Michelle Valdivia

Michelle V.

Downey, CA
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Lesson Details

Piano

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
You will develop your musicality and learn the language of music through the application of piano. Learn the basics of notation, rhythm and theory. Learn scales and how to build chords so you are able to open any music book and can play the chords accurately as well as how to arrange the notes of the chords depending on the style of music.
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About

Michelle passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
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

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I am a Certified Beginning Piano teacher as well as an intermediate level teacher. I studied piano at Cerritos College of Norwalk, CA and 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 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 with the band of Terratour, a humanitarian group. While touring, we collaborated with local musicians in local venues.

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. 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.

My teaching is focused on reading the notes (pitch), proper technique and rhythm. All are a part of the music-making process and should be equally strong. I start with young beginners when they can count to at least 10 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. If you need me to provide that, please let me know.

I am currently available for online or in-studio lessons. Please notify me if there is a day and time not available. I try to be flexible but do prefer serious and committed students. 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- not just lesson attendance.

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

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Jun 2011 - Jul 2012
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Mar 2006 - Mar 2007
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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

Affiliations

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.

Photos & Videos

NAMM Show 2019

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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.

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My musical inspirations, Carpenters.

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

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Photo by Michelle V.

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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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