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Mitchell Odom has been a piano teacher to students of all ages for over 40 years.   

Mitchell Odom teaches piano and is the director of the academy. He believes that music should be fun and rewarding. He has a positive outlook and energetic yet low key approach.  His piano teaching expertise and insight are unparalleled.

Mitchell's encouragement, compliments and humor make your learning experience fruitful.  His philosophy is that this is why we have music lessons - to enrich our lives and help bring us happiness!

Some of his students have become educators, performers and published composers. Most took piano lessons for their own personal enjoyment and growth.  Mitch is an alumni of Chapman University, Oklahoma City University and California State University.

Mitchell was a performer by age ten, professional at fourteen years old and piano teacher at age sixteen. He has been teaching piano now for more than 40 years and is an experienced performer, studio musician, composer and producer. His work has been published with performances in more than 50 countries around the world. He has been a staff writer for television production companies and played piano and keyboards on albums in Europe, Asia and the U.S.  

Styles of piano music Mitch teaches:

  • Classical
  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Blues
  • Jazz
  • Country
  • Gospel
  • Broadway ... and more


  • Piano teacher for 45 years
  • Published composer since 1985
  • MA in piano performance / composition
  • Music producer and studio musician in Hollywood and Los Angeles
  • Mitch's most influential piano teachers were:
Claudio Arrau   Philip Lorenz   Ena Bronstein   Clare Fischer

Musical lineage back to Liszt and Beethoven

It is especially important in music and art, to study with the right teacher. Mitchell has had quite a few piano teachers and values all of them.   Some attended prestigious conservatories such as Julliard and studied with famous teachers such as Nadia Boulanger and Rosina Lhevinne.  

However, it is when Mitchell found his master teacher, Philip Lorenz, that his musical expertise and understanding was elevated to the highest level.   Mitchell studied with professor Lorenz for eight years, and was completely transformed as a pianist and musician.   Here is Mitch's lineage of great piano teachers connecting back to Beethoven:
  • Beethoven taught Karl Czerny
  • Czerny taught Franz Liszt  (perhaps the greatest pianist who ever lived)
  • Liszt taught Martin Krause
  • Krause taught Claudio Arrau (one of the greatest pianists of the last 100 years)
  • Arrau taught Philip Lorenz (along with Garrick Ohlsson, Ena Bronstein, Ruth Nye and other great pianists)
  • Lorenz taught Mitchell Odom
  • Odom is teaching another generation of pianists in Mercer Island, WA

The great pianist Claudio Arrau playing Franz Liszt's "Gnomenreigen" (Dance of the Gnomes).

The amazing Clare Fischer Trio