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Joyful Piano Lessons in Lodi California

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Hello! You may have seen me around town. I am the founder and former owner of B Sharp School of Music. After having my first child, managing such a crazy and fast-paced business was not the right thing for my family, so I sold it to it’s now current owners. I still co-own the Scotts Valley location and I’m very proud of both!

I began piano lessons at the age of seven with a traditional, classically trained, Portuguese lady by the name of Paula McDougal. Mrs. McDougal was a part of the Music Teacher’s of California and participated in the Certificate of Merit program of which I completed by age seventeen.

I began teaching when I was approached by a family friend and asked if I would teach his daughter. I was fifteen at the time! From then on, my little studio grew almost overnight to three students- which is why I have always called my studio “The Studio of 3”. I have had seasons where my studio has been up to 63 weekly private students!

After some time away from music, I decided to try opening a music school which had always been a dream of mine. I knew Lodi desperately needed one! In 2015 I opened B Sharp School of Music- which is to this day one of the things that I am most proud of. Two years later I opened a second location which I still own with a business partner. I had no idea how it would grow!

After having my first child, I soon realized that owning a business the size of the Lodi store was simply too much for me to handle and I reluctantly sold it to it’s current owners- who are still to this day, people that I love and admire.

I love music. I love teaching. I love what music does to a community and how it can unify people!
Now I am back into the swing of teaching piano: my first love and something that I am able to work at and still be present for my little son at home.

I am currently teaching from Music Box in Lodi, some at B Sharp and a little from my home. I have taught for over 18 years and I have taught all ages. My specialty is teaching toddlers in both a group and private setting. If you or a family member are interested in lessons, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

I look forward to meeting you!

Rates:

I have a very limited amount of teaching slots. Currently, I am accepting students at Music Box on Friday afternoons from 1-6pm.

15 min private lesson (3-5 year olds) $100 Subscription (100 per month regardless of number of lessons)

30 min private lesson: $35 per lesson (4 lessons is $140 Monthly)

6o min private lesson $65

Toddler group (none available currently) $75 monthly

FAQ:

I have a very limited amount of teaching slots. Currently, I am accepting students at Music Box on Friday afternoons from 1-6pm.

15 min private lesson (3-5 year olds) $100 Subscription (100 per month regardless of number of lessons)

30 min private lesson: $35 per lesson (4 lessons is $140 Monthly)

6o min private lesson $65

Toddler group (none available currently) $75 monthly

About My Lessons

Toddler Music Camp 2019

Cost: $200 Per Child (Sibling discount available)
Location and Dates below

This is a 4 week music exposure and exploration class. It’s the perfect way to allow your child to explore musical instruments and be exposed to classical music, note reading and other foundational concepts that help your child become prepared for music making and learning. I recommend all of my toddler parents to try this course first before enrolling their child into 15 minute lessons with me. The class duration is 1.5 to 2 hours weekly- please see the schedule below for a basic idea of what happens each class. Repetition is a cornerstone to this camp!

Each week the routine is the same and new concepts will be sprinkled into what the children have already learned. There are scheduled breaks and playtime in between the learning times during these couple of hours. They will learn a series of songs, solfege with hand signs, note values, composers and more. This camp can be repeated with the understanding that every camp is essentially the same. I have created this template to teach to new groups of kids but returning students are welcome if they would like to do the same class again!

Hour 1
Say Hello Time
Talk about rules
Singing Time
Piano Time/Special Instrument Time
Talk about piano/Instrument
(Piano free play- need small battery keyboards or small instrument free play)
Shaker and dance time
BREAK- 15 mins
(Snack time)

HOUR 2:
Storytime
Music theory time
Talk about Rockin Robin in the staff tree
Note Monster Song/Activity
Craft time
video time
Say goodbye

DATES

June 8-29 Saturdays 9:30-11:25am STOCKTON at A & A Music (TBA)

July 8th-Aug 4th Saturdays 9:30-11:30am SCOTTS VALLEY at B Sharp School of Music (216a Mount Hermon Rd. in the Kings Village Shopping Center)

August 7-28th Wednesdays and Saturdays 9:30-11:30am A &A Music in Stockton (TBA)

ABOUT MY TEACHING STYLE

Private 15, 30, 45 and 60 Minute lessons

I have a traditional approach to teaching piano but I also will take time to encourage my student’s interests. I encourage all of my students to allow me to teach them through a method book and towards the last half of their lesson we will focus on music that they are interested in. I believe that it is very important to complete the method books to ensure that no concepts are missed. It is in my opinion that this prevents “holes” in their learning. It also aids in sight reading and learning basic practice skills.

In everything that is worth something in this world, there is a commitment and perseverance requirement. Music is the perfect vessel to learn that hard work and consistency can bring success. While music is fun and rewarding, it can also be difficult.

Do not be surprised when you or your child are not motivated to practice! There are seasons in music learning. While some seasons are enjoyable, other seasons are alot of work and require patience!
15 Min Private Piano for 4-5 year olds
These lessons are designed to help a very young child transition to full 30 minute private piano lessons. These lessons are given on a weekly basis and does not require any weekly practice. Concepts learned are reviewed every week along with one or two new concepts. Soon, the child will have a wide knowledge range of musical concepts that will build a strong foundation for their future music lessons.

Depending on the child, lessons can range from what I call “music exposure” to 15 mins of a private piano lesson. I believe that it is most important for a child this young to have their interest in music explored and nurtured to set the stage for actual lessons. This can mean being introduced to other instruments besides piano. I may bring in a ukulele or a flute for them to hold and try. Once they approach age 5, I slowly begin to introduce the concepts of practicing, note reading and the lessons become more piano focused. This eventually evolves into a 20 minute lesson until they are ready to graduate to 30 minute lessons!

 

Schedule a Lesson:

Currently, I am accepting students at Music Box on Friday afternoons from 1-6pm. Please allow me one business day to return your call, contact or text.

Call or Text: 209-479-6396

 

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