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Katie Y.
Redlands, California
Learn all genres of Piano from an Experienced Teacher.
During my lessons, my student should expect to leave feeling confident and that he or she has learned something new. My students will always be making constant progress!
About Katie Y.

*** Location *** Inland Empire California I have been teaching young students piano since 2012. 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 many 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. ***Cancellation Policy*** Please notify me at least 24 HOURS before the lesson if you need to cancel to avoid charges. I may or may not be able to reschedule, and I will allow up to one month for a makeup lesson. *** Studio Equipment *** Baldwin Upright Piano Various Piano Books Metronome Internet access for resources *** Travel Equipment *** I expect all music students to provide a piano and the required materials (i.e. metronome and specific music books) Tutoring: Please provide the class work, assignments, and projects for the subjects that need tutoring (if possible). *** 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.

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Teaching since 2011


Bachelors of Arts

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Teacher's Studio

Katie is great! She is very kind and patient. She related to my child by asking certain questions to get to know her and what she wanted to do and her goals with singing. She is very good about making sure my child understood what she was teaching.

Posted Sep 17, 2020

Great teacher. Excellent with kids.

Posted Sep 10, 2020
Student's home

My daughter had a great time at her first lesson, and she’s really excited to continue!

Posted Aug 29, 2018
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Substitute Teacher
Aug 2016 - Present
I currently teach all subjects K-12 as a substitute teacher in the Redlands and San Bernardino School Districts.
Piano Instructor/ Preschool Music Instructor
Oct 2016 - Jun 2019
The Redlands Conservatory of Arts and Sciences
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 4 and 16. . 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 Azure Hills 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. At Azure Hills, I run a children's choir where we perform songs twice a year.
Peer Lab Facilitator
Aug 2014 - Jun 2016
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.
Director Assistant/ House Pianist
Sep 2013 - Jan 2016
Empire Performance Studio
At Empire Performance Studio, I am the piano accompanist for the musical productions, and I assist with band practices.
Bachelors of Arts
Sep 2012 - Jun 2016
Cal State San Bernardino
Native Proficiency
Music Teachers National Association
Jun 2014
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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Instructor details
Teaches 10 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
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