Orange County Music School

Orange County Music School

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6 employees

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Orange County Music School is a multiple award-winning music school in Tustin, Orange County CA. Over 300 students take lessons here each week! Students drive from places as far as San Diego to Los Angeles to take lessons with us. We offer lessons from age 4 to adult. Our dedicated teachers under the guidence of Director and Founder of Stella Kotova are very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, highly professional teachers , all of our teachers have Master Degree and higher. We are an international faculty that shares common goal of bringing music into lives of our students. Take lessons at a professional music academy with teachers and office staff who care about your personal musical goals and interests.We offering Group and Piano Voice, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Theory, Harmony/Composition, Rhythm /Drumming Technics, We have two locations in Orange County and soon to be open in Los Angeles area ( South Pasadena)Many of our students are award winners, participating in various Talent Shows and Competitions, taking yearly CM tests run by MTAC of California. Most of our students are dedicated, practicing with vigor and enthusiasm, namely becuase of our wonderful faculty.

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Tustin, CA 92780
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We offering a Complimentary Trial lesson for every student, regardless what instrument of their choice. In that lesson we gather all important information and suggesting either group or private lesson . There is no typical lesson, every person is different, however we strive for our students to have a proper  form , lot of sucess depends on that. we go over their assigments, checking their practicing logs. 

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

Miss Stella has two Master Degrees in Piano Performance from Russia and Depaul University in Chicago ILL. An active member of MTAC, many award winning students and sucessful participatnts of various Piano Festivals and passing with highest grades every year for CM (Certificate of Merit). Has extensive experience with young children as well as advanced students, specializing in Group teaching. A Vibrant, intelligent, fun personality , that have great repore with children as well with their parents.

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

Yes, our prices are at $30/40/50/60 for 1 hour of group class, then 1/2hour/45/60 minutes respectfully. We give Discounts of 10% for families with siblings, also we running a program when parents can sponsor a student or students that underprivilegde that take classes at our school. We give discounts if parents prepaid for 3 months ahead.

How did you get started teaching?

When I was 7 years old I fell in love with Music and always wanted to become a Piano Teacher. I loved my Piano Teacher that have inspired me to follow my heart.

What types of students have you worked with?

In 35 years of teaching, I had a pleasure with people from different walks of life, young and young at heart. All styles, all levels, and ages. I also have experience teaching children and adults with autism and special needs. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

 Tvice a year, we are offering Student Recitals and often playing Festivals as well for local organizations. It is heartwarming to see our students 's music grouth and to see their achievements. Music Discipline is giving them the edge to be better in all asaspects of their lifes.

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

Parents of younger students and even Adults must do their homework. A lot of people offering easy piano, no practicing , no effort music education however, there is no short cuts in learning properly. A teacher must be qualified, educated, experienced. Ask questions.  A month of improper beginning piano can be damaging and last their whole musical life. Do not bargain with teachers, these are professionals, they spend years and years and hours of practicing on their craft. Shy away from convinience,try to make an effort and drive to a teacher. It is better for learning. 

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

How many years teaching?  What is teacher's education? specialty?