Joan Huff

Joan H.

San Diego, CA

About Joan H.

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Joan teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: October 2001
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Overview

I started piano lessons when I was about 6 years old. I graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson with a BA in Music Education. After moving to San Diego, I spent the next 20 years or so being a wife and mom and raising 3 kids, one of them a special needs child due to a drowning accident. I've been a church pianist and choir director for almost 30 years and worked at a charter school in Lakeside as a choir teacher and Music History class teacher. I started teaching piano about 10 years ago on the recommendation of a friend and fell in love with it! I have taught kids from the ages of 6 to 16, but would welcome adult students.
I enjoy and can teach many different musical styles on the piano. If you like classical, we can do classical. If you like pop or Broadway, we can do pop or Broadway. If you like contemporary Christian, we can do that. I'm a good sight reader and can help students who are interested learn how. I can also teach improvisation using chords with or without a melody line for students who'd like to learn. I encourage older students to bring in music they are interested in learning. The sky's the limit!


*** Lesson Details ***
I think lessons should be made fun for the student and should be personal time just for them to participate in an activity that they enjoy doing. Parents are always welcome during lessons. With beginners I stress learning to read the notes and other musical notation-dynamics markings, tempo instructions, rests, etc.. I like to use the Dozen A Day exercises as well and, depending on the proficiency level of the student, the Hanon series of exercises for flexibility. I like to use the Alfred Method lesson books for those just getting started. They have good pictures and easy to understand instructions for younger students. They also offer simple Theory instruction books as well. They also have some good adult instruction books. I also like to use a reward system with my students; younger kids can choose from a simple prize box and older ones can receive gift cards from McDonald's, Dairy Queen, etc.. Everyone needs a little reward in life! I like all students to keep a practice log (younger ones can be helped in this by parents) to help with accountability and to see how progress is being made. I also like to have a student recital at the end of the school year, usually in the month of May. The purpose is so that students can meet each other and see what others are working on. I've found that the students themselves are often the best encouragers and inspiration for each other!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ piano and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
Can teach classical, romantic and pop music genres. Can show how to improvise and play from chord sheets with no written music. Fast and efficient in sight-reading.

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Joan H. is a fantastic piano instructor with experience teaching piano privately and also in a classroom setting. She can teach you the skills you need to not only play your favorite music but also create your own! To learn more about Joan keep reading your you can view her full profile here - http://takelessons.com/profile/joan-h I started piano lessons when I was about 6 years old. I graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson with a BA in Music Education. After moving to San Diego, I spent the next 20 years or so being a wife and mom and raising 3 kids, one of them a special needs child due to a drowning accident. I've been a church pianist and choir director for almost 30 years and worked at a charter school in Lakeside as a choir teacher and Music History class teacher. I started teaching piano about 10 years ago on the recommendation of a friend and fell in love with it! I have taught kids from the ages of 6 to 16, but would welcome adult students. I enjoy and can teach many different musical styles on the piano. If you like classical, we can do classical. If you like pop or Broadway, we can do pop or Broadway. If you like contemporary Christian, we can do that. I'm a good sight reader and can help students who are interested learn how. I can also teach improvisation using chords with or without a melody line for students who'd like to learn. I encourage older students to bring in music they are interested in learning. The sky's the limit!

Experience

Piano Teacher

Jan 2013 - Present
San Diego Performance Academy, Santee CA

I teach piano at this studio in Santee CA several afternoons per week and have 9 students there.

Accompanist/Choir Director

May 1982 - Dec 2008
Lake Murray Evangelical Free Church

I was church choir director and pianist at this church for many years. This included several services per week, a choir practice each week plus several special programs per year. Also, accompanied many singers and instrumentalists over the years for weekly church services and special events.

Accompanist, Choir Director

Sep 2002 - Jun 2006
River Valley Charter School, Lakeside, CA

Began at this small charter school as choir accompanist, then took over as director for several years. Also taught Music Education/History class for one semester.

Education

BA in Music Education

Aug 1973 - Jun 1977
University of Arizona Music School
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26 Reviews on Joan H.

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Valerie G. Oct 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient and helpful. I came to her from out of town and needed a few lessons to keep up with my class and the lessons I was missing.
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Valerie G. Oct 21, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient and helpful. I came to her from out of town and needed a few lessons to keep up with my class and the lessons I was missing.
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Cynthia Aug 26, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Joan is very knowledgeable and very patient. She is good at encouraging you.
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Kayla Jul 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
First time, awesome. My daughter is so very happy.
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Bryan W. Jun 16, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Joan was terrific. She is obviously experienced with children and knows how they learn and what they like. She used every minute of the 30 minute lesson to move forward with my son. My active 6 year old enjoyed his first lesson and is excited about learning to play the piano.
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Felix Singh Jun 5, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very happy with the first class.
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Aden P. Dec 22, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Joan,

Thank you so much. Aden had a great time, he really enjoyed his lesson.
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Cat H. Dec 4, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
10 stars! Joan is amazing! She's very attentive to my daughter. My daughter really loves her. Very patient. Recommend!
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Xavi &. Aug 15, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
love it! My son 5 yr old taking first piano lesson and he can't wait to be back.
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Megan H. Aug 11, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Joan is so patient. She has been wonderful with our son. I can't believe how much he learned in such a short amount of time.
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