plays light classical...Chopin Fantaisie Impromptu
ABOUT MR EVAN
Mr. Sachs has a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from UCLA. Graduating
CSUDH in 1996 in Music, he served as Band and Choral Director for West Middle School in Downey, California.
He now serves as piano instructor for Sky Mountain Charter School, Ilead Charter School, Riversprings and Excel Charter Schools.
A fine artist at the piano, Mr Evan is a protegee of the renowned jazz master, Harry Fields. Performing for ten years at the
Century Plaza Hotel, and touring as solo pianist for Princess Cruise Lines, he entertained and gave concerts on the Sea Princess
- touring Europe, Asia and "Down Under"(Australia) An instructor for over a decade at the acclaimed
Eubanks Conservatory of Music, he taught piano, theory and harmony while developin an exceptional gift for communication and
inspiration with students.
Mr. Sachs has instrumental, and teacher training spanning 40+ years
with an expansive understanding of different piano styles including classical, jazz, and rock and roll and religious
styles. His students range in age from 3 to over 80 whom he believes respond best with encouragement, positive
rewards, praise, stickers and a spirit of interest, concern and friendship which he extends to all his students.
This was a fabulous video showcasing two wonderful people who donated their talents for
the betterment of our community! Mr. Evan Sachs, you were phenomenal and I can honestly say that our family has been "changed
for the good" having you in our lives!
GIVES IN HOME | ONLINE | IN STUDIO PIANO
San Clemente and surrounding areas
MrEvan gives in home, online and in-studio lessons. He gives 2 recitals per year, and has two locations
to serve you. He has a full schedule of students
with varied goals, and is a Music Teacher Association
member, Orange Coast Cities.
What is it that will motivate my students to do well?
I have found the feeling of success is really the key. Set
up conditions for success....and you'll get practicing.
The Orange Coast
Cities Music Teachers Association gives teachers, students and parents a sure path to success.
The sure path includes child friendly competitions at the local university, a great piano, experienced
evaluators , and an audience filled with young musicians and parents listening carefully. Here they are warmly encouraged
and rewarded for their hard work and practice.
in music opens up the potential for success in other areas as well
the path as well as the destination is what I teach.
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The 3 CHORDS
One of the fun things I like to ask is wouldn't it be great if we could play any song using 3 chords?
My students are usually amazed to find they can!
I call these chords the 3 CHORDS OF POWER -- after the famous story in the
movie, the Lord of the Rings. The story goes that with 3 Rings of Power, one could control and dominate all Middle Earth if
one owned them.
In music, using the "3 Chords of Power" gives
the pianist the power to play nearly all popular songs. Certainly with six chords our
power to harmonize becomes limitless. Sometimes called the One, Four and Five
Chord, the 3 Chords of Power are C, F and G in the key of C major.
Here are a few popular songs using the 3 Chords of Power :
Let it Go - from Frozen, It's a Love Story, Hey Soul Sister, Blowin in the Wind, Blue Moon, Heart and Soul, When the Saints, Christmas Carols, Puff the Magic Dragon, This Land is Your Land
Oh Susanna, KumbaYah, Christmas Carols, Songs from Mary Poppins, Church Hymns
and many many MANY more.
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Dear Mr. Evan,
can't thank you enough for teaching me to play my piano in a way I thought not possible. 44 years ago my parents bought
an organ and had me take organ lessons for a few years; however, I always wanted a piano, and said I would someday buy one.
That "someday" happened 43 years ago when my husband surprised me with a baby grand piano for Christmas. I
was thrilled to say the least!
I played my piano for nearly
a year, but had difficulty because I struggled playing notes with my left hand vs. the chord/pedal combo on an organ.
I decided to take lessons, and researched several piano teachers as I wanted someone who would teach me fundamentals, theory,
and a variety of styles of music. Plus, I wanted someone who would be willing to teach a 56 year-old! After many
months of looking, I decided to "take the plunge"; it was then when I found you! I so appreciated your enthusiasm
to teach adults and your passion for the piano.
In just four
months of lessons I'm playing the piano with more confidence, I have an understanding of basic theory (and am eager to continue
with learning more), I play classical pieces I never thought I would be able to, and I am continually challenged to learn
new techniques with each piece. Plus, it's so fun to go from playing Bach to Disney favorites in one sitting!
You've opened my eyes (and ears) to the world of piano playing, and to really feel my piano and enjoy it. After each
lesson I can't wait to go home and practice, and I get excited about the possibilities of being able to play advanced pieces
and fill my home with a beautiful sound.
Once again many thanks,
Jane Wahl, San Clemente
from MrEvan - Jane has nowbeen taking lessons with me for 2.5 years and has continues to progress
and grow in her musical goals.)
Hear These Piano Warriors!
student wins highest commendation MTAC Contemporary Festival (Medallion)
Mr Evan, Thank you for teaching my son.! We began at 3 years, and he was playing before he could read.
My son (who is now 12), continues winning blue ribbons in the Baroque festivals, tests level 5 in theory, and plays keyboards
in our worship band. Thanks Mr Evan - for the great job you've done with him!
Respectfully, Edna Ermisch
Mr. Evan Sachs is an amazing piano instructor. He
transformed our son from a student with potential and talent into a top notch piano player. Our son has now competed
in piano competitions and has won both first and second place ribbons. Mr. Evan has the gift of identifying each student’s
individual interests and abilities and taking him or her to the next level. In addition, our son’s confidence
has soared as Mr. Evan has encouraged him to try new skills and challenge himself with more difficult piano pieces.
By sharing his own love of music and demonstrating his own unique knowledge and talents, Mr. Evan inspires our son to practice
willingly and diligently. We are beyond grateful to have Mr. Evan teaching our son and helping him to foster a love
of music that we hope continues throughout his life. We highly recommend Mr. Evan for anyone needing a well-rounded,
kind, passionate, highly skilled and dedicated piano teacher.
Sarah and Douglas Jacobs
MrEvan is the Piano Whisperer....Dr Cheryl MacDonough
We were looking for a Piano teacher in our area with an emphasis in Jazz and Blues for our
Son as our Son is preparing to audition for acceptance to The Orange County School Of The Arts (OCSA) Jazz Band program. Thankfully
we found Mr. Evan Sachs. Mr. Evan has done a wonderful job teaching our Son Jazz Piano and Improvisation. Our Son loves working
with Mr. Evan and he has excelled at a tremendous rate since working with him. In addition to teaching our Son Jazz Piano,
Mr Evan has also helped our Son with his confidence in live performances. After meeting and exceeding his audition requirements,
our Son was accepted to attend OCSA for the 2014/2015 year -- he is really excited. The specific attention, interest, and
knowledge that Mr. Evan gave our Son played the major part in his acceptance to this prestigious school.
Mr. Evan is a wonderful piano teacher in San Clemente.
Equally skilled in classical, popular, and jazz styles, he has the rare gift of being able to asses the level of children
and adults alike, and provide them with the appropriate technique and repertoire for their continued success and love
of music. I highly recommend Mr. Evan to you or your children for a joyful journey of piano playing. Thanks for the
summer lessons Mr. Evan!
Elg, Conductor, Laguna Beach Pageant of the Master Orchestra
one year of learning how to play the piano, I realized that our daughter Layla was ready or a new instructor. I diligently
researched and interviewed several piano teachers and after speaking with Mr. Evan and receiving multiple recommendations
from friends, we decided that Mr. Evan would be a perfect fit for our family. I couldn't be happier with the progress
that she has made with Mr. Evan. He is so motivational and gives her the confidence and encouragement she needs to succeed
with the piano. Each week, he comes prepared and ready to teach new things and to inspire a love of music. Mr.
Evan is patient and relates well with those of all ages. Since starting lessons with Mr. Evan, my now seven year old
daughter has gained a true love for the piano. She will practice without being asked and has so much love and respect for
her talented instructor. He is extremely generous with his time, which demonstrates his true love and passion for being a
teacher. After seeing our daughter's immediate progress, my husband decided that he too, was ready for piano lessons with
Mr. Evan. It has been incredible to see the quick progress my husband has made in the past year with Mr. Evan. Mr. Evan teaches
music fundamentals, but also makes learning fun. We are so blessed to have found Mr. Evan!
Piano Warrior Maverick wins At Baroque Festival
MTAC Medallion won by Maverick and Aidan at the Baroque Festival
Evan Sachs is a kind, gentle, extremely knowledgeable piano
teacher who teaches very young to older piano students equally well. My highest recommendation.
Howard Richman, Professor of Piano Performance, Cal Institute of the Arts
Evan gave my son a great
background to music. His piano lessons are not only good musically, but the practice schedule helped prepare my son for the
demands of homework, reading and math skills.
--Peggy Lacayo, City of San Clemente Music Director
Mr. Evan was referred to our family by trusted friends...and we could not be happier! Evan
is a magnificent talented musician, but his true gift is his ability to connect with his students and pull that musical talent
that is "somewhere" in us all. I am truly amazed at his patience, dedication and ability to develop our daughter's
piano skills. He is always challenging her to achieve her goals via a positive and encouraging manner. We've seen tremendous
growth and development in our daughters abilities from day one, " trying to figure out where and what is middle C",
to reading and playing complete beautiful pieces that wows us, grandparents, and friends alike. Nothing is better than
seeing your child develop new skills and gaining confidence in new endeavors... and for that, a big THANKS to Mr. Evan!
Simply stated, I highly recommend Evan to any family that wants a caring wonderful world class Piano instructor. Sincerely,
and Carla Comes
After Recital, picture time! Jan 2016
have known Mr. Evan Sachs since our son Garrett who was in 4th grade. With no prior piano lessons or experience with
piano teachers, Evan worked with him one evening a week and today Garrett (a high school sophomore) is an accomplished musician
with a broad repertoire of classical, jazz and pop pieces. We have enjoyed watching our son perform at many recitals...and
at the Baroque Festival where he won a ribbon performing a challenging piece. We have been so pleased that we have asked
Evan to work with our youngest son Paul...Paul is beginning to show the same encouraging progress that Garrett showed...
-John Fritz, C.P.A., Laguna Beach
I am having a great time with my piano lessons! Not only am
I learning standard classical and popular pieces, but I am also getting the added benefit of branching out into rock and blues.
I had not anticipated learning theory, but all my questions get answered and I feel like I am growing under the direction
of a teacher with a very broad knowledge base.
Manzo, Ladera Ranch
system and enthusiasm are contagious and makes her feel excited about her piano lessons. We are so happy to have him as our
Arlene Rhodes, Homemaker | Laguna
Evan is very patient with my two
kids. He has a sense of humor, and that's what they need. Just because a piano teacher is a professional does not mean you
have to be strict.
I think his teaching his superior because he teaches with
heart and true concern. He emphasizes music theory and monitors the progress of the student. He has a genuine love and appreciation
for music and what he's doing. My daughter has more pride in herself because of her accomplishments.
Linda Raessner, Homemaker | Laguna
After studying jazz styles with
you, just wanted to say thank you for the "keys" to playing the music I love. With your simple, fun exercises
I can feel the growth. Learning has finally become fun. I'm having a ball!
Gerry Trafficanda, photographer| San Clemente
Mister Evan is a wonderful piano teacher for both my children. We
have had many piano teachers in the past, and he is by far the best. He has so much patience and really makes learning
fun. My little boy sometimes struggles with learning new things and has a very high learning curve. Mister Evan has
been so patient with him. He really has a knack for working with special needs kids. I never have a problem getting
them to practice and he makes piano lessons fun. My children WANT to do well to please Mister Evan. .He
is a wonderful motivator....
Piano Warriors at Recitsl, 2009
a very patient piano teacher and piano lessons are fun with him. As an adult student, I've needed that. When he plays,
I learn from his example. I appreciate his calming demeanor.--Betty Van Malsen, Accountant, Laguna Beach.
Thank you for your patience in teaching Donald how to play the
piano. We love how he is excelling!
K.F. and Family
Preparing for College Audition by DVD
MrEvan with 4 Piano Warriors after their Recital - Cake and Cookies anyone?
Young Pianist in Certificate of Merit Program, Level 5
Evan,we would like to take this opportunity to thank
you for all the work you do furthering Ellyse's abilities at the piano. She completely enjoyed the experience of playing "Classical
Gas" with her Dad at the last recital. The music you put together for her to accompany the guitar was truly
amazing. Ellyse will continue to grow in her skills and love for the piano under your instruc
and Sharline Elmer
my 5 year old son and 6 year old daughter take lessons from Mr. Evan. In only four months, they have learned so much!
They are always so eager for him to come over and show them new things. He maintains a high expectation of excellence while
balancing the relationship with them in a fun way.
During the week they
practice and play over and over. On a daily basis they practice throughout the day totaling about an hour every day! I often
have to ask them to come off the piano. Mr. Evan's positive and encouraging teaching methods has really made them confident
and self-motivated to continually practice and try new things.