The Piano Studio Of Dorifel Acoba

The Piano Studio Of Dorifel Acoba

5.0 (12)
8 hires on
1 employee
22 years in business

About this pro

I finished the Bachelor of Music Education major in Piano and minor in Voice in Centro Escolar University Philippines. I continue pre-Masteral Degree in The University Of the Philippines but unfortunately, I wasn't able to finish due to some issues but I never stop teaching and continue updating my knowledge in music education. Until I open 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 or 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 has the ability to develop talents and my task as a teacher is to share my love and passion to music, providing the path by building the skills that will open the door to success and a hope to a lifelong joy of music making and create the environments in which my student 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 is worth it.  It does make the simple piece sounds more grown-up. 

I am an Active member of 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 lesson for over 18 years. I prepare a 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 an ability 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 student a smile on their face especially when they start learning to play a simple piece, learning rudiments of music by moving or by simple 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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12 Reviews


  • Carmen Carmen

    She is very patient and an awesome teacher

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  • Lorenzo Flores

    Teacher Dorifel was not only patient but also very thorough in terms of technique and what the piece should sound like. She cares a lot for her students, and I remember she'd constantly push me to continue despite the difficulty.

  • Kayla M

    I love her, She is very kind and very professional

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

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

The method book that I am using is the Piano Adventures Curriculum by Faber and Faber. This method book is based on discovery, creativity, and adventures through music making. There are 4 books in each level. Lesson, Performance, Theory, and Technique. 

There is also an additional supplementary book that is essential for student progress. A supplementary Library that motivates practice. The PreTime to BigTime Piano Supplementary Library correlates with Piano Adventures to provide a broad selection of music to meet each individual 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 basic 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 is 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 minor in voice. I do also serve as a Music Adviser, and been serve as a Music Director, Choir accompanist, and conductor in the Church. I have also been singing with a choir group who actively joined International choir competition. I also have experience teaching a special 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: Group lesson is a 60 minutes lesson  (group of 4 student session)

    Ages 4.5 - 7 = $60/month

               8- 13 =  $70/month

How did you get started teaching?

At young age, I thought teacher can 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 4 students in a group class lesson 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 student for a Trice a year Recital and some Mall performance in promoting the school music program.

After I graduated 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 a student from beginner to advance student but most of them are young beginners. I love working with the children who want to learn 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. 

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

Make sure to look for a teacher who has a special training or a teacher who is actively participating in any Teachers Training, Webinar participation to enhance music teaching strategy and to develop a well-rounded musicianship. 

A Teacher who continually upgrading his/her knowledge about music techniques and different approaches in teaching different kinds of learners. 

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