Fun Piano With Hannah

Fun Piano With Hannah

5.0 (5)
1 employee
3 years in business

About this pro

A natural teacher at heart, I teach Piano, Visual Arts, and Yoga. With over 10 years of experience taking piano lessons, I love to share my knowledge to new or intermediate level students. I began playing the piano at age seven and advanced to honors recitals of Certificate of Merit through the Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC). I have been teaching private piano lessons for the last four years.

I use a variety of materials like flashcards and book series to teach classical, jazz, pop, and sacred styles: Alfred’s Basic Piano Library, Bastien Basics, Bastien & Bastien, Faber’s Piano Adventures, FunTime Faber & Faber, Piano for the Older Beginner, Alfred Masterworks, and Hal Leaonard Songs from Disney. Students have the options of borrowing my used books or purchasing new books. 

I cater your learning experience based on your preferences at your level. I combine theory, technique, practice, counting, vocabulary, and performance pieces.
My new students love the patience and personalization that I bring to each lesson. Demonstrating each piece, we often have fun singing along and adding games or flashcards to aid in understanding. 

Students are expected to practice a minimum of an hour a week at home and schedule reoccurring lessons on this site. They have the chance to earn a stamp on their Piano Passport for completing each piece at 80 percent or better. Further, students receive awards for practice each week. These awards include a variety of stickers and breaks for Piano Tiles on my iPad. 

I teach inside my home studio or at your home location, considering you have a piano or keyboard. 

I love helping people to follow their curiosity, learn, and achieve their goals. Although playing and making music should be a fun experience, it also requires patience, discipline and self-awareness. Howard Washington Thurman states, "Don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

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San Diego, CA 92101
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5 Reviews

5.0

  • Maya Karram

    I am an adult student that started with Hannah back in March and I didn’t have any background in piano. In only few months I am playing simple but familiar pieces. The saying that says “you can’t teach and old dog news trick” is not true! With her patience I am learning new tricks for sure!

  • Easton Bajsec

    Hannah has been a great teacher for my son. She has a lot of patience. He seems very comfortable and enjoys her lessons. When he is doubts his ability, she encourages him to just try and his skill has improved rapidly. I would highly recommend her.

  • Luna

    We have loved having Hannah as our 6-year-old’s first piano teacher. Our son is progressing quickly under her instruction and most importantly is developing a love for music and the instrument. He just adores her! We are very excited to see how the upcoming recital goes. My husband and I are also both musicians. He plays guitar, and I took piano lessons for 14 years. We are both thrilled that we found Hannah on Take Lessons and look forward to years of lessons with her!

  • Alison Reyes

    The girls, Layla and Khloe enjoy thier time with Hannah. She keeps them focused on playing and learning the piano after 2 plus years.


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

After deciding on an appropriate reacurring day and time, we start the first lesson with a review of, or teaching of, finger numbers and note names (flashcards). Depending on the student's level, I will have a selection of piano books to choose from and we will decide on the first piece to learn. If the student has previous experience, I encourage them to work with the set of books that they used in the past, if they liked them. Then I will demonstrate how to play the piece while counting the rhythm. If there are words to the song, the student is welcome to sing along. I also allow video recording to help the student familiarize themselves with the flow of a piece. I will give the new student a practice record sheet to record how many minutes they practiced each song and reward a minimum of 1.5 hours with stickers and minutes of Piano Tiles to be played at the end of the next lesson. After learning a song at 80% or better, students receive a stamp, on their piano passport, from my collection.


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

Certificate of Merit through the Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC)


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

I charge $1 per minute for a minimum of 30 minutes and maximum of 60. I charge an additional $20 travel fee to drive to your location.


How did you get started teaching?

As a California Credentialed teacher, I taught Visual Arts at a local charter school. After it closed down, I began to offer private art lessons and began to offer piano as well. Now I have 21 students.


What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with Pre-K students, elementary-aged children, adolescents, young adults, parents, and elderly recovering from brain injuries.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I enjoy attending symphony performances and hosting annual casual piano recitals for my students.


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

I encourage new piano students to commit to excellence and to stay focused on their goals for learning how to play the piano.


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

Students should think about how much time each week they have to practice as well as what styles of music they prefer.