I offer piano lessons to students of all ages, levels, and abilities as well as ear training, music theory and jazz chords and improvisation for those who are interested.


25 years of teaching private lessons and workshops and 30 years of performing in Brazil and the United States.


  • Brazilian Federal University of Music, Classical Piano.
  • Rio de Janeiro Music Conservatory, Music Theory Certificate.
  • Brazilian Federal Fluminense University, First Medieval Music Certificate.
  • Santa Úrsula University in Rio de Janeiro, Third Medieval Music Certificate.
  • Improvisation and Harmony with international pianist and arranger Luiz Eça.


  • The Recording Academy
  • BMI

My teaching approach is to always meet my students where they are, beginners, intermediate or advanced. We explore different music styles and create together a fun and focused study program to learn and master the piano while playing songs and practicing technique exercises that build a strong foundation no matter what music style they choose to focus on, from classical to pop and jazz.

Please email or call with your questions or to book a free appointment with no further obligation:



"Accommodating, knowledgeable, friendly, and experienced."
- Emil

"Perhaps because of her background in latin music, Paula insists not only on proper
technique but also feelings. It proved useful on so many levels as far as I'm concerned.
I highly recommend her."
- Eric

"Paula is a great piano teacher. She incorporates music theory and singing practice into the lessons, she’s organized and understanding, and she has helped me become familiar with the piano and with music in general in a fun way. I really recommend her!"
- Katy

"Paula is fantastic! She is very kind, welcoming, and willing to meet you
where your at. I love that she gives me a lot of input around what type
of music I want to play."
- Jordan

"Paula is a great teacher and a wonderful person. She is a very talented
and educated musician and performer. She makes the lessons challenging
while remaining easy to understand. It has been a pleasure studying with
her so far."

- Joe

"Five Stars!"
- Jessica

"It is always difficult to find a great piano teacher but due to Thumbtack, I found the best. I am grateful! Paula is professional,talented, a great communicator, and Paula encourages working
on technique, reading and performing. Love my lessons and I am learning so much!!!!!"
– Patty

"Paula is a fantastic teacher. I started understanding the piano better right away after we began lessons. I'm a nineteen year old and she didn't treat me like a kid or talk down, it was a lot of fun!"
– Dillon
"I took lessons with Paula for three months until she moved out of town. Paula is an excellent teacher, very knowledgeable of the fundamentals of piano and music theory in general. As an adult beginner, I was able to learn very fast with Paula thanks to her well-rounded approach to teaching. Moreover, she is a great person and I enjoyed spending time with her once a week. I highly recommend her."
– Pablo
"Paula is a GREAT teacher. She worked with my teen-aged son. She was really able to connect with him and motivate him. Great balance of fun but serious.... He made tremendous progress. We were very sad to see her leave the Seattle area. I would whole-heartedly recommend her."
– Bob
"Paula is valuable as a piano teacher because she instructs according to her students' goals. She's been playing for decades and is a recording artist herself, which obviously gives her the credentials and a special perspective... but during lessons, none of this gets in way of the student. She teaches you proper technique, but without turning the learning process into a bore fest. She exposes you to theory and the big picture, but without disregarding the student's natural tendencies of just wanting to play some songs. Learning stays fun, but nearly without notice, the student still gets the proper education. From a practical standpoint, Paula is a perfect instructor choice. As a 29-year-old professional, I always had interest in playing the piano, but just couldn't find the time. Paula makes learning the keyboard fit within my schedule and its sometimes hectic pace."
– Scott
"Paula was my daughter's first piano teacher. My daughter was six years old when she started piano lessons. Paula did a great job in teaching her how to read and play music. Carla enjoyed every lesson and would still enjoy it if Paula hadn't moved away. I can highly recommend her as a piano teacher for kids and adults!"
– Barbara