Piano is one of the most familiar musical instruments. It is played using a keyboard and it’s considered percussion instrument because the strings are struck rather than plucked. Piano widely used in classical and jazz music for solo performances, ensemble use, chamber music, accompaniment, and for composing and rehearsal. Learning Piano is often recommended for children under five, as as the student develops skills that will transfer to other instruments as they get older.
Irene Osalla brings over 17 years of teaching experience to the conservatory. She started out directing and accompanying a church children’s choir at a young age and has continued her passion for teaching ever since.
Irene holds a degree in music education from Azusa Pacific University and currently teaches private piano lessons as well as piano and violin to pre-K thru elementary classrooms in Santa Monica and Palisades area schools. Although favored by young students, Irene has successfully taught ages ranging from 2 through 72! Patient and energetic, Irene introduces musicality and proper technique in creative, fun ways. Learn More…
David Bertok grew up and studied piano in Germany before relocating to Los Angeles in 2012 for the prestigious film scoring program at USC.
He has an extensive background in classical and jazz piano, and has composed, produced and toured as a keyboardist in progressive rock bands.
He also composes for film and TV and writes concert music.
His teaching method incorporates creativity to a high degree such as improvisation and composition.
Los Angeles based pianist Alexander Zhu works in a wide variety of roles on the piano,synthesizer, harpsichord, organ, and celesta, as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Alexander has performed solo recitals, concerti and chamber, orchestral, pop, fusion and film music coast to coast in the United States and across China, in esteemed venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Shenzhen Concert Hall, and the Shanghai Oriental Art Center. He has performed concerti with the Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony and the Sioux City Symphony.
An avid proponent of new music, Alexander performed as keyboardist on the viral Yeethoven Kanye West/Beethoven mashup concert series, appearing in media outlets such as the USA Today, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Agence France Presse. Also an accomplished orchestral musician, Alexander is the principal keyboardist of the YMF Debut Orchestra and the American Youth Symphony. Alexander has appeared on several film scores, including The Harvest (2013), directed by John McNoughton, as well as on radio programs on NPR, WGBH, KUSC and LACMA’s Sundays Live.
Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Alexander has served on the piano faculty of the Pasadena Conservatory of Music since 2017. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude from New England Conservatory in Boston, before completing a Master of Music degree at USC, where he serves as an assistant lecturer in the Keyboard Studies Department and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree studying with Stewart Gordon.