Gills Music

5887 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, California 94531 * (925) 757-2323 


Private Piano Lessons by Piano Teachers who care!

Joan Miller - Piano Teacher


A native of Russell, Kentucky, Joan graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a B.M.E. degree in voice and piano and has been entertaining audiences and instructing students in the Bay Area for over 30+ years. She is an active member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California and serves as President of the Mount Diablo Music Education Foundation. In 2014, Joan received a Jefferson Award for ‘keeping music alive’ in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.


Joan’s passion is music and her main objective in teaching is to encourage and ensure that her students are learning at a comfortable pace. She is energetic – her classes are always lively and informative – and she always uses a positive approach. One of Joan’s favorite quotes  pretty much sums up this Kentucky girl's approach to music and life, “I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach ten thousand stars how not to dance" - e.e. cummings.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick - Piano Teacher 


As a former member of the Music Teachers Association of California and as a holder of a B.A. Degree in Music, Miss Kathleen has the credentials to go along with her passion for teaching. She has a very calm and encouraging manner that many sensitive students appreciate and respond well to. 


For over 30 years Kathleen has had the joy of watching her students turn into beautiful pianists - a week at a time. The confidence in their smiles and their enjoyment of the lessons is a thrill to experience. As an encouragement and motivation for her students, Miss Kathleen offers a voluntary recital two different times per year.


Lin Hypes - Piano Teacher 


Hello! My name is Lin Hypes and I've been teaching piano for 44 years. I'm very patient, kind and I like to teach with humor so the lesson is fun. I studied to be a concert pianist from the age of 7 until I was 22 when I became a mom. I was doing piano competitions at that age and being a new mom, I looked at my goals and decided that if I continued on that path, someone else would be raising my children instead of me! So I permanently changed to teaching and I enjoyed it so much, I've never been sorry that I switched to teaching. 


My lessons are in half hour increments, once a week and the tuition is due the first week of the month for the entire month. If the student is absent for any reason, the tuition is forfeited. If the teacher (myself) is unable to teach the lesson, then the tuition will be applied to the next months lessons. I never get angry at my students and I love to joke with them. I look forward to meeting you and wish you happy music making!


Lu Peng - Piano Teacher


I have studied music since the age of 6 and in 1978 was admitted to middle school of Shanghai Conservatory. I continued 4 years of college study at the same school and after graduating stayed on as as a faculty member where I taught music in Shanghai Conservatory of Music. When I came to the United States I joined the Talent Performer Advance Program at University of Southern California and then earned a Masters Degree of Piano Pedagogy from Holy Names University.


As a performer I have participated in many concerts; such as performances at Carnegie Recital Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan and City Hall in Hong Kong, and others. As a musician, I worked at Walt Disney World for about 10 years. Now I enjoy teaching music at Laney College and my private piano students at Gill's Music. I am also a member of The Music Teacher Association of California.


You will enjoy taking piano lessons from Lu Peng. She has a delightful personality and is a pleasure to be around!


DeeDee Degering - Piano/Flute/Voice Teacher


Ms. Degering is a wonderfully soft-spoken lady who has been teaching music for 30+ years. She holds a coveted California music teaching credential, a multi subject teaching credential and has a B.A. degree in Music Education with a masters level in Orff Schulwerk Music (a process of teaching music).


Ms. Degering currently teaches private music lessons on piano, flute, and voice along with her “day job” of teaching classroom music, band, strings and chorus in public school. She also has a daughter in college. This is a very busy lady who knows her stuff!

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