Danny Green Jazz Piano Teacher

Danny Green is highly devoted to music education. He has given clinics and masterclasses throughout the United States with both his trio and LP And The Vinyl. Green has been a member of the Summer Jazz Workshop at Francis Parker faculty since 2012, and has also been an adjunct faculty member at Grossmont Community College. Since 2013, Green has presented a jazz appreciation workshop along with bassist Rob Thorsen at elementary schools as part of the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library’s outreach program. Green directed the jazz ensemble at Coronado School of the Arts from 2014-2017, and was an artist in residence at Canyon Crest Academy and at CSU Summer Arts Monterey.

Green received his B.A. in Piano Performance from UCSD, where he graduated with honors and won the “Jimmy Cheatham Jazz Award.” In 2011, he received his Master’s Degree in Music from SDSU with an emphasis on Jazz Studies and was awarded “Outstanding Graduate.”

Green has taught private lessons since 2000, both in jazz and classical piano. If you are interested in lessons, please email email hidden; JavaScript is required.


I have been a student of Danny’s for over 7 years. He literally introduced me to the world of jazz and is responsible for the player I am today. As an older player, he structures my lessons to accommodate the rate at which I am learning and always keeps me moving forward. He challenges me to be a better player in a positive and rewarding manner. He is a wealth of information and continually exposes me to a variety of music to listen to and explore. I never cease to be amazed by his musical talents and can often be found in the audience at his many performances. His patience and teaching style makes him someone you will want to learn from.

– Susan C

Danny is fantastic. He knows what he’s talking about and explains things in a way that’s easy to understand. Every time I walk in with an idea for the lesson, he is always able to expand on it and do something great with it. His teaching really took me to the next level and my playing increased tremendously within the first few weeks. He always has handouts and exercises that you can work on when you get home so you can improve outside of the lesson. Plus, he’s a ridiculously good player so it’s always fun to watch him demonstrate what he’s talking about.

– Scott R

Danny Green is one of the most talented musicians in California, and also one of the best people to get along with. He’s also a fantastic, and patient, music teacher; always approaching a problem with a solution personalized for each student. I learned more from him in a month than I did in 2 years at a university. A good person, and amazing piano player, Danny Green constantly finds ways to blow his audience away. I catch every gig of his that I can!

– Mark W

I came to Danny with no piano skills, and after having had a pretty unsatisfying experience with another piano teacher in San Diego. I told Danny that I wanted to play jazz, which is a pretty complex genre and typically takes some knowledge of music theory and whatever instrument you’re learning jazz on. But Danny didn’t flinch and got me rolling super quickly. After only 9 months on the piano I’ve got 4 or 5 jazz tunes under my belt, a clear path forward, and a lot more confidence than I came with.

In addition to being an excellent teacher, Danny is kind, patient, and humble — qualities that are hard to find in musicians who play like he does. He’s also got a ridiculous ear and can transcribe a tune or solo for you in minutes. I would recommend Danny for anyone looking to learn the piano, in any genre, and at any stage of development.

-Michael H

I’ve been getting lessons from Danny for more than 6 months now and my musical growth has increased more so than ever. My piano skills and my understanding of music is constantly increasing since I started. Danny is not only an amazing musician/piano player but also a knowledgable and understandable teacher. He always works on your own pace which is nice because you never feel pressured or rushed to move on. If I wanted to get something down to feel more confident (scale, chords, songs, etc) he would work with me and do what he can to help me out. Danny is an amazing teacher and a real nice guy! I’m fortunate to be one of his students!

-Lance L

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