- Teaches students:
- Ages 3+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- November 1994
I've always had a love for music. When I was 8 years old, I taught myself how to read music before my first piano lesson because I was so excited to learn. I continued taking piano lessons throughout my school days and became involved in choir in high school.
When I began college I decided to study business. I auditioned for choir and realized that my dream was to become a music educator. I graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. I studied piano, voice, clarinet, and music education. I had a lot of experience playing the piano and singing that I decided to learn the clarinet and join the concert band so I could have band experience. I was also involved in hand bell choir and continued to perform with the choir after I graduated. After graduating, I taught piano at various private elementary schools throughout San Diego. I also had the wonderful experience of being the pianist and vocal soloist at my church. I am a substitute teacher and have the opportunity to work with students from preschool to high school and am able to use my knowledge of each age group and school curriculum in teaching music.
"Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance" - Samuel Johnson
*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are tailored to each individual student's needs. I think everyone is special and has their own unique way of learning and customized lessons should reflect that. I believe that music theory is important and I include that in lessons. For piano lessons I mainly use Alfred's piano books. In each lesson I will demonstrate the necessary skills in order for the students to feel comfortable in taking the music home to practice. For voice lessons I include vocalizations, vocal technique, and song study.
I want students to have fun with music. I am very patient and I think it's important to encourage and praise students. I hope to instill the desire to learn in each student.
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt
*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, full size keyboard for piano lessons
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a portable keyboard.
Denise is amazing my boys really love going to piano. She is so patient with them and great at teaching them.
Denise is amazing!! So kind and patient and my kids really enjoyed it.
I'm an adult beginner and Denise was very patient with me. I'm looking forward to future classes with her.
I really liked Denise's teaching style. She's very thorough and exceptionally nice. I'm looking forward to continuing my lessons with her and learning more.
Denise was an amazing teacher. She is very patient, prepared and professional. She did an amazing job with my son who is special needs. She really knows how to approach students with a disability and knows just how to cater to what they need. I would highly recommend her for any student.+ Read More
Extremely patient and professional.
Denise is a very easy going teacher. Denise is very relatable to my teen daughter an I love how punctual and attentive to our lesson schedule Denise is. Great teacher!
Denise has a very peaceful demeanor about her that makes children feel comfortable and at ease. My daughter enjoys the instruction she receives, and the way she receives it from Denise. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a comfortable environment for their children to learn.+ Read More