Based in Chicago & Online Worldwide

Aaron Otheim Piano & Creative Music Studio

Welcome! Whether you are taking your first steps with piano or looking to take your music to the next level, I am committed to providing an approach that grows with you.

Building skills for music creation and collaboration is an integral part of my piano curriculum, helping you confidently learn songs on your own, jam with friends, and more.

The Department of Harmony classroom provides you with a blend of structure and self-direction that is tailored to your interests and needs.


Laurie B:

Aaron is so much more than a music teacher. My daughter studied with Aaron for 8 years, in addition to skill-based lessons, he helped her write and record songs and explore many aspects of the music industry. He is an amazing mentor and collaborator!

Ursula S:​

I had the good fortune of taking lessons with Aaron for 8 years. Working with him did not only improve my piano skills, but also helped me become a better all around musician through songwriting, theory, and recording. Aaron helped strengthen my love of music by always making things fun and tailoring our lessons to what I was most interested in. I am now at the Berklee College of Music and have felt well set up to succeed here because I studied with Aaron.

Angela G:​

Aaron is a talented musician and instructor. He's patient, intuitive, creative and motivating. Both our daughters have taken lessons from Aaron over the years. I highly recommend him for both beginning musicians and experienced musicians.

Bethany O:​

Aaron is an incredibly intuitive and creative instructor. He has taught both my young boys and tailored each lesson to their attention levels and abilities. We are thankful for the effort he puts into each lesson to make it fun and engaging.


Oogie B-R:​

Aaron is a talented and caring piano teacher. My son took private lessons with Aaron for 2 years until Aaron moved away. At every lesson, I was impressed with the way Aaron shared his experience of being a pianist and composer to encourage an 8 year old boy. Especially, Aaron and my son played a beautiful improvised duet from a few notes my son composed at the end of each lesson. Aaron was always flexible with teaching methods, and the annual recital with his pupils was always an impressive highlight of the year.


Mary J:​

My son started working with Aaron when he was just starting out in jazz. Aaron gave him an excellent foundation, which he was able to take to various bands and combos. My son always left his lessons with Aaron feeling inspired.  Aaron’s not only a brilliant teacher, but a brilliant musician himself.

Luca M-K:​​

Aaron is such an incredible, passionate, genuine, and fun teacher and musical coach!


Taking lessons with Aaron, I consistently looked forward to our meetings every week. His instruction is the perfect balance of technique, theory, experimentation, music creation, and freedom.


I originally started taking lessons with Aaron looking to delve into the fascinating intricacies of jazz, harmony, and improvisation. Aaron's experimental approach and depth of knowledge created the ideal environment for musical experimentation and learning. When I came to him asking to change gears and focus on orchestral composition, he gladly pivoted and offered his expertise in my new topic of choice.


I have nothing but good things to say about my experience learning from Aaron. From my lessons with him, I've gained invaluable knowledge, technique, and a license to explore, express, and create that never expires.