Ryan Mar grew up in Stockton and started his piano training as a child. He stopped formal lessons for almost a decade, and found comfort in playing by ear throughout the years. After picking up semi-formal training again as an adult, he enrolled himself as a piano major at Delta College in Stockton and graduated from CSU Sacramento with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance. He graduated magna cum laude from CSUS and was a recipient of the national music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda. At the university, Ryan studied classical piano under the instruction of pianist Kirsten Smith. He also had the pleasure of studying chamber music from pianists Richard Cionco and Lorna Peters.
Currently, Ryan teaches piano mostly to children, but has taught adults, young adults, and individuals with autism. In his teaching career, Ryan holds experience as a certified teacher in the Music Teacher’s Association of California, which challenged his teaching skills tremendously. In lessons, he ensures students receive instruction on music theory, technique, sight reading, musicality, good practice habits, and often as much as ear training. He strongly believes that student learning is maximized when you expose them to as much as possible, which helps students find what they enjoy. In the music making process, Ryan stresses the importance of individual style. Ryan’s focus in teaching piano is making the learning process as fun as possible by incorporating playful analogies and imagery.