Piano Belloso Music Studio

Piano Belloso Music Studio

5.0
1 employee
7 years in business

About this pro

Well, first of all, understand that every teacher is different. Not only do they have different SKILL levels, but they have different PERSONALITIES and PHILOSOPHIES about how they teach, and different levels of EXPERIENCE. All of these factors come together to influence a teacher's overarching goal (or goals?) for their students, which can vary widely. When looking for piano lessons, I recommend talking with your prospective teacher about each of these different areas, rather than just price shopping. 

That said, I believe that my particular combination for skills, personality, philosophy, and experience is an almost "magical" combination for most students NOW. 

What sets me apart is the RESULTS my students experience within a very short period of time (weeks or months, not years). What do I mean by "results?"...

 - The quantity of songs you will be able to just sit down and play at any time without the need for sheet music is vast. And you will be able to play in a number of different styles.

- The quality of those songs is mature and has depth. We won't be playing "Mary Had A Little Lamb" or "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."

- Students progress from one level to the next with ease, and have a feeling of success and accomplishment, rather than frustration.

I love seeing students succeed. I love helping them. And I'm quite good at being a musical coach. I also see teaching as a form of collaboration, which is one the most enjoyable forms of making music. Creating music and even individual piano practice can be quite isolating, and that's alright. It's part of the deal; but making music with other people has a compounding effect to the results I achieve, and it balances out the more isolating part of recording and producing. It's the same reason why I encourage my students to participate in group classes and start their own collaborations.

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Whittier, CA 90604
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I usually invite new students to attend a FREE INTRODUCTORY SESSION. This is a bit like an open house, where we can all meet each other in person. Students and families will get a chance to see what the studio is like, what I'm like, and ask questions. I teach a very unique, playing-based, method. So, during the session, I will demonstrate some songs from the method and explain a bit more about my teaching style and what to expect. After the FREE INTRO SESSION is complete, students receive an invitation to enroll via a follow-up email.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance with an additional concentration in Music Composition. I am also a licensed Simply Music teacher (https://map.simplymusic.com/profile/pianobelloso)
In addition to the above, I am constantly learning and actively researching new approaches, listening to and learning new music, as well as composing and producing new music of my own. This learning path has taken me well beyond piano alone, into the world of electronic music production, orchestration, composition, and arrangement...all of which gives me a unique perspective when sharing these tools with my students.

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

Tuition is normally charged as a FLAT MONTHLY RATE. You can think of this as a subscription or membership fee. 

Current Monthly Tuition Rates are as follows:

  • $99 for Shared Lessons
  • $140 for Private Lessons

I also offer a discounted Annual tuition rate (ask for details if interested)


How did you get started teaching?

I acquired much of my interest and general teaching skills at an early age (12-14 years old) by assisting my Taekwondo instructors at a martial arts "dojang" (studio). The instructors I emulated were Marines. Some were even former drill sergeants. They brought a commanding, powerful, energetic, dynamic, and charismatic presence to their teaching style. They knew how to balance discipline with genuinely positive encouragement, and I did my best to keep that tradition and style of instruction. If nothing else, I learned through the process that I actually loved teaching. 

Later, as I continued to advance as a serious pianist in high school, I taught privately during summers to earn extra money...but also to continue getting better at teaching itself. In college, I took actual pedagogy courses and learned not only about how to teach piano, but about human development, child psychology, and the importance of good organization as a professional teacher. I continued my learning outside the classroom as well, by working at a well-known and successful local piano studio as an assistant. This is where I first started to learn more about the connection between teaching and business. The studio owner was more than just a "piano teacher." He was a savvy entrepreneur with innovative ideas about how to teach piano in a world where classical music was just one style in a pool of other genres the public wanted to play. 

After college, I spent some time pursuing the recording and performing side of music a bit more before returning to teaching full-time. When I did, I started looking more closely at music methods and became very interested in pedagogy in particular. I wanted to offer my students something different, something unique, and, more importantly, something effective.


What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students of all ages and most skill levels. Most students start piano lessons between the ages of 5-7 years old, but I've also taught beginners up to 70 years old! While the majority of my students came to me as entry level (beginner or beginning again), I have taught all the way through more advanced, high school level piano and composition students.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
I wrote about this process of finding a good teacher on my blog recently (http://bit.ly/finding-a-piano-teacher). In the article, I highlighted 4 main categories that families should discuss and consider with any teacher they interview.
Students need to understand that every teacher is different. Not only do they have different SKILL levels, but they have different PERSONALITIES and PHILOSOPHIES about how they teach, and different levels of EXPERIENCE. All of these factors come together to influence a teacher's overarching GOAL (or goals?) for their students, which can vary widely. When looking for piano lessons, I recommend talking with your prospective teacher about each of these different areas, rather than just "price shopping."

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Most everyone does a bit of price comparison. However, what students do not realize is that there can be hidden "costs." Where piano lessons are concerned, "getting what you pay for" is a very misleading and convoluted business. What exactly ARE you paying for (for starters)? And what kind of RESULTS can you expect? Are the results YOU expect the same as the results your prospective teacher says you SHOULD expect? I believe that the student and teacher should be in alignment about their goals. But many students and families do not have a clear goal in mind, and many teachers do not articulate or even discuss what their goals are. This is a tragedy and leads to all sorts of problems.
So the bottom line is to communicate with your teacher and ask these questions.