Emily Thunberg Piano & Music
I love music and teaching! I have taught piano for just over 20 years and work with eager students ages 6 to 18. I teach weekly 30 minute lessons that cover learning and memorizing one or two pieces, lesson and sight reading, artistry and technique, and theory. Whether a beginner, intermediate, or advanced, I bring out the musical artist that is inside every one of us!
I cherish my time with my students, watching them grow up over the years. I love being able to bring music and artistry into their lives. It enriches my life to see musical talents grow!
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
If they are new, I start by teaching high and low and the student learns a short song on day 1. If the student has played before, I determine level in 5 areas and then make a plan with them on what their goals are.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Completed all 10 levels of Aim achievement in Music.
Many years of federation competition including concerto competition.
Ran music festivals for high school choirs and bands in New York, Montreal, Boston, Anahaim, Williamsburg, and Sand Diego.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
$100 a month for four 30 minute lessons
$160 a month for four 40 minute lessons (recommended for students older than 8)
How did you get started teaching?
I started teaching lessons to my younger siblings then took my sister's "difficult students" I come from a family of piano teachers and we share plans and approaches.
What types of students have you worked with?
Elementary, junior high, high school, college, and adult.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I am proud of all of my students and their confidence when learning a new song. My heart is warmed as I reflect on the studenrs I started teaching at 6 that continue through high school. I love to remember my first lesson and compare it to the mature and advanced student in the present. I have a deep love for my students and their musical achievements.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Make sure you give attention and care to the art and craft. Pick someone with a skill and that you feel a connection with who makes the piano fun and keeps your passion alive.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
What do you want to learn?
For example, Hymns? Fun songs? Classics? Sight reading, scales?
Have you picked 3 to 5 set times to practice per week?