John Maellaro


If you want to learn how to play the piano, I can teach you
Ages 5-95 • All Styles

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John Maellaro

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I started teaching people to play the piano while I was still in high school, and I've never stopped. Well, I did stop when I went to the University of Redlands, to earn my Bachelors' Degree in Music Composition. Then I picked right back up again after graduation.

Over the years, I've been fortunate enough to continue teaching piano while at the same time working steadily as a recording artist and music producer. This has allowed me to offer my students the unique perspective of a professional studio musician.

When I'm not teaching piano, you'll probably find me at my recording studio, downtown near the Covina Center for the Performing Arts. That's where I keep busy with my current songwriting, composing, voice over, and music production projects.

My wife Tamara and I are the proud parents of a grown daughter (who teaches elementary school) and active members of our community.



  • University of Redlands: Bachelor of Music Composition
  • UCLA: Music Publishing
  • California State University Dominguez Hills: Electronic Music
  • L.A. Jazz Workshop: Big Band performing and arranging
  • Private Instruction in Jazz Improvisation: renowned Jazz Artist Charlie Shoemake
  • Los Angeles Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra: Principal Trumpet

  • Credits

  • Kids' Educational Cartoon Billy Gorilly: Creator / Writer / Producer / Pianist / Voice Actor
  • Universal Pictures, CNN, ABC Television: Composer
  • Jazz group Oddcat: Singer / Songwriter / Pianist / Producer
  • Latin Jazz Guitarist Anthony Arizaga: Producer / Instrumentalist
  • New Age Music pioneers Bearns & Dexter: Pianist / Producer
  • Pop band Nu Tabu: Lead Singer / Songwriter / Keyboards / Co-Producer
  • Alternative Pop band The SKP's: Keyboards / Vocals / Songwriter

  • Experience

  • Grey School of Music, Burt's Music Education Dept: Private Piano Lessons
  • TAMJAM Productions: Owner / Producer
  • Flying Kitten Music: Owner / Publisher

  • Professional Organizations

  • GRAMMY / NARAS: Composer / Producer / Voting Member
  • Broadcast Music International (BMI): Songwriter / Publisher
  • National Academy of Song Writers

  • Social Media

  • Linkedin
  • Facebook for Wanna Learn Piano? WLP is a new fb site and I'm still working on it. You can help by liking it. I don't have a personal facebook account, but my cousin with the same name does.
  • Twitter




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    Kids Educational Music

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    Billy Gorilly songs, stories, & videos for early education.

    The Billy Gorilly brand is created and produced by John Maellaro.

    To learn more visit:
    >Billy Gorilly on YouTube
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    Billy Gorilly Twitter
    >Billy Gorilly's Blog
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