Over the last 15 years we have received many accolades from students and parents. The testimonials below have been collected from our Google Business Pages for both our Santa Barbara and North Hollywood studios.

“I am so grateful to have found Southern California Piano Academy ! Emmanuel Fratianni and Laurie Robinson are both not only very accomplished musicians they are also very gifted and experienced teachers.
They challenge you while making lessons a joy!
— Danielle Aubuchon

“Laurie really understands how to teach and reach kids. She makes the lessons fun and something our six year old looks forward to every week” — Roy Hwang

“I have tried many music teachers over many years. Emmanuel Fratianni can not only teach, but he can play! I’ve also had lessons from other teachers at the academy – all have been terrific. My interests cover jazz, classical, contemporary and composition. Over the last few years I have gotten to explore all those interests…I’m not the easiest person to teach…I have loved their patience with my quirks…I could say more, but that should get the message out…” — Scott Ellison

“We love Southern California Piano Academy. What a great group of teachers and musicians. My son has been playing for three years we love it. The best part is the recitals. What better way for young people to get used to performing in front of an audience.” — Mason Thune

“I have been taking lessons from Laurie Robinson at the Southern California Piano Academy for almost a year now and I love it. I’ve always wanted to play the piano, but I had convinced myself that it would be too difficult for me to learn. So, when I went in for my first lesson with Laurie I expected her to tell me I had no aptitude for the instrument and should move on. She proved me wrong. With her skillful guidance and overwhelming support she showed me not only was I able to play the piano, but I was quite good at it. The months since then have been amazing. She’s able to read my level of progress each week and work with me on improving my skills and pushing me further. On occasion, when Laurie is unavailable, I have had the pleasure to work with other instructors; Emmanuel Fratianni, Hasmik Avagyan, and Dan Martinez. They are all skilled musicians and instructors in their own right. I can’t say enough good things about Laurie and the Academy. If you’ve ever dreamt of learning the piano then you need to check out the Southern California Piano Academy. The instructors are top notch and they truly care about their students. They give you the support you want and the push you need to succeed.” –Benjamin Warren

“We are fans of SoCal Piano Academy. Our oldest son had several teachers who just weren’t a good fit. And we found our special teacher at So Cal. Having a kiddo playing music, being inspired and enthusiastic about listening and playing every day has been really great.” — Daniel Maurio