Meet the Peery Piano Academy Faculty

What makes Peery great is our teachers.  They are skilled, caring, motivating and supportive. If you are interested in studying with a specific teacher, please fill out a contact form listing the teacher(s) with whom you would like to study.

Faculty - Lead Guides

Philip Jung

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Philip is available to teach students enrolled in the Peery Players, Givers and Mastery programs.


Philip Jung joined the Peery Piano Academy faculty in 2018.  Philip currently has a B.M. Degree from  the Juilliard School of Music and a M.M Degree “Magna Cum Laude” from  Tel Aviv University. During his studies in Juilliard, Philip studied  with Matti Raekallio; in Tel Aviv, he studied with Emanuel Krasovsky and  Arie Vardi. Philip has been playing the piano since the age of 3 and  was a scholarship student of John McCarthy in the Preparatory Division  at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Philip has  received many awards and scholarships including first prizes in the  Pacific Musical Society Competition, San Francisco Chopin Competition  and the 2006 Ross McKee Piano Competition. Philip is the only person in  the thirty year history of the Korea Times Competition to receive the  Grand Prize as both a violinist and pianist.

Christie Skousen

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Christie is available to teach students enrolled in the Peery Mastery program.


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 with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute of the  Johns Hopkins University. She 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, and UC  Berkeley.

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.


Amy Tsang

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Amy is available to teach students enrolled in the Peery Habits, Players and Givers programs.


Amy Tsang began studying piano at the Peery Piano Academy when she was five years old.  She began teaching there when she was in  7th grade.  After graduating from UCSB she returned to the Bay Area and  to teaching piano at Peery.  She knows the Peery curriculum inside and  out!  Amy is a competition award-winning Classical pianist. She also  loves to play popular and movie music by ear and makes up her own  arrangements.  Her students love her for her positivity, enthusiasm and  for motivating them to reach their highest potential.


Estee Yeo

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Estee is available to teach students enrolled in the Peery Habits and Players programs.


Estee has been teaching at the Peery Piano Academy for over 10 years and is an expert in the Peery curriculum. Growing up  in Asia, Estee took piano lessons at a young age and passed exams under  the London ABRSM system. With her accumulated experience and love for  teaching, Estee is able to customize lessons to fit every student's  individual learning style. Her goal is for her students to achieve  consistent results and develop a life long love of music and learning.


Wyatt Cowley

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Wyatt is available to teach students in the Peery Habits and Players programs.


Wyatt Cowley began taking lessons at the Peery Piano Academy in 2010 when he was 5 years old.  He joined the PPA teaching faculty in  2017.  Wyatt is a 9th grader attending Mountain View High School, and  is 14 years old. The highest level of Peery Certification he has  achieved is Peery Givers Level 8.  Wyatt shares his talent of piano  through playing in his church.  In addition to piano, he has played  trumpet for 5 years, and euphonium for 1 year.  

Wyatt likes to wakeboard, climb, and swim.  He enjoys piano and has  loved teaching and helping his students improve through the Peery  Method.

Emilyn Watkins

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Emilyn is available to teach students in the Peery Habits program.


Emilyn Watkins began taking lessons when she was 5 years old and has been studying at the Peery Piano Academy since 2017 as a Mastery student.  She joined the PPA teaching faculty  in 2018.  Emilyn Watkins is twelve years old and in the 7th grade.  Emilyn has participated in her school choir and multiple school  musicals. She has passed the Royal Conservatory Examinations with First  Class Honors through Grade 6.

Emilyn enjoys reading, swimming, and playing board games with her  siblings. She loves working with kids and enjoys helping her students  grow musically.  


Teaching Assistants - Practical Guides

James Bankhead

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James is available to teach students in the Peery Habits and Players programs.


James Bankhead began taking lessons when he was 7 years old.  He joined the Peery Piano Academy teaching faculty in 2018 where he is a student in the Mastery program.   He has earned several awards in various piano competitions throughout  the Bay Area. James is currently an 8th grader at Blach Intermediate  School. Besides playing piano, James enjoys computer coding, reading,  and wakeboarding. 


Catherine Blotter

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Catherine is available to teach students in the Peery Habits program.


Catherine is a Senior at Pinewood School. She began lessons at Peery Piano Academy at the age of five and began teaching at the age of 15. She is the  organist for her church, as well as the accompanist for the junior high  choir at Pinewood.

She loves learning new and interesting pieces on the piano. Catherine  was recently elected the Student Body President at Pinewood and will  serve in that role throughout her Senior year. She loves playing tennis  and soccer and participating in school plays.


Haley Hall

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Haley is available to teach students as a Practical Guide in the Peery Habits program.


Haley Hall is 14 years old and in 8th grade at Sunnyvale Middle School.  Haley began piano lessons at Peery Piano Academy when she was 8 years old and began teaching piano in 2019.  The highest  level of Peery Certification she has achieved is Peery Players Level  3.  She has participated in choir in 6th grade, and drama for the past  two years, as well as singing for the past 2 years. 

Haley loves reading, singing in the church choir, arts and crafts,  playing outside, and spending time with family and friends. Haley loves  teaching and enjoys helping teach piano to her students.  


Kevin Valencia

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Kevin is available to teach students in the Peery Habits and Players programs.


Kevin Valencia began piano lessons at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music when he was 8 years old. In 2013, he joined Peery Piano Academy where he is currently in the Players 4 program.  He started teaching as  a member of the PPA teaching faculty in 2018.  Kevin is 14 years old  and a 9th grader at Homestead High School in Cupertino.  He is learning a  great deal at Peery and enjoys teaching and playing. Kevin’s main role  model at Peery Academy is Ms. Estee.

Kevin is on a competitive tennis team and participates in tournaments. He is an accomplished swimmer and an aspiring lifeguard.


Skylar Wong

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Skylar is available to teach students in the Peery Habits program.


Skylar Wong has began piano lessons at Peery Piano Academy in 2010. She began teaching in 2018. Skylar attends Homestead High  School.  In addition to piano, Skylar plays basketball, softball and the  saxophone.


Mandelyn Wu

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Mandelyn is available to teach students in the Peery Habits program.


Mandelyn Wu is 13 years old and is in seventh grade at Graham Middle School. She has been playing piano at Peery Piano Academy for over 3 years. Mandeyln joined the PPA teaching faculty in 2018. She  is currently attempting to certify in Peery Players Level 3. Aside from  piano, Mandelyn has played classical guitar for 8 years, as well as  violin for 3 years through her school program.

Mandelyn enjoys reading, writing stories and poetry, researching, and  photography. She also loves animals, including wild and domestic  animals, and her own various pets. Mandelyn likes to work with students  and see them progress through the levels of piano at Peery.