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Piano Lessons
with Howard Richman

        HowardBRichman-PianoTeaching2016-MedHoward Richman enjoys teaching students of all ages and all levels, as long as you want to learn! He is very patient with complete beginners (kids and adults) and can show advanced professional studio musicians some missing elements that will bring their playing to the highest level. He specializes in improving finger technique, relaxation, injury-prevention,
        sight-reading, sight-singing, ear-training, and improvisation. Howard Richman has been teaching piano since 1975. He has often given piano lessons to other piano instructors, piano teachers and piano coaches. He can also help instruction with rhythm training, practice optimization, composition, chord-reading and self-accompanying, as well as classical and popular repertoire. One of his specialties is to provide unique problem-solving solutions to the problems that have plagued you for years, that you thought no one would ever understand! Howard is known as a spiritual piano teacher or empowerment coach due to his holistic insight into helping you attain your goals. He is also known as the piano teacher to the stars or the celebrity piano teacher.


Telephone: 818-344-3306 (PST)

Please come to Howard’s Annual Student Recital
May 17, 2015, Sunday, 3:00 P.M
Pierce College Music Building, room 3400
Admission: FREE!
Hear kids and adults perform
classical, pop, jazz, blues, original songs
HERE for details.

FREE Trial Lesson!

        Howard will give you one lesson for free, without obligation so you can evaluate his unique approach to teaching. Gift certificates also available.

Telephone: 818-344-3306 (PST)

Unconventional Approach.

        Howard has an effective and unique approach to teaching piano that respects the way we learn. Many of his innovative insights are published in his piano lessons myths. For example, when teaching children, he doesn’t force them to read notes right away. This is really so unnatural, as kids are more kinesthetic than visual. That doesn’t mean that eventually he won’t teach reading, however. In fact, he is one of the world experts on teaching piano sight-reading. Another myth is that you must practice every day. Howard has proven time and time again that if you practice just four days a week, with guilt-free time off, you actually improve faster than if you practice every day!

Each Student is Taught With a Customized Approach. Here are the Many Areas of Focus:

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        • Finger Technique. How to play fast with ultimate control.
        • Sight-Reading How to Read Music at Sight
        • Rhythm Training
        • Music Theory Private music theory tutor
        • Classical Repertoire
        • Popular Repertoire
        • Interpretation
        • Injury-Retraining
        • Relaxation, Removing Unnecessary Tension
        • Pain-Reduction
        • Practice-Optimization - How to learn more in less time. How to memorize music.
        • Biomechanical Efficiency - Maximum power with minimum effort.
        • Time-Management
        • Improvisation and creativity development techniques
        • Composition & Songwriting. How to create melodies for your poems and lyrics. How to put chords on your melodies. How to create “song sheets,” lead sheets and how to write music down on paper. How to notate your song so others can play it, without knowing how to read music!
        • Chord-Reading and How to Play Lead Sheets & Fake Book
        • Musical Styles and Piano Arrangements (Pop, Country, Gospel, Blues, R&B, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, Worship, Church, Hymns, Techno, 50s, Jazz, New Age, Folk, Broadway, Pop Ballade, etc.)
        • Ear-Training (How to Play by Ear, Playing by Ear)
        • Singers’ Tools
          • -Pitch Control Training
            -How to Sing Harmony
            (How to Hear the Notes in Your Mind)
            -Self-Accompanying techniques in every style - Learn how to accompany yourself or learn how to accompany singers. (see “Musical Styles” above.)
            -Audition Preparation - I will record the melody of the song for you so you can learn it.

        • How to put melody to lyrics
        • College Preparation
        • Performance Anxiety, Stage Fright, Fear
        • Releasing Emotional Obstacles to Playing Emotional Blocks, Healing Piano Trauma and Previous Performance Disasters, Piano Therapy
        • Learning Disabilities including ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Dyscalculea, Sensory Integration Disorder
        • Motiviation Issues - Solving your procrastination and avoidance of your musical growth issues.
        • How to Look Like You’ve Played Piano for Years (for Actors, Singers and Celebrities Who Have A Role Deadline and Need a Crash Course.) (Technical Coaches or Piano Coaches)

About Howard Richman, M.F.A.

        Howard Richman has pioneered innovative teaching strategies in the fields of music education and stress-management since 1976. Mr. Richman is the author of the popular book, Super Sight-Reading  Secrets. He has a B.A. from UCLA in piano performance and an M.F.A. (Master Fine Arts) degree from California Institute of the Arts, where he also taught on the faculty for three years. Mr. Richman’s specialty is to help people break through their most stubborn blocks.

Howard Richman Piano Training Lineage Chart.

        See an interesting chart that shows a genealogy of piano teachers for Howard Richman, rooting back to Beethoven.

Telephone: 818-344-3306 (PST)

Location of Lessons.

        All lessons are held at our music teaching studio in West Hills, California. Here are the location details.
        (Please DO NOT GO to our business address at
        18375 Ventura Blvd. #8000 Tarzana!!!!)

        PLEASE NOTE: I’ve recently set it up to offer live online piano lessons. If you have a webcam you can have a private lesson with me from anywhere in the world!

Celebrity Piano Teacher

        See Howard Richman’s Client List of current and former students, many of whom are celebrities and involved in the entertainment industry.


      • FREE/1st lesson without obligation
      • $50/30 min.
      • $65/45 min.
      • $80/hour

Serving Many Areas of Southern California.

        His students come from many areas of Southern California area, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles and United States of America (U.S.A.) These include Calabasas, Reseda, Tarzana, Woodland Hills, Canoga Park, West Hills, Granada Hills, Northridge, Chatsworth, Encino, Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, LA, Universal City, North Hollywood, West Hollywood, Studio City, Hancock Park, Baldwin Hills, Culver City, Valencia, Santa Clarita Valley, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Burbank, Glendale, Agoura Hills, Hidden Hills, Hacienda Heights, Topanga, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, and Westlake Village. 818, 213, 310, 323, 424, 747, 661 and even Japan!

Telephone: 818-344-3306 (PST)

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For More Information.

        For more information, it’s possible that your question has already been asked by someone else and you may be able to find a quick answer by looking on our Q&A page. Otherwise, please contact us. (“Howard Richman” is sometimes misspelled as “Howard Richmond.”)

        Technique taught by Howard Richman is an alternative to the Glenn Gould Finger Tapping technique.

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        Piano lesson myths are so ingrained into our culture and our consciousness that it almost seems silly to counter them.

        Super Sight-Reading SecretsThis classic book is written by Howard Richman! An innovative step-by-step sight reading program for musical keyboard players of all levels, from Sound Feelings. The Super Sight Reading Secrets book has provided the answers to sight reading problems for thousands of pianists and keyboardists!




        PerfectPitchDavid-Lucas Burge’s Ear-Training Super Course is the #1 best-selling ear-training method! I met David personally when he first started doing his workshops in the 1980s and can tell you that he really knows what he is talking about! Before David’s system, it was assumed that you had to be born with perfect pitch. He has proven that completely wrong with his perfect pitch ear training course. But I want to make sure you consider getting his relative pitch ear training course because this is often more useful than perfect pitch and this is the best program of this type that I’ve found. I recommend it to all of my private students. (Above links will trigger a $30 discount!)
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        The Secrets to Playing Piano by Ear!The Secrets to Playing Piano by Ear! by Jermaine Griggs. This home-study course consists of a 300-page information-loaded workbook/CD combo packed with tons of useful diagrams, charts, notations, techniques, secrets, principles, articles, and sound examples. These techniques have been tested and proven to work with literally anyone regardless of age and musical experience. Full money-back guarantee! $69.95


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Entertainment Industry Piano Students

“I believe that every time I work with you I'm transported light-years into my future.”

—Pray Harper

“’I feel good again’ is the song on the album that I wrote entirely by myself! I would never have been able to do that without the piano skills that you taught me! I am so grateful for you!”

—Brianna Haynes,

“I am writing two more songs right now. This is a very exciting time for me, and your encouragement and support have been a vital part of this process. I am very grateful to have you as my teacher.”

—Claire Bloom,
Woodland Hills

“Hey Howard — just want to say thank you for being the best piano teacher! You're an inspiration and an amazing teacher. I love the piano cuz of you!!!”

—Christina Bellrose,
Woodland Hills, CA

“I have never met one teacher that is as dedicated as you. You make Sammy’s lesson challenging but add lots of fun for somebody his age. A lot of people are amazed about what Sammy can play on the piano. You come down to a kid size level of understanding and explain with fun and kid-appropriate comparisons. Never ever do you lose patience.”

—Tanja Samalya

“My hope is that people who don’t know you, and are passing through your page for the first time, can begin to discover how brilliant you are and how much you have to offer them. One piano lesson with you and my life was changed... now three years later... wow... I even amaze myself on the piano sometimes, thanks so much to you. ;) And I can not imagine recording the upcoming album with out you! I am so thankful to you Howard! You have made my move to LA SO worth it. Because of you, I am a musician — an ever-growing one. I am so grateful for your wisdom, your dedication and your thoughtfulness.”

Kaiulani Kimbrell, Singer/Songwriter

“Since our 7 year old daughter started piano lessons with Howard several months ago, both her interest in the piano and ability to play piano have blossomed. Howard is an exceptional teacher. He has a wonderful balance of firmness, patience and encouragement. He allows our daughter to express her own creativity at the piano, but still maintains control of the lesson. He is very good about meeting her at her level, while encouraging her potential. I would highly recommend Howard Richman as a piano teacher.”

—Michelle Tack,
Woodland Hills, CA

“I’ve been playing professionally for 26 years. About a year ago I realized that my technique was holding me back from executing the ideas that I was hearing. After beginning lessons with Howard, I was seeing results in my playing immediately and the progress is constant. It’s also a pleasure to study with someone who actually enjoys what he is doing instead of just being in it for the buck. Howard has touched and shown so many the beauty of being able to realize, through their fingers, what they hear in their head. I strongly recommend Howard Richman for anybody. Through studying with him you will be able to play like you’ve never played before.”

Chris Hardin, Keyboardist/

“Howard's patience and teaching ability precedes him. When my son asked to learn piano, he found encouragement, patience, and learning tricks that only someone with years of honed teaching talent can provide. These new skills will are having a profound effect on his learning ability in general. As a parent, I couldn't wish for more.”

—Cynthia Purcell, Calabasas, CA

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