Cindy Kelley

Cindy K.

Grover Beach, CA
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Hello, my name is Cindy and I am a vocal and instrumental instructor. I received my BA and MAT degrees from Pepperdine University. I have taught privately for over 25 years in the San Fernando Valley, along with Pasadena and Simi Valley areas. During college I performed in several operas including The Magic Flute and Hansel and Gretel with the Burbank Symphony Orchestra. After college, I was a member of Musical Americans, a select touring group from Southern California under the direction of K. Gene Simmonds that toured South America and Japan. I also served as a minister of music at a local church for several years.

I began playing the piano at the age of 7. My mother and sister were taking lessons and, when they had finished practicing I would go into the piano and play what they had just played. My mother figured that I was the one with the talent so I got the lessons. When I was 9, I became interested in the violin. Back in those days, it was required for you to take private lessons if you were going to be in the school orchestra. I started lessons on the violin while continuing lessons on the piano. I began taking voice lessons while in Jr. High and for a while, I took lessons on all three. I was also very involved with my church music department, which was very large and well known in Southern California. During college, I had the opportunity to participate in The Living Christmas Tree . This was a great experience, one I will never forget. I not only sang in the tree but was able to play in the orchestra for a couple of years as well.

Being a classroom teacher for over 30 years, I have had the experience of bringing the joy of music to hundreds of students. I put a strong focus on musical theory so that my students understand not only how to play or sing, but understand the WHY of different musical concepts. Presently I have students attending CSUN majoring in music. I have a love for music that has been with me since the age of 7, when I started taking my first piano lessons. I took private lessons on piano, violin and voice till I graduated from high school, continuing while I earned my BA and MAT degrees. I have experience with students of all ages, ranging from the young kindergarten student to the adult student. I believes that there is a hidden talent in everyone and that if there is a desire to learn, I can teach them!

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are designed to bring a maximum level of enjoyment while giving a strong musical theory foundation. Being a classroom teacher for over 30 years, I understand what a student goes through regarding homework during a week's time. I always take that into consideration when making assignments. I find out what the student's musical likes are and use those in selecting songs to work on with them.I use different curriculum, depending on the needs of the student and the instrument being taught. With the wealth of my experience I can teach and guide the student through any performance and musical interest they may have and bridge the gap between genre's that so many are unable to do.

I teach beginning and intermediate voice, flute, guitar, sax and clarinet. I am able to teach up to the advanced level for violin and piano. I enjoy working with all levels of students, from young children through adults.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room, room for parents to wait.

*** Travel Equipment ***
They must have their own instrument. If they are taking piano, I am able to teach them on a keyboard that has at least 4 octaves. I have had great success with working with keyboards, especially with younger students. Students purchase their own materials. I will give you the names of the books and locations where you can buy them.

*** Specialties ***
I am from the old school of thought and teach the basics with a great deal of theory thrown in. My students that have gone on to major in music in college have done very well because of the foundation I have given them.

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Reviews (8)

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Flor Garcia G. Jul 17, 2015
Piano · In studio

First time, first day with Cindy. She explains the lesson very well, demonstrates and writes it down for the student to remember during home practice. That is teaching. She knows how to make the student learn.

George B. Jun 6, 2015
Saxophone · In home

Cindy is an awesome instructor. She is flexabIe with schedule, strict on form and an all-around great person . I highly recommend her if you'd like to get those Sax skills further disciplined👍

Jessica R. Nov 13, 2014
Piano · In studio

My son really enjoys the lessons and looks forward to them every week! He is learning more than I thought would be possible in just 30 minutes once a week I am very happy we chose Cindy as his instructor.

Thank you!

NicoleS Dec 4, 2011

Method of teaching is excellent! Cassidy has improved a lot... She picks up the guitar with a smile! I'm so glad we found Cindy as a teacher:)

NadiaT Oct 12, 2011

Cindy is a wonderful teacher. Both my girls enjoy their piano and singing class. And they love Cindy's method of teaching.

nennettef Sep 26, 2011

Nantar enjoys you very much!!!

Nantar really enjoys her sessions with you! She says she has so much fun!! Thank you!!!

GabrielA Aug 31, 2011


Chelsey and Nathan look so forward to their piano and guitar lessons. They are progressing well and we are extremely satisfied with Cindy. She has a great disposition.

LolaW May 4, 2011

Feedback regarding lessons

Hi Cindy,I wanted to let you know how pleased I am with you as Yakira's piano teacher. Yakira is so excited about learning to play the piano, and she is quite fond of you already.I truly feel blessed to have found you, and I look forward to Yakira's progess as the weeks and months go by.Thanks so much! : )

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California Credentialed Music teacher
Sep 1975 - Present

Various schools in California

I have taught classroom music along with private instruction for over 30 years. I was a member of MUSICAL AMERICANS and toured in Japan, Korea, South America and here is California.


MAT in Music Education
Jun 1975 - Apr 1977

Pepperdine University

BA in Music HIstory and Lit
Jan 1973 - May 1974

Pepperdine University


Life California Credential in Music
May 1982

State of California


Kappa Delta Pi
Jun 1977

Pepperdine University

National High School Orchestra Award
Jun 1972

Van Nuys High School

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