Piano Lessons

“My daughters and I have been taking lessons with Cheri for almost six years and are amazed at both the breadth and the depth of her ability.

The things she has taught us have ranged from classical fare to jazz, improvisation skills (in a variety of musical styles), theory and ear training and lead sheet reading. We have participated in the MMTA contests and both my daughters have received ‘high distinction’ as their result.

Cheri has been worth every penny that our lessons cost, and the travel time it takes us to get to her studio.” 



Welcome to Sykes Piano Studio, where lessons are custom-tailored to YOU–Your learning style, Your musical personality, Your musical gift.   If you don’t yet know your musical personality and gift, we help you discover it. 

At Sykes PIano Studio, you can learn not only classical repertoire and technique, but also jazz, pop, and rock idioms.  Cheri’s mastery of diverse keyboard styles, and cutting-edge approach, will pave the way.  

Develop your ability to play by ear, improvise, sight-read, and compose.   Emphasis on theory and ear-training is the key. The studio employs today’s exciting technology to make theory, technique, and ear-training fun.  

Studying piano is an unsurpassed path to musical understanding:  harmony, melody, rhythm, both bass clef and treble clef—the whole package! Learning is multi-sensory: tactile, visual, and aural.

What is more, today’s keyboard is the COMPLETE instrument, capable to realistically producing all sounds in the musical universe; you will be exposed to the widest range of its possibilities. Your creative options are endless!

Adults, children age four and older, teens–all are welcome.  The studio primarily serves Maple Grove, Champlin, Osseo, Brooklyn Center, and Brooklyn Park.

NEW:  Online piano lessons!

Sykes Piano Studio offers two annual recitals, plus frequent group-learning experiences for informal performing and special topics. Students also have the option to participate in opportunities sponsored by Minnesota Music Teachers Association.

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Because of her stylistic versatility and cutting-edge approach, Cheri is able to take you where YOU want to go!

Contact Cheri today for a FREE introductory lesson!

Instructor Bio:

Cheri earned her B.A. in piano, 1979, from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she was steeped in Bach and Chopin. Her Masters work at Emory University in Atlanta further deepened her knowledge of classical performance practice and music history.  Regarding contemporary styles, Cheri was involved in UW-EC’s jazz program, and subsequently refined her improvisational skills with jazz pianists Laura Caviani  of Minneapolis and Sean Turner of McNally-Smith College in St. Paul.   Today she is an active jazz performer in the Twin Cities, including arranger/keyboardist for her own five-piece jazz group.

Cheri has received statewide air-play performing Bach on Minnesota Public Radio.  At the other end of the spectrum, her gospel-jazz performing group Wild Honey and the Locusts, has been featured on KBEM Jazz 88 FM’s program, “Jazz and the Spirit,” as well as KARE-11 Television’s morning program, “Minnesota Showcase.

Master Certified with the Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA), she helped write the groundbreaking  MMTA Popular Styles Syllabus. She is a recipient of the Maureen Conway Award for Inspiring Teaching, from the Keys 4/4 Kids non-profit in St. Paul. 

Cheri began as a music instructor in the 1970s.  Before establishing the Sykes Piano Studio in 2009, she was a private instructor for Schmitt Music.

Cheri Sykes’ professional resume



  • $109/monthly for weekly 30-minute lessons
  • $164/monthly for weekly 45-minute lessons
  • Flex Option (Adults only, each lesson freely scheduled at your discretion): $33/30 minutes