Emily Snider

Emily S.

San Diego, CA

Lesson Details



Emily delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
June 2008

When I was little, I begged my mom to let me play the piano. At age 5, I started taking lessons at my school. As my passion for music grew, I began composing and at age 11. I wrote my first complete song. Continuing to study and compose music, I completed all 10 levels of California'™s Certificate of Merit music program, and for several consecutive years, I was selected by the Certificate of Merit judges to perform in multiple honors recitals. I have also been singing all my life and have been formally trained in voice. Being able to sing and accompany myself on the piano has been very rewarding, and I hope to help others to do the same! In addition, I graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology with concentrations in Ballet and Literature from the University of California, San Diego. My degree in psychology gives me a broad understanding of different learning styles and personalities, enabling me to best cater to the needs of the students. I am very patient and kind, and I encourage each student to flourish and develop his or her skills and talents.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to mold my lessons based on the student's needs. I can be strict in order to encourage focus and develop discipline, but I am not mean. I do not believe in harsh yelling or criticism; instead I use positive reinforcement. I also believe that it is important to have fun and enjoy learning a new skill! I use traditional teaching methods for piano, music theory, and singing. Once someone is classically trained and has obtained proper technique as a solid foundation, he or she can easily venture into other genres and styles.

*** Studio Equipment ***
For Piano: Piano, music stand, selected music books, couch

*** Specialties ***
I have trained classically in music and have studied music history from each of the major influential periods such as baroque, classical, romantic, and contemporary.

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Piano Teacher
Jul 2013 - Present

I currently teach private music lessons to children and adult students from beginning to advanced in my home studio.

Composer, Artist, Solo Pianist and Vocalist
Jan 1998 - Present

I compose original piano and vocal music. My solo piano album, "Soul Secrets," can be found on iTunes, Pandora, Amazon, Jango, and other radio stations and stores. I am also working on a vocal album with more original music, which is currently in production. In addition, I perform at local venues and have experience as an accompanist for vocalists and writing songs for other musicians.

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English Tutor
Jun 2013 - Jun 2014

I tutored English to high school and college students who needed help in writing.

Dance Teacher
Dec 2009 - Jun 2014
San Diego Danceworks

I taught ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop to children and adults from beginning to advanced. I specialized in teaching ballet and incorporated my musical background in my teaching and choreography.

Dance and Gymnastics Coach
Oct 2011 - Jun 2012
SoCal Gymnastics

I taught beginning and intermediate gymnastics skills to children and worked with the competitive team on more advanced dance and gymnastics skills.

Piano Teacher
Apr 2009 - Apr 2010
Emily Snider Music

I began teaching private piano lessons in college when people started asking me for lessons. I taught technique, music theory, and classical and popular music.

Dance and Gymnastics Coach
Jul 2007 - Jul 2008
Gym Ventures Gymnastics

Figure Skating Coach
Jun 2004 - Jun 2005
Ice Sports Center

I used to be a competitive figure skater and began teaching ice skating at age 17 to all ages and levels in group and private lessons.


Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Sep 2006 - Jun 2010
University of California, San Diego


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Certificate Of Merit
Mar 2015
Music Teachers Association of California


Music Teachers' Association of California
Jun 2015

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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Photos & Videos

An original piano composition by Emily S. from her album, "Soul Secrets," released in March 2013.
An original piano composition by Emily S. from her album, "Soul Secrets," released in March 2013.
Photo by Emily S.

Photo by Emily S.

Photo by Emily S.

Performing Chopin's Nocturne In Eb Major Opus 9, No. 2 at Greene Music.


5 Reviews

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Nicole L. Nov 30, 2015
Piano · In studio

Emily is a great teacher. She is very helpful and always makes sure that you undesrtand everything before moving on the the next step. She has really improved my piano, and I would deffinitely recommend taking lessons with her!

Renu W Aug 6, 2015
Piano · In studio

My 8 years old son enjoys his piano lessons with Emily and looks forward for the class each week. She teaches various pieces to introduce new techniques and pushes to see improvement. She is very talented and flexible with the schedule. In each class, she covers quite a lot of material (including theory).

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Dave P. Apr 23, 2015
Piano · In studio

Emily works very well with my 7 year old son. She's very nice, patient, knowledgeable, flexible and great to work with!

aaron F. Feb 25, 2015
· In home

My daughter loves playing piano and has been super inspired to show off her skills after each lesson. Emily has established a great rapport with her and teaches to her at her level so she has gained of love for music and felt encouraged throughout her introduction to formal music training. They have been a perfect match and we look forward to seeing her excitement after every lesson.

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Lori R. Feb 18, 2014
Piano ·

piano lesson

Emily is very sweet and knowledgable. She is a great teacher and keeps my son interested. She is accommadating and encouarging. She offer a lot of positive reinforcement and praise which goes a long way in my son wanting to learn piano.

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