As a private piano instructor, I teach sight-reading and classical technique for the beginner to the intermediate student. I also teach pop, rock, jazz, and R&B music and self-accompaniment techniques for students who want to play and sing. My lesson plans are individualized for each student’s capabilities and interests. I have a large pool of books, exercises, classical repertoire, pop tunes, and theory lesson plans to pull from. I prepare each student with a performance repertoire and teach memorization skills for recital time.
I enjoy teaching, and helping each individual student discover their musical learning style. I love seeing my students learn and grow over time.
Alia is an amazing teacher. She helped me not only improve on my piano, but also helped me become a better person. She is a very patient teacher with a unique teaching style. While she helped me learn from theory and performance books, she also let me tackle songs that I took an interest in and helped me work out these pieces as well. Her patience with her students encourages me to become a teacher like her one day and looking back, I could not request for a better teacher. If you are looking for an extraordinary teacher, you can expect nothing less from Alia.
My daughter has been taking lessons with Alia for over a year and she loves it! She has improved on her technique so much.
My first step in working with a new student is to assess what they may already know from previous music lessons, what they want to learn from me, their musical interests, and what their personal learning style is. I then begin to lay ground work that we can build on including sight reading abilities, technique, and theoritical knowledge of scales and chords as well as the ability to play all major/minor scales and chords. Students who are interested in pop and jazz will be taught all types of seventh chords and abilities to read from a lead sheet. Classically interested students will focus on technique, scales, and musical expression. Of course, every student can request to combine both interests in their lessons.
I have taken private piano lessons since I was a little girl, at age seven. In college I studied piano performance and music theory. I've learned from teachers in the styles of blues, pop, and jazz. I have taught students between the ages of five and eighteen for the past five years have had very positive experiences with all ages. I am great with kids, patient, and flexible with all learning styles and musical preferences.
I charge $40 for a half hour lesson. This price helps to cover my travel expenses or rental costs if I am teaching out of a studio. I do not currently have a home studio to teach from, so I travel to my students homes or teach at Piedmont Piano in Oakland, Jams Music in Dublin, Forest Music in Berkeley, or at Chabot College in Hayward.
I also teach 45 minute lessons for a $50 and hour lessons for $70.