Naomi Smentkowski

Naomi S.

San Diego, CA

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About

Naomi delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 3 to 15, males 4 to 13 and special needs

Teaching since:
August 2011

I have been teaching piano and voice lessons for over 2 years, and have been playing piano since age 5 and have been singing before I could even talk :) Music is my passion and I believe that everyone can find joy and success in some form through music.
My lessons are typically 30 minutes, once a week. I teach out of my home studio near Fashion Valley Mall in Mission Valley, San Diego. I usually use the Bastien series, but am flexible depending on how the student learns. I hold recitals twice a year to showcase ability-once in the spring, and another around Christmas time. Practicing is very important to me, and I have a treasure box that the students are able to pick out of if they practice 50 minutes a week.

I recently relocated to CA and unfortunately lost all of my AZ students, but before leaving I conducted interviews with local piano teachers in order to find the perfect fit for each student. I still currently teach one of my 6 year-old students via Facetime.

I graduated in 2013 from ASU with a degree in Elementary Education, a minor in Music, and a certificate in Art. Since then, I have been a piano and voice teacher to 32 students, been a nanny to a pair of twins, started a children's entertainment company, and taught as a long term sub (3 month intervals) for 3rd grade, reading specialization, and middle school humanities.

The majority of my availability is during weekdays, but weekend lessons may be possible as well. Thanks for taking a lot at my bio and I look forward to speaking with you!

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Experience

Piano and voice teacher
Apr 2014 - Present
Self-employed

I have been teaching piano and voice lessons for over 2 years. I have been playing piano since age 5 and have been singing before I could even talk :) Music is my passion and I believe that everyone can find joy and success in some form through music.
My lessons are typically 30 minutes, once a week. I teach out of my home studio near Fashion Valley Mall in Mission Valley, San Diego. I usually use the Bastien series, but am flexible depending on how the student learns. I hold recitals twice a year to showcase ability-once in the spring, and another around Christmas time. Practicing is very important to me, and I have a treasure box that the students are able to pick out of if they practice 50 minutes a week.
I recently relocated to CA and unfortunately lost all of my AZ students, but before leaving I conducted interviews with local piano teachers in order to find the perfect fit for each student. I still currently teach one of my 6 year-old students via Facetime.

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Long-term substitute
Aug 2013 - May 2016
Tempe School District

Long-term positions include:
3rd grade from July-October 2014 at Aguilar Elementary
Reading Intervention from March-May 2015 at Aguilar Elementary
6/8th Humanities from July-October 2015 at Tempe Academy
K-8th Reading Intervention from March-May 2016 at Liberty Arts Academy

Duties of a long-term sub are to completely take over the classroom as if it were your own. You become the full-time teacher for the months that you are there.

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Education

B.A in Elementary Education, minor in Music, certificate in the Arts
Aug 2009 - Aug 2013
Arizona State University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

NES certified to teach Science
Mar 2014
Arizona State University

Certified to teach 1-6th grade in the state of Arizona
Feb 2014
The State of Arizona

Awards

Gold Award
Jun 2006
Girl Scouts of America

Photos & Videos

Graduated from Arizona State University in 2013

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Me and my husband on our wedding day in April 2014

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6 Reviews

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Carrie Oct 31, 2016
Singing · In studio

She is amazing and works so well with my child with special needs.

Paula Aug 15, 2016
Piano · In studio

Naomi had been a substitute teacher at my student's school and I knew she would be a good match to teach her piano. Naomi has a special way of tailoring her teaching to the individual student. She was always available to consider my input as well as taking into account the student's needs. Naomi has a unique way of keeping students engaged and enjoying learning. We miss her and recommend her highly!

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Sydney Aug 14, 2016
Piano · Online

Miss Naomi teaches me piano on face time. She is super duper nice and the best piano teacher ever! ❤️🎹💖🎼💗🎤❤️

Angela Aug 14, 2016
Piano · In studio

One word, Amazing! Naomi started teaching my daughter when she was 4yrs old, she is now 6yrs old. Naomi is patient, talented and truly gifted when it comes to teaching children piano and voice. My daughter is inspired by Naomi & absolutely adores her. I would recommend Naomi to any parent looking for a talented piano teacher.

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Heather C. Aug 12, 2016
Piano · In home

Naomi was wonderful! Extremely capable and patient. My daughter loved her.

Heather C. Jun 13, 2014
Piano · In home

Naomi is very knowledgeable and a wonderful teacher. My daughter has learned so much from her.

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