Vibrant Valley Music Studio

Vibrant Valley Music Studio

5.0 (7)
Best of 2019
1 employee
7 years in business

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We offer small group piano classes that are both exciting and effective. 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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7 Reviews

5.0

  • 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.

  • Pamela Cheng

    Avery absolutely loves taking piano lessons with Leah and looks forward to her lessons every week! She started taking lessons with her friend last year (duo lesson) and has learned so much since then. Leah's approach to teaching (think piano games, jelly bean prizes, stickers and much more) make the lessons fun and entertaining and keeps the girls interested and coming back for more. Leah is very helpful with any questions or issues we have and is always asking for our feedback on how to make lessons/recitals/practice etc. better. We highly recommend Leah and I can't wait for my younger daughter to start her lessons with her!


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FAQs


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

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.

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.


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 March 2019, we had a recital called "Dynamic Duos & Trios", and it featured entirely collaborative music. We had many duets, some trios, a quartet, and an ensemble of 10! It was a fabulous show, and it was much enjoyed by both the studio and the audience.

In June 2019, our spring recital finale was a spectacular collaboration of almost 20 students on stage and included audience participation. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jM3agPVEMI&t=2s.


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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