About Us

Shilla Hekmat’s teaching philosophy is to stimulate learning by positive reinforcement.  We accomplish this by nurturing each of our students’ unique abilities.  Our main goal is to instill a passion and love for learning music, whether a student is simply learning piano as a hobby or wishes to pursue a career in music. Every student receives the same encouragement and devotion.

Shilla’s studio has a unique method of nurturing and cultivating the innate talent of each student. We help every individual bring out his or her own natural musical expression by providing a motivational atmosphere, ample attention, and specially tailored lessons.  Our mission is to allow students to discover, develop and express themselves through music, mainly through the trust and belief in their own abilities.

Shilla Hekmat teaches classical and popular music, performance, theory, technique, sight-reading, ear-training, composition, and harmonizing.  Composing music has always been her passion and she encourages many of her students to develop the skills for  composing and recording using piano and computer media.  Several of her students have produced their own original compositions. 

Her tremendous skill in teaching piano performance and composition has resulted in many of her students winning high honors and first place awards in many national and state music competitions, including the United States Open Music Competition, Young Musicians Foundation, Cypress College Piano Competition, National Guild Composition, Composers Today, and MTAC Panel.  Many of her students have also received their high school diplomas in Music and have been featured in National Piano Guild Magazine.

Shilla Hekmat, is a graduate of CSU Northridge, Department of Music.  In 1985, she was awarded a music scholarship from CSUN.  She has extended her studies in music by receiving training with the Orff-Schulwerk Method at UCLA, which is a specialized teaching method geared towards children.  She has also been trained in the Robert Pace and Kodaly methods.  She has been teaching piano performance, composition, and theory for the past 21 years and has been chairman of Composers Today of the Music Teachers Association of California for the past 9 years.


Your vision, discipline, patience and understanding have made it possible for our children to appreciate music at a higher level. Thank you for all you teach them, over and above the notes and rhythm.
Jamshid, Angela, Ben, Amanda, & Lauren Maddahi
Shilla, thank you so much for your commitment and dedication to our daughters, Kate and Perrie, their love of the piano is a reflection of your passion and excellence as a teacher.  We are so blessed to have you working with our girls.  We look forward to many years and many recitals to come.
Kathy Smith & Steve Grace
Shilla's method has given our children a true passion and love for music. We never have to ask them to practice; they can't wait for their turn on the piano! 
Andrea and Steve Sanford
Both of my daughters have learned to play beautifully and they have gained confidence and self-esteem through the performances that Shilla takes the time to organize and present. Shilla is  a remarkable and inspiring teacher on so many levels and we have been so grateful to have her in our lives!
Susanne L. Daniels