Lena S. Kim

Lena S. K.

Walnut, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Lessons are tailored to individual student's ability. Method books are generally encouraged but are supplemented by materials based on student interest and teacher recommendation. Adoptive materials can be created based on student need.

About Lena S. K.

*Professional Classical Piano Teacher, over 20 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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Valenny N.
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It was ok

Posted Apr 20, 2017
cindy
Profile-location-home Student's Home

我女儿已经跟着Lena老师学了2年,老师有良好的性格,从来不会发脾气。
一个好的钢琴老师应该是一个颇具个人魅力的人、良好的性格、特有的艺术气质,能够针对不同学生的不同情况通过不同方式吸引、感染、带动学生。 好的钢琴老师,是你家儿子或女儿每星期要上课钢琴的那一天盼着要见的那个人。好的钢琴老师,是你家孩子弹了新曲子的时候,迫不及待的想分享的那个人。 一个好的老师还应该不仅仅只教授技巧,更教授为人之道, 好的钢琴老师,是让你孩子的文化境界更加提升的那个人。
Lena就是这样的老师也!❤
我积极推荐。

Posted Mar 22, 2017
Matthew M.
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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

Posted Nov 16, 2016
Vivian
Profile-location-home Student's 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^^

Posted Oct 5, 2016
Brian Lee
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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!

Posted Oct 4, 2016
Gracelyn
Profile-location-home Student's 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!

Posted Sep 16, 2016

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Experience

Youth Orchestra Conductor
Sep 2017 - Present

GSC

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

English/Korean

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Mandarin

Limited Proficiency

Affiliations

Certification Board for Music Therapists
Sep 2008
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
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
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
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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