Dr. Batista Music Studio

Dr. Batista Music Studio

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6 hires on Lessons.com
3 employees
23 years in business

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Riverside, CA 92506
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  • Melissa T.

    "I was Dr. Batista's student for almost four years. I would highly recommend her teaching style to everyone that interested in mastering the piano. Dr. Alma is extremely passionate about her work and truly wants her students to excel in music as well as in life."

  • Michael P.

    "Dr. Alma was my piano teacher for 10 years. She taught me almost everything I know musically, and laid the groundwork for my musical endeavors for the rest of my life."

  • Luchie King-daso

    my kids love their teacher! they are now more focus and enjoy playing piano! thank u!

  • Paula Ginter Pabalan

    Dr. Alma Batista is a wonderfully trained concert pianist who has taught my son piano lessons. Under her direction he has improved his technique and has grown as a musician. Dr. Batista takes the time to learn about her students and to customize her instruction to meet the student's needs and help them accomplish their dreams. I highly recommend Dr. Batista to anyone looking for an excellent piano instructor!

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

If the student is a total beginner, I start by giving them an introduction to the piano.  How it works, how the keys are named, etc.  Then, I also get to know them to see what are their main goals with the lessons.  We then take it from there and I customize their education depending on their age, level, interests, and goals.

If the student has had previous lessons, I will listen to their playing, test their sight-reading skills, look at the books they brought, and then discuss with them my assessment of their playing.  We will talk about their goals and I will let them know what I can do to help them achieve a higher level of playing.  I will start assigning them materials based on our new goals.

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

I have a Doctorate in Music from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I studied pedagogy and have taught beginning students up to university-level piano students. I also have a Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Music performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. I currently compose, perform, and teach privately and at a local college.

My team of instructors is composed of professional musicians with university-level music education and degrees in music. We have all been background checked.

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

At our studio, our private lessons start at $35 for 30 minutes (our Bachelor degree teachers' lesson fee) and go up depending upon the experience and college level of the teacher and the length of the lesson.  My lesson fee starts at $40 for 30 minutes of the private lessons since I have many years of experience, and a Doctorate degree in piano performance.  All lessons are customized to each student and we include theory as part of the lesson.  

Lessons are paid a month in advance and all lesson fees are non-refundable.  Books and/or other educational material needed (like flashcards, metronomes, sheet music, etc.) are not included in the lesson fee.

How did you get started teaching?

Music has been in my life since I can remember. I started teaching beginners at 15 years old while I was attending the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico.

What types of students have you worked with?

We only accept students that are 7 years and older for piano lessons. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I enjoy looking at the studio YouTube page and seeing my student's performances throughout the years. From very young, up until they graduate from high school. It is very rewarding to see their progress.

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

If you are a serious consumer looking to make an investment out of your music education, then our studio is for you.  Some people choose a music studio based on the price, and it is my experience that you get what you pay for.  Most of the time, when a student comes from another studio to mine I have to spend the first months trying to correct what was taught incorrectly!  Do your homework and choose an experienced professional.

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

Parents and students must first ask themselves whether they will set aside 30 minutes minimum every day to practice. Learning the piano is an art that requires commitment, discipline, and practice.