Meet Your Friends

AT HOFFMAN ACADEMY

Here at Hoffman Academy, we believe in two things:  creating the best online piano classes and that learning piano can be crayon-bright fun for EVERYONE. The Hoffman Academy Kids Club is a place where ALL our young musicians can learn and grow together with a little help from some very special friends.

Our Kids Club members are here to guide aspiring musicians on their music education journey. Each has their own unique personality, abilities, and interests – just like every one of our piano learners. Click on their pictures below to get to know them!

Do you have a question about learning piano? Sebastian can help!

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Age: 11

Sebastian is an unabashed, 100%, full-time nerd for the piano. He found a piano in his grandparents' basement when he was 4 and has been playing ever since. He geeks out over all piano stuff, he practices constantly, and he's always working to make sure he looks and sounds perfect. He studies his posture, works on his finger power, and knows his pieces by heart, always. He loves music theory and "teaches" his little friend Melody whenever he can. His favorite subject in school is math. Sebastian's dad is Dad (name is Clay), and they like to have Chinese on Friday nights (Sebastian hates it when food touches on his plate so Chinese is sometimes hard for him).

Sebastian

Age: 9

Cora is Nate's older sister. She LOVES fun and cares very little about what others think of her. She has always marched to the beat of her own drummer and supports her friends and family no matter what. She's always willing to help. She plays piano and basketball. At school she's an okay student even though she hates homework. And just how she hates homework, she used to hate piano practice - that is until she found Mr. Hoffman! Sassy and lovable, her favorite color is purple and she loves French fries.

Cora

Clef the Piano Cat

Clef is very, very sneaky. He's always hiding around, popping out when you least expect him. Of course he cannot truly play the piano, but that doesn't keep him from walking across the keys - he loves that sound (and he loves that it surprises people in the room! Little rascal!) His favorite food is tuna. His favorite nap spot is to the left of the pedals under the piano.

Clef

Age: 11

Sebastian is an unabashed, 100%, full-time nerd for the piano. He found a piano in his grandparents' basement when he was 4 and has been playing ever since. He geeks out over all piano stuff, he practices constantly, and he's always working to make sure he looks and sounds perfect. He studies his posture, works on his finger power, and knows his pieces by heart, always. He loves music theory and "teaches" his little friend Melody whenever he can. His favorite subject in school is math. Sebastian's dad is Dad (name is Clay), and they like to have Chinese on Friday nights (Sebastian hates it when food touches on his plate so Chinese is sometimes hard for him).

Sebastian

Age: 9

Cora is Nate's older sister. She LOVES fun and cares very little about what others think of her. She has always marched to the beat of her own drummer and supports her friends and family no matter what. She's always willing to help. She plays piano and basketball. At school she's an okay student even though she hates homework. And just how she hates homework, she used to hate piano practice - that is until she found Mr. Hoffman! Sassy and lovable, her favorite color is purple and she loves French fries.

Cora

Piano Cat

Keko is very, very sneaky. She's always hiding around, popping out when you least expect her. Of course she cannot truly play the piano, but that doesn't keep her from walking across the keys - she loves that sound (and she loves that it surprises people in the room! Little rascal!) Her favorite food is tuna. Her favorite nap spot is to the left of the pedals under the piano.

Clef

Age: 5

Melody is sweet and innocent. She is a better piano player than she is a reader. She loves to be cozy and hates when people argue. Her favorite animal is a red panda because she thinks they look like cat-foxes or fox-cats. Her favorite color is the rainbow. She loves strawberry milkshakes. Melody has an older sister and an older brother, neither of which play the piano. Mom (name is Jill) is Melody's mom.

Melody

Age: 7

Nate is Cora's little brother, and he never wanted to play piano - that is until he tried one of Cora's lessons and was hooked! Now that Nate has been playing piano for a year, he is a better player than Cora. Why? Because he practices more! Nate loves sports - he's a runner and he loves running long distances. His favorite food? Cheeseburgers. But he peels the cheese off and eats it separately from the burger. And he hates pickles, so don't even think about offering him one!

NATE

Age: 9

Nate is Cora's little brother, and he never wanted to play piano - that is until he tried one of Cora's lessons and was hooked! Now that Nate has been playing piano for a year, he is a better player than Cora. Why? Because he practices more! Nate loves sports - he's a runner and he loves running long distances. His favorite food? Cheeseburgers. But he peels the cheese off and eats it separately from the burger. And he hates pickles, so don't even think about offering him one!

JASPER

Sebastian's Dad

Clay is Sebastian's dad. He's an architect and likes things to be simple and clean. He's a total perfectionist and is raising his son in his perfectionist ways. He was looking for the BEST online piano classes when he found Hoffman Academy. He doesn't play an instrument, but he likes that music and math relate to each other. Clay reads the paper every morning (an actual paper, not online!) and his prized possession is his espresso machine. Clay is precise and exact - he's a buttoned-up guy, but he has the softest spot in his heart for Sebastian. 

CLAY

Grandma Mimi

Mimi is fun and spunky and always has treats around. She has never played the piano but has a deep appreciation for music and shares that with her family and friends. She has season tickets to the symphony and tunes in to the classical radio station at all hours of the day (she even falls asleep to it!) Mimi loves chocolate and she has never ever worn pants.

GRANDMA MIMI

Melody's Mom

Jill is very busy with two kids doing multiple activities and Melody (her youngest) taking piano lessons. Jill loves to save time and money by figuring out faster and easier ways to do everything. She's always on a budget but finds it hard to say no to her kids. She works as a marketing executive for an entirely remote company so she's home all day. Her house is loud and crazy. It's also a little messy, but she doesn't mind. She played piano when she was a kid, but quit before she made any real progress. She had the worst teacher (an old lady who lived three doors down on her street). She's so thankful there's a new way to learn piano and thinks that Hoffman Academy has the best online piano classes! She loves pizza and her favorite meal is pizza with plain potato chips and sparkling water.

Jill

Age: 5

Melody is sweet and innocent. She is a better piano player than she is a reader. She loves to be cozy and hates when people argue. Her favorite animal is a red panda because she thinks they look like cat-foxes or fox-cats. Her favorite color is the rainbow. She loves strawberry milkshakes. Melody has an older sister and an older brother, neither of which play the piano. Mom (name is Jill) is Melody's mom.

Melody

Age: 7

Nate is Cora's little brother, and he never wanted to play piano - that is until he tried one of Cora's lessons and was hooked! Now that Nate has been playing piano for a year, he is a better player than Cora. Why? Because he practices more! Nate loves sports - he's a runner and he loves running long distances. His favorite food? Cheeseburgers. But he peels the cheese off and eats it separately from the burger. And he hates pickles, so don't even think about offering him one!

Nate

Age: 9

Jasper is TOTALLY cool. He LOVES music. He's been taking piano since the age of 5 and also plays the violin and cello. He is teaching himself how to record and mix his own music - he wants to be a music producer and a composer and probably a performer (it's very hard for him to pick!) He loves to perform for people, he's always willing to go first, he's always the first to raise his hand. He has NO fear. Jasper likes sushi and he loves computers.

Jasper

Sebastian's Dad

Clay is Sebastian's dad. He's an architect and likes things to be simple and clean. He's a total perfectionist and is raising his son in his perfectionist ways. He doesn't play an instrument, but he likes that music and math relate to each other. Clay reads the paper every morning (an actual paper, not online!) and his prized possession is his espresso machine. Clay is precise and exact - he's a buttoned-up guy, but he has the softest spot in his heart for Sebastian.

Clay

Grandma Mimi

Mimi is fun and spunky and always has treats around. She has never played the piano but has a deep appreciation for music and shares that with her family and friends. She has season tickets to the symphony and tunes in to the classical radio station at all hours of the day (she even falls asleep to it!) Mimi loves chocolate and she has never ever worn pants.

Grandma Mimi

Melody's Mom

Jill is very busy with two kids doing multiple activities and Melody (her youngest) taking piano lessons. Jill loves to save time and money by figuring out faster and easier ways to do everything. She's always on a budget but finds it hard to say no to her kids. She works as a marketing executive for an entirely remote company so she's home all day. Her house is loud and crazy. It's also a little messy, but she doesn't mind. She played piano when she was a kid, but quit before she made any real progress. She had the worst teacher (an old lady who lived three doors down on her street). She's so thankful there's a new way to learn piano! She loves pizza and her favorite meal is pizza with plain potato chips and sparkling water.

Jill