Safinya Piano
(open during COVID-19 for Zoom/Facetime Lessons!)

last updated May 18th, 2020
(May Practice Log)

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Located in Uptown Santa Barbara, CA




Spinnerlied by Felix Mendelssohn

(performed by Keyvan Safinya at Safinya Piano Studio)


Brahms' Capriccio Op.76 No.1

(performed by Keyvan Safinya at Safinya Piano Studio)


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 18 years, performer for 8 years, teacher for 6 years.

Frequenting retirement homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and private clubs.

Available for parties and special events.


Keyvan Safinya


(805) 403-8524


About Keyvan

Working with Children

My Facebook Page


My May 2020 Plog

(updated Monday, May 18, 2020)


My 2019 Plogs

My 2018 Plogs


May 2020 Retirement Home Plog

(updated Saturday, May 16th, 2020)


2019 Retirement Home Plogs

2018 Retirement Home Plogs


Retirement Home Info

Retirement Home Performance Photos

(updated Friday, June 28, 2019)


Recital June 2017

Roosevelt Variety Show 2018


Keyvan's Favorite Composers

(updated Tuesday, October 16, 2018)

Keyvan's other hobbies

(updated Saturday, August 25, 2018)



Lessons are from 30 minutes to 1 hour.


Safinya Piano Studio is located in Uptown Santa Barbara near the intersection of 154 and Foothill. 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 Elton John's "Your Song."

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.