Leon + the Fantastic

I am your 21st Century Billy Joel



I'm Leon Rosen! I enjoy working with enthusiastic students who wish to take their skills to the next level. I enjoy combining classical, ear training, composition and improv. finding ways to teach classical music through jazz & pop. Students enjoy my willingness to design a curriculum that matters to them. We aim for an alternative, personal but robustly challenging learning environment at the piano. Many of my teenage and preteen students are singers and songwriters who come to me to learn to self accompany themselves at the piano.

I also enjoy working with children who are on the autistic spectrum, as well as those with learning disabilities such as dislexia and ahdh. Especially fun is working with my home schoolers. I hold annual piano recitals, recording studio tours, songwriter/composer feature nights and youth ensembles in RnB, Jazz and Pop. I prep students for auditions including those who play other jazz instruments. We have a fun, funny journey together in music greatness.

Many parents are likely to say "I don't want my daughter to be a concert pianist, just to learn the basics." Lets know first: learning the basics is challenging. Students can stagnate at the preparatory level for years. My job is to make it fun, so that we hit the ground running.

I teach at my studio in downtown San Mateo. Trial assessment/meetups are complimentary per scheduling availability.


Summer Recital 

Our 2018 Recital was staged at the Womans Club of Burlingame. Stay tuned for the videos... In the meantime, enjoy these videos from our 2017 recital!

Recital 2017 Act III: Advanced

After a student survives the hours of practice time, and makes it past basics, this is where the real fun begins...

Daniel performs the theme from "Downton Abbey."

Raina pierces the night with a phenomenal improvisation on "Au Privave" by Charlie Parker, and Gnomenreigen" by Franz Liszt. Raina studies jazz with me, and Classical with Thomas Hansen #au privave #women in jazz #franz liszt

Andrew performs "Funeral March" by Chopin (From Sonata 2, Opus 35), and "Prelude in C Minor" by J.S. Bach BWV 847 

Sophia dazzles all present with a fantastic galactic performance and improvisation on "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen. #bohemian Rhapsody #cover #queen #jazz #women in jazz

Young Sam astounds all who behold, with a performance of two Chopin preludes, "B Minor" opus 28 Nr 6, and "Raindrops" Opus 28 Nr 15

Kai performs "I Shot the Sheriff" by Bob Marley and "24k Magic" by Bruno Mars, with the band

Recital 2017 Act II: Intermediate

Intermediate students, beginning to progress in skill, understanding and reading...

Max performs "Same Love" by Macklemore (with the band)

Calvin plays "Medieval Piper," and "Clocks," by Coldplay

Audrey and Simon perform a jazz conversation

Mila performs "Spanish Caballero," and "Blues Jam"


Recital 2017 Act I: Beginners

From Mary Had a Little Lamb to little composers, our beginners are performing right from the start!

Jackson & Greyson play Annie Lennox "Sweet Dreams"

Ilsa plays "Carpenters" and "This Old Man"

Knox performs "Theme to Fallout 4," and "Knox's Theme"

Rory performs "Brother John (Frere Jacques)," "Minuet," "Mixed-Up Song," and "Orion the Hunter"
Lucas performs "In an Old Castle (Duet)," and "Jazz Blast"
Vevaan performs "Detective Agency" and "I'm Still Standing" by Elton John
Marcello performs "The Juggler," "Fur Elise," "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," and "Gravity (an Original Composition)
Marcos performs "The Horseman's Night Ride" and "Minuet"