Riko Method

Riko Method School of Piano

  • About

    Located in Atwater Village, Riko Method School of Piano serves aspiring musicians of all ages and levels. Riko’s original teaching method, implemented by trained instructors, facilitates basic keyboard fluency from lesson one.

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  • Our School

    Founded by internationally trained educator, pianist and author Riko in 2005, Riko Method School of Piano moved to its current location in 2014. In addition to piano lessons and group classes, RMSP offers lessons in guitar, voice, violin and flute as well as specialized instruction for pre- and post-natal mothers. All RMSP instructors complete rigorous training in Riko’s unique and effective curriculum. Our students love our committed, trained instructors and the fact that we empower them to play beautiful music on their own from the very first lesson. We are proud of our high student retention rate and proud to contribute quality music education to our community!

  • Our Founder

    Since her debut in 1987, Riko has appeared in numerous concert series and festivals in Europe, Asia and the United States. Riko studied piano with Walter Hautzig at The Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and Edson Elias at Ecole Normale de la Musique de Paris. As a music educator, she has over 30 years of piano teaching experience working with beginners, professional recording artists, and everyone in between. In addition to developing and publishing her own unique curriculum, Riko is a hands-on CEO, regularly conducting training sessions for RMSP instructors.

  • Our Method

    Based on Riko's 30-plus years of experience as a music educator, the Riko Method is a complete first-year piano course and educational philosophy. From the very first lesson, RMSP students learn to approach music critically: analyzing musical material, organizing it intelligently, and executing it with precision. Thanks to this efficient approach, complex music is easily digestible by even the youngest first-year students. The Riko Method is also a comprehensive curriculum. At every lesson, students work on technique, ear-training, music theory and sight-reading. The genius of the Riko Method is how it combines all of these elements in a playful, interactive and engaging lesson style that students love.

  • Our Mission

    Enriching a cultural lifestyle one lesson at a time.

    We strive to empower our students and enrich their lives through musical appreciation and excellence. We believe that the first few months of study are critical to that end, which is why our lessons focus on accelerating basic piano fluency from day one. As we grow as a school, it is our desire to have a strong relationship with our community and contribute to the cultural landscape of Atwater Village.

  • Testimonials

    "[Riko's] vision of what music education can be through her remarkable method will have a lasting impact on our musicians..."
    Julia Gaskill - Director, Young Musicians Foundation
    "I can't wait for my next class"
    "For Los Angeles to remain this country's capital of creative expression and cultural substance, we must create an opportunity for the next generation of Angelenos to fall in love with art. Art is not a luxury, it's a necessity--especially in Los Angeles. It fuels our economy; it helps us think creatively; and, most importantly, it makes us happy. As a pianist myself, I am grateful that Riko Method School of Piano recognizes the importance of supporting the pursuit of music and I can't wait tocatch a concert at the new Scarlatti Concert Hall."
    Eric Garcetti - Mayor, Los Angeles
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