Niki Shojaei
San Diego, CA
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Niki Shojaei

Niki S.

San Diego, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Experienced teacher of 11 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation . I specialize in classical , pop as well as music theory.

About Niki S.

I am a passionate classically trained Piano Teacher specializing in Classical music and pop . I create an enjoyable, customized, yet disciplined lesson plan to help my students achieve their musical goals . I enjoy working with the students of all ages( Young children and Adults). I am determined to develop the full potential of each student .It’s up to a teacher to interact with a student in such a way to discover the potential hidden talent . I truly enjoy to be part of each step in the learning process and helping students to achieve their musical goals .


Lesson Style :

I customize and plan my lessons for each student and therefor my teaching approach grounds students in Musical fundamentals and Piano Technics by combining ear training, Note reading, composition and performance exercises along with Repertoire ( Classical , pop and some Jazz)

Lesson Details :
I begin by getting the student familiar with the piano, finger number positions, and gradually incorporate Music theory, ear training, note reading and Piano techniques along with Repertoire. I work a variety of methods some of which include Bastien Series, Alfred, Faber, Hanon, little Mozart and many others depending on the student’s age and wishes to what they like to achieve.

Additionally for younger children :
I incorporate a variety of enjoyable off bench musical activities during lessons to help them expand their creativity.

Students will be able to see progress on a weekly basis provided that they are practicing what they have learned in lessons on their own time.


Lessons for Adults :

Lessons are uniquely tailored to your goals We will go through warm-ups , music theory that will place emphasis on technique and then work through the repertoire to discover the joy of performing/playing music.

Piano Recital

I also organize performance opportunities and piano recitals for students and their families which is a great experience for both students and their loved ones.The purpose is that students could meet each other and observe others' accomplishments which provide great inspiration and joy to the students and their parents.

For Students who are interested in certificate programs :

The Music Development program

The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program provides a recognized national standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginners to advanced levels. I'd like to encourage my students to participate in the Music Development certificate program. This program is suitable for students of all ages and provides an internationally recognized assessment service while celebrating the achievements of every student at all levels. The examination results provide assurance for the parents and allow them to track students’ progress to an international standard.

Looking forward to meeting you :)

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Payne
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My son really enjoyed his first lesson. We look forward to next week!

Posted Jun 6, 2019
Susan
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My daughter started with Niki almost 2 years ago at age 9 and we feel so fortunate to have her as a piano teacher. Niki provides a wonderful balance of patience, nurturing and encouragement with building solid discipline and understanding. She has fostered joy and pride in my daughter and a love of piano that will stay with her a lifetime.

Posted Apr 16, 2018
Heather
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Niki is very patient and encouraging with my son. We've been with her for four years and counting!

Posted Mar 6, 2016
Kim
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Niki is an outstanding piano teacher. She began teaching my daughter when she was 9 years old, and after 3 years of lessons, I am extremely pleased with how well my daughter plays the piano. Niki makes learning piano fun and interesting for children by allowing them to choose some of their own popular pieces. Her teaching style is the perfect balance of friendly and encouraging, yet very professional with an emphasis on progress. She sets high expectations and inspires her students through her own love of music. I would highly recommend Niki to any student fortunate enough to work with her.

Posted Feb 22, 2016
Rachel
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While many piano instructors teach children, I had difficulty finding someone willing to have me (an adult) as a student. I tried two different teachers before finally hearing about Niki . Her lessons focus on the basics (like scales and lessons from technique books), as well as songs. She breaks the songs into manageable portions, so I am never overwhelmed and notice my progress from week to week. Her approach works. I am getting better at reading notes and I think I sound better too. I highly recommend Niki to anyone, at any age, who needs a piano teacher.

Posted Feb 22, 2016
Tiba
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My 6 years old daughter naturally loves to play the piano. She had two other teachers before we met Niki and they were not able to help my daughter to keep her focused and have fun /enjoy the piano lesson. With Niki , my daughter became excited every week to go to piano class and practices at home on her own. Niki has a way of inspiring my daughter to love playing the piano even more. My daughter is always excited for the recitals ,( Which she performed in one yesterday) Recitals are very helpful to promote self confidence at young age.
Niki is an excellent teacher and highly recommended !

Posted Feb 22, 2016
James
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I'm so happy to have Niki as my son's piano teacher. She is very kind and knowledgeable. One quick and important thing I notice about this teacher, She always pays attention to all the details and makes sure that the student fully understands the concepts. She's very patient and will not rush through things just because time is up. I highly recommend our excellent teacher.

Posted Feb 22, 2016
Brian
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We have come to know Niki as a very knowledgeable, patient, and dedicated teacher. My daughter was only 5 when she had her first piano lessons, and I was interested, most of all, in understanding whether her interest in music and the piano in a common room in our building was mature enough to begin music lessons - or not. Niki gave me a very knowledgeable assessment of my daughter's readiness to begin studying music, and then went on to give her piano lessons that were right for her level and age. She definitely developed my daughter's eagerness to learn more, and left her looking forward very much to her weekly piano class. We can wholeheartedly recommend Niki.

Posted Feb 22, 2016
Jennifer , D
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Niki is a truly inspired teacher! She is articulate, patient and imaginative and inspires excitement in her students. I hope to work with her for a long time and I look forward to each lesson with enthusiasm. I am very fortunate to have found her

Posted Feb 22, 2016
sangeeta
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Niki is a very good Piano teacher. She is very patient with kids, has the right approach to teaching Piano and always punctual. Both my middle schooler and kindergartener are learning quite well with her.

Posted Feb 22, 2016
Shirin
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We really like Niki and my 7 year daughter loves playing the piano because of her!
Niki is very caring and always has a positive attitude. She brings joys along with her expertise and that's why my daughter can't wait for her piano lessons every week!

Posted Feb 22, 2016
Kate
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Niki has been teaching our son for a year since he was 6. He has learned so much in the last year- she does a great job of starting with the basics- sight reading, music theory, fingering. Her quiet way keeps him calm but also pushes him to learn. Most of all, he really enjoys the piano and looks forward to lessons!

Posted Jan 29, 2016
L.H.
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Ms. Niki is a wonderful piano teacher! She is kind, patience and very knowledgeable. She makes learning fun yet knows when to "push" her students along. Our daughter responds well to her "non-pressured" style. She has been our daughter's piano teacher for over four years now. With Ms. Niki's guidance and loving support, our daughter can now play the piano and reads music fluently! We are pleased with our daughter's progress and would highly recommend Ms. Niki! Our daughter loves her and wouldn't want any other piano teacher!

Posted Jan 24, 2016
Per
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Our 7 yo daughter have had Niki as her piano teacher for the last 2 years. It has been a great experience. Our daughter looks forward to every class. Motivation to practice on a daily basis is always a challenge at this young age, but Niki has instilled in our daughter a passion for piano. I love to hear my daughter practice her songs every day and go to her classes well prepared and motivated. This is something achieved only by an excellent teacher!

I am happy to give Niki my strongest recommendations!

Posted Jan 21, 2016
Ruth
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Niki is wonderful and talented. Both my kids have been learning piano with her now for a few years and play brilliantly thanks to her. I would highly recommend Nikki for piano lessons.

Posted Jan 20, 2016
Bita
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Nikki is a great teacher! My son loves learning piano from her. She is passionate about her work and does a great job with my son!

Posted Jan 20, 2016
Sergio S.
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Really great teacher! Very professional, kind and encouraging. Highly recommend!

Posted Jan 10, 2016
Martin S.
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Very good instructor! I was impressed that she was challenging but gentle and encouraging at the same time! On time, very professional.

Posted Jan 10, 2016
Leo S.
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Great teacher! Highly recommend. My son has a difficult time staying focused and he was excited about learning the whole time with her! Highly recommend, especially for younger children.

Posted Jan 10, 2016
Austin S.
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Very nice, easy to work with, on time, patient. Everything you want in a teacher!

Posted Jan 10, 2016
Oliver S.
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Lovely teacher! On time, gentle but effective! Very happy she is working with my son!

Posted Jan 10, 2016
Franklin S.
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Very nice, patient and connected with my son easily. on time and helpful in recommendations for piano books appropriate for his level. Awesome instructor!

Posted Jan 10, 2016
Kathie
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Ms. Niki has been a wonderful piano teacher for our daughter for the last 2 years and we highly recommend her. She is kind and patient but also very disciplined in making sure her students learn proper technique and form. The progress our daughter has made is amazing. Ms Niki also organizes performance opportunities for her students a few times a vear, which is a great experience.

Posted Nov 1, 2015
Shu-Man
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Niki is very patient to my 5-year-old son. She is very professional in teaching kids.

Posted Oct 28, 2015
Sam
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It is such a pleasure to have Niki teach my children piano. They love working with her and look forward to each lesson.

Posted Oct 28, 2015
Alicia , M
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Niki is an excellent teacher ! She makes sure her students are enjoying her class and what they are learning while they master new concepts I highly recommend her.

Posted Oct 27, 2015
Tanya . L
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"My daughter takes Ms. Niki's piano class since last summer, in the first class Ms. Niki found she lacks good foundation (for reading and apply notes, hand positions), so she helped her build the foundation gradually. Ms. Niki is nice and patient to kids and my daughter like her and enjoy the pieces/songs she assigned."

Posted Oct 27, 2015
Sugato . M
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My Son has been taking from Mrs . Niki for over 3+ years now . She has been an excellent instructor who has worked patiently with my son, motivating him to do better and helping him develop a real interest in music. I would kindheartedly recommend her as a piano teacher."

Posted Oct 27, 2015
Paula , J
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Niki is a very dedicated teacher and extremely patient . My children are always excited to know she is coming and her playing piano has greatly improved . I highly recommend her .

Posted Oct 27, 2015
Hannah
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I started doing piano lessons with Niki since I was in 4th grade and now I am in 8th. She teaches me theory, classical piano, songs from a lesson book, and pop music and I have so much fun. I have learned so much!

Posted Oct 20, 2015
Bemini P.
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My 4 & 1/2 old son is new to music and we were looking for a right piano teacher for a while. Niki is a well qualified, talented, wonderful teacher and her lessons are at the right phase. My son loves learning piano lessons from Niki.

Posted Oct 20, 2015
Joohee
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She's really patient and nice to kids. My kid loves her. She teaches how to play the piano step by step with fun!

Posted Oct 20, 2015
Aram S.
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Niki is great!

Posted Oct 1, 2015
Sofie
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I like her she is the best teacher never have , she so sweet and intelligent I really. Recommend to all kids and parents for teaching

Posted Aug 29, 2015
John
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Great teacher and amazing patience.

Posted Aug 29, 2015

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Experience

Piano Teacher
Feb 2004 - Present

Niki Piano Lessons

Piano teacher
Jul 2012 - Oct 2016

Villa Musica School

Education

B.S in Computer Sience
Jan 2000 - Oct 2004

Tehran University

B.A in Music Education
Mar 2000 - Jun 2003

Tehran University

Languages

English

Professional Proficiency

Farsi

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Elementary Specialist - Piano
Jan 2015

Royal Conservatory of Canada

Affiliations

Royal Conservatory of Music of Canada Music Development Program
Aug 2014
The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (Music Development Program) provides a recognized national standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels.

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