on which to train. The better the piano the more likely the student will be to continue lessons. Why not have both like I do? Keyboards can be quite fun as they have many different combinations of sound and rhythms and can inspire the student to experiment and be creative. However, to truly become a pianist, especially with classical music, you need a quality acoustic piano. Remember too, that the bigger the piano is the better it will sound. Small spinet pianos are not recommended. For more advise on pianos feel free to call or email me.
Do you have student recitals?
Yes, I do hold recitals at least annually for my students typically during the Spring.
I find it terrifying to play in front others? Can you help me?
It is not uncommon to feel stress about playing in front of others but my experience is that such “fear” is often due more to lack of proper preparation and practice than anything else. Actually playing in front of others can be quite rewarding and provide a feeling of accomplishment. Responsibility is partially the job of the instructor in properly preparing the student and partially the job of the student in following the instructor’s advice and practicing. You can conquer your fear!
What benefits will I get from learning the piano?
Many. The biggest benefit perhaps is the enjoyment you will get throughout your lifetime from your ability to play the piano. You will learn to enjoy and understand music of all types and at a much deeper level had you never learned. I have had students who went on to become piano teachers themselves and so learning the piano can become a source of income as well. But beyond the piano and music, the discipline required will benefit you in other areas of your life. For example, by taking piano you learn the value of patience, how to work hard at something and persevere, that hard work pays off and the value of accomplishment. All of these skills will benefit you regardless of where life takes you.
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John Douglas Rancho Piano: Piano lessons for all ages and abilities, piano tuning and repair.
Address: 23139 Joaquin Ridge Drive, Murrieta, CA 92562