“Every student learns differently, and at his or her own pace. Whether they are seasoned players, or sitting down to learn their instrument for the very first time, I am committed to getting to know my students as individuals, and working with their strengths and weaknesses to provide a smooth, fun, and progressive learning environment.
I ensure that my students are playing what they want at the pace that fits them best, while keeping them well rounded in theory, technique, and sight reading.”
Clayton grew up playing trumpet through middle and high school. During his high school years, he discovered the vast and flexible world of playing the piano. Inspired by the contemporary stylings of Jon Schmidt and Jim Brickman, Clayton began composing his own pieces for the piano at age 15. His music reached the ears of many listeners through the internet sensation Dimrain47.
After years of private lessons, and studying Music Performance, Music Theory, and Recording Arts in college, Clayton began tutoring classmates on the specifics of music theory and piano technique. With many years as a piano instructor, Clayton continues to share his enthusiasm for piano and composition with his students. Clayton’s performance record has spanned from playing keyboards in multiple hard rock/heavy metal bands, to playing at weddings, coffee houses and private parties, to performing duets with his students at recitals.
Classical, Jazz, Pop, Blues, Rock, Country, Metal, R&B, Fusion, Reggae, Shred, Funk, Electronica, Hip Hop
KORG, Roland, Yamaha
Locations I Teach
Skype - Online Lessons, San Diego, 4S Ranch, Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Carlsbad, Scripps Ranch, Rancho Peñaquitos, Escondido, Del Mar, Encinitas, Vista, Fairbanks Ranch, San Marcos, Fallbrook, Hidden Meadows, La Costa, Leucadia, Oceanside, Olivenhain, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Sur, Carmel Valley, San Elijo Hills, Solana Beach, Bonsall, Valley Center, Clairemont Mesa, Kearny Mesa, Mira Mesa, MIramar, Tierra Santa, Camp Pendleton
Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Kuhlau, Bach, Scarlatti, Bartok, Brahms, Scott Joplin, Jon Schmidt, Jim Brickman, Alan Menken, Billy Joel, Queen, Elton John, Jordan Rudess, Janne Wirman, Jens Johansson, Koji Kondo