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About Shane

A pianist and film composer based in Los Angeles, Shane has been studying piano for 25 years beginning when he was five. Concentrating on the classical genre for much of his early years, he eventually expanded in a more well rounded musician, incorporating several styles and genres into his approach. He studied piano performance and composition at the University of Oregon, eventually earning a B.A. in Music Composition.

Soon after completing his formal education, Shane moved to Los Angeles where he embarked on a career of teaching, live performance and music composition for film and television. Since then, Shane has taught for multiple schools, performed in several venues and has written scores for multiple production companies, composing music for channels such as Lifetime and Hallmark. He also eventually joined the Music Teachers Association of California where he prepares students for state musical programs.

Shane uses a flexible approach when teaching piano and has a passion for helping each student discover their individual musical strengths. Genres that are typically covered are classical, rock, blues, EDM, ragtime, R&B as well as film and video game music. He also teaches composition and puts a high emphasis on creativity and expression in his lessons.

Q&A with Shane

Which musician would you like to play with?

Beethoven, Yo-Yo Ma, Ray Manzerek, Elton John, Freddy Murcury, Joshua Bell, Andrea Bocelli...

Which musician has influenced you the most?


What can you teach me better on your instrument than any other teacher?

Technique, improvisation

How did you learn to play your instrument?

A lifetime of study and practice

What equipment do you play on today?

Usually my Yamaha upright, but also some keyboards

Which personal trait helped you the most while practicing?


How do you handle children?

Very well. I have experience teaching all ages.

What has been your greatest experience as a musician so far?

Composing music for film and television!

What was the biggest stage you played on?

A Piano concert at the University of Oregon.

Which record would you take with you to the desert island?

Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Besides music, what else is important in your life?

Spirituality, history, fitness, health, animals, compassion, connection.

Music style(s)

Classical, Rock, Fantasy, Anime, Pop, EDM

Level(s) Comfortable Teaching

Beginner through advanced

What languages can you teach in?


What's your age?



Bands, Projects, Notable Performances, Collaborations

4 film scores for Lifetime Channel, as well as several commercial credits, as well as several timelapses for Time Storm films.

Other Music-related work / goals

Composing. Main goal is to improve engineering skills

Personal Interests

art, hiking, camping, exercise, history, philosophy, architecture, nature, science

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