Meet Our Director

Christie Skousen is the Founder and Director of the Peery Piano Academy in Mountain View, CA and is the author of the Peery Method. Christie's teachers include Dr Irene Peery-Fox, Dmitri Boshkirov at the Gnessin School of Music and Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. She is an international competition winner and has performed as a soloist and with symphonies around the world.

Christie's students are frequent competition winners and symphony soloists. They have gone on to attend some of the best colleges and learning  institutions including Harvard, Yale, Juilliard, UC  Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Aspen, University of Illinois, UCSB,  University of British Columbia, Utah State University and Brigham Young  University. 

Christie's favorite thing about teaching is when students form their own connection to music.  She is grateful for the supportive Peery community of students and teachers and loves helping them on their path to reaching their full potential in music and in life.


The Peery Method

The Peery Method makes exceptional piano playing accessible  to everyone.  Our community of students and teachers are dedicated to  piano playing and learning processes that support excellence and  possibility. 

Regardless of natural talent, you will sound better with the Peery  Method



Habits (required) - Classical fundamentals in musical expression, technique, theory and sight reading
Players - intermediate Classical and popular piano
Givers- advanced Classical and popular piano, teaching opportunities
Mastery - competition and performance Classical piano


Benefits of Being a PPA Student

- a structured, graded curriculum that includes both classical and popular skills
- ongoing in-lesson certification which monitors each student's progress
- an amazing faculty that cares about each child and their experience
- multiple and varied performance opportunities including a Formal Recital, the Spring Family Festival and the Summer Ensemble Recital
- teaching opportunities.  We are a teaching academy.  Our advanced  students can begin our teaching Apprentice program starting in 7th grade
- specialized Performance & Progress masterclasses that prepare students to succeed in recitals and performances
- a friendly, social environment so that students enjoy coming to  lessons, are motivated by their peers and want to stay involved in music
- a kind, supportive and friendly staff that is responsive and informative
- an online self-serve lesson swap system so that students can find a  lesson time that works for their schedule even in the busiest of times