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.

Lessons for children are usually 30 minutes. We set a weekly lesson time. More advanced students might take an hour class.

Trial assessment meet and greets are complimentary.

Lesson Rates: Hour lesson $140. Half hour lesson $80. Lessons are invoiced monthly on the first or fifteenth. Checks, Venmo, Google Wallet etc. Preferably not PayPal.

Yes I teach beginners! I have a self interest and pride in helping someone accomplish more as a beginner than other instructors. I am certain they are better at me with students who practice four hours a day. But so few instructors are ready to dive in deep with you down the rabbit hole. you know the genius is there, we need to find a way to bring it into the world. This is my role and calling in life. I am curating and in-learning this method, am good at it.

Adult students often succeed in biweekly study. Many come once a month and see more improvement and less shame/guilt about practice, because they actually have time inbetween lessons to jam at home. No one wants to feel bad because they didn’t practice that week. Lets focus our vision on victory, joy and dignity.

Other adult students prefer to come weekly and are welcome. Please note that after-school hours are reserved for children, and adult students often come in the evening or night. I teach until 9:30 or ten.

I teach at my studio in downtown San Mateo. I used to enjoy coming to students homes, but thankfully it is a little busy and its difficult to make time.

I have a decade of experience working with children who are on the autistic spectrum, dislexia and ahdh. I enjoy working with my home schoolers. We hold annual piano recitals, recording studio tours, songwriter/composer feature nights and youth ensembles in RnB, Jazz and Pop. I prep students for auditions and performances. We create a fun journey together to pursue musical excellence. Practice is required. Lets be clear on this: it is annoying and difficult to learn the basics. This will take work. I will help make it fun, but I want to encourage parents to contact me who are willing to dive in and help their child really get to it.

Once the basics are attained, we soar!

My job is to make it fun, so that we hit the ground running. I will update this website in Spring 2019 and include more clips of actual lessons and some testimonials from parents.


Summer Recital 

Our 2019 Recital will be held at the Womans Club of Burlingame. Once we set a date I will post it here. Please enjoy these videos of past recitals.

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"