Bronson Piano Studio

Bronson Piano Studio

2 employees
46 years in business

About this pro

Renée & I have over 30 years experience, mostly with students between the ages of six and eighteen, although we have successfully started pupils as early as age five. We also teach adults of all ages, both beginners and those with prior experience

Our goals involves teaching students to learn to read music right from the beginning lessons. We want them to get so good at making music that they will virtually be teaching themselves, with our mentoring. We want students by the age of 18 to be able to pick up any piece of music in their skill level and totally teach it to themselves.

We have students of all ages taking lessons in our studio, and we have informal Performance Classes once a month to which selected students are invited to perform, accompanied by their parents, after which we have a piano party, reception.

The more advanced students are prepared for participation in recitals, master classes and competitions.

We use a wide variety of instruction materials, including Jazz, Rags and Blues, as well as standard classical music.

As teachers we enjoy observing students increase their skill levels to the point where when they are 18 and go off to college they have acquired the skill to open any piece of music and teach it to themslves.

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Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We are trying to help a student learn how to read music right from the first lesson. Learning music fundamentals is also taught from the first lesson.

Our goal is to bring out the best in every student and to help them stand on their own two feet. We hope by the time a student graduates and leaves for college, they can pick up any piece of music and teach it to themselves. 

We use a wide variety of materials, not only the classics, but also Jazz, Rags & Blues.

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

Both Renée & I are university-trained pianists with over 30 years teaching both at the college level and in our home studio. Some of our best students have placed in state and regional competitions. They also appear regularly in recitals, master classes and competitive auditions.

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

Thirty-minute lesson: $40

Forty-five minute lesson: $55

Hour lesson: $70

How did you get started teaching?

We both started teaching while students at university.

What types of students have you worked with?

Some very gifted, some less remarkable, but nevertheless very successful.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

One of my graduating students, Anton de la Fuente, is giving a solo piano recital this coming Saturday at an Arts Center in Seaside, CA. This summer he will be a guest of the Polish Paderewski Festival in Krakow, Poland, all expenses paid by the Polish Government. This opportunity comes to him as a part of his First Prize Gold Medal win in the 2015 Paderewski Youth Festival in Paso Robles, CA.

In September he will be entering UCLA as a Piano Performance Major.

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

Meet with them and determine whether their expertise is a good fit with you.

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

Be prepared to play a fiew pieces and be able to display your enthusiasm about making music.