Grand Piano

Music Education

As a music mentor, my number one goal is to inspire people I work with to love what they do. I am whole heartedly committed to nurturing the development of students as they embark on the journey of playing music, and evolve into beautiful musicians and people along the way. I seek to instill a love and appreciation for music all and provide the necessary foundation for students to evolve to play music passionately and beautifully, while developing piano facility and skills that allows one to recognize the rewards of practice. I aim to build a personal relationship with all of my students to allow them to feel comfortable expressing themselves artistically through music. Achieving this requires a present awareness of my students and the music they are drawn to, while also presenting them with music and knowledge from various genres, styles, and times, to broaden their perception of the world we come from and thrive in.

I believe it is important to be well-rounded and have many diverse interests. I want students to be more than just music students; I want them to learn to become well-rounded individuals and to seek to continually improve and do their best. I encourage everyone to dream big do everything to its fullest potential, to be the best you can be in whatever you choose to do, and to learn as much as you can from everyone you meet and everywhere you go.  If we meet for a piano lesson and each week you only walk away with having learned about music notation and dots on a page, then I will have failed as a music mentor. I would rather have you learn about developing your passions, setting and achieving short term and long term goals, improvement, and dedication to getting better at something. 

 

Learning to love music, and playing music are beautiful skills that you can have to enrich your life as well as the lives of others. I prefer being called a music mentor rather than a music teacher as I would like to be remembered as someone who has helped enrich students and peoples' lives with passion, happiness, encouragement, and someone who has helped others achieve their dreams. ♫."  - Sophia ♫

Down below are some of her past and present students playing some of their repertoire. Please feel free to listen to some of their music! If you are interested in booking an online lesson, click 

Practicing Piano Notes

BEGINNER - ADVANCED PIANO LESSONS

Learn all aspects of piano playing and understand music theory

Sheet Music for Piano

LEARN JAZZ, POPULAR, AND/ OR CLASSICAL STYLES OF MUSIC

Play any style effortlessly and expressively, solo or with a band

Sheet Music Close Up

LESSONS ARE TAILORED TO EACH STUDENT

Read sheet music, chords, and develop deadly accurate ears

Brett Kaplan

Brett studied with me since he was 13, and passed the 2020 CM Advanced Level (level 10) Evaluations with Branch Honors and Senior Award! He has been accepted to study at UC Irvine for his Bachelor's. Congratulations to him and I wish him the best on his journey. 
Watch full videos below of pieces that Brett performed as part of his requirements for Certificate Level 9, which he also passed with Branch Honors.

Saxon Humphrey

Saxon is one of my current students and has studied piano with me for about three years in these videos! She passed the Level 4 2021 Piano CM evaluations and the Level 3  CM evaluations with state honors (Congrats!) Here are some videos of her playing her repertoire! 

AMBER BERGMANS

Amber is one of my current students and has been studying with me since she was 7! Here she performs a beautiful rendition of Kelly Clarkson's Piece by Piece in this video, with her mother Ms. Judy featured as the vocalist. Watch more full videos below!

NAVID CHOWDHURY

Navid studied the piano with me for a little under two years, and accomplished playing many pieces in our time together from having a small amount of piano playing experience before. Now he is pursuing his Bachelor's degree at Moorpark College!

KATE ALLEN

Kate studied piano with me for a little under two years and she is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree at Loyola Marymount University! A big congratulations to her for attending her dream school and studying for her next step in life! Here below she plays a lovely rendition of Yesterday

Landis Humphrey

Landis has studied with me for about three years, and he successfully passed his Certificate of Merit level 9 in 2021! Below he plays a piece he submitted for his evaluations. He also plays in the school Jazz Band, and has won a best soloist award!  

SOPHIA TREVOR