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Elena Orduyan is director of the music department and co-founder of Digital Monkey School in Belmont, California since 2006. Elena Orduyan was classically trained in Moscow. While she constantly continues to expand her own study, she has developed a method for students, which she has been testing and modifying for many years. It is a compilation of various piano methods and includes her own personal insights. She taught in New York, where she prepared her students to attend conservatories such as the Manhattan School of Music and Julliard.

She has been the coordinator of the San Mateo County Fair Non-Classical Piano Competition since 2011. She is also a sound design lead for Digital Monkey School computer games. She found many followers among piano musicians who adopted her method of teaching at Digital Monkey School.

She gets her most inspiration from teaching, also from yoga, dancing and nature.



Desiree "I have been working at Digital Monkey Piano School for five years. I started when I was a sophomore in high school and was given the great opportunity to train under a senior instructor. The training I received taught me how to interact with people of all ages and how to think creatively on the spot. The months of training I received are very beneficial to my skills as an instructor today. Not only did I learn the skills needed to be a piano instructor, but it also helped me continue my education in piano. Now I have bachelor in music from SF State University."



Angela Rey has over 13 years of classical piano experience and 6 years of classical violin experience. She currently studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has extensive experience in accompaniment, solo performance, music ensembles, and music theory. Prior to becoming a piano instructor at Elena Orduyan Piano School, she has coached piano students enrolled at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's summer camp "Summer Music West." Angela volunteers to perform at assisted living centers and helps with Digital Monkey's holiday recitals. As well as a piano instructor, piano soloist, and accompanist, Angela is a vocalist, violinist, and pianist in multiple Latin jazz bands in San Francisco.