Chet Noll - School Founder and Piano instructor
BA in Piano Performance and Early Keyboard Instrument Building.
35+ years teaching experience.
Beginner to advanced - classical, pop, 20th century
Chet’s love for music began while taking piano lessons at age 6 and cello lessons at age 12. Growing up in The San Francisco Bay Area was inspiring as he heard many performances by great artists and symphonies. At a young age Chet performed locally with friends and other musicians in recitals, orchestras, and various choral and chamber groups.
At Whitworth College in Spokane, WA Chet studied piano with Margaret Saunders Ott where he earned a BA in Piano Performance and Early Keyboard Instrument Building. As a piano student of Mrs Ott the world of music continued to unfold with her unique approach to teaching and philosophy of music. She adored all of her students and her piano studio at the college was filled with students who later became nationally renowned teachers and pianists themselves. In addition to piano, Chet studied cello, began composing music, and continued to perform with symphonies and choral groups that toured throughout the Northwest. It was in Spokane that Chet began building harpsichords, clavichords and fortepianos on which he and others performed. In 1976 he opened his own piano studio, teaching young students in a small community near the College. He has been teaching piano ever since.
In graduate school at the University of Montana in Missoula Chet continued studying piano with Dennis Alexander, Steve Hesla and Phillip Clarke. During his time at the University Chet taught courses in Music Theory, performed as pianist, cellist, singer, and composer.
Chet spent years raising a family and for a time taught at the Claremont Montessori School. As a trained Montessori teacher, he learned the art of teaching very young students new skills and concepts.
In 1993 Chet moved to Wrightwood, CA where he began the Keyboard Art Music Studio. Here, with the aid of experienced and patient teaching, students are encouraged and inspired to explore the joy and love of playing and creating music.