Rastall Music Studio

Rastall Music Studio

4.8 (4)
3 hires on Lessons.com

About this pro

We offer online private piano lessons.  We use FaceTime or Skype.  In addition to the piano lesson, we supplement with a theory assignment that includes web based game playing, worksheets, ear training activities, music composing activities.  We design your course based on what you tell us you want to learn and on your long term piano goals.

We enjoy teaching kids from 5 years old and up.  We also enjoy adults, either beginners or those who are picking up piano again.

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Credentials

Frederick, MD 21702
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4 Reviews

4.8

  • Lya Barbosa

  • Carrie

    I love that Bobbie takes the time to select music she knows I will enjoy & also that she calmly encourages me to improve.

  • Nitya Jani

    I like that we get to learn how to play piano as well as other music theory skills. I also enjoy having group lessons (playing for other students) and recitals.

  • Joyce Bailey

    Bobbie does an outstanding job of understanding my individual strengths and weakness as an adult piano student and coming up with an individualized program suited to my needs. Her patience, good humor and insight make learning the piano a real joy. I like the emphasis she places on making music, not just learning technique. I highly recommend Bobbie Rastall as a piano teacher.



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FAQs


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

I take a gentle and careful approach by questioning and watching.  I am interested in the student understanding what I am teaching.  I am interested in how the student is learning.  First, we learn a song to play.  I want success right away.


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

I have bachelors and masters degrees in music education and piano pedagogy.  I am nationally certified as a professional piano teacher.  I regularly attend workshops and conventions for update my education.  I have 48 years of experience teaching people to play and enjoy the piano.


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

  I teach 42 lessons over the course of the year.  You pay a tuition of $170.  per month, which is the same every month.  Adults may take lessons with no theory homework for a tuition of $125.  per month.


How did you get started teaching?

After teaching for several years as a public school music teacher, I decided to teach piano privately and I realized I had found my niche.


What types of students have you worked with?

i have worked with children who have done wonderful composing.  I have worked with children who found learning music very difficult.  I have worked with adults who have never played a musical instrument, but had a great desire to learn.  I have worked with adults who had put aside piano lessons as a teenager and realized a desire to play again.  In other words, all kinds of people with all kinds of needs and learning styles.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Every winter we have a studio ensemble recital.  This consists mostly of duets and trios.  I love seeing children playing duets with their parents.  This past winter, we had a dad playing a trio with his son and his daughter.  It was priceless!  A lot of these performances are on videos on our studio Facebook page.  Check us out!  Rastall music studio.


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

Price is not the most important consideration.  Tell the teacher as much as you can about what you want to learn.  


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

Studying a musical instrument takes nearly daily practice.  Do you have time for at least 30 minutes a day?

what kind of music do you really see yourself working on?

Are you interested in learning about how music is put together, or do you just want to play the notes?