Mr. Sachs has a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from
UCLA, and a teaching credential in music from CSU at Dominguez Hills. He is a protegee of the renowned jazz master Harry Fields.
He performed for ten years at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, Los Angeles, and toured as solo pianist for Princess
Cruises on the Sea Princess. He was an instructor for over a decade at the acclaimed Eubanks Conservatory of Music teaching piano,
theory, and harmony. At West Middle School, he conducted Jazz Band and Choral programs for teens
in Downey, California and teaches and prepares students online throughout the country, those who are wishing to
audition for High School and College Jazz Band auditions. MrEvan has been teaching in Laguna Beach and San
Clemente for over 16 years and has an exceptional gift of communication and inspiration with students. He is an expert in
the field of teaching piano to children with special needs.
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
Laguna Beach | San Clemente.
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.
Every teacher interested in their own success and the
success of their students asks themselves what is it that will motivate my students to do well?
Most of us think practicing makes successful students. While that's true, I have found the
feeling of success is really the key. Set up conditions for success....and you'll get practicing.
For example - one of my students won a medallion at a MTAC Bach Festival.
He said: "I didn't know I could ever win a prize like that!"
now is busy preparing in anticipation of his next competition/evaluation.
The OC Music Teachers Association gives teachers, students and parents a sure path to success.
The sure path includes access to a local university room, a great piano, experienced evaluators
, and an audience filled with young musicians and parents listening carefully. Here they can feel warmly evaluated, encouraged
and rewarded for their hard work and practice. A little friendly competition, in this setting, becomes part of this
in music doesn't always have to be a struggle.
Loving the process
of improvement is a good part of the answer.
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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
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
After 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
Sachs is a kind, gentle, extremely knowledgeable piano teacher who teaches very young to older piano students
equally well. My highest recommendation.
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
Piano Warrior Xavier wins at Contemporary Festival 2014
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
Piano Warrior Ryan wins at Contemporary Festival 2014
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.
John Manzo, Ladera
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?
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.