Craft Music

We teach intuitive and tailored private piano, violin, guitar and brass instruments to students of all ages

Lessons taught by our teachers Anna Corcoran (violin), James Craft & Irene Kim (piano), and Ryan Stewart (guitar), and Rachel O'Connor (brass instruments)

Intuitive Approach

We teach piano, violin, guitar, music theory, songwriting, and audio production. Our training and experience enables us to teach students of all interests and ages. We cultivate creativity, technique, self-confidence, and we tailor learning.


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James was an excellent teacher for our daughter. He is a talented musician who kept her engaged and enthusiastic about the piano. We feel very lucky to have had him in our lives.
— Susan W. - Parent
I started lessons with James after many years of doing nothing musical. He was patient and challenging, supporting my ambitions to become a composer, while making sure I understood the fundamentals.
— Hugh A. - Student

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Craft Music has extensive experience teaching students of all ages. There are current openings for all instruments. We provide performance opportunities ranging from California Music Teacher Association recitals, to performance workshops.



2. Once your teacher contacts you, discuss scheduling, instrument details, etc.

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Contact: (646) 285-4342

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We see music as a means of self-expression. Our teaching focuses on both the interests and strengths of a student; we aim to instill technique, reading, musical confidence and needed aspects of the musical tradition. In addition, Craft Music provides a framework for duets and collaboration between students. Collaboration is encouraged!


3. Have a fantastic experience learning music you love!

Sébastien was a beginner and through James’ patience, clear explanations and fun lessons, Sébastien learned to play and still plays today. I believe that James is both an accomplished pianist and teacher and I highly recommend him.
— Nathalie A. - Parent

James - Piano

James is a conservatory trained composer who teaches piano to students of all ages.  He aims to stimulate and instill technique, singing, movement, improvisation and creativity.  

James has a unique balance between that of a studied composer and a singer-songwriter-performer; he teaches everything from classical piano to songwriting.

In addition to piano, songwriting and composition, James can teach audio production at digital workstations (Cubase, Ableton Live) as well as the music notation program, Sibelius. Lessons may be divided by differing subjects. More about James



James is a member of the Kodaly Association of Southern California, Music Teacher's Association of California.

Anna - Violin

Anna teaches classical Violin, and Irish and Scottish fiddle. She brings her deep knowledge of the instrument and music to her students with a candid yet supportive style.

Anna earned Bachelor of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music degree from University of California Los Angeles, where she was awarded full scholarships. She has performed with ensembles such as the Magik* Magik* Orchestra, the Trinity Alps Chamber Players, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra and the Santa Barbara String Quartet. Anna recently held the position of first violinist of the VEM Resident String Quartet at UCLA. She performs professionally weekly. More about Anna


Ryan - Guitar

Ryan is a guitarist and audio production guru. He has a clear and highly organized method for teaching guitar and music, and scores of students of all ages have benefited from his talents.

He is a graduate of USC - where he received a scholarship to study jazz guitar and audio production. He can teach you guitar, ukulele, and the ins and outs of audio production. More about Ryan


Irene - Piano


Irene Kim teaches Piano to students of all ages. Her depth and breadth of understanding and can-do-it attitude is inspiring to all her students. Irene’s professional training has been centered at the Peabody Conservatory, where she recently received her Doctorate in Musical Arts. She was awarded the Albert and Rosa Silverman Memorial Scholarship, the Lillian Gutman Memorial Piano Prize, and Clara Ascherfeld Award by the Conservatory for her musical endeavors during her studies there. Her mentors and teachers, Marian Hahn and Boris Slutsky, have been infinitely inspiring in the impartation of their passion for the art of musicianship.

Irene is an avid believer that the arts are a manifestation of humanity and its creativity and aspires to let music travel to where its resounding compassion is much needed. 

In the course of her musical erudition, she also has had the honor to work with and receive precious insight from various distinguished musicians, including Leon Fleisher, Anton Kuerti, Robert McDonald, Ani Kavafian, Alexander Toradze, and Robert Van Sice amongst others. 


Evan - Guitar


Evan is a successful singer-songwriter, and a fantastic guitarist. 

Evan teaches guitar, ukulele and songwriting to students of all ages and skill levels. As a teacher, Evan  combines music’s technical aspects, with the creative and expressive. Evan strives to help his students not just play guitar, but express themselves through it. You’ll find that Evan’s warm and demeanor makes everything fun and easy!

Evan received a full scholarship from University of Southern California’s prestigious studio/jazz guitar program, where he earned a master’s degree.

Rachel - Brass


Rachel O'Connor is a classically trained French horn player from Toronto, Ontario, currently living and working in Los Angeles. 

She is passionate about education, and, besides working with Craft Music, holds teaching positions with the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra and UCLA’s Music Outreach Program. She is also a lecturer at UCLA.

Since graduating in 2016, Rachel has been enjoying an active freelancing career in Los Angeles, having appeared with numerous regional orchestras, opera companies and musical theatre productions. Some of these credits include the American Youth Symphony, Dream Orchestra, Valencia Symphony, Claremont Concert Orchestra, Center Stage Opera, Opera by the Glass, and the UCLA Philharmonia. She has also recorded on several film scores, sessions and live music videos. 

Rachel has performed in many styles, from classical to contemporary to jazz throughout North and South America, as well as Europe. 

Jonah - Piano


Jonah first began playing classical piano at age 8.  In high school, he was introduced to Thelonius Monk and promptly fell in love with jazz, funk, rock, and other groove and improvisational based music. He teaches piano performance, jazz and improvisation to all levels.

In 2007, Jonah received the World Tour Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music where he studied with incredible musicians and teachers including: Joanne Brackeen, Ray Santisi, Leo Blanco, Jamey Haddad, Laszlo Gardony, Mark Whitfield, and Tiger Okoshi.  In 2012, he graduated with Dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Piano Performance and Electronic Production and Design.

In the short time since leaving Berklee, Jonah has accumulated millions of views and over 100,000 subscribers on YouTube channel where he features performances of originals and arrangements of EDM songs on his Nord Stage EX piano. 

Aside from teaching, Jonah is a freelance keyboardist, and producer, and can often be heard performing about town.

Andrew - Drums

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Andrew James Boyle is an international touring drummer, author, and educator based in Los
Angeles, CA. He performs and records all over the world with many artists including JMSN,
Anthony Gonzalez (M83), Reza Rohani (The Voice), among many others. He earned a Master of
Music degree from the University of Southern California, and taught the school’s drumming
proficiency classes. Andrew has been teaching drumming for over 10 years, and is working on
his own debut instructional book, due for release later this year.

Ethan - Guitar


Ethan teaches guitar, banjo, and mandolin to students of all ages. He combines organized and intuitive approaches to create individualized lesson plans for each of his students based on their unique strengths and interests, helping them to discover the joy of making music while also building their skill. He’s performed with various noteworthy musicians, including Nels Cline, Aoife O'Donovan, Robert Fripp, Adam Levy, Anthony Wilson, Patrick Shiroishi, Jack Kovacs, and Rees Finley. He holds a degree in Studio Guitar from USC (where he attended on scholarship), and has been mentored by musicians such as Bruce Forman, Bryan Sutton, and Julian Lage. He also records and performs as a bandleader and collaborator, with a particular bent towards improvisation, acoustic music, and songs.