The Peery Method takes the highest level Classical Conservatory piano playing principles and distills them down so that they are useful to the every day student. Peery teaching goes beyond 'typewriter' style playing which is simply pressing down the right key at the right time. The Peery Method teaches a recreational player how to shape a phrase, play musically and sound like professional Classical pianist. The Peery Method teaches a highly dedicated pianist who is competitive and loves to perform and gives them the skills needed to successfully enter the best learning institutions in the world such as Juilliard, Harvard, Peabody and The Royal Academy.

Peery trained students are taught correct principles from the beginning. Their progress and skill are tracked the Peery Student Certification. By participating in Peery Certification students will have the proper Habits to support them in whatever musical path they choose. Peery takes the ceiling off of neighborhood teaching.

Areas of Development

The Peery Certification Program has three areas of development: Muscular Skills, Practical Skills and Musical Skills. Peery students receive assignments in each area. There are two areas included in each Peery level in order to graduate: workbook items and video requirements. Because the training is very specific, only Peery Certified, listed on this site, are able to consistently prepare students to successfully to pass the graduation requirements at every Peery level.

The graduation requirements are listed in the Peery Workbook for that level. Certifying in Muscular Skills and Musical Skills involves sending a video clip to a Peery Master Teacher who will send back feedback and any needed corrections. Different than other evaluation systems, if corrections are needed the student can send in another video with improvements until all Peery skills have been achieved.

As the student goes through the Peery Certification process, they will achieve mastery level in the piano skills that will allow them to do whatever they want with music.

The Peery Levels are:

  • Beginning Habits - Levels 1-3 (1 to 2 years to complete all levels)
  • Intermediate Players - Levels 1-6 (approximately 1 year per level)
  • Advanced Givers - Levels 7-10 (approximately 1 year per level)

All Peery Student Certification progress is tracked and stored online at for easy access.


At Peery Piano Academy our mission is to offer the highest quality musical training to teachers and students.  We recognize the importance of a strong foundation and provide our teachers and students the tools and support needed to build a foundation that keeps future choices open.

The Peery Program provides a structured, graded curriculum that includes both classical and popular skills; an in-lesson certification and evaluation system that requires no outside testing or scheduling; opportunities for our students to teach, accompany and perform; and a supportive, friendly and inspiring community.

Welcome to the Peery Family!