Brenda Blanchard

Brenda B.

Jacksonville, FL

About Brenda B.

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Brenda teaches: Ages 1 and up
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Teaching since: April 1987
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Overview

Hi, there! My name is Brenda Blanchard and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1985 and have loved helping my students become well rounded piano players, skilled and highly expressive artists and outstanding musicians.
A good musical foundation is important in having a sound piano technique and skill. One should be able to learn theory and methods easily with me. However, it is interesting to note that as my student you can develop your own artistry and technique as well. These are what I hope to deliver as your teacher ---help you learn the theory, skills, technique and method in a fun and casual environment! Remember ... our goal is to learn as much as we can in every lesson and try to throw any questions you might have during the class. It will be greatly appreciated. To let you know more about myself, at age 5, I started playing the piano and went on to finishing Piano Pedagogy from Saint Louis Music Center and B.S. Mass Communications from Saint Louis University . My career as a music educator started when I taught piano at the Yamaha School of Music. Ten years of classical training me has helped me attain this rewarding career. As a child, I have had the opportunity to be a € performer and an accompanist to many choral groups in school. My musical experiences also include performing in Cafe Vasilici€, San Leandro, California, where I can play all styles especially classical music. The ability to sight read is just one of the many endowments I can teach. Others include, an impeccable love for music and a good ear for music.
Brenda showed talent and a keen interest in piano playing at an early age of 5. She underwent extensive and rigid musical training at the Saint Louis Music Center (an independent music school exclusively run by the Nuns of Saint Louis University, Baguio City, Philippines) from the years 1972 to 1981. Under the tutelage of Mrs. Edna Maniquis, she learned how to effectively sight read any song, memorize her recital pieces and be very proficient in piano playing. In 1984, she continued to study with Mrs. Linda Lirag Reynado, a St. Paul's College Conservatory of Music graduate with a Major in Piano, Minor in Voice and who is the founder and owner of Baguio Music Studio, Philippines. In 1992 she finished a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and Piano Pedagogy from Saint Louis University.
As a piano student in her early years, she had the opportunity to become a finale performer in her student recitals gaining recognition as the best performer in her class. Growing up, during her high school and college years, she was involved with accompanying singers or chorus groups on the piano and joining in competitions where she won several awards and distinctions. Her musical experiences include playing in front of an audience and performing all styles and especially classical music.
Her 16 years of classical training also helped her attain a teaching position at the Yamaha School of Music in the Philippines and a rewarding teaching career at the Florida Conservatory of Music in Jacksonville, Florida.

*** Lesson Details ***
Have you ever started playing piano but got stumped and frustrated with the theory? Then you've come to the right class. I will teach you the keyboard skills and fundamentals you will need to become a successful pianist. I will provide you a step-by-step explanation on how to play the piano. If you need help with the written theory and you want to learn more about how to read and write notes, all you need to do is to enroll in my class. My instruction includes activities that will help you use the musical alphabet to read and write notes on the staff, identify intervals, and write sharps and flats. Not only will I emphasize note reading but I will help you develop a keen intelligent understanding of the musical notes and alphabet. In no time you will be playing the piano or keyboard and most especially read and play any music as you appreciate it!


It takes time and effort to learn how to play the piano and not all are expected to become wizards at it. For the most part, students should practice the piano/keyboard more often than not and just keep up with the course requirements when enrolled in my class. It takes enthusiasm, interest and most of all perseverance to play the piano however, with me you will succeed and be driven to become a good and skilled pianist!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room, seating room, piano, and keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
my keyboard

*** Specialties ***
All styles especially Classical.

Photos and Videos

Rishi and I performing a duet "Theme from Star Wars" at our annual spring recital in 2014.

Experience

Piano Instructor

Jan 2014 - Aug 2014
Salvation Army School of Performing Arts

Taught piano in a classroom setting.
Planned, designed and taught curriculum materials with many hands-on activities and objectives.
Adjusted instructional teaching methods appropriately to meet the needs and personalities of diverse learners.

Piano Teacher

Aug 2003 - Jun 2013
Florida Conservatory of Music

Capabilities

Helping students play songs on the piano by a step by step explanation, demonstration, supervised practice, and teach the basic rudiments of piano theory and methods.
Provide suggestions on preparing students to play a piece by note reading and sight reading.
 Give them a good solid musical foundation by making them practice; perform different musical styles, and classical music.
To teach students of all ages and levels ranging from beginner, intermediate, to advanced. To ensure student development, hold conferences with parents, so their role in child’s success will be achieved.

Piano Teacher

Aug 2007 - Sep 2008
North Florida Academy of Music

Taught the piano theories and methods to students of varied skills.
Used effective methodology to teach music to beginners, intermediate to advance.

Piano Teacher

Sep 2003 - Apr 2005
San Juan Del Rio Catholic School, Jacksonville, Florida 32259

Helped them to learn notes effectively.
Gave them new suggestions to play their songs better all the time.
Taught beginners, late beginners, intermediate, early advanced students and helped them learn their pieces through blocking, comparing phrases and identifying intervals and note names.

Education

Bachelor of Arts Music Education

Jun 1987 - Mar 1992
Saint :Louis University

Piano Theory, Methods and Pedagogical Study

Mar 1972 - Mar 1981
Saint Louis School of Music March 1972-March 1981

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Tagalog

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Bachelor of Arts Music Education

Mar 1992
Saint :Louis University

Certification in Music Education.

Awards

Best Performer in the Music Festival, Baguio City Philippines

Jan 1989
SLU

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Jan 2000
ASCAP

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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13 Reviews on Brenda B.

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Miranda S. Jul 16, 2016
Piano · In studio
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Had her lesson today and i completely love her!!! Definitely recommend her.
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Hannah Jun 10, 2016
Piano · In studio
I have been taking piano studies with Ms. Brenda for over 6 years now and her approach is so wonderful and exceptional. Her passion and drive to teach piano is tremendous and which helped me become a good pianist. Now, I can sight read and read notes much better....
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Shiny Jun 10, 2016
Piano · In studio
My son, Vinay, learned so much from Ms. Blanchard's class. She is an exceptional Piano Teacher and can vouch for her teaching abilities and skills.
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Sunitha Jun 10, 2016
Piano · In studio
Exceptional Teacher! I recommend Brenda Blanchard for piano instruction. Her lessons are superb and fabulous. She connects with all her students. Adjusts her lessons to suit each student's learning style and personality. My son is now an excellent pianist because of the training Ms. Blanchard has provided him. He also enjoys the recitals she always put together every twice a year for the students! I rate Ms. Brenda a triple A!
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Betty Jun 9, 2016
Piano · In home
I am impressed and satisfied with how Ms. Blanchard delivers her instruction to all students of all levels. She is nurturing, caring and very patient with her students.
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Daniel Jun 9, 2016
Piano · In home
As Ms.Blanchard's student you will be inspired by her commitment to help you. You will enjoy music as you learn it. Your training and artistic experience will be lifelong and lasting. Because she is devoted to providing you with an exceptional musical training, your music skills will truly be enhanced and developed. You will never find a teacher like her.
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Gemma R. Jun 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Ms. Blanchard always goes out of her way to teach and improve her craft as a teacher as well. I have learned so much from the piano training sessions I underwent with her. She does not only teach the music fundamentals but she helps you listen and develop a keen ear for the music as well. I also appreciate the time she devoted to help me learn how to play the piano. No other teacher can surpass her enthusiasm and impeccable love for the instrument.
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Cherry Jun 9, 2016
Piano · In studio
My grand daughter Haley has been taking piano lessons ever since she was 6 years old with Ms. Blanchard and how she has become a very good piano player. Her talent has blossomed and developed and now she can sight read any piano piece very well. I highly recommend Ms. Blanchard to all students who are looking for a good piano teacher.
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Julie Ann Jun 9, 2016
Piano · In studio
I would like to recommend Ms.Blanchard for her skill and expertise on teaching piano. She helped me develop my sight reading skills a lot. Now, I can play any kind of music and can sight read very well. She has developed my appreciation for classical music as well...Ms. Blanchard is a very dedicated teacher.
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Alexis A. Jun 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Ms. Blanchard is a very patient teacher. I have been coming to her studio and I enjoy her classes because they are fun and challenging. I highly recommend Ms. Blanchard to all students who are looking to learn how to play piano in a fun and casual environment. Ms. Blanchard is a great teacher who is encouraging and supportive of her students.