About Aura

Aura Ruddell (piano, composition and songwriting)

Aura is a Classically trained pianist with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with highest honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has been teaching private piano lessons in Seattle since 2009. She is currently studying jazz piano under Mack Grout, and appreciates Bjork, Dave Brubeck, and the Broadway Lion King as much as she does Beethoven, Ravel, and Shostakovich. Her piano lessons are not limited to one genre or method, and are uniquely structured around each individual student’s needs and experience. Self-expression and creativity are fostered as much as possible, and every student will receive instruction in music theory, ear training, improvisation, and composition. Feel free to fill out this form if you would like more information or to join the waitlist. Please also check out this invaluable blog post about choosing the right teacher and this list of 10 things to do before you or your child starts piano lessons.

SUMMER 2018 CLASSES WITH AURA (New Students Only):

Teen and Adult Crash Course (Ages 13 and older) $350

Five 60-min private OR twinned lessons, flexible scheduling between 6/18~8/31. Designed for teens or adults who are curious about music and piano, and perfect for parents of children already enrolled in piano lessons. This course will offer a solid introduction to music theory and the geography of the piano. By the end of the course, you will be able to read simple rhythms and notes, know basic chords, play a few easy yet satisfying songs, do some light improvising, and have a good foundation for future music lessons in any instrument. All lessons held at Cicada Music School. No prior experience or piano at home necessary. The fee is the same for one or two adults, so bring a friend or your partner along! Sign up here.


Introduction to Piano (Ages 6~12) $262.50

Five 45-min private lessons, flexible scheduling between 6/18~8/31. This is the perfect course for those of you parents who have considered piano lessons for your kids, but don’t know if you want to commit to buying a piano and taking lessons. Think of this as an opportunity to test the waters in a relaxed and fun environment, and get guidance on how to really take the plunge if your child seems ready and willing. By the end of the summer, your child will be able to play a few simple songs on the piano and have a good foundation for future music lessons in any instrument. No prior experience or piano at home necessary. Sign up here.