Michelle Valdivia

Michelle V.

Downey, CA
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Michelle delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 92 and special needs

Teaching since:
February 2002

I am Certified Beginning Piano teacher as well as an intermediate level teacher. I studied piano at Cerritos College of Norwalk, CA with an emphasis in piano and completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a focus in percussion from CSU Long Beach. I currently teach private and classroom lessons for piano. I have consistently taught piano since 2002 to students ages 5 and above.

I have traveled the world to perform and teach music. I have been to Brazil to study samba and its many different styles through the World Percussion Program of CSU Long Beach in 2006 and 2007. In 2012, I traveled to Colombia and Venezuela to perform with the band of Terratour- a humanitarian group. My close friend and I performed his inspirational and encouraging music- he on guitar and lead vocals and I on piano. We collaborated with local musicians in local venues throughout both countries. I have always admired traveling and performing live, and Terratour was the best opportunity to do so.

From my profile pictures and videos, you may have notice I'm a Carpenters fan. Yes, I am! I sing, play piano and drums. The Carpenters are my musical inspirations and that's exactly how I perform- with passion and tender, love, and care. I was once the other musical half of a Carpenters tribute band, Close To You. My friend and I learned many of the Carpenters tunes and collaborated with vocals, piano, steel drums, drums and other percussion. We have disbanded, but even before forming the band, I was always singing and playing drums/piano simultaneously on my own and still continue to.

I am available for online, in-home, or in-studio lessons. If you want to develop your talent, I can do that with you. You have all the ability and power to learn and be great- I'm just going to guide you all the way to your goal.

Please notify me of the special need prior to booking lessons so I can accommodate.

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Experience

Private Piano Instructor
Feb 2002 - Present
Self-Employeed

Piano Instructor
Nov 2012 - Oct 2015
San Fernando Music School

Music and piano instructor of students ages 5 and up in a classroom of a maximum of 8 students per hour.

Piano Instructor
Jun 2011 - Jul 2012
After-School Dream Factory

Teach music and piano to a classroom of eight students from ages 6 to 10.

Piano Instructor
Mar 2006 - Mar 2007
City of Bell Gardens

Teach music and piano to students ages 6 to 18 in the City of Bell Gardens at their recreation location.

Music Instructor
Jun 2003 - Dec 2004
Arrow Music

Teach one-on-one music, piano and voice to students of all ages.

Education

Bachelor or Arts, Music
Aug 2004 - May 2007
CSU Long Beach
Associate of Arts
Aug 2000 - May 2004
Cerritos College

Languages

Portuguese
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Teach Beginning Piano
May 2004
Cerritos College

Photos & Videos

Benefit concert in October of 2010.  My band and I performing "Superstar" of the Carpenters.  I'm playing piano and singing.
The best location of Innovations at Disneyland.

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My musical inspirations, Carpenters.

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Playing with the Terratour band in Santa Marta, Colombia August 2012.  It was very hot there!

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Playing the beautiful bass drums at a CSU Long Beach Caribbean Concert.

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Photo by Michelle V.

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6 Reviews

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Dan Oct 18, 2017
Piano · In studio

So far so good

Izzy Jul 28, 2017
Piano · In home

Michelle was great! On time, very patient and great at explaining information to my 6-year-old grandson!

Lenore Jun 27, 2016
Piano · In home

Michelle is a great piano teacher, she taught 3 of my kids. Michelle always took the time to make sure each lesson was fun and interesting.
I would highly recommend Michelle as your next music instructor.

Eloise May 1, 2016
Piano · In home

Great teacher. She has great teaching skills. She teaches in a patient and understanding way.

Alfonso Apr 25, 2016
Piano · In studio

Michelle is very patient and she has the perfect temperament to teach children. We have known Michelle for many years. She is currently teaching my 5 year old daughter. When we decided to have our five year old lessons, we were very pleased Michelle was available to instruct her. Michelle has taught our other two daughters. I would highly recommend Michelle to anyone!

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Sylvia Apr 22, 2016
Piano · In home

Very knowledgeable, patient, and interactive instruction.

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