Appassionata Piano & Cello Studio
Appassionata piano and cello studio provides high quality piano and cello study in an engaging and encouraging atmosphere. Realizing each student is unique with various musical abilities, my passion is to help a student discover their strengths and reach their musical goals. This is accomplished through exploring and developing those skills necessary to become an excellent and confident musician. Please visit www.appassionata-piano.com to see what musical adventures are avalaible to you.
I love teaching piano and cello! For 26 years, my passion is to inspire a love and deeper appreciation for the gift of music. My goal each week is to motivate, encourage, and bring a smile to each one of my students! My biggest joy comes from seeing my students discover what they love about music!
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Schedule a trial "meet and greet" lesson and musical skills assessment. This gives me time to meet the student and learn a little about learning style and personality, and decide want the best lesson option is for that student.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Bachelor of music in piano pedagogy from Utah State University.
Studied cello through college and currently I am principal cellist of the Utah Philharmonic Orchestra.
28 years of experience teaching beginners to piano performance majors in college.
Mother of 4 children and a home educator.
Children's church ministry teaching preschool- middle school classes.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Monthly tuition payments for elementary-- college age students. Details are on my website under studio policy.
Adult students purchase 4 lesson packages and use them in the time frame that works best for them.
How did you get started teaching?
Inspired by my piano and cello teachers growing up! Taught my first piano lesson at age 18 and knew it was what I wanted to do the rest of my life!
What types of students have you worked with?
Age 5 - adult. I teach very beginners to advanced students. Some have gone on to get piano degrees and become teachers themselves. My students come in all types....quiet little girls to energetic teenage boys and everything in between! Every student is unique and that is what I love about teaching!
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
Helping my student prepare for piano auditions at Utah State Universiry and Weber student who has been studying with me for 12 years! She also did a Senior Recital at Daynes Music that was amazing! I have been so honored and blessed to be part of her music journey this far!
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Look for a teacher that is excited about teaching and is always learning herself. A teacher that is patient and understands that each student is unique. A teacher willing to consider a student's personal goals and individual strengths.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
What are your musical goals?
Are you committed to practicing and working hard?
Understand that learning piano or the cello is a skill that takes time. Be patient with yourself!