Brianna Shaffer

Brianna S.

Mission Viejo, CA

About Brianna S.

Brianna teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 2008
Last sign in: Yesterday


Brianna S. (MT-BC) is a board certified music therapist who works with children and adults with disabilities in the Southern California area. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from Chapman University’s Conservatory of Music. Brianna received a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology. Following her undergraduate studies, she completed a six-month music therapy internship at MusicWorx Inc. in San Diego, California, under the direction of Barbara Reuer, PhD, NMT, MT-BC. While at MusicWorx Inc., Brianna worked with clients in various settings at: Glenbrook Hospice, Rady Children’s Hospital (Oncology/Hematology Unit), the Music Therapy Center of California (specializing in autism spectrum disorders), TERI Inc. (serving children and adults with various disabilities), the Scripps McDonald Center (working with substance abuse rehabilitation patients), and Scripps Memorial Hospital.

Originally from Laguna Niguel, California, Brianna studied piano under the direction of Laurie Meinhold for ten years, and the esteemed pianist, Karen Knecht while at Chapman University. While working in Cincinnati, Ohio, Brianna was awarded the Innovative Award from Ohio Choices due to her ability to “build innovative relationship and supportive networks for youth with emotional or behavioral disabilities and their families.” Brianna is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and presented on the Intern Panel at the 2010 Western Regional Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. In her free time, Brianna enjoys oil painting, going on walks, shopping and watching movies.

*** Lesson Details ***
Being trained as a music therapist, my approach to lessons may differ from an ordinary music teacher. I make sure the wants and needs of the student are addressed in every lesson. Lessons are structured and implemented by me, but the student will be able to select their own material when given choices. Things I take into consideration are: age, attention span, short and long-term goals/objectives, ability, and determination. Beginning students are recommended to use Alfred Method Books. Each lesson will focus on fundamental theory, scales and technique, and lesson and recital repertoire.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a studio that includes: Kawaii K-18 upright piano, classical guitar, acoustic guitar, ukulele, and various percussion instruments. There is room for a parent to observe if they so choose, and a waiting room.

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BM Music Therapy

Aug 2005 - May 2009
Chapman University

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Music Teachers National Association

Jan 2013

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.

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3 Reviews on Brianna S.

Natalie A. Jul 2, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Brianna was a great teacher! I really liked how patient and thorough she was with every lesson. Brianna was able to tap into my daughters attention span in a way that really helped her grasp the concept of playing this instrument. Thank you Brianna!
EsraS Mar 27, 2012

Brianna is great with my son who is almost 5 years old. She teaches in a fun style, my son never looses attention. She thought him to write, read numbers and to be disciplined. I am really happy to see his growth in music.
JulieR3 Jan 12, 2012
She's an excellent piano instructor. My daughter loves her piano lessons and she's learning a lot.