Our Approach

We founded PAMG to help foster our students’ love of piano by making lessons fun, approachable, and rewarding. Our collective experience has taught us how to help anyone, young or old, come to love piano and make it an important part of their lives. Whether you or your child are just getting started, or have been at it for years, we can help you achieve your goals. 

Our instructors are classically trained and can help develop the skills of even the most serious pianists, but they also love working with more casual students. 

Our Teachers

Faith McCoy Scriven

Founding Teacher

Originally from Chicago, Faith made her classical music debut in December of 1997 when she performed as a guest pianist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Soon after in 1998 she appeared as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Since then she has performed in numerous concerts, competitions, and on the radio throughout United States.

In 2005 Faith completed her studies with Sylvia Wang at Northwestern University where she received a full scholarship to study Piano Performance and Psychology. In 2007, she completed her Masters Degree from Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Arkady Aronov and continued performing, making her Carnegie Hall debut in 2008. Faith has been teaching piano for more than 10 years, and founded Palo Alto Music Group in 2008. Helping her students learn piano is truly her life’s passion.  She loves working with students young and old, and embraces a truly flexible style of teaching.

Sharon su

Senior Teacher

Sharon is a Bay Area native who began her piano studies when she was five years old. She has performed regularly in recitals from San Diego to Salzburg, as well as appearing in master classes with notable concert pianists and performing in the world premieres of new pieces by modern composers. In 2012 she performed Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the symphony at the University of the Pacific, where she graduated with a degree in piano performance. 

Her former and current teachers include Yoshikazu Nagai, Frank Wiens, Rex Cooper, and Marina Grudskaya; through them she is pedagogically descended from her favorite composers, including Beethoven, Mozart, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, and Mendelssohn. She has also studied the violin since the age of ten and performed in several orchestras as a violinist. Sharon has a holistic and personal approach to teaching. She believes that every student needs a personalized method, and she is committed to helping students develop as whole musicians. 

Joanne Yeh

Senior Teacher

Joanne, born in Korea and raised in the bay area, started piano at age of four. She has performed at numerous masterclasses of great artists and concerts around United States. She holds a bachelor degree in piano performance from Indiana University of Bloomington. And in the midst of getting her masters degree at University of Southern California, she found her love and passion in teaching. She has been a music director at an elementary/middle school, Learning Center, in Kona, Hawaii for two years. Now back in the bay area, she delightfully works with various age groups to establish concrete music education that fits individual's interest. 

Testimonials

“Faith has taught our 2 children for over 3 years. They’ve come to love playing the piano, and absolutely adore her! I can’t imagine not having her in our children’s lives

- Susan K.,  Los Altos Hills
“I played piano as a child, but had long since given it up when my own children began taking lessons with Faith. After about 6 months of watching her work with my daughter she convinced me to get back into it myself. What a wonderful suggestion--we have the most fun together!”

- Laura S.,  Atherton
“Our two kids love working with Sharon. To be honest, it can be difficult to get them to focus at times, but Sharon’s patience and ability to connect with them has made all the difference.”

- Jeffrey H.,  Palo Alto

The Details

Lessons typically occur at our students’ homes; however, we’re also happy to host you at ours if you prefer. We typically work with students in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, Redwood City, Mountain View, Los Altos, and Woodside.

We pride ourselves on our easy-going, personalized, and flexible approach. Need to reschedule a lesson due to a last minute change, or pause for a few weeks while on vacation? No problem. We also won’t pester you about billing issues (so long as we’re paid within a reasonable timeframe). We have one simple policy--treat us with respect. We promise we’ll always do the same!

Fees, Scheduling, etc...

Our lesson fees vary based on the student’s age, and the length and frequency of lessons. Please inquire with us about your specific circumstance.

Unlike many music schools in the area, we do not require you to pay for lessons in advance. Instead, lessons fees are accrued as they occur. We typically invoice via email on a monthly basis. Payments are conveniently accepted online, but we’re also happy to accept checks. 

We are happy to reschedule lessons as needed. Note, however, that in the rare circumstance that you must cancel a lesson on the same day of the scheduled time and we cannot find a convenient time to reschedule it within the calendar week, we will invoice you for the cancelled lesson. We never like doing this, but it’s an important aspect of managing our business.

Finally, we always exhibit the utmost respect for your privacy and confidentiality. Over the years we’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the most well-known families in the Peninsula, and our reputation has been built on establishing and maintaining their trust. Excellent references are always available as needed.  

Getting started

If you're interested in working with us, we'd love to hear from you! You can contact us by email, phone at (650) 206-8380, or using the form below.

We'll begin by arranging a brief visit at your home, during which we'll talk through you and/or your child’s goals and our teaching style. We’ll most likely spend  a few minutes at the piano as well.  There is no charge for this session.

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