It is my joy to teach children ages 6 and up, teens, and retired adults to read music and play piano.
I teach at Music Village located at 2971 Union Avenue in San Jose.
HOURS: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
11:00 - 6:00 Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 - 2:00 Saturdays
LESSON RATES: $40 per 30 minute lesson. $160 per month
WHAT IS YOUR TEACHING STYLE?
I teach using a curriculum called PIANO ADVENTURES which provides an excellent training for sight reading utilizing a Lesson book, Theory book, Performance book, and Sight Reading book in
five progressive levels. I am not a teacher who skips around a lot with many different books. I like to progressively teach each student level by level fully educating them from the Beginner to Early Advanced level. In a typical 30 minute lesson I will go over the assigned songs, discuss the new concepts of 1 or 2 new songs, have the child try to play the new songs, assign a theory page, and also review pieces they have already learned. I also supplement with songs that the child is familiar with and enjoys playing. I teach in a contemporary style and have a patient and gentle personality. I don't teach only Classical music. I do teach Classical, as well as all other styles of music the student enjoys.
My main objectives are to develop in the child a passion for music, and the ability to read music at whatever level they are able to progress to. I believe learning music is about exploring and having fun, and I only want to help each child reach their own goals and capabilities.
DO YOU PROVIDE TESTING OF LEVELS AND CERTIFICATE OF MERIT PROGRAM?
No. I suggest that we begin learning music for a period of time until the child reaches the Intermediate level. Later, if you want your child tested you can transition to another teacher who does testing.
Each student upon beginning lessons must commit to practice the assigned songs and exercises
20 minutes a day, 5 days each week.
DO YOU HAVE PIANO RECITALS?
Yes! Each year on a Saturday in May I hold a piano recital at a local church. I do not make participation manditory but I highly encourage students to come and play two songs for their parents.
WHAT IS YOUR PAYMENT SYSTEM AND MAKEUP POLICY?
*September - May: Full payment is required each month for 4 weekly lessons.
The months with only 3 lessons due to holidays are balanced by the months that have 5 lessons.
*If you miss a lesson, I can offer you a makeup lesson if I have a cancelation.
*24 Hour Notice of lesson cancelation is required to qualify for a makeup lesson.
*I can offer each student ONE makeup every 3 months if I have time.
SUMMER PAYMENT POLICY (June, July, August)
I teach lessons through the Summer. At the beginning of each month, pay for the total number of lessons in the month. You can take 2 weeks off during the Summer for vacation without payment,
and I will continue to hold your timeslot. If you need to take any additional time off, please
HOW DO WE START?
Email is the best way to contact me to set up a first lesson. You can also call me if you have any further questions or would like to talk to me before we start.
The first lesson is a trial lesson and I ask that you pay for the lesson.