Brad Jacobsen

Composer | Pianist

Piano lessons

My Philosophy

"Where words fail, music speaks." - Hans Christian Andersen

First and foremost, I always strive to instill in my students a love for music, and an understanding of how music can affect their emotions and enrich their lives and the lives of those around them.  While there is no replacement for fundamentals and technical training, the vast majority of those who find enjoyment and longevity in their piano skills are those who learn to use it as a tool for self-expression.  My favorite quote by Hans Christian Andersen simply and beautifully illustrates this sentiment - "Where words fail, music speaks."  My success as a teacher doesn't come when a student plays a song flawlessly.  It comes when a student turns to the piano for comfort in a time of sorrow, or releases his or her frustration through music, instead of through aggression.

My story

I began taking piano lessons at the age of 8.  And though it's been nearly thirty years, I vividly remember how the excitement of beginning piano lessons soon gave way to the reality of time devoted to practicing instead of playing with friends.  I remember the sweaty palms and shaky knees before my first public performances.  And I will never forget quietly crying on my mom's shoulder after making a mistake playing "My Country 'Tis of Thee" for the Cub Scouts Blue & Gold Banquet.  I am grateful for these memories as they serve as valuable tools in how I approach teaching, especially with children.

My teenage years were a period of musical discoveries.  It wasn't until around the age of 13 or 14 that I finally began to understand the connection between music and emotions.  I discovered pianists who composed music that connected with me on a personal level that I hadn't before experienced.  Bringing their songbooks to my piano teachers, I was able to take my lessons in a new direction, laying the foundation for what would eventually become a rewarding career.

In addition to 6 award-winning solo piano albums and 5 years spent in the music industry (and counting!), I also spent 7 years as a storyteller & children's librarian, working with countless children and their families.  I know the power and importance of positive media in our lives, especially in the lives of impressionable children.  The power of music changes lives!

Lessons Info

  • Lessons are 30 minutes and are held weekly, with a monthly fee of $75.  
  • Curriculum is based on the Alfred Method, but will be adapted to fit each students talents, interests, and learning style. 
  • Students will have multiple opportunities each year to perform in recitals, both in small in-home settings, and also larger more concert-like venues.  
  • Students who are interested in composing/songwriting and/or the recording/music industry will have access to first-hand advice and mentoring to help educate and cultivate their interests.

Interested? Questions?  Please use the form below contact me for more details.  Thank you!