Laura Stoltzfus

Laura S.

Leola, PA
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About

Laura delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 95 and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2009

I began my classical training in both piano and harp at a young age. As I progressed, I began studying piano, music theory, music history, and collaborative piano at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music for five years. I then earned my Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance with a Harp Minor at Houghton College 'Greatbatch School of Music' in New York where I taught both instruments and worked as an accompanist. After graduating, I moved to North Carolina where I taught over 60 students ages 4-65 at Cary School of Music for three years.

Following, I relocated to Los Angeles where I spent three years working as a performing musician and music teacher through the Royal Music Conservatory and MTLA. During my teaching in California, I became certified through the Music Teachers' Association of California where the majority of my students began Certificate of Merit competitions.
While teaching privately, I began working full time as a music teacher at the Help Group School for Autism where I also maintained a position as the charity event choir director...performing with various artists such as the rapper 'Common' and former Temptations singer 'Luis Price.'

While most of my training is in the Classical field, I have a strong passion for contemporary music as well. I believe that both piano and harp have the ability to reach many different audiences. As a teacher, I believe in giving my students a strong Classical foundation while using the technique and theory to delve into other styles of music such as jazz and contemporary pop/alternative. With this instruction, each student will be able to find what music inspires him/her while having the skills and technique to further the chosen style.

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Experience

Music Teacher
Aug 2016 - Present
The Help Group School for Autism

I work as a music teacher for children across the autism spectrum. The classes range from young, behavioral to students in WASC preparing for college.

Piano Instructor
Oct 2015 - Present
Music Teacher LA

Choir Director
Sep 2015 - Present
The Help Group School for Autism

I direct the Help Group event choir which performs with various artists in Los Angeles for charity events which raise support for autism.

Piano Instructor
Sep 2015 - Present
The Royal Music Academy

Piano and Harp Instructor
Oct 2012 - Jan 2015
Cary School of Music

For over two years, I worked at a private school of music where I had over sixty students with ages ranging from 4-65.

Education

Piano Performance/Harp Minor
Sep 2008 - May 2012
Houghton College Greatbatch School of Music

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

CBEST
Jul 2016
California State

Certified to teach in state public schools

Affiliations

California Teachers Association
Mar 2016

Founded in 1863, the California Teachers Association has become one of the strongest advocates for educators in the country. CTA includes teachers, counselors, school librarians, social workers, psychologists, and nurses. These educators in the K-12 school system are joined by community college faculty, California State University faculty, and education support professionals to make CTA the most inclusive and most powerful voice of educators in the state.

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Photos & Videos

Harp Cover of "Falling Slowly"
Photo by Laura S.

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5 Reviews

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Susan V. Oct 22, 2015
Harp · In home

Laura is just wonderful ! She has a high level of expertise coupled with enthusiasm. I enjoyed my lesson with her immensely. Thanks.

Clint Mansell Aug 24, 2015
Piano · In home

Laura made me feel completely at ease, and gave me the belief that I can do this!

Perver Jul 26, 2015
Piano · In studio

Laura was my daughter’s piano teacher for 2 years at Cary School of Music. Overall, she is just an amazing teacher. Laura is very knowledgeable and always very positive; she can handle all challenges that come up teaching kids; hence, she is extremely well with kids. She knows how to challenge the kids at the right pace and still make the lessons fun. My daughter describes her “fun, friendly, and kind.” My daughter has had five piano teachers so far, and Laura has been the best!!

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Sas Jul 14, 2015
Piano · In studio

Laura is an awesome awesome piano teacher. Both my son and I took lessons from her. She is great with kids. She is super knowledgeable and creative with her teaching styles. She is one of the most positive person to be around. She is always happy and in a good mood. This goes a long way when you are teaching kids. She encourages you to advance to the next level without seeming to be pushy. What can I say.....THE BEST PIANO TEACHER EVER!!!

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Kathy Jul 9, 2015
Piano · In studio

Laura was a teacher at the best music school in the Chapel Hill Raleigh Durham NC area beforing moving to California. An accomplished pianist and composer in her own right, she is an extraordinary teacher for all ages.. Within a few months, Laura became in high demand, we students flocking to her studio! Friendly and personable she is able to inspire students to reach further than they ever imagined!

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