Celia Mendez

Celia Mendez

2 hires on Lessons.com

About this pro

Excellent results from students: winners of competitions, selected for masterclasses, high grades in Certificate of Merit program (California Music Teachers Association). See my professional background in Facebook and/or online under my name: Celia Mendez.

I hold degrees from San Jose State University (Masters) and completed doctoral studies in Musicology at the University of Wisconsin (@Madison). I am the founder/director of the Young Pianist's Beethoven Competition (American Beethoven Society) for California High School students, now in its 32nd year. I have been a Lecturer in Music History at San Jose State University

Music teaching is MY vocation. I relate very well with the personality of the students and their particular needs, The outcome has been very rewarding throughout my long career

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Alameda, CA 94502
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

 I introduce a detailed and PROGRESSIVE program based on the needs, age, and background of the student. I have a library of books that I loan to my students when necessary, particularly beginners. I am available for students to call me or send online messages with pertinent questions.

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

More than 40 years of teaching at ALL levels: Beginners to Advanced, including University upper division courses, and concertos with orchestra

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

$75.00 per hour,  $52.50 per 45 minutes

How did you get started teaching?

After receiving my degree in music from the Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1960. Other degrees received from USA universities (see above)

What types of students have you worked with?

VERY motivated and dedicated. I expect serious commitment to practice, otherwise it would be a waste of time and money. Also the student is deceived about what it entails to study an instrument and does not have a conception of the masterpieces written by the likes of Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin ...

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Van Cliburn Competition

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

Interview several teachers so you make an informed decision. It is practical to prepare some questions in advance so you can explore in depth the compatibility of the teacher with your needs and expectations.

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

Background: degrees, years of teaching, affiliation to music organizations, participation of students in evaluations outside the studio (i.e. Certificate of Merit program in California), recitals outside the studio, competitions