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At the core of the Peery legacy, learners are teaching. As a little girl, Irene had a 3 hour drive each way to take her weekly lessons. She leveraged that effort and commitment by teaching other kids in her town much of what she was learning. Christie was teaching neighborhood kids by age 9. Dr. Irene Peery-Fox has taught in a way that has achieved consistent results. There are many piano teachers whose students learn to play well. But, the most remarkable thing for all of us, is the fact that we have become remarkable TEACHERS. So, welcome to a system designed to support the system we are each replicating, tweaking, working. And students, if you want to take piano lessons, go anywhere. If you want to learn to play piano, a Peery-trained teacher is the way to go.

Peery Piano Academy, Mountain View, CA Available Programs

  • Habits
    This is the BEST BEGINNING PIANO program available. The Habits program is 3 levels and takes 1-2 years to complete. Monthly Tuition: $147.06
  • Lessons for Adults
    Private lessons for adult learners. Tuition: $95/hour paid as you go. Time listed on registration is for reg purposes only.
  • Mastery
    PPAs competition and performance track. Sign up here to set up required audition. Space is very limited and reserved for only the most dedicated students. Monthly tuition is $398.10 for 45 minute lesson.
  • Mastery Pay as you Go
    Schedule lessons with our Master Teacher at your convenience. No long term commitment. Lessons are paid for as you go. Tuition: $160/hour.
  • Peery Seminar - Habits Practice and Performance w/ Mrs Skousen
    Each seminar will include student performances with teacher feedback, a question and answer segment with parents and tips on how to make the most out of the Peery curriculum and an opportunity for students to Peery Certify on any Muscular or Musical ...
  • Pre-Habits
    Introductory rate: 16 lessons, ages 3 - 5. This fantastic program has been the staple at Amazing Creations. Prepares the child specifically for the Habits program.
PPA 2013-2014 Calendar

To schedule an orientation with our director fill out the Orientation Form.

Orientation includes a tour of the school, information about our programs, rates and procedures and an opportunity to answer all of your questions.

What people are saying about PPA:
Unsolicited Email 8/2013

"We thoroughly enjoyed the "festival" tonight. What an amazing group of young pianists. It was impressive to hear their ages and that they had mastered these pieces over the 10 week summer session. I was also delighted to see the many different ways that the students performed - on piano, keyboard, as duets, triplets even! and many with their teachers and fellow students as accompanists. I can see how Peery Studio has been successful - you make it fun and show appreciation for every student and their parents.

Next time I want to see the beginner class recital!"

Thank you,
Janet H.
Susan B.
Jenny W.

"We are just finishing our first year at the Peery Academy. The program is amazingly comprehensive with ear training, memorization, flash cards, group lesson, theory, and staff books to name a few. From the beginning they teach your child how to play a simple song with beautiful dynamics and expression."

"Peery Piano Academy yields extraordinary results with children as young as 5. Their Habits Program is designed to teach good piano habits from the beginning and these habits stick for a lifetime, enabling the students to reach incredible heights later on."

"I have two children in the Peery Piano Academy for the last 3 years. My first child started in a different state and transferred in after 5 years of piano. She was required to do the "Habits" program to ensure that her skills were on track. While she had to do some significant "relearning" to get rid of poor habits and acquire proper ones, it was pain well worth the gain! My other child started with Peery. Both children are doing very well and have a solid foundation in theory, ear training, musical performance, muscular skills, chord use, and sight reading. They have also been taught good work ethic in being accountable for their practice efforts."

"I could not be happier with the musical education that my children receive at Peery. My children have 5 years of Peery Piano School Experience inclusive. The thing that I love the most about this program is that my kids are not only learning to read music and play notes, but to express music in such a beautiful way. They are also learning that with practice and work they can accomplish things that seemed impossible at the beginning."

"Peery Piano's tag line is "Right from the Beginning," and I literally choked up with tears when I took my daughter in to her first lesson. The children are trained in sight reading, ear training, expression and music theory, right from their very first lesson. The result is that no matter how far my daughter chooses to take her piano education, she will never have to quit because of flaws in her technique. She has been trained right, or correctly, and thoroughly, from the beginning. I feel so lucky to have access to this level of training, so close to me. (My sweet mother drove us 45 minutes away and paid countless thousands of dollars for our piano lessons... for a far inferior education which didn't go the distance.)"

"My two daughters are getting a very well rounded piano education at Peery Piano Academy. They get experience in hand muscle building exercises, sight reading, playing by ear, perfecting pieces, theory, technique, performing, classical music, popular music, and working with small groups. We get a book of about fifteen lesson plans at the beginning of each level so we know what we are working towards. Knowing the end from the beginning is great incentive!"
About Peery Piano Academy
The Peery Piano Academy offers a proprietary piano curriculum covering beginning lessons to the most advanced piano training.

We offer 3 programs:
- Habits - beginning piano
- Players - intermediate to advanced piano
- Mastery - competition and performance piano

In addition to regular instruction Peery Piano Academy tuition includes:
- 2 student Assessments per year monitoring each individual's progress and goals
- Formal student recital held at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
- Annual Festival - offering a more casual venue for our students to perform
- Ensemble Recital - up to six keyboards on one stage!
- Peery Seminars - covering some the many aspects of music outside of piano

Peery Founder
The Peery Academy was founded by Thomas and Christie Skousen.
Christie Skousen is a winner of many international piano competitions and has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall and with Symphonies throughout the world. She was a student of Leon Fleisher at Peabody Conservatory.

Thomas Skousen received his business and law degrees from Brigham Young University and has been working in business and education for the past 20 years.

Thomas and Christie are the authors of the Peery curriculum. All teachers at the school are trained in the Peery curriculum.

The Peery Piano Academy is located conveniently in Mountain View off of Grant Road. With our innovative system of learning we are able to bring both convenience and community to music education.

Please click on the POLICY link on the right side of the page for more details about how our academy is run.

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Katy T receives the highest exam score in the country

PPA Mastery student Katy Tung was recently awarded both the Certificate of Excellence and the National Gold Medal from the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. Each year The Royal Conservatory Music Development Programs awards Certificates of Excellence and National Gold Medals to top-achi ...


Andrew T performs a Second Time at Carnegie Hall

PPA Mastery student, Andrew Tung, was just announced a winner in the American Fine Arts Festival. This year, the level of the competition was exceptionally difficult, with over 450 students partaking in the festival. Andrew will performing in Carnegie Hall as a result of his win. Andrew also won the ...


PPA Student Awarded Highest Test Score in 2013

Congratulations to Parker S, a Players student at PPA. Parker was recently awarded the Music Development Program Center Certificate of Excellence for obtaining the highest mark in the Academic Year of 2013 for Piano Level 2. Way to go Parker!


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