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Greetings music adventurers! My name is Douglas Bartolme. I'm an unapologetic music nerd with an insatiable appetite to teach and play music. I've been a piano and music instructor for over 10 years, both privately and in classroom settings around LA, NYC, and Orange County.


I have a Master's Degree in Music Composition for Film & Game Scoring from New York University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition and Theory from Chapman University, Conservatory of Music. I've performed in several ensembles including rock bands, university orchestras, and small ensembles. 


Regardless of your age and background, I will teach you everything you need to know about music theory, orchestration, composition, piano practice, and the basics of music production. So what are you waiting for? Let's go!



Student-Centered Lessons

In the Convenience of Your Home and at Your Own Pace!

I specialize in teaching beginning to intermediate piano lessons to children and adults, ages 5 and above. Learn how to play your favorite songs, how to read music, and have a great deal of fun exploring new and exciting concepts! I use the Piano Adventures lesson books by Faber & Faber.
Embark on an epic journey into the world of western music theory and harmony. I tutor beginning to advanced college level music theory, California Certificate of Merit, and the internationally renowned ABRSM'sI'll guide you through the building blocks of music, all the way to advanced harmony, counterpoint, orchestration, and composition!
Learn how to compose and produce music for your next song, film, or video game. I'll also teach you all the basics of mixing, audio editing, score preparation, and MIDI-Orchestration to help launch your projects into another world! Check out my music at 

Check out the benefits from 

listening to music and learning an instrument!

The Reviews Are In!

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"Patient, talented, and all around nice guy. You and/or your kids are guaranteed to love him. My kids have been learning piano from Doug for 2 years after switching from a music studio and we’ve never looked back."  - January 

" Doug taught our nine year old daughter the fundamentals of piano in a flexible, nurturing environment. He uses his mastery of piano to focus effortlessly on the student. Thanks Doug."

- Drew

"Doug Bartolme taught two of my grandkids to play piano.  He was always patient with my grandkids and they were 6 years old at the time.  Doug was always prompt and friendly to deal with.  I highly recommend him."

- Janet 

"We love Epic Piano. My kids really enjoy getting piano lessons with Mr. Doug. It is a fun, no pressure program which makes learning enjoyable. 5 stars all the way!" 

- Kerry

"I enjoyed having Douglas teach my son. So patient and flexible and eager to get him involved and interested in the music. He even wrote up some parts so my older son could play along with his saxophone. He is great!"

- Marti 

"Doug is a great teacher and very patient! He is also extremely flexible with scheduling and coming to you as well!"

- Samantha

"Doug, was very patient with my son and presented music that my son enjoyed playing from modern day artists, like Coldplay.  Doug was always on time and my son really responded to his style of teaching."

-  Shelly 



All   Lessons are   In-home 

I accept Zelle® Venmo® PayPal® Cash & Check

Weekly Lessons

30 Minute Lesson = $50


45 Minute Lesson = $60


 60 Minute Lesson = $65 

* 1 Hour Lessons Can Be Shared with Another Student *

* $25 for Every Half-Hour After *

BI-Weekly Lessons

Minimum of 2 Lessons Per Month

Same Rates Apply!

* 1 Hour Lessons Can Be Shared with Another Student *

* $25 for Every Half-Hour After *






Payment is due, in advance, on the first of every month. For convenience, I use a variety of payment options: Venmo, Zelle, PayPal, cash and checks. Tuition is non-refundable, but can be credited towards the following billing cycle, in certain cases like emergencies. 



Although, I am very flexible and understanding, consistency is very important in the study of music. Regular attendance at your lessons and practicing between lessons is crucial to you or your child's development, which is why I insist on monthly commitments. 



I get it, life happens, which is why I give you 7 Days to make up a lesson, but ONLY if you notify me at least 24 hours before the regularly scheduled lesson(s). No last minute cancellations. If that cannot be arranged, your lesson will be forfeited and you will be charged for that week. During those times when I'll have to cancel, we'll credit your prepaid lesson(s) towards the following month.   


I observe most holidays and students will not be charged for lessons on those days. Please refer to the annual Holiday Schedule document included in your registration email. I also send emails in advance regarding this. If you or your family are going on an extended vacation, or if there’s any other scheduling conflict, please notify me as soon as you can, preferably before the next billing cycle on the 1st of every month. If you still need to cancel a lesson during the month, you’ll still have up to 7 days to reschedule.




If you or your child is younger than 18 years old, an adult must be present at the lesson location, for the entire lesson duration.​ No exceptions! 

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” 
                                                                                                - Albert Einstein

"Don't only practise your art, but force your way into its secrets."

                                      - Ludwig van Beethoven

“Where words fail, music speaks.” 
                           - Hans Christian Andersen

"Put all your soul into it, play the way you feel!"

                                                                            - Frédéric Chopin



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Douglas Bartolme
Piano & Music Instructor
+1 (714) 642-2663
Huntington Beach, CA

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