the teresa escober chen piano studio


Teresa Escober Chen is a full-time professional music instructor, who has taught preschool children through adults since 2003.  Her greatest joys are nurturing musicality in all children and watching them blossom through the magic of music. 


Teresa was born in Missouri and though she has lived in many places throughout her life, she considers Southern California her home.  Her father shared his love of music with her, and he was her first piano teacher when she was four years old.  In addition to piano, Teresa also enjoyed singing, playing the violin and flute, and dancing tap and ballet growing up.


Apart from teaching, Teresa regularly serves as an accompanist for choirs, vocal/instrumental soloists, shows, as well as weddings.  In her free time, she enjoys cooking, attending concerts, and spending time with her husband and son.


Join Ms. Teresa as she takes you through a musical journey.



Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Master of Music, Piano Performance, 2004

University of California, Berkeley

Bachelor of Arts, 2003
Major: Applied Mathematics (Operations Research); Minor: Music

Mack McCray (San Francisco Conservatory of Music), 2002-2007
Sylvia Wang (Northwestern University), 2003-2004
Martha Wasley (UC Berkeley), 1999-2002
Susan Bana (Orange County, California), 1994-1999



Teresa Escober Chen Piano Studio

(formerly the Teresa Chan Escober Piano Studio)

Private Piano Instructor

Villa Park, California, 2007 – present

San Ramon, California, 2004 – 2007


Hillsborough Private School

Early Childhood Music & Movement Group Instructor, 2010 –  2011


Music Academy of Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Group/Private Piano Instructor, 2003 – 2004


professional memberships

Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC)

Active Member, 2004 - present

- Treasurer, Orange Coast Cities Branch, 2013-2014

- Website Coordinator, Orange Coast Cities Branch, 2011-2013

- State History Committee, 2008-2010

- State Chair, Media & Publication Awards Program, 2007-2009


National Guild of Piano Teachers

Active Member, 2007 – present

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
Active Member, 2006 – present

California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT)
Active Member, 2006 – present

- Student Recitals Chair, CAPMT District VIII (OC), 2011 - 2014


Southwestern Youth Music Festival (SYMF)

Active Member, 2012 - present 


Kindermusik International

Licensed Kindermusik Educator, 2010 – 2011


Anaheim Arts Council

Artist Member, 2010 – 2011


Contra Costa Performing Arts Society
Concert Performer Member, 2005 – 2007


Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Conference

Anaheim, California, 2013

Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC) State Convention
San Diego, California, 2012

Los Angeles, California, 2010

Santa Clara, California, 2007, 2009
Riverside, California, 2008

Royal Academy of Music
London, United Kingdom, 2006

Royal College of Music
London, United Kingdom, 2006

World Piano Pedagogy Conference (WPPC)
Anaheim, California, 2005


performance & award highlights 

Lutkin Hall Solo Recital
Northwestern University, 2004

MSRI Concert Series (Solo)
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley, California, 2000, 2003

Hertz Hall Noon Concert Series (Solo)
UC Berkeley, 2000, 2003

Southwestern Youth Music Festival (Award Winner)
Los Angeles, California, 1995-1999

National Guild Auditions (Diploma)
Orange County, California, 1995-1999

Southern California Junior Bach Festival (First Place)
Los Angeles, California, 1998

International Young Artists Peninsula Music Festival (Prize Winner)
Palos Verdes, California, 1998

World Premiere Performance of Samuel Zyman's

Two Motions in One Movement (Soloist)
San Diego, California, 1996



London Master Classes
Royal Academy of Music, London, United Kingdom, 2007
Studied with Norma Fisher (Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK)

Prague International Piano Masterclasses
Jan Deyl Conservatory, Czech Republic, 2002
Studied with Boaz Sharon (University of Florida), Robert Roux (Rice University), and Diane Andersen (Conservatoire Royal de Musique, Bruxelles, Belgium)

Paris International Piano Sessions
Ecole Normale de Musique "Alfred Cortot," France, 2002
Studied with John Perry (USC) and Ian Hobson (U. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)


Teresa E. Chen,

Master of Music (MMus)


Professional piano teacher in Northern Orange County, offering private piano lessons for children (from preschool) and adults.



National Guild/SYMF.


The Teresa Escober Chen Piano Studio provides a structured and nurturing environment for the student to develop an appreciation of music and love for playing the piano.



News Archive

On April 2011 the Teresa Chan Escober Piano Studio was renamed the Teresa Escober Chen Piano Studio.

Ms. Teresa was featured in the July 2010 issue of the magazine "The Hidden Jewel."  Click on the image below to read the article.

On June 2010 Ms. Teresa performed in the theater production "The Fever," playing at the Monkey Wrench Collective in Fullerton and starring Melanie Gable, whose role garnered her Best Actress- 2010 in OC Weekly's annual Best of Orange County issue.  Click on the image below to see the program.