Vibrant Valley Music Studio

Vibrant Valley Music Studio

5.0 (8)
Best of 2021
1 hire on
1 employee
9 years in business

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We offer online piano lessons as well as group piano classes for students of all ages and levels. Our goal is to nurture tomorrow's musicians through creativity, inspiration, and community. We strive to provide a high-quality and well-rounded music education that gives students the skills they need to enjoy music independently or with others.

I love bringing students together in engaging music-making opportunities. My favorite moments are when students are able to help and support each other, both to reach a deeper understanding of our content and to make beautiful music with together. Such experiences can be so transformative and meaningful.

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Los Gatos, CA 95032
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8 Reviews


  • Ron Biagini

    excellent teacher and format.

  • Kate Liu

    Leah is the best piano teacher I could ever hope to have for my kid. It's been over a year now and my child still loves to go to piano class and that's the best feedback. She's very professional and playful with the kids, never pushy, and she communicated very clearly with them about what to do. Since my child was very young (5 years old) when we started, for the first year me and my husband spent a lot of time making practice a daily routine, sit with her through every practice and work through every challenge. Basically her homework is our homework. But after a year now she mostly does her practice herself everyday without us asking, we only needed to help out when there's a challenging part. I don't need my kid to be the next Beethoven or anything, my goal is to have music as part of the joy in her life, a way for her to express herself when she feels the need to. I often thought that I wish I had a teacher like Leah when I was little, then I probably won't have stopped learning piano myself because the traditional Asian way was so boring. I feel very lucky to have Leah as a teacher for my child and would highly recommend her.

  • Mathieu Charbonneau-Lefort

    The kids are having a wonderful time learning the piano. Leah from Vibrant Valley comes up with beautiful music that is right their level. She organizes three recitals every year with different themes and makes it fun for the kids to play in public. I strongly recommend her as a teacher!

  • Piotr Kaminski

    Leah has amazing patience with kids and knows how to keep them engaged. Communication and planning are also excellent -- we get a personalized weekly summary and list of things to practice by email a few hours after the class, and quick responses to emails.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Online Piano Lessons:
To get started, first fill out the Sign-Up form on our website. This will immediately add you to the waiting list, and you will be contacted to complete your enrollment.

Before instruction begins, new families will meet the teacher for a free Zoom interview. During the interview, the teacher will get to know the student and his/her parent as well as provide a live demonstration of how video lessons work. The teacher will also demonstrate how to use the My Music Staff Student Portal.

Following the interview, instruction will begin with a single paid trial lesson. The first trial lesson is $45.

Once the trial is complete, you will have the opportunity to continue regular lessons.

Group Piano Classes:
After our initial contact, we will discuss a new or existing class your student can join. Once we find an available class, you will be invited to attend a 3-week trial. Regular weekly lessons will continue after the trial.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

From my beginnings as a young piano student, to a band-loving teenager, and eventually an accomplished choral singer, I have a diverse array of experiences that make me a savvy and passionate musician.

I have always been a lifelong musician, but my enthusiasm for teaching was ignited by an Educational Psychology class I took in college. I love to study how people learn. I am devoted to tailoring my communication and teaching style to guide each learner to success.

I am committed to my professional development, and I make sure to keep up with the latest research and teaching trends by regularly participating in online forums. I also attend several conferences each year to learn new techniques and make new connections with colleagues around the country and across the world.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Online Piano Lessons:

The first trial lesson is $45 and includes one full-length video lesson. Once the trial is complete, regular tuition is offered in three different tiers to accommodate various levels of participation and pacing.

$100 for 2 video lessons/month
$140 for 3 video lessons/month
$170 for 4 video lessons/month

Tuition is charged by the month in advance. You may upgrade to a higher tuition tier at any time, but you may only downgrade at the beginning of the month.

Additional materials are billed separately or purchased by the family and as needed.

The studio offers online instruction year-round. There will be at least one virtual performance opportunity each year.

1-on-1 Zoom lessons are also available as a supplement to video lessons for those students that desire a more interactive experience. These supplemental lessons are also good for pursuing a personal project. Zoom lessons are only offered in addition to video lessons, not as an alternative. Each 30 minute Zoom lesson is $30. These spots are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Group Piano Classes:
Tuition covers a weekly 45 minute class and all studio events. Tuition is billed monthly and covers all available teaching weeks in that month. During the 2018-2019 school year, tuition was $170/month. 2019-2020 tuition details will be available by August 2019 and will reflect the number of available teaching weeks from September-May. Materials are billed separately, as needed.

We offer a $50 referral discount when you refer a new family to the studio, as well as a $50 sibling discount when you enroll multiple students from the same family.

How did you get started teaching?

I first began teaching while I was still in college, and I continued to grow my studio after graduation.

During my first few years of teaching, I focused on private lessons, but I then transitioned go group classes. I feel that group piano lends itself well to a recreational learning environment, and it offers tremendous benefits to each student that can be hard to achieve in a 1-on-1 setting. For example, students are more accountable for their practice when they meet for a group class. Students also become more independent learners and are able to play music well with others by learning in a group. Additionally, students make friends that support each other throughout their musical journey, and this really makes lessons enjoyable both in the short-term and the long-term sense. The COVID-19 pandemic moved everything online, which is when we started offering video and Zoom lessons. While this is a very different way of learning, it has been highly successful for students that fully embrace the online format. Video lessons allow students to work at their own pace and on their own schedule.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have experience working with students from age 4 to 70. The majority of these students came to me as beginners, but I have coached many of them to the late intermediate level. I have been working with some of them for over 6 years.

My strengths are best suited for the recreational musician. Our programs guide students through the fundamentals of music theory and piano performance while providing opportunities to stretch their skills through improvisation, composition, and playing in an ensemble.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

In December 2019, we had a special event called "Christmas Coffeehouse" which gave students the opportunity to perform in a more relaxed, casual atmosphere. Students played a large variety of holiday and non-holiday music in open-mic style. It was a very refreshing change of pace from the traditional piano recital. Coming soon, we're going to have our first Virtual Recital near the end of May 2020. It should be an exciting new adventure for everyone!

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Take the time to find the right teacher.

It is worth all the time to interview many teachers. Don’t just settle for the teacher who is most convenient.

You are embarking on what could be a long and life-changing journey. The relationship with your teacher is crucial to the success of that journey. If you don’t find the right person, it could end very quickly.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

You should consider what your goals are from piano lessons. What does your student want to be able to do? Or what do you want your student to be able to do? Make sure to find a studio that aligns with your goals and don't be afraid to be choosy. There are many different teachers, each with their own unique style. Take your time to find the best fit.

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