San Gabriel, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Putting a smile at the end of each lesson is my teaching goal!
I have been teaching classical piano for more than 20 years. My education background includes Master degree from UCLA. Currently I am a piano judge for Music Teacher's Association of California (MTAC).
My students regularly share their music at school, recitals and senior homes. Students also have the opportunity to take the Certificate of Merit (CM) or National Guild piano evaluations.

About Charlene

I am a professional classical piano teacher for over 20 years in San Gabriel, CA. My goal is to put a confident smile to each student at the end of each lesson.

I have a Bachelor degree from Eastman School of Music and a Master degree form UCLA. Currently, I am a piano judge for MTAC

Being members of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC) and National Piano Guild, I prepare students for Certificate of Merit (CM) and National Guild piano evaluations.

My students share their music at schools, recitals and senior home.

I look forward to meet you!


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Ms. Charlene has been my piano teacher for ten years. She is very patient and dedicated. I was shy but gained confidence as I expanded my piano repertoire. I participated yearly in the CM piano evaluations organized by the Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC) and was selected almost every year to perform at the Branch Honors Recitals. Since completing the Advanced level CM and moving to college, I have stopped taking piano lessons from Ms. Charlene. However, I still play the piano whenever I have the time. I highly recommend Ms. Charlene as a piano teacher.

Posted Aug 14, 2020
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Charlene is a wonderful teacher, extremely patient and experienced. I absolutely love her way of teaching my 5 year old.

Posted Feb 17, 2020
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I took piano lessons with Ms.Charlene for 13 years. I started my lessons with her at a very young age when I was in kindergarten. My piano journey with Ms.Charlene is an experience I will treasure forever. She is very kind, nurturing, patient and professional. She taught me musical skills that enabled me to perform confidently at recitals and complete my Advanced level CM piano evaluation. I am proud that I can pick up any piece of music and play with ease. I also volunteer to perform regularly in a hospital for patients. It brings me joy to share music with others and its all thanks to my teacher Ms.Charlene.

Posted May 28, 2019
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Miss Charlene was my piano teacher for 11 years, guiding me through the rigorous Certificate of Merit program for piano. I am so grateful to this day for her patience, kind and understanding nature, and overall expertise and knowledge. She inspired me to teach music myself, as well as pursue music as a creative passion to this day. She truly cares for all her students and I can't recommend her enough!

Posted May 16, 2019
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I was very shy was I started piano lessons with Ms. Charlene. Over the years, the musical skills I learned transformed me to a confident person who enjoys playing in front of an audience. At 10th grade, Ms. Charlene encouraged me to take the Advanced level Panel CM competition. That was a memorable experience! Now, I share my joy of playing piano by volunteering at church for many events.

Posted May 11, 2019

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Piano Adjudicator
Feb 2003 - Present

Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC)

Piano judge for Certificate of Merit (CM) evaluation every February and March since 2003


Master of Arts in Music
Sep 1988 - Jun 1990


Bachelor of Music
Aug 1984 - May 1988

Eastman School of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Music Teachers National Association
Jun 1995
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.
Music Teachers' Association of California
Jun 1995
MTAC aspires to be the recognized leader in (1) Student Programs, which make a positive impact in the quality of music education and in the lives of music students; (2) Member Programs, which inspire quality teaching, the pursuit of ongoing teacher education and member involvement with community outreach; (3) a thriving Foundation, which funds Student Programs and member needs through its investments, donations, and grants.

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