- Teaches students:
- Ages 3+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- June 2011
I have been teaching young students piano for seven years. I have completed my education for a music education degree, and am the former president of the Cal State Piano Society. I have been playing piano for nineteen years and love every aspect of music. My goal is to pass my passion for music onto my students, and allow them to develop a deep appreciation and understanding for all genres.
*** Lesson Details ***
I am a strong believer in making the learning process fun and enjoyable. I want my students to be motivated to learn and practice as much as possible. My teaching style consists of starting with the basics (technique, theory, and reading music) then graduating to style and phrasing. My students will always leave our lessons feeling accomplished and confident. Learning an instrument is hard work, but with enough effort and commitment, anything is possible!
*** How Long of a Lesson? ***
For very young beginners, I recommend 15 minutes. For beginners, I recommend 30 minutes. For intermediate, we can do 30 to 45 to 60 minutes. For advanced, you would benefit from 45 to 60 minutes. If you are beginner and want to have a 45 or 60 minute lesson, each lesson will focus on any of these categories: technique, repertoire, theory, ear training, and listening.
Please notify me at least ONE HOUR before the lesson if you need to cancel to avoid charges. I may or may not be able to reschedule, but I do my best to be as flexible as possible.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Baldwin Upright Piano
Various Piano Books
Internet access for resources
*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to provide a piano and the required materials (i.e. metronome and specific music books)
*** Specialties ***
I believe that technique is very important when it comes to piano. I start with teaching the basic scales, hand positions, and good posture. Then I begin teaching music theory, in which the student learns how to read notes, rhythms, dynamics, etc. Once the student becomes proficient in reading and technique, I give them more difficult pieces in order to work on style, voicing, and phrasing.
At the Redlands Conservatory, I run a piano studio where I teach half an hour piano lessons. Most of my students, here, are between the ages of 7 and 13. I do, however, have two 3 year old students. My students are expected to read and perform accurate rhythms. We strive to achieve perfect technique and work hard in training the ear. We use the fundamentals of ear training (solfege: do re mi fa sol la ti do) to better hear and memorize the melodic line. My students will learn to read and sing solfege, without the use of piano. This strengthens them as musicians and gives them a better understanding of their music.
The Conservatory also sends me to Montessori and Loma Linda Academy to teach music in the preschool classes. In these classes, the students learn solfege, rhythm, musical vocabulary, and music history during fun, interactive games.
As the Peer Lab Facilitator at CSUSB, I hold classes that help excel the students of beginner and advanced music theory and ear training. I hold multiple session a week for up to thirty students at a time. I am responsible for creating lesson plans and exercises to further develope their understanding of music analysis and chord/melodic recognition.+ Read More
At Empire Performance Studio, I am the piano accompanist for the musical productions, and I assist with band practices.
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Grace enjoyed her first lesson. Thank you!
Katie, was very professional and knowledgeable. My son is so excited to continue his lessons with her.
My son Danzel is very lucky to have a piano teacher like Katie. Me and my husband watch katie and Danzel during lessons and i can tell that Katie is so professional and very knowledgeable in what she does. I am praying that she will continue to be the piano teacher for a long time.God Bless.+ Read More
Great. My daughter really enjoys her lessons.Katie is awesome
Awesome! Katie is great!
considering its the first day of the lesson, Katie was very patient and considerate to Danzl. Awesome Teacher!
We enjoy having Katie come to our house. They have fun and my daughter is learning so much.
Katie is an excellent piano teacher! She is great with kids and makes piano lessons fun. My daughter looks forward to her lesson each week and has been making great progress. Katie is also flexible with our schedule which I appreciate very much. So glad we found her!!+ Read More
My son is very shy and he is very hard on himself, but Katie has been wonderful! She is very patient. She is very flexible with scheduling as well. My son feels very comfortable with her. Definitely recommend her to other students.
50000 Thumbs up!!!