Michelle Valdivia
Downey, CA
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Michelle Valdivia

Michelle V.

Downey, CA
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Beginner
I will help develop and strengthen your rhythm and snare technique.

About Michelle V.

AVAILABILITY MAY CHANGE DUE TO CURRENT HEALTH SITUATION SO PLEASE CONTACT ME BEFORE BOOKING.

I am a Certified Beginning Piano Teacher as well as an intermediate level teacher. I studied piano at Cerritos College of Norwalk, CA where I completed my teaching piano certificate. I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a focus in percussion from CSU Long Beach. I have consistently taught piano, music and drums since 2002.

I began my musical career in middle school, playing clarinet in band for three years and then two in my high school marching band. I have traveled the world to perform music. I have been to Brazil to study samba and its many different styles with the World Percussion Program of CSU Long Beach in 2006 and 2007. In 2012, I traveled to Colombia and Venezuela to perform piano with the band of Terratour, a humanitarian group. While touring, we collaborated with local musicians in different cities.

You may have noticed from my photos and videos that I'm a Carpenters fan. I sing, play piano and drums. The Carpenters are my musical inspirations and that's exactly how I perform- with tender, love, and care. My friends and I learned many of the Carpenters tunes and collaborated with vocals, piano, steel drums, drums and other percussion joining together to form our band Close To You.

My teaching is focused on reading the notes (pitch), proper technique, rhythm and timing. All are a part of the music-making process and should be equally strong. I start with young beginners when they can count, add, subtract and know the alphabet. The student must have the proper instrument and additional equipment, when necessary. The student is required to practice on a regular basis (daily is ideal). The student is also responsible for books, flashcards, and a metronome, which are provided at our first lesson.

Notify me if there is a day and time not available. When signing up a child for the first time, it is best to make a one year commitment so the child can really learn to work alone and develop self-discipline. Parental guidance and support is necessary for success. For adults, commitment to practicing is key.

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

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!

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Patty
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Michelle is a great teacher. She is patient, kind, and enthusiastic about music. My child loves going to class and hates missing a class (only when she's sick). She makes learning music fun but it also firm if the child doesn't meet the expectation. It's been a year since we started lessons and we couldn't be more happier.

Posted Oct 22, 2018
Izabel M.
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Michelle has been very good at keeping my 8 year old engaged and interested in learning to read music. We are looking forward to many more lessons.

Posted Jun 15, 2018
Dan
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So far so good

Posted Oct 18, 2017
Izzy
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Michelle was great! On time, very patient and great at explaining information to my 6-year-old grandson!

Posted Jul 28, 2017
Lenore
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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.

Posted Jun 27, 2016
Eloise
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Great teacher. She has great teaching skills. She teaches in a patient and understanding way.

Posted May 1, 2016
Alfonso
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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!

Posted Apr 25, 2016
Sylvia
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Very knowledgeable, patient, and interactive instruction.

Posted Apr 22, 2016

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Experience

Piano Instructor
Jun 2019 - Present

Music Center

Teach music and piano to beginning students in 30 minute sessions.

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 the 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

Certifications

Teach Beginning Piano
May 2004

Cerritos College

Affiliations

Music Teachers' Association of California
Aug 2019
MTAC aspires to be the recognized leader in (1) Student Programs, which make a positive impact in the quality of music education and in the lives of music students; (2) Member Programs, which inspire quality teaching, the pursuit of ongoing teacher education and member involvement with community outreach; (3) a thriving Foundation, which funds Student Programs and member needs through its investments, donations, and grants.
National Association of Music Merchants
Jan 2018
NAMM is the not-for-profit association that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages.

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