Paula Arlich Studio

Paula Arlich Studio

5.0 (9)
Best of 2022

About this pro

My passion for teaching started at the age of 15.  I was classically trained, and I graduated with honors from the Music Teachers Association after completing level 10 Certificate of Merit. 

I have been performing for over 40 years as I am a full time musician, performer, teacher, and recording artist.  I specialize in technique, performance, theory, stage presence, ear training, and sight reading.   

i hold two public recitals per year, and during the summer I offer a 3-hour group workshop where the students are given an opportunity to perform for each other with constructive feedback from their peers, take a written test, work on theory, and play musical games.

I get true joy watching my students grow and progress.  I also teach adults who have "learning piano" as part of their bucket list.  It is truly rewarding to be a part of somebody's accomplishments.  I am very proud of the work that I do, and moreso of the work that my students do. 

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Murrieta, CA 92562
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  • Vivian Karma

    Paula is a phenomenal piano teacher. She is extremely talented and makes teaching fun and effective. We have been taking lessons with Paula for a total of 10 years and that includes 3 of our family members adults and children. She is very patient, encouraging and supportive We are planning to continue on taking lessons with her for many more years to come. I highly recommend Paula to anyone who has a passion to learn the piano.

  • Janet Harris

    Paula is a great piano teacher and person. My daughter enjoys her weekly lessons and looks forward to them.

  • Bonnie Hill

    Paula is a wonderful piano teacher. She is kind, encouraging, dedicated, and very patient! She makes the lessons fun! She truly is amazing!

  • Pam Benson

    Paula Arlich is a very talented musician with incredible teaching skills. It’s amazing how much our daughter has learned in just a year of taking piano lessons with Mrs Arlich.

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

I tailor my lessons to each individual student.  I find the age-appropriate books and materials (i.e. flash cards, worksheets) and I pace my lessons to the student's ability.

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

I graduated with honors in 1983 from the Music Teacher's Association's Certificate of Merit program. Since graduating,  I've performed for private and public events all over Southern California.  I was musical director for a community theater program for over 10 years, and performed for over 20 musical productions.  I was musical director for several church choirs, and musical ensembles.

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

I charge a flat rate of $90 per month.  I do not schedule make-up lessons as my schedule is full.  However, students usually can make up missed lessons when there are 5 weeks in a month, as they are not charged for the extra class.  Thus, the reason for my flat rate.  In addition, during the summer, I offer a 3-hour group workshop (at no charge) to help offset missed lessons. 

I have two public recitals per year at no charge.

How did you get started teaching?

My mother was a piano teacher, and I learned a lot about teaching by observing her.  I started teaching at the age of 15 with my own piano instructor, who trained me by having me teach her own students the theory portion of their lessons.  Through this system, I was able to pay for my own lessons and gain experience under the guidance of a professional instructor.  

What types of students have you worked with?

Ages 6 through adults.  

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I enjoy watching my students perform at my piano recitals. I get such joy watching their successes.  And what's more, many students become friends because they see each other at recitals and summer workshops.  

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

Ask if the teacher includes reading, theory, technique, performance, and stage presence in their lesson plans.  Many teachers simply teach a student how to play specific songs.  I believe teaching the student about music fundamentals is just as important as learning the instrument.  

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

Students don't always have an end-goal in mind as many are taking lessons because their parents want them to.  However, it is very important that the student learn to read music, understand basic theory fundamentals, and have exercises assigned to help build finger dexterity.  Many students just "want to play".  I explain that I give the tools to allow them to do just that.

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