Patricia Cachopo Piano Studio

Patricia Cachopo Piano Studio

5.0 (9)
9 hires on
50 years in business

About this pro

I have been teaching all ags and levels including theory and technic ear training sight reading and music history for over 43 years.

I have a BA from SJSU in 1982 and have studied with about 5 different teachers for over 17 years.  I have entered students in CM program and Nationat Guild Auditions.  My students have performed in Church, at graduations, weddings, funerals and school musicals.

It is a great joy to be able to share what I care about.

Watching ny students progress as time goes on.  It is amazing.

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Santa Clara, CA 95050
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9 Reviews


  • Linh Nguyen

    I highly recommend Patricia as your private piano teacher. She is patient and tailors the lesson according to your ability. I am an adult student and I can see myself improve a lot while taking lessons from her. Also, remember whoever the teacher, your practise and dedication is the key

  • Johannes H

    Patricia is a great teacher

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  • Manu S

    Patricia is an excellent teacher. Her teaching is rigorous, inspiring, well paced and gives you a lot of technique. Add to that, Patricia is a wonderful person to be around and talk to.

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

Number one is patience and listening to how best  teach each individual.  I give an outline with each lesson as to what is to be worked on each week which includes theory, technic at all lessons including flash cards with beginners.  I give pointers on how to practice and problem shooting as well as how much time to spend practicing.

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

In addition yo my performance classes and other music classes at SJSU I have had about 8 years of private study in pedagogy.

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

I charge $30 for the 30 minute lesson and $45 for the 45 minute lesson.  The tuition is payable by the month and is prorated for 44 lessons in a 12 month period.  Therefore the monthly fee is stable.  

How did you get started teaching?

I began study of piano at the age of 6 and participated in many recitals for about 8 years.  Later after my family was school age I went back to study piano and began college.

What types of students have you worked with?

Bright and not so bright and handicapped.  Young as 5 and old as 65+.   I have had many challenges but always stay with them until they learn.  It is rewarding for me.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

When a student I will call A went to auditions and earned herself an A+.  She is mid intermediate and had a program of 4 pieces and a musicianship phase of all the minor scales.

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

Go to the MTAC website if I cannot take them due to time constraints.

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

What their goals are.  How much time are they willing to give to this persuit.

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