The Budding Pianist

The Budding Pianist

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1 employee
11 years in business

About this pro

In my studio, students develop as musicians by learning music theory, piano technique, memorization strategies, sight reading, ear training, and performance etiquette.

I am certified through Music Teachers Association of California and my students participate in the many events offered in Stanislaus County including Recitals, Festivals, Certificate of Merit, and Workshops.

My students learn more than how to play the piano.  They learn patience in problem solving, how to present themselves in front of an audience with confidence, the importance of discipline, and how to set and achieve goals.  They also develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, aural awareness, and deep concentration. 

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Turlock, CA 95382
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  • Lori Paul

    Rachael has been my daughter’s piano teacher for six years. My daughter has progressed incredibly during this time. Rachael is friendly, kind, helpful, and easy to work with. She has high expectations for her students but never makes them feel pressured. We will continue lessons with Rachael, and can’t wait to see what else these two can accomplish!

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

With beginning children, I use books that come with a cd or app for students to play along with.  I will teach them a couple songs per lesson and have them play through their new songs several times so that practice is easy.  Because of this, young beginners only require 15 minutes of practice a day (maximum) to excel as piano students.

For teenagers and adults, I require a little more independence.  I have the students learn the concepts and the positions and roughly play through their songs/pieces.  I then teach practice steps and have the students polish their music during their home practice time.  These students require 30 minutes of practice a day (minimum) to excel as piano students.  

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

I have a Bachelor Degree in Music with an emphasis in Piano Performance from CSU Stanislaus.  I am certified through Music Teachers’ Association of California and have served on the Stanislaus board for 6 years and chaired the Halloween Recital for the past 5 years. 

I am the Music Director for Grace Anglican Church in Turlock and the pianist for First Christian Church in Turlock.  As accompanist, I have played for The Yes Company, choirs, recitals, and other events.

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

Students will be scheduled for 40 lessons a year, 34 during the school year (August through May) and 6 during the summer (June and July).  Outside of lessons there will also be workshops, theory classes, festivals, recitals, evaluations and other activities available for students to participate in. 

Tuition is based on a yearly fee broken up into 12 monthly payments.

Students who receive 30 minute lessons will pay $110 a month.

Students who receive 45 minute lessons will pay $165 a month.

Students who receive 60 minute lessons will pay $220 a month.

Tuition covers 40 lessons a year, 2 studio recitals, workshops and other in-studio activities, printouts, and an individualized lesson plan from a MTAC certified piano teacher with over 10 years teaching experience.

How did you get started teaching?

I started 10 years ago teaching out of Barkers Music in Modesto after working as a substitute teacher for 2 years.  I started with 1 student, in a year I had over 20 students and in two years I had a full time studio of over 40 students.

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages and levels.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

On June 29th, 2019 I had three students perform for the MTAC Convention in Santa Clara.  The next day, another student performed one of his compositions at the same event.

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

Ask about the teacher's experience and training.  A lot of teachers did not get very far as pianists themselves and are limited on how far they can take a student.  I strongly recommend finding a teacher that is Certified through MTAC, because they are held to a higher standard than the average piano teacher.  

Organization is important also.  Do they have a studio policy?  Do their students perform?  What kind of lesson plans do they have?  What materials do they use? 

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

When you are ready to start lessons, make sure you have an adequate instrument to practice on.  You will need an 88 key fully weighted keyboard with a piano pedal, a digital piano, or an acoustic piano.  

It is also important to set a routine of daily practice.  Ask yourself what time every day will you practice, and can you practice at least 30 minutes 5 days a week?

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