Private Lessons with Kent in Costa Mesa, California

Call today!

(714) 485-8081

Call now to schedule an introductory lesson!

You can also contact International Music School, Costa Mesa, California at

(949) 650-7788

International Music School


Happy New Year from Kent!

May this be a Prosperous and Musical New Year for you and yours!

I’m back to private teaching in beautiful Costa Mesa, California!

I teach piano, keyboards, drums, percussion, bass guitar, composition and music theory.

I’m very pleased to be working with International Music School, just down the street from my house.

You may also speak with me directly, at any time, by calling:

(714) 485-8081

Let’s make 2020 your year for starting that exciting musical journey you’ve always dreamt of!

Linus the Jazz Cat
Linus the Jazz Cat




(714) 485-8081

Piano With Kent’s Outrageous Holiday Promotion Starts Today! (Ends Midnight Dec. 31st.)


“Basically, it’s the price of just one latte, or maybe a sandwich combo.” — Anonymous

From now until midnight December 31, you can sign up to be a supporting ALL-ACCESS member at a locked-in monthly rate of just five bucks!  You read that right!

Your $5 holiday price is locked in, for as long as you stick around…

I’ve got lots of new content planned for 2020, so don’t miss out!

— Kent

Steps for signing up:

(1) Choose a user name. (You will use this to log in for access to all premium content.)

(2) Enter a valid email. This is solely for confirmation and support. (No bothersome sales or promotion junk from us, we hate that too.)

NOTE: We will NEVER share your email with any third party, ever!

(3) Choose a hard-to-guess password.

(4) Enter your card number.

Your billing information is NOT stored anywhere by us, and we can never access it. Stripe handles all transactions and keeps your data 100% safe!

DONE! Whoo hoo!

Welcome to Piano With Kent!


Easy Für Elise, Moonlight Sonata, The Entertainer, Clair de Lune, & More – with Letter-Note Names


TitleComposer / ArtistLevelDownload Now?
Amazing GraceTraditional HymnEasyYes
Canon in DPachelbelEasyYes
Carol of the BellsMykola LeontovichInterm. Yes
Clare de Lune (entire)DebussyAdv.Yes
Clare de Lune (simplified)DebussyInterm.Yes
Deck The HallsTraditionalEasyYes
Entertainer, TheScott JoplinEasy-IntermYes
Für Elise (entire)Beethoven Interm.Yes
Für Elise (main melody)Beethoven Interm.Yes
Greensleeves / What Child is ThisTraditionalEasyYes
Happy BirthdayTraditionalEasy Yes
Moonlight Sonata 1st Movement (entire)BeethovenInterm.Yes
Moonlight Sonata 3rd Movement (entire)BeethovenAdv.Yes
O Holy NightTraditionalEasyYes
Ode to JoyBeethovenEasyYes
Prelude in CJ.S. BachInterm.Yes
Silent NightTraditionalEasyYes
St. Louis BluesW. C. HandyEasy/Interm.Yes
Star Spangled BannerFrancis S. KeyEasyYes

Do you need to read music to learn jazz or blues piano?

Wassup! Today I’m sharing my reply to a question from a student at Udemy.


Hi, Kent!

This is a two part question; first off, is there anything you recommend (videos, specific techniques, etc) to improve my sight-reading that won’t make me want to shout profanities?

I’ve Googled it obviously, but I’m curious about your opinion, as I enjoy your method of teaching.

Secondly, do you find skilled sight-reading necessary for jazz and blues? In other words, in your professional opinion, can I learn to be a proficient jazz and blues pianist without tackling my fear/hatred of sight-reading?

Continue reading “Do you need to read music to learn jazz or blues piano?”