Esther B.

Esther B.

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★★★★★
16 Reviews
Sacramento, CA

Guitar

Levels Taught: Beginner - Intermediate

I am teaching an acoustic or Electric and Blue music and all the Major scales, minor scales(the Circle of 5th's) and Barre Chords etc...

About Esther B.

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Male Ages Taught: 5 to 75
Female Ages Taught: 5 to 75

Overview

I'm Esther, a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself piano and singing in a choir at the age of 9. I moved to the U.S. in 1992 and studied music for 10 years receiving my B.M. & M.A. in music at California State University of Sacramento. I studied and trained with Claudia Kitka & Jackie Victorino for voice and Kirsten Smith, Joan McDe, & Angel Mamn for piano. I have performed many solo concerts in the U.S. as well as South Korea.

I find a student's strengths and weaknesses using various ways to encourage each student. I am very patient, kind, flexible, and enthusiastic and I love working with children as much as adults. I strongly support basic skills: sight-reading, pitch and tone.

I have 26 years experience teaching kids and adults private piano and 6 yrs voice coaching (early period to contemporary). I speak fluent Korean and English.

*** Lesson Details ***
My objectives: to help students powerfully communicate through the essence of music and aid the development of children and adults by finding their strengths and weaknesses and to develop their skills and show their musical talents. I emphasize basic skills, good sight-reading, and Solfege skills (Do-Re-Me...etc), vocal technique, vocal performance, and Alexandria technique. Students participate in their own recital and show their musical talents.

Lessons are held at either your home, or mine using composers from various time periods that speaks to the individual student.

A beginner lesson may be 10-15 min. for warm-ups and scales, 10-15 min. theory and 10 min. playtime. In three to six months the student will be able to read sheet music and should be able to perform simple songs.

An intermediate lesson is longer, 45-50 min., with more focus on music from a specific chosen time-period. A specialty is preparation for voice and piano auditions for entering college.

I enjoy teaching children from age 5 up to adults. I also can teach beginner oboe and beginner guitar.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, electronic keyboard, guitar, oboe

*** Travel Equipment ***
guitar, oboe

*** Specialties ***
I teach the basic skills very strongly, and also encourage students and, challenge them, as well.
I also have new techniques for teaching voice and piano.

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Experience

Music Director and Pianist May 2007 - Present
Peace Presbyterian Church

I direct the singing team and play the piano. Also I have been teaching 29 years piano; 15 years voice performing and 5 years Guitar.

Education

A.A , B.M., M.M. May 1994 - Present
California State University of Sacramento

Languages Spoken

English and Korean Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Paraeducator Feb 2009
Elk Grove School Dis.

A.A,BM,M.M. May 2004
California State University Sacramento

Voice,piano,theory,guitar

Awards

Annabelle Jones Rose Memorial Scholarship May 1995
Sacramento City College

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Associations Jul 2011
MTNA

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

Student Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 16 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Teacher Esther is really a great piano teacher. She is very kind, caring and patient with my daughter. My daughter loves Esther and always looks forward to lessons with her. I recommend Esther to everyone who is looking for a piano teacher. Thank You Esther!!! December 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Esther is a wonderful teacher. Brittney is learning a lot and her piano playing has improved in the short time Esther has been working with her. We intend to continue the lessons; however, we are changing the payment situation, which is why the lessons were cancelled. June 21, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Piano lessons Our daughter loves her lessons and her teacher. June 12, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by awesome i love my teacher! she is so good esp helping me out on being nervous and actually bringing me out im very satisfied with her teachings shes great! April 18, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dale's Feedback for teacher Ms. Esther is very patient. When I don't get something, she doesn't get frustrated. I'm also very excited to go to class each week to learn more. January 26, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ms. Esther is a great piano teacher. My 7-year old daughter Hannah is always so excited every week waiting for Ms. Esther to come and teach her new songs. Ms. Esther is always punctuated, sometimes she even stays longer to teach my daughter additional things. Ms. Esther is very patient with my daughter who tends to rush through things all the time. Ms. Esther calms her down and patiently teaches her how to do it right. We appreciate Ms. Esther's patience, music knowledge, and her time spent with my daughter. January 20, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by She was excellent. Very friendly and makes you feel really comfortable. October 31, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by Feedback from Cameron Hi Esther, Scott here, Cameron's father. She is really liking the lessons, thanks so much!One suggestion she had is to use a different color pen on the music sheets (other than blue) as it blends into the notes and is hard for her to read.Thanks for all your good teachings!Scott August 29, 2011