Instructor Sophia


Sophia Pereyra-Johnston is the Founder and Director of Piano Playground, and is an established Seattle piano instructor.  Sophia developed the piano program at Bryant Elementary in 2007-08 and taught in Seattle Public Schools in the after school programs at Bryant Elementary, Green Lake Elementary - Green Lake School Age Program, BF Day Elementary, and Whittier Elementary from 2007-2010 before founding Piano Playground in 2010.  Sophia began student-teaching in 1997 through the Snohomish County Music Teachers Association, and studied piano performance and pedagogy with Dr. Susan Chan as an undergraduate at Washington State University; she received an ALB in psychology from Harvard University, Division of Continuing Education where she is currently a candidate for an ALM in psychology.  After many years of performing in piano competitions, Sophia now enjoys regularly playing professionally, and volunteering piano music at various organizations within the community.  Before beginning her piano teaching career, Sophia worked for the Harvard Graduate School of Education on research related to No Child Left Behind, the University of Washington College of Education - Experimental Education Unit, and as the Chess Coach for Bagley Elementary (Seattle) through Chess Mates Foundation.

Member of:

MTNA - Music Teachers National Association

SMTA - Seattle Music Teachers Association

SCMTA - Snohomish County Music Teachers Asssociation

Harvard Alumni Association

CONTACT Sophia:    sophia@pianoplayground.org



Instructor Macaulay


An Alumni of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Macaulay began his journey into music with an early fascination for media, movies and video games. Dedicated to spreading music through composing scores for games and film professionally, he additionally seeks to teach students to musically expressive themselves on various instruments, including piano.  His aim in education is to help students discover a love of music and learning, be that as a hobby or as a music professional. Macaulay loves cycling, coding, and composition and seeing the evergreen landscapes that are vastly different from his hometown of Phoenix, AZ.


Instructor Rana 


Rana’s interest in learning the piano sparked at the age of five when she was inspired by a pianist at a concert. As her passion grew, she began taking graded examinations with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), the largest music education body in the U.K. At the age of seventeen in June 2017, she attained the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in Music Performance. Throughout her years of learning the piano, she performed a wide variety of repertoires, and participated in numerous competitions where she won several awards; among them, the First prize in the First U.A.E International Chopin Competition. Rana performed in many concerts, including the High Scorer’s concert for ABRSM examinations. She had master classes with the renowned French pianist Hugues  Leclere, and has experience in accompanying various instruments. Rana is currently a student in the University of Washington, and she enjoys being with children and teaching the piano in her spare time.


Instructor Nicole


Nicole Bembridge studied jazz/contemporary performance and theory at the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town, Cornish College of the Arts, and the University of Washington, where she graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Political Economy and a minor in music. She is also the recipient of artist merit scholarships at Cornish and the SACM. Nicole volunteers as an accompanist for a senior care facility in the Bellevue area, and enjoys playing at open jam nights in Seattle.  started playing piano at age 6, but she believes her classical music fandom began even before; when her parents regularly dressed her in embarrassing head-to-toe piano-themed gear to enjoy Beethoven concertos at the Seattle Symphony. She played in chamber ensembles and orchestras in elementary school through middle school. In high school, she discovered experimental music and jazz.  When she is not playing music, Nicole works as an LSAT tutor and loves to binge murder mysteries on Netflix. 



Instructor Audrey


Audrey has been teaching for the better part of a decade, all ages, and all genres.  Her Bachelors is in Sculpture, and her Masters is in Voice and Piano, which provides a colorful landscape for how she structures her lessons.  She approaches each student individually, assessing their needs, abilities, and passions as she goes along, striving to make each lesson successful and illuminating.  Above all things, she wants the student to have fun and leave with a smile and a sense of accomplishment.  She also likes to supplement lessons with a variety of games, visual art components, the use of other instruments, and lots of composing.  She is an active musician, performing in operas, theatrical productions, choirs, bands, orchestras, solo works, anything and all things music and art based.

Member of :

MTNA - Music Teachers National Association

MMTA - Massachusetts Music Teachers Association



 

 

       

 

                            



 

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