Janelda Music

Janelda Music

5.0 (8)
2 hires on Lessons.com
2 employees
18 years in business

About this pro

I love teaching people of all ages and all levels. I have a master's of music education degree and many years of experience. I make learning music fun!

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Missoula, MT 59803
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8 Reviews


  • Kristin Winn

    My kids have been taking lessons with Janelda for over 4 years now. I really appreciate how patient she is with my girls and how encouraging and positive she is in her teaching methods. They are learning both a practical lesson in playing piano/music theory, and a life lesson in how disciplined practice brings about mastery. Highly recommended!

  • Shawn Hollars

    Our 9-year old daughter, Lily, has loved being a student of Janelda's for this past year. Lily came to Janelda with no experience, and within a few months Lily was playing a piece for us at a recital. Janelda is always encouraging and warm with Lily in her teaching style, and I've seen my daughter's confidence increase as a result of this. We've given Lily the opportunity to try many different activities to see what interests her the most, and she has stuck with piano in large part due to the relationship and fun she has with Janelda. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for an experienced piano teacher.

  • Ana Kroll

    She’s a great and talented teacher. Her kindness, patience and method makes my daughter enjoy each class!

  • Karen Hand

    As a senior adult piano student, Janelda has the patience of a saint. She is always providing words of encouragement, which put me at ease immediately even when encountering material that is difficult to learn. Simply from her demeanor, one can tell that she truly loves music and wishes to instill the same in her students. She goes out of her way to explain the background of various composers, as well as how music has changed throughout time. I highly recommend this instructor.

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

The first time we meet is free.  At that time I will give details about my studio and assess how best to teach that student.  Then I suggest music to purchase so we can jump right in.

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

I have a master's degree in music education from the University of North Texas.  I have many years of experience teaching privately and in schools.

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

I charge $25 per half hour lesson, $35 per 45 minute lesson, and $50 per hour lesson.  I usually teach beginners half hour lessons.  Hour lessons are reserved for advanced students.

How did you get started teaching?

I've been teaching all my life, but have honed my skills throughout the years by education and experience.

What types of students have you worked with?

I work with all ages and all levels.  I will teach as young as three years old if the student has enough attention span, interest, and fine motor development.  I also enjoy teaching seniors who have some time on their hands and would like to learn to express themselves musically.  On the other end of the spectrum, I love teaching college level students, coaching them to achieve a high level of artistry and technique.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

One of my preschool students gave me a big hug and said, "You're a good teacher!"

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

Look for credentials and experience.  Meet the teacher and assess whether your personalities are compatible.

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

Why am I wanting to study music?

Am I willing to put some time into this?

What are my goals in learning to play this instrument?