Lena S. Kim

Lena S. K.

Diamond Bar, CA

About Lena S. K.

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Lena S. teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: 2000
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

*Professional Classical Piano Teacher, over 14 years of teaching experiences
*Enthusiastic, patient and flexible for each student's learning progress
*Easy, fun and creative way to teach to develop student's musical potential and ability
*Semi-Annual Recitals
*College Audition prep for Piano Major/Music Major or Minor
*Competition prep

Lena was a music teacher at South Hampton Elementary school(K-6th grade) and Seneca High School(9-12th grade) in NJ, taught music history, music theory, singing, piano, guitar, recorder, violin, cello, brass instruments, and percussion instruments, and she was a director of choral ensemble and the orchestra.
Lena continued to study and obtained master's degree on music therapy and she has been working with students with special needs. Her teaching approach is specially designed for each student's musical ability and their progress. Based upon her learning experiences, every single student will gain much knowledge and skills. Enjoy learning piano with Lena!

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Teaching music theory to high school students

Experience

Music Therapist

Nov 2016 - Present
Circle of Friends

Assistant Conductor/ Vocal Trainer/ Accompanist

Oct 2016 - Present
CTS Children's Choir

Piano Teacher

Feb 2000 - Present
Private Piano Lessons

Teach all levels, piano techniques, music theory, ear training, composition
Prepare students for piano performances and auditions

Music Therapist

Aug 2009 - Dec 2011
Kardon Institues for Arts Therapies-Philadelphia

Piano Instructor

Aug 2009 - Dec 2011
Settlement Music School-Philadelphia

Music Teacher

Jan 2006 - Jun 2006
Seneca High School-New Jersey

Music Teacher

Jan 2005 - Jun 2006
South Hampton Elementary School-New Jersey

Education

MMT, Master of Music Therapy

Sep 2006 - Dec 2010
Temple University, PA

BM, Bachelor of Music in Music Education/Piano Performance

Sep 2002 - May 2006
Rowan University, NJ

Languages Spoken

English/Korean

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Mandarin

Limited Proficiency

Affiliations

Certification Board for Music Therapists

Sep 2008
CBMT_1

The mission of the Certification Board for Music Therapists is to ensure a standard of excellence in the development, implementation, and promotion of an accredited certification program for safe and competent music therapy practice

American Music Therapy Association

Sep 2006
MusicTherapy

AMTA's purpose is the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings. Predecessors, unified in 1998, included the National Association for Music Therapy founded in 1950 and the American Association for Music Therapy founded in 1971. AMTA is committed to the advancement of education, training, professional standards, credentials, and research in support of the music therapy profession.

New Jersey Music Educators Association

Jan 2005
NJ

The mission of the New Jersey Music Educators Association is the advancement of music instruction in New Jersey's educational institutions at all levels that provide in-service and enrichment opportunities for practicing and retired teachers and prospective music educators, as well as sponsoring various festivals and all-state performing groups for K-12 students.

Music Teachers National Association

Sep 2004
MTNA

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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4 Reviews on Lena S. K.

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Debbie Nov 16, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I purchased a gift certificate to gift piano lessons for my father. He had his first lesson with Lena today and asked that I write the review for him since he does not use the internet very much.

He said:
I really enjoyed my lesson with Lena today. She is a really patient, kind, and caring piano teacher. Her teaching style was very clear and easy to understand even though I do not have any past experience in music or playing instruments. She helped me learn the basic keys. I look forward to taking more lessons with her. I have already signed up for 4 additional lessons.
Thanks,
Matthew
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Vivian Oct 5, 2016
Classical Piano · In home
I recomend all of you and your children to learn piano with Ms. Kim. She is friendly and patient teacher. I am a mom of two children they got lessons from Ms. Kim over 7 years. My older one got into NYU piano program and my younger son is still playing the piano. I wish Ms. Kim can stay in NJ and teach my son continue though.
I was very happy to had her for my children because Ms. Kim help them so much .
My daughter had bad habits from previous teachers and didn" t want to practice, but Ms. Kim corrected and rebuilt good foundation and my dauthter enjoyed to play the piano as soon as she comes back from school. I am sure Ms. Kim's warmness and humorus teaching style made my daughter kept on playing. Finally she made my daughter got into piano major in NYU.
And Ms. Kim was so patient to my son. He started piano when he was 5. My son has difficulty on focusing whatever he does. But Ms. Kim taught him very interesting way. I thought either my son or Ms. Kim would give up, but Ms. Kim made my son to enjoy plalying the piano. She has music therapy degree and used lots of fun materials and lesson plans to made my son to focus on lesson time. He is grown up now and still playing the piano. I appreciate it so much to Ms. Kim.

혹시 한국 어머니들이나 학생들이 피아노 레슨에 관심있으시다면 김선생님 정말 추천합니다. 선생님이 뉴저지 계실때 저희애들 둘이 7 년 넘게 레슨 받았는데 지금도 생각납니다. 큰딸아이는 처음엔 취미로 배우게 하려고만 했는데 선생님 덕분에 뉴욕음대까지 보내게 되었고 막내는 워낙 정신없는 어린이였는데 선생님이 인내심이 대단하셔요, 음악교육학이랑 음악치료까지 공부하신 분이라 그런지 그냥 피아노만 연습하라고 푸쉬하는게 아니라 재미있게 즐길수 있도록 끝까지 잘 가르쳐주셨어요. 레슨 시간마다 집중할수 있게끔 만드시는거 보니 믿고 잘 맡기길 잘했구나 했어요. 선생님이 강조하셨던게 있는데 학생 학부모 선생님 세박자가 잘 맞아야 한다고.. 저는 피아노 애 들 가르치면서 선생님의 중요성을 정말 절실히 알겠더라구요. 딸아이 가르칠 초기에는 다른 선생님들이 제대로 안가르쳐주고 습관들이 잘못들어서 오래 애먹었어요. 처음부터 김선생님 만났으면 고생 안했을텐데..그래도 중간부터라도 선생님 만나고 저희 딸애가 연습도 열심히 하고 피아노 재미있다고 음대가겠다고 했어서 엄마로서 너무나 감사하고 다행이고 잘되었다 생각 많이했어요. 선생님이 음악에 대해 열정도 대단하고 아이들 가르치시는거 볼때는 저도 조금만 짬이 있다면 배우고싶다라는 생각도 들었어요. 연말마다 김선생님이 애들 데리고 피아노 리싸이틀 하던때도 너무 좋았네요. 아이들 하나하나 정성들여 가르치시고 씨앗을 잘 뿌리고 가꾸셨구나 하던 생각이 납니다. 캘리포니아에서도 좋은 결실들 많이 맺으시길 바라면서
이 글 보시는 분들은 망설이지 마시구 김선생님한테 아이들 맡겨보세요^^
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Brian Lee Oct 4, 2016
Audition Prep · In home
Ms. Kim is wonderful piano teacher. I had her for more than 5 years and got into Rutgers University for music ed/piano major. I cherish the time I was studying with Ms. Kim. She is very knowlegable for what she was teaching and so she is so patient. I was a student who just love to play the piano from time to time, not too serious about what I was going to do with music, but since I met her Ms. Kim opened my door to explore how to appreciate music and practice piano correctly. She thaught me a lot though; I got ear training, music theory and compositions which I appreciate so much and I am confident right now as music major student and soon to be a music teacher. Of course, regarding piano teaching, she is the best teacher I have ever met. Even my piano professors at college mentions that I have a good foundation. Ms. Kim made me to get into music ed/piano major and now I am walking on sunshine everyday. I just love what I am doing now as musician! Thank you Ms. Kim!

Awesome piano teacher, I strongly recomend to everyone who is interested in piano lessons!
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Gracelyn Sep 16, 2016
Classical Piano · In home
Lena is an expert piano teacher. My son has been taking lessons with her for little over 2 years and he is so much improved now. He didn't have good foundation from his previous teacher, but Lena went over every single basic detail for my son such as fingerings, posture, techniques, touches and she even explains of body mechanism related to piano skills. Of course, Lena is patient and her teaching style is fun! That really helped my son not to give up playing the piano. I am more than happy to found her for my son. Highly recommend Lena for your piano teacher!
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