"I am a classically trained pianist. I had 12 years of piano lessons growing up and have continued to play piano as an adult. However, as I listened to artists like 2Cellos and the Piano Guys, I started feeling stuck in my classical training and wished I had the ability to be more creative and contemporary in my music. I considered training in another instrument until I heard of Treyan Porter and the type of piano training he does. I started taking lessons a little over 2 years ago. Treyan started me with some intensive theory training, most of which was new to me. I also started doing some basic arranging using guitar chord sheets and lead sheets. Soon I progressed to composing my own music. None of this has been easy, but Treyan has been an excellent teacher and guide in a way that has kept it from becoming too frustrating and helping it to become a satisfying endeavor. He has extensive knowledge of theory and songwriting in every genre and has worked at both for many years. He is very professional and patient. He is also very flexible and will help a student work and learn in whatever genre of music they enjoy or want to be more proficient in. I would definitely recommend him for a student who has a basic piano background and is looking to be more creative and be able to do more with music than just read from a page. At this point, I continue to learn more advanced theory, and composing continues to be a challenge, but I can now sit down with a guitar chord sheet and play a simple arrangement in many cases because I know the basics of chords, rhythm, and style that go into arranging music. It’s been great to expand my musical knowledge and abilities!" –Becky V.
“Despite taking traditional piano lessons for 10 years, I still lacked a creative aspect in my performing. Sure, I could play almost any sheet music placed in front of me, but if someone asked me to improvise on a chord in a certain key signature I was completely clueless. I didn't know how to add my own flare to a piece - even though I desperately wanted to do so. I then found Treyan Porter online and read about his teaching method. I was so excited to find someone that taught this way because it was exactly what I was looking for. I contacted Treyan and was delighted when he offered to do a free introductory lesson with me to verify that he was a good fit for me. I have now been his student for over 2 months and have already learned a great deal about improvisation, arranging, and music theory. Even though I have been playing the piano for almost 20 years, I still benefit from Treyan's teaching because it is unlike anything I have ever done before. Treyan has made playing the piano fun for me again and I can't thank him enough for that.” –James S.
"Treyan is a great teacher and mentor. I've advanced exponentially in the areas I was lacking as a self-taught piano player. Definitely worth the money considering the progress I've made." –Matt J.
"Treyan is an excellent for improv, understanding theory and song writing, as well as learning any style of music that appeals to you. He is suppprtive, positive and encouraging. He has gone the extra mile in helping me learn and grow as a musician." –Julie B.
"Treyan is amazing! In the past few years, he has taught four of my children and is currently teaching two. He is a one-of-a-kind piano teacher. Before finding Treyan, my kids were just going to piano lessons where they would be assigned sheet music to learn by the next week, and then they would return the next week to pass off the songs with the teacher. Although they did learn to sight read with that method (which is important), I was the one doing all the teaching and the work at home as I helped them learn their songs - yet I was paying the teacher to "pass them off" on their songs and assign them new ones. It didn't make a lot of sense to me. When we started using Treyan as a teacher, a whole new world of music was opened up for my kids, and I was no longer paying a teacher to just pass my kids off on their songs. I am now paying a teacher that actually teaches them. Treyan isn't the traditional piano teacher. He teaches subjects like playing by ear, songwriting, and learning how to play a song by just looking at some chords on a sheet. It is incredible how much my children have progressed with music since they started taking from Treyan. Before him, they were just sight reading from Alfred piano books...now they are composing their own songs. I would highly recommend Treyan to anyone who wants to do more than just sight read from an Alfred book. Treyan will help you - or your kids - develop a talent you didn't even know you had. I highly recommend him. You won't be disappointed." –Michelle T.