The Piano Studio Of Dorifel Acoba

The Piano Studio Of Dorifel Acoba

5.0 (14)
10 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
22 years in business

About this pro

I finished a Bachelor of Music Education major in Piano and minor in Voice at Centro Escolar University, Philippines. I continue pre-Masteral Degree in The University Of the Philippines. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to finish due to some issues. I never stop teaching and keep updating my knowledge in music education until I opened my Music studio in 2010. I am also a Music Adviser - A member of the bishopric, I supervise the music program in the ward, advises the ward music chairman, and represents the music program in leadership meetings. I serve as a ward organist and pianist in our church. I provide prelude and postlude music and accompaniment for hymns at sacrament meeting and other ward meetings as requested. 

My teaching philosophy is the belief that every child can develop talents. My task as a teacher is to share my love and passion for music, providing the path by building the skills that will open the door to success and hope to a lifelong joy of music-making and create the environments in which my students will motivate themselves.

I am a big believer in teacher-student duets for younger kids. When I was in college, I took Piano pedagogy, and I learned that Playing with the beginning student is one of the best ways to improve their playing. They tend to model their playing from their teacher so that benefits alone are worth it.  It does make the simple piece sounds more grown-up. 

I am an active member of Suzuki Association of America, Suzuki Piano Basic Foundaion Orange County Branch,  MTAC (Music Teacher Association of California,  MTNA (Music Teacher National Association), and the California Association of Professional Music Teacher. (CAPMT)   
I have been offering music lessons since 1996.  I prepare student for a yearly recital and help them ready in any school performances.  
  

According to Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, "Musical ability is not an inborn talent but a skill which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited.

  
Did you know? Playing an instrument can lead to brain structural changes within just 15 months that improve motor and auditory skills in young children. (Bergman)

I enjoyed seeing my students a smile on their faces especially when they start learning to play a simple piece, learning rudiments of music by moving or by simply clapping/tapping the rhythms, performing on a Recital, and participating in any Musical event. 

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San Bernardino , CA 92407
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14 Reviews

5.0

  • Nicholas Kappos

    Structured learning plan

  • Priscilla Petta

  • Carmen Carmen

    She is very patient and an awesome teacher

  • Irizze Solim

    Great


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FAQs


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

First of all, before the actual lesson, student should have an instrument (Digital Piano or Upright/grand piano). I cannot accept the student without having their Instrument at home.

For the beginner student, the method book that I am using is the Piano Adventures Curriculum by Faber and Faber. This method book based on discovery, creativity, and adventures through music-making. There are four books in each level—lesson, Performance, Theory, and Technique & Artistry. 

There is also an additional supplementary book that is essential for student progress that motivates practice. The Pre-Time to BigTime Piano Supplementary Library correlates with Piano Adventures to provide a broad selection of music to meet each student's interest- at the precise level of difficulty. With styles that include Popular, Rock n' Roll, Classics, Jazz & Blues, Ragtime & Marches, Children's Song, Favorites, Hymns, and More Popular.

For young beginners, the student will be oriented to Piano through black Key pieces that explore the range of the keyboard. This is followed by the off-staff note reading, which teaches the student the keyboard letter names and primary rhythms.

Technique & Artistry: Develops hand Structure, relation, and coordination in a systematic pathway to superb playing.

I am a big believer in teacher-student duets for younger kids. When I was in college, I took piano pedagogy, and I learned that Playing with the beginning student is one of the best ways to improve their playing, they tend to model their playing from their teacher so that benefits alone are worth it.  It does make the simple piece sounds more grown-up.

I also introduce solfege to the student; it helps them to internalize the sound of each note and develop sight-singing too.  


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

I finished a Bachelor of Music Education major in Piano and minor in voice. I do also serve as a Music Adviser and been serving as a Music Director, Choir accompanist, and conductor in the Church. I have also been singing with a choir group who actively joined the International choir competition. I also have experience teaching an exceptional student. 


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
  • Tuition for 2019-2020 

     $30/half-hour lesson

     $45.00/45-minute lesson and 

     $55/hour lesson.

    Includes a once a month group class lesson ( Ages 4.5 - 6), (7- 10), (11- 14) (available for enrolled student) 

    Studio Base Group lesson: is a 60 minutes lesson  (group of 6 student session)

    Ages 4.5 - 7 = $70/month

               8- 13 =  $90/month


How did you get started teaching?

At a young age, I thought Teacher could only teach in the classroom, but this belief began to change when I was 3rd year in college. I apply in a Yamaha School of Music as a piano teacher, I passed the audition/Performance test to be a Piano Instructor,  I handle a group of 6-8 student in each class since then I also started accepting home private lesson outside the school area and eventually I started joining with another freelance music teacher for a yearly recital. 

In the Yamaha School of Music, we prepare our students for a Trice a year Recital and some Mall performance in promoting the school music program.

After I graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education major in Piano and minor in Voice, I took & passed the Teacher licensure examination to be a homeroom Music Teacher. 


What types of students have you worked with?

All kinds of student from beginners to advance students, but most of them are young beginners. I love working with children who want to learn how to play music.  

My goal for them is to

1. Develop or gain positive traits such as increased confidence, discipline, and patience.

2. Enjoy learning and develop Musical proficiency, expression, and creativity skills. 


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