Michelle Jo Santoso loves her profession in piano teaching tremendously for over 30 years. Founding her own private piano studio independently with her background of Master of Arts degree in piano performance, she is recognized in the music community as a great teacher who is very caring, committed, dedicated, passionate and inspiring who will always nurture each student's love of music, development of musicality, knowledge, technique, and artistry to the highest level of understanding in piano repertoire. Whether students play piano as a hobby or competitively on stages such as Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, Merkin Hall, Alex Theater, etc., she will guide young students to the path that fits each his or her needs. She has been enjoying the journey of her piano teaching year after year with great fulfillment. She has produced many award-winning students nationally and internationally, such as the Jack Kent Cook Award, the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, the Seattle International Piano Competition and many more. Students have been soloists with orchestras nationally and internationally. She not only aims to guide each student musically but also helps develop a solid work ethic, good manners, and robust responsibility to achieve whatever goals a student wishes to complete in order to lead to a full life. Her belief in teaching is to provide a happy piano studio where a family of happy teachers, happy parents and happy students grow together in the joy and love of music making and to help and encourage students to strengthen their weaknesses in self-confidence.
I am very happy when each student learned many wonderful life lessons behind this piano training. Winning many trophies is not the most important aspect but our positive approach in learning and practicing takes us to a wonderful winning journey and that's the most beautiful thing I shared as I can influence and impact their life positively. It's truly a rewarding experience.
We are very impressed with Ms. Michelle's dedication and professionalism in the area of piano pedagogy. My daughter has been taking lessons from her for almost 10 years. It's no exaggeration to say Ms. Michelle's lessons has been an integral part of my daughter's education. Many piano teacher can pass on the knowledge of the music theory or fingering. What impressed us the most is Ms. Mitchell teaches music appreciation and would tailor her lesson plan to accommodate the particular strength and weakness of each student. Another important point is that Ms. Michelle teaches time management and help students stay on track with practice schedule. She helps students set incremental goals along the way so it's not overwhelming for the students even for longer or more challenging piece.