Michelle Valdivia

Michelle V.

Downey, CA
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I will help develop and strengthen your rhythm and snare technique.
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Michelle delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ 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 have taught 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 with 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. We collaborated with local musicians in local venues. I have always admired traveling and performing live, and Terratour was the best opportunity to do so.

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 passion, tender, love, and care (TLC). 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.

My teaching is focused on reading the notes (pitch), proper technique and rhythm. All are a part of music and should be equally strong.

I am available for online, in-home, or in-studio lessons. If your child younger than 5 can count to 10 and knows the alphabet, then I would be happy to add him/her to my roster or if you want to develop your talent, I can help. 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. Also, when a child has never worked alone or is very young, parental guidance is necessary for success. For adults, commitment to practicing is key.

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. Also, if there is a day and time you need that is not available, please message me so we can work something out prior to booking lessons.

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Private Piano Instructor
Feb 2002 - Present

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.


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


Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Teach Beginning Piano
May 2004
Cerritos College

Photos & Videos

Partial piano instrumental of Carpenters songs I arranged performed here on my piano students’ recital June 16, 2018.
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.

My musical inspirations, Carpenters.

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

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

Photo by Michelle V.

Performing "Oh Tannenbaum".  This is one of my favorite Christmas pieces for piano.
NAMM Show 2018
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8 Reviews

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Patty Oct 22, 2018
Piano · In studio

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.

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Izabel M. Jun 15, 2018
Piano · In home

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.

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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