There’s an easier way – expert piano lessons near Berkeley

let me show you a smoother road to piano mastery

Hurricane damage at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge (RI)

I was not one of the best pianists in the class when I started at the Conservatory. But I didn’t care because I was so happy to be spending all my time doing what I loved.  Over the years I put everything into my music – but I ran into plenty of roadblocks and frustrations along the way. Some were just bad luck, but some were completely avoidable – IF I had had the right knowledge.

Let’s fast forward to now. I played to a full house in Carnegie Hall this spring. I can do things at the piano I only dreamed of in my 20’s. But one of my favorite things to do is help others avoid the potholes I fell into!

Berkeley piano lessons for adults

My studio is located near El Cerrito Plaza and I currently accept students 18 and over.

Overcome frustrating limitations

Do you feel sometimes like you are banging your head against a brick wall?  I remember trying every practicing tip I had read on passage in a Rachmaninoff piece without anything changing – except that my hand got sore. Turns out there were some things I needed to know that were missing from my toolkit. Let me give you some crucial  information for great results at the piano.

Get there faster with less effort

Endless repetition or exhausting long hours of practice are not necessary. Besides, who has time for that? Working smarter will get you where you want to be. Let me show you some tips for increasing the effectiveness of your practicing.

Follow your own path

No Hanon because it’s good for you, no required pieces to improve your mind. You’re an adult. Play what you want to play. Or let me suggest some great repertoire that you might not be familiar with.

Enjoy the journey!

I remember playing 45 minutes of memorized music for my teacher when she returned from a sabbatical. She said “Well, very musically done, but the sound is wrong.”  We spent the next 90 minutes working on the first measure. I learned a lot from this teacher but I can remember several medical procedures that were more fun than my lessons.


“I can’t say enough good things about Rebecca.  Not only is she an accomplished player herself, but a very experienced and effective teacher. Her knowledge of the repertoire, styles of playing, performance, and a healthy effortless ergonomic techqnique are extensive.  The icing on the cake is she has a warm and friendly personality and a great sense of humor.  I always greatly enjoy my lessons on all levels.”   Joe Mumm, piano teacher, member MTAC

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“Rebecca Bogart is a Godsend of a piano teacher! Two years into my four-year course of study toward a music degree at California State University, East Bay having come late in life to music, and feeling overwhelmed and struggling daily for every note, I was referred to Rebecca by a faculty member at CSUEB. Under her expert guidance, not only was I was able to finish my degree with confidence, I also learned skills that would enable me to teach both children and adults. She truly is a teacher of teachers.” Victoria Shirley, piano teacher


A current student playing Milonga del Angel by Aster Piazolla