Lawley Lessons

Lawley Lessons

1 employee
8 years in business

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How is Billy unique as a Music Instructor in the Bay Area?

Billy has 15 years of experience teaching private voice and piano. Billy has a degree in music therapy and has significant experience working with students who have special needs. Billy has worked with students as young as 4 years and as old as 75 years.  He can teach students of any age.

Billy has significant professional training in both opera and musical theater, as well as a strong understanding of popular music. Billy can focus on the musical taste of the student during any voice or piano lesson.

Billy has Classical training on piano but also can teach students to use lead sheets to play popular music.

Billy truly has the experience to teach a diverse range of students with a variety of musical needs!

I love when teaching works and a student shows progress as a pianist or singer.  There is nothing better than watching a student grow. 

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Stockton, CA 95205
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

There is no typical process for working with a new student.  Each student is individual in their learning style and demeanor, and part of my work is to clue in to what works best with each student.  This is what makes my job amazing, fun, and always interesting. 

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

I have a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  I also have a music teacher credential from my work with five years of experience as an elementary music teacher in the Dallas Independent School District. 

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

Music Lesson Rates

30 minutes: $55
45 minutes: $70
60 minutes: $85

How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching voice and piano lessons after finishing my music degree in Dallas, and after realizing my enjoyment of the craft as an educator, I jumped head first into urban education in Dallas as well. Upon moving to California, I developed my own small business teaching private voice and piano and began contracting with different organizations as a music educator. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students of all ages from young children to adults. I have also worked with students with special needs theough my teaching and have a degree in music therapy. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A student of mine is also taking drum lessons.  He was able to play piano with his drum teacher playing on drumset as well while I sang the vocals at the Lawley Lessons Student Showcase. I love when collaboration can happen for the benefit of a student!

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

If a teacher does not seem a fit in the first lesson, do not commit! Always use your gut instinct and be true to what is best for you. 

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

Make sure you have an understanding of what you need and want. Think through how to express this to the teacher so they can help you in any way they can. 

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