Piano Lessons

We are thrilled to host teachers of a variety of subjects and their studios within our community! We have partnered with those teachers listed below to advertise their services, but please know that prices and policies will vary from teacher to teacher.

Please fill out our private lesson interest form to be personally connected with a teacher that fits your availability and artistic goals.

Caleb Heckman


PRIVATE RATES: 30 min - $30, 45 min - $40, 60 min - $50

Caleb Heckman

Caleb Heckman is a versatile jack-of-all-trades, having worked around the Lancaster area for over a decade as an accompanist, actor, music director, director, choir director, handchimes director, and a private piano, voice, and acting teacher. He has been immersed in music since starting piano at the age of 7, and is proficient in piano, voice, and tuba, although he loves to dabble in a great many more instruments. Currently, Caleb teaches private lessons at Creative Pursuits Studio; Primary, Jr, and Middle School Choir at the Lancaster Academy for the performing Arts; and is the owner and operator of Creative Pursuits Studio and Managing Director for Creative Pursuits Academy. He works frequently in various capacities with theatre companies around the county, especially Servant Stage Company, Cavod Theatre, Susquehanna Stage Company, and FRWRD Dance Company.

As an educator, Caleb is a firm believer in the philosophy that no two students are alike, and he strives to learn what motivates and encourages each individual student and to teach them according to their own goals and interests. Besides teaching students of all ages to play piano and read music, he loves to help them explore creating and composing music, learning chords and playing lead sheets, and more advanced music theory and analysis. He works well with voice students who have a love for singing, especially musical theatre, and who are invested in growing in confidence with their instrument and who want to learn to work more closely with an accompanist. He also loves to combine his proficiencies as an actor, music director, and accompanist to coach musical theatre students in audition prep.

ADDITIONAL EXPERTISE: Acting, Audition Prep, Voice, Working with an Accompanist

Brian Mueller


PRIVATE RATES: 30 min - $35, 60 min - $70

Brian Mueller

Local to Lancaster since 2021, Brian Mueller is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, actor, teacher and director. Brian is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the American Federation of Musicians Local #294, where he serves on the board. Brian began teaching private lessons on piano, guitar, voice, bass, and music theory in 2005. He personalizes instruction to meet student goals and helps his students achieve amazing things! Some of his students have gained entry and/or scholarships to Berklee, Marymount Manhattan, Westminster Choir College, and Grove City College. Others have learned to read music, audition successfully for their school’s musical productions, accompany themselves on an instrument while singing, or even just to gain the confidence to sing in front of others!

Brian’s teaching is informed by a wealth of professional experience! Professional stage credits include: Carl Perkins in Million Dollar Quartet (Media Theatre, Totem Pole Playhouse); Eddie in Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash (CATCo/Porthouse touring co-production); Jim in Pump Boys & Dinettes (Theatre in the Circle); ensemble for shows at Fulton Theatre (Ragtime in concert), Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theatre, Dobama Theatre; and Mr. Pinkerton in Pinkalicious and The Musician/Music Director in Dot and Ziggy (both at Emerald Coast Theatre), among others. As a pit musician: banjo/mandolin/ukulele (sub for national touring company of Chicago), guitar for Beehive: The 60s Musical, guitar and sub piano/MD for Mamma Mia, all at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, where Brian also once covered the guitar, bass and keys/conductor chairs for Rock of Ages in the same COVID-stricken week! Also pits at Prima (Off the Yellow Brick Road, Illumination), Gretna (Honky Tonk Angels), Servant Stage (Fiddler on the Roof), plus more high school productions of SeussicalLittle ShopGodspell, Mamma Mia and Matilda than you can shake a stick at.

Brian is also an experienced church music director responsible for leading both traditional and contemporary worship. He likes to arrange, orchestrate, and transcribe music. His favorite roles ever: Dad and husband!

ADDITIONAL EXPERTISE: Acting, Voice, Audition Prep, Guitar

Nathanael Petley


PRIVATE RATES: 30 min - $30, 45 min - $45, 60 min - $60

Nate Petley

Nate Petley is an accomplished freelance musician with a B.S. in Music Education from Millersville University. He has a deep appreciation for all things piano and keyboards. Recent ventures include playing in local variety bands, music directing shows, private lesson instruction, and college level collaborative piano playing.

Nate holds a coveted position as the keyboard/organ player for The Uptown Band, an award winning variety band based in Reading, PA. For the 2023 Broadway World Awards he was awarded with best sound design for a play or musical for his work in Ephrata Performing Arts Center’s Amadeus. Furthermore, he has worked as Music Director for Creative Pursuits Academy, Lancaster Mennonite, and the aforementioned Ephrata Performing Arts Center as well as in other pianistic roles at The Fulton, Cavod, and Servant Stage. He also has ample experience working with pianists at his own studio as well as collaborating with instrumentalists and vocalists. His private studio is currently at Creative Pursuits Studio and he works with college students at Millersville University and Lancaster Bible College. To round out his resume he has also performed solo at restaurants: The Belvedere Inn, The Horse Inn, Josephine’s, and Lombardo’s all located in Lancaster, PA.