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


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 Vincent

Vincent Ford is a native of Anderson, Indiana and a featured performer, clinician and piano teacher throughout the state.  Vincent studied piano with Dr. Reginald Rodgers and Dr. Gwen Chan both of Anderson University.  Mr. Ford has the passion and enthusiasm to teach piano to students of all levels and his eagerness to continue to developing as a pianist and violinist is what keeps him connected with his students.  Mr. Ford served as the principal violinist for the Madison County Community and Youth Orchestra and as the staff accompanist and principle piano teacher for Camerata Music Conservatory in Anderson Indiana. He has also served as Minister of Music for Our Saviours Lutheran Church and Cross Roads United Methodist Church.  Vincent is new to Seattle and is greatly enjoying fostering a love for music in his students here!

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

Instructor Peace

Peace Phan is a Seattle native and has twenty-two years of experience in piano performance, teaching, and accompanying choirs.  As a current special education teacher at Mariner High School, Peace has great interest and ability in teaching piano to students with unique learning abilities.  Peace loves working with kids and believes that his students have taught him as much as he has taught them.  Peace studied piano performance and sacred music with Dr. John Pickett at Central Washington University and Father Kevin Waters, SJ at Gonzaga University.  He continued on to accompanying choirs at Nelsen Middle School and Charles A. Lindbergh High School of the Renton School District under the direction of Mr. Brian Hoskins.    After college and teaching in private Catholic schools, Peace also taught piano at the beginning and intermediate levels to elementary and middle school students, as well as accompanied various church choirs in Seattle.  Peace received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies at Gonzaga University and Master of Education from Antioch University (Seattle). 






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