Piano for Kids

Did you know? Music students out-perform non-music students on achievement tests in reading and math. Skills such as reading, anticipating, memory, listening, forecasting, recall, and concentration are developed in musical performance, and these skills are valuable to students in math, reading, and science.
- B. Friedman, “An Evaluation of the Achievement in Reading and Arithmetic of Pupils in Elementary School Instrumental Music Classes,” Dissertation Abstracts International. 

Small Group Instruction

With the Mayron Cole Piano method in a class with friends, your child will learn keyboard geography, rhythm notation and staff notation using fun and engaging activities and games.  This method uses NO tricks or shortcuts (like playing by finger number) and teaches children to be confident musicians, able to play along in duets, ensembles, and any school music program with ease and confidence.

In order to enroll for small group beginner piano, the following items must be in place:

  • A piano or keyboard in the home

  • A laptop, phone or tablet to use during practice

  • An active adult participant to help with practice

  • A practice schedule of at least 10 minutes per day

To learn more about the Mayron Cole method, watch this short video

3 Week Blast Off with Piano

For new beginners age 6 to 9

Come try it out!

3 Mondays: To Be Announced

Fee: $100 includes all materials

Location: In Studio (4 kids only)

1530 Center Rd #12 (Body Kinetics building) 94947

Click here to receive email when enrollment opens

School Year Piano

There will be an in-person school year program for beginners with small-group (4) classes on Monday afternoons beginning this Fall.  A prerequisite for enrolling will be participating in the Blast Off with Piano course or taking 2 private lessons with Miss Melissa.   If you are interested in school-year beginners' piano classes, contact Miss Melissa today.

Busy Kids Do Piano

Busy Kids Do Piano is an online learning program developed by Carly Seifert.  These are amazing and very affordable programs for ages 3 and up, please take a look using links below:

New Beginners classes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd graders will be held MONDAY AFTERNOONS in the studio this Fall

To enroll, you must already have a piano or keyboard in the home for practicing.

Students should be well behaved grade-level readers who do not struggle with completing homework assignments.

online lesson FUN
online lesson FUN

Recital Group Better
Recital Group Better


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online lesson FUN


Meet Miss Melissa

Miss Melissa Ayotte has been a popular Early Childhood Music and piano teacher in Marin County for over 20 years.  She currently lives on Hamilton in Novato with her husband Carlos and two children.  Melissa began studying piano with Antonia Cippolina in  Mill Valley in the early 1970's at the age of 5.  She studied privately for over 12 years and continued her music education at College of Marin with Paul Smith.   Melissa has played and performed professionally at Marin restaurants, theater companies and churches., and plays regularly (alongside her flautist son) at Our Lady of Loretto church in Novato.