I live and teach in San Francisco. My students range in age from 5 to 85 years old and I love teaching them all. Though some of my young students go on to attend conservatories like the Juilliard School, my real love is teaching quirky, bright kids who won't make their living as musicians. My hope for all my students is that music will be a healthy, wonderful way to express themselves for the rest of their lives.

I also enjoy teaching adults. My adult students include complete beginners, avocational pianists who play at an advanced level, and piano teachers who want to improve their own playing. Many have advanced degrees in other fields: Medicine, Chemical Engineering and Education, for example. The adults have opportunities to perform each other about four times a year in a low-key, friendly atmosphere.

I made my Carnegie Hall debut in 1991. I was the first woman to become a Fellow of the American Pianist Association and in 1982 I won the Music Teachers National Association College Artist Competition. I attended the Juilliard School and earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California where I studied with John Perry. I also earned a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory where I was a student of Leon Fleisher.

I have 50 recordings of standard piano teaching repertoire. I co-wrote the series, Piano Town, a 20-volume series for beginning piano students ages 7 - 10. 

I write a Facebook page, Diane Hidy's Piano Teaching Tips where I share my experience with other teachers.

Sometimes I perform with the Bay Area Theater Sports Company at Fort Mason where I improvise entire musicals on the spur of the moment. Occasionally I play for musical theater, most recently collaborating with Tony award winner Bebe Neuwirth in her show Here Lies Jenny.



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