Brenda Blanchard

Brenda B.

Jacksonville, FL
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Brenda delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 1+ and special needs

Teaching since:
April 1987

Hi, there! My name is Brenda 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.

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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


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.

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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.

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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


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Bachelor of Arts Music Education
Mar 1992
Saint :Louis University

Certification in Music Education.


Best Performer in the Music Festival, Baguio City Philippines
Jan 1989


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2000

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.

Photos & Videos

Rishi and I performing a duet "Theme from Star Wars" at our annual spring recital in 2014.
Mykel has been taking piano lessons with me for almost 5 years now and this was taken during a piano recital in the summer.
Photo by Brenda B.

Taken at my recital---10 yrs. old..I was playing Aragonaise

Piano Playing...What you will learn from me is to play with proper form and curved fingers!

One of my younger students..she is only 4 that time...

My student playing a recital piece.

Christmas Duet
Halloween Recital 2014
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13 Reviews

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Miranda S. Jul 16, 2016
Piano · In studio

Had her lesson today and i completely love her!!! Definitely recommend her.

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.

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.

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.

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June Jun 9, 2016
Piano · In studio

I am so happy to have found a good piano teacher such as Brenda. I come to her studio to learn how to play and she exceeded all my expectations as a very professional and reliable teacher. She is so understanding and patient to with any student who wants to learn all styles especially classical music. She also plays so wonderfully and I have never seen a piano player with such awesome and God given talent. Thank you Ms. Brenda!

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Jady Dec 22, 2015
Piano · In studio

Brenda helped me become more well rounded as a pianist. I have developed my sight reading skill much better and my dexterity and technique as well. Brenda for me will be the best choice for your teacher.

Lord I. Apr 14, 2014
Piano ·

Unprofessional and Unreliable

We scheduled Brenda for our daughter to come to our house. She never showed up, did not pick up her phone or responded to my text. She called back a couple of hours later and said she forgot. Ok, things happen, I get it. We rescheduled her to come again, this time she assured us she will be there. On that day, NO SHOW again. No call, did not pick up phone, did not respond to text. NOTHING! I received a text back a day later saying she cannot teach my daughter. Don't waste your time with Brenda B.

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