10709 NE 144th Ct.
Kirkland, WA 98034
Phone: (206) 919-4806

Learn to Play Piano

The Stan Watkins Piano Studio is conveniently located in the North Juanita area of Kirkland, Washington, making travel to your weekly piano lesson simple. The studio is in close proximity to Woodinville, Bellevue, Bothell, Redmond, and Lynnwood, and an easy drive for those seeking piano lessons in Seattle as well. I provide all levels of instruction to adults, teens, and children of all ages who are looking for quality, professional piano instruction.

Please take a look around the website, learn more about the structure of the piano lessons and, as always, don't hesitate to contact me. I am always happy to answer your questions or concerns, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Comprehensive Musical Training

My goal is for my students to become well-rounded musicians, capable of enjoying and participating in music for life. A well-rounded musician needs the physical skills of an athlete, the theoretical understanding of an academic, the beautiful interpretation of an artist, and the diligent craftsmanship of an artisan. These abilities are developed through sequential presentation and application. I foster discovery learning, and often find myself asking questions, rather than giving instructions. "What key is this piece in? How do you know it’s that key? How would you compare the first line with the second line?"

I emphasize how to practice, and have written several articles on this subject for my blog as well as developed a unique practice notebook for my students with instruction on various practice techniques. As students plan their practice so that they are fully prepared by a performance deadline, they also learn project management skills. These are some of the important non-musical life skills which I intend my students to develop as well.

National Standard of Music Instruction

I participate in The Music Development Program, a national standard of musical success from The Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto, Canada). All students are encouraged to participate at their own level. Students receive assessment in practical areas of their playing, as well as their understanding of music theory and history. Students benefit from participation in a nationally recognized program that offers a balanced course of study and meaningful evaluation.