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Easy and Flexible

We are open 7 days a week and make it super easy to schedule lessons. At ModernTone you can book and manage your lessons anytime from your phone, tablet or computer, choose how and when you’d like to pay and even adjust your lesson frequency as you go. We also have a dedicated studio coordinator to assist with all of your scheduling needs.

Kick Ass Studios

Our studio spaces have been built from the ground up with acoustics and soundproofing in mind to make sure you get the best lesson experience every time. We handpick all of our amps, instruments, and accessories, and pride ourselves with using high-quality equipment that is made in the USA.

* lessons also available remotely via online video. Click here for availability and info. 

Pro Teachers

Music is our love, our passion, and our trade. We have spent decades studying, practicing, and mastering this craft, eventually turning it into our livelihood. We rehearse regularly to stay on top of our game, follow industry trends and fashions, exchange ideas with other musicians constantly and strive to get better every single day.

Local Community

Join a vibrant community of musicians in the heart of the East Bay. Our students come from Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Walnut Creek, Martinez, Danville, San Ramon, Pleasant Hill, Concord and all over the Bay Area. Get together with like-minded music lovers and form musical friendships in your neighborhood.

Live Support

Practicing is where most students struggle the most. A small misunderstanding can sometimes lead to a week’s worth of frustrating practicing sessions. Luckily, we are here to help! Call, text, IM or email us with your question, and we promise to get back to you that same day.

Secret Ingredient

While each of us first got into teaching for various reasons, we all kept doing it for the same one: we absolutely love it! Sharing the gift of music with others is immensely rewarding and honestly feels great. It’s a labor of love, and it shows in the way we teach.


All of us here at ModernTone are professional piano players who have been teaching for years and have helped hundreds of students be the best pianists they can be. Click on an instructor to learn more about them.

Ryan Ayres

Composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist with a Master’s degree from the Peabody Institute

Jessica Winn

Professional vocalist, pianist and educator with 20 years of music experience and a masters from SF Conservatory

Will Griffin

A Performing and Recording Pianist, Keyboardist and Producer who worked with Grammy winning musicians

Lesson Info

We offer piano lessons for adults, teens and kids of all playing levels. Whether you are a complete beginner, an intermediate player or a an advanced pianist looking to go pro, we can help you become the piano player you always wanted to be!

We are all professional piano and keyboard players who play in bands, perform, and record. Our lessons are tailored to your unique goals, musical taste and the amount of time you have to practice every week. We are fluent in music theory and have tons of experience in creating a personalized piano curriculum that will take you where you want to go.

Piano lessons take place in our newly renovated studios in Lafayette, CA right off the freeway. We have a private parking lot, and street parking is plentiful. We are less than a mile away from Lafayette BART, and the way over is perfect for walking or cycling. The studio’s location is great for aspiring piano players looking for piano lessons in Walnut Creek, Moraga, Orinda, Martinez, Alamo, Danville, San Ramon, Pleasant Hill, Concord and the greater Bay Area.

Have zero music experience? Never even sat at a piano or keyboard before? We will love to help you get started! Whether you aspire to play popular songs on the family piano during the holidays, perform professionally or compose your own music, we can help you develop the basic skills necessary to achieve these goals. There are few overnight sensational learning techniques, but there are tons of fun and manageable ways to learn how to become a pianist or keyboardist. If you are not sure you have the commitment to practice, we’ll show you how to see, hear and value the daily progress you achieve during your quest of becoming a musician.

Playing piano is something you enjoy but you hear other performers play richer chords, seemingly complex rhythms and more structured scales. How do they do that? This is your opportunity to take your current skills and build on them. We will help you understand and apply more evolved techniques to your practice routine and playing. You will be the performer other pianists and keyboardists wonder about. Practicing more efficiently, you will be able to become an advanced player in a realistic timeframe, tailored to your own personal goal and level of commitment.

You have been playing for a while now but want a better understanding of the music you play and if not already, start making a professional career of your musical knowledge. Or, you might just want to take your talents to the next level and comp and solo more effortlessly. Are you still playing left hand bass with an ensemble that already includes a bass player? We will help you develop your own personal style that utilizes your pre-learned musical knowledge and incorporates new and exciting techniques. You can never learn enough about music and we are at your disposal, eager to teach you.


We are the highest rated music studio in the Bay Area and maintain a 5-star rating on Yelp, Facebook, Google and Thumbtack. Check out what our students have to say about their experience at ModernTone.

Schedule Lessons



Choose type of lesson you’d like from the list and pick a good day and time. You can even schedule recurring or multiple lessons and sync lesson times with your Google, iOS or Outlook calendar. Want to get some lessons for a friend or loved one? Private music lesson gift certificates are available here.



We accept all major credit and debit cards as well as PayPal. You can choose to pay as you go, buy multiple lessons in advance or set up autopay – whichever works best.



We will text you a couple of days before your lesson to remind you that it’s almost music time.

On lesson day you arrive at our newly renovated studios. Your instructor will meet you in one of our lesson rooms which are all equipped with hi-quality instruments and amps that were individually handpicked. Before our time together is up, we ensure that you fully understand your practicing assignments and double-check that we provided you with all the music charts you need.

Have questions during practice? We’re here to help! Hit us up and we’ll figure it out together.

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Learn From Home: Video Lessons Now Available

Video lessons are a fun and effective way to work on your music without ever leaving the house. Join over 120 students taking one-on-one video music lessons with ModernTone instructors. It’s super easy to use and works on your phone, tablet and computer. Just check the “Online Video Lesson” option when scheduling your lesson and we will take care of the rest.

Virtual Classroom

We use Google’s HD video platform to provide high-quality video and sound for the best possible virtual lesson experience.

Cloud Folder

Your sheet music, templates, and backing tracks are stored on the cloud to access any time and share with your instructor.

Screen Share

Presenting our screens during lessons lets us use visual aids, share music software screens and discuss lyric sheets and charts.

Piano Lessons Gift Certificate

Looking for a unique music gift that the pianist in your life will love? Get them lessons with a professional piano instructor! Gift certificates are available for piano and keyboard lessons and are great for both experienced players and first timers.

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More Info

ModernTone is located in the heart of downtown Lafayette at 1018-B Almanor Ln, Lafayette, CA 94549. We have a private parking lot and street parking is easy and plentiful. The studio’s location is right off the freeway so getting here from Walnut Creek, Orinda, Moraga, Martinez, Danville, San Ramon, Pleasant Hill and Concord is a fast and simple.

Lessons are $80 for a full hour and $50 for half-hour sessions. We recommend weekly lessons, but you are free to set the lesson frequency as you wish. We also offer monthly lesson plans designed for committed students who take lessons regularly. We respectfully request at least 24 hours notice for cancellations. No-shows and lessons cancelled less than 24 hours in advance will be charged in full.

Music is our love, our passion, and our trade. We have spent decades studying, practicing, and mastering this craft, eventually turning it into our livelihood. We rehearse regularly to stay on top of our game, follow industry trends and fashions, exchange ideas with other musicians constantly and strive to get better every single day.

  • We believe in pushing our students to their full potential, but doing so in a positive, nurturing and encouraging way
  • We believe that matching students with the right instructors help to form a better human connection between them and leads to better, happier students
  • We believe that music should be learned in a soulful, inspiring, and comfortable environment
  • We believe in using high-quality musical instruments and equipment

Our teaching and recording studios have been built from the ground up with acoustics and soundproofing in mind. We designed the spaces to be ideal for music teaching and recording. We handpick all of our amps, instruments, and accessories, and pride ourselves with using high-quality equipment that is made in the USA.

Don’t take our word for it – read what our students have to say:

Reviews on Yelp
Reviews on Google


While the studios are open every day of the week, we can’t all be there all the time. However, most of us are available for lessons on multiple days throughout the week. Our quick online booking process matches your schedule with your instructor’s availability and helps you find the best day and time for your lesson. Want to reserve that day and time every week? Click the “recurring” tab after choosing a day and time. Prefer to book a different date every time? Be our guest. You can even book multiple lessons in advance, each at a different day and time.

Your instrument, a notebook, and a will to rock and roll! A list of songs you like is also a great idea.

We sure can! Introducing you to new ideas, techniques, methods, scales and musical concepts, will help you break out of your rut and regain your long lost enthusiasm. In addition to that, we will make sure you improve gradually from week to week and help you establish a proper practicing regimen. We’ll teach you how to be meticulous about your playing and maybe even show you a secret trick or two ;)

You can definitely borrow, just make sure that you are free to keep it for a while because you will need it to practice at home between lessons. However, in the long run, it’s probably best to own your instrument.

Monthly Lesson Plans

Our monthly lesson plans are designed for committed students who take lessons regularly and would like to reserve the same day and time with their favorite instructor. Missed a lesson? Couldn’t make it this month? No worries! Your unused lessons roll-over from month to month so you will never be charged for lessons that you did not attend (just don’t forget to let us know 48 hours in advance).

2 lessons

60 min. each, every other week
$160 per month

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4 lessons

60 min. each, once a week
$320 per month

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8 lessons

60 min. each, twice a week
$640 per month

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Lesson Plans for Kids

While we strongly recommend 1-hour lessons for aspiring musicians of any age, we appreciate that some kids have a hard time focusing for a full hour, especially the younger ones. To help, we offer 30-min lessons for children under the age of 10.

2 lessons

30 min. each, every other week
$100 per month

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4 lessons

30 min. each, once a week
$200 per month

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8 lessons

30 min. each, twice a week
$400 per month

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Have any questions?

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ModernTone Studios
1018-B Almanor Ln.
Lafayette, CA 94549

7 days a week, 10am-8pm