Safinya Piano

last updated September 13th, 2019
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Located in Downtown Santa Barbara, CA





Spinnerlied by Felix Mendelssohn



Brahms' Capriccio Op.76 No.1


A short clip from Buena Vista Care Center (Rachmaninoff's Prelude C# minor)



An audio recording from Wood Glen Hall


An audio recording from Valle Verde


0:00 Pathetique 1st mvt.

Ludwig van Beethoven


7:38 Nocturne 19

Frederic Chopin


11:18 Clair de Lune

Claude Debussy


15:14 Doctor Gradus

Claude Debussy


17:26 Rhapsody 2

Johannes Brahms


22:08 Prelude c# minor

Sergei Rachmaninoff


26:08 Nocturne post hume

Frederic Chopin


Welcoming all beginners, children, adults, seniors.

Teaching styles from classical, pop, movies, videogames.

Student for 17 years, performer for 5 years, teacher for 4 years.

Frequenting retirement homes, hospitals, and private clubs.

Available for parties and special events.


Keyvan Safinya


(805) 403-8524


About Keyvan

Working with Children

My Facebook Page


My August 2018 Plog

(updated Friday, August 31, 2018)

My September 2018 Plog

(updated Wednesday, September 26, 2018)

My October 2018 Plog

(updated Wednesday, October 31, 2018)

My November 2018 Plog

(updated Wednesday, November 28, 2018)

My December 2018 Plog

(updated Wednesday, December 5, 2018)

My January 2019 Plog

(updated Friday, January 11, 2019)

My February 2019 Plog

(updated Thursday, February 14, 2019)

My March 2019 Plog

(updated Thursday, March 14, 2019)

My April 2019 Plog

(updated Tuesday, April 23, 2019)

My June 2019 Plog

(updated Tuesday, June 25, 2019)

My July 2019 Plog

(updated Thursday, July 11, 2019)

My September 2019 Plog

(updated Friday, September 13, 2019)




Keyvan's Favorite Composers

(updated Tuesday, October 16, 2018)


Recital June 2017

Roosevelt Variety Show 2018


Retirement Home Info

Retirement Home Performance Photos

(updated Friday, June 28, 2019)

August Retirement Home Plog

(updated Friday, August 31, 2018)

September Retirement Home Plog

(updated Thursday, September 20, 2018)

October Retirement Home Plog

(updated Wednesday, October 31, 2018)

November Retirement Home Plog

(updated Wednesday, November 28, 2018)

December Retirement Home Plog

(updated Monday, December 17, 2018)

February Retirement Home Plog

(updated Saturday, February 19, 2019)

March Retirement Home Plog

(updated Tuesday, March 12, 2019)

June Retirement Home Plog

(updated Tuesday, June 25, 2019)





Keyvan's other hobbies

(updated Saturday, August 25, 2018)



Lessons are from 30 minutes to 1 hour.


Safinya Piano Studio is located in Downtown Santa Barbara off Mission Exit. Lessons take place either at the student's home or Safinya Piano Studio. I own a portable studio piano, so if you do not have a piano yet, I can bring mine to your house until you get one.


Special event playing ranges from 30 minutes to 4+ hours


Inquire for pricing. Sliding scale depending on situation.




I supply all the music and materials, along with personalized lesson plans for every student. Music includes any sheet music requested or I think is important. Materials include binders, stickers to go on keys, written homework, and music theory papers. After I talk to the students during out first lesson, I have a good idea how to proceed, so I create a rubric to help the learning process.



My name is Keyvan Safinya, and I enjoy teaching beginning piano to all ages. My students start to read sheet music during their first lesson, as well as the keys on the keyboard and basic chords, ending with take home music games to play in between lessons. I strive to help my students also learn their favorite music by the end of the first lesson, from pieces like Beethoven's 5th to songs like Billy Joel's Piano Man.

Examples of chords we learn in music class are basic I, IV, V chords in keys such as C and G. We will also play games like the major/minor happy/sad game in reference to these chords. There are other games we can play where we learn the key names on the keyboard, which are especially popular with children. I like to make my lessons as fun as possible for my students and games are a good way to make learning fun!

Adults who have longer attention spans and who don't need games to keep things interesting, are taught with adult piano books and my direction. I supply the materials, including sheet music, key layout to go over the keyboard, chord cheat sheets, and much more.