About Your Instructor



Hi, I'm Carmen. And I love teaching music! I am a native-born Californian, raised by musically talented parents who also loved teaching and performing. I began teaching at the age of 17. I now have 2 adult children and 4 beautiful grandchildren, two of whom I am teaching to play piano and guitar.  And I recently got remarried to the most wonderful man in the world.  His love of music is one of the things I love most about him. 


​I have enjoyed sharing my love of music with hundreds of students in my 40+ years of teaching.  Each student is unique, with their own talents and abilities.  I have also had the privilege of working with kids who have special needs such as ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Many times, it is children with such challenges that excel in music.  I endeavor to take a personal interest in each one,  while building on their own qualities and abilities so the student will gain confidence and have fun learning this beautiful universal language of music

About Lessons

PIANO LESSONS


Ages 4 to adult

All lessons are private and 45 minutes in length to be taken at a set time each week.

Lesson fees are $100 per 4 lessons, to be paid at first lesson of each month.  Should a 5th lesson fall on your scheduled day, that lesson will also be included in your monthly invoice.

A $25 registration fee is due with the first month's lessons.  This is a one-time fee and will be refunded if student participates in Referral Program.  


No lessons are given on major holidays.

If student must miss a lesson due to unforeseen circumstances and wishes to reschedule, a make up lesson, not credit, will be given for the missed lesson.

Lessons missed by the teacher will definitely be made up.

All lessons are given at my studio.


Students ages 4-6 will begin in Music for Little Mozarts where they will take a musical journey with stuffed animal characters such as Mozart Mouse, 

Beethoven Bear and Pachelbel Penguin.  This course makes learning music and music history fun and adventurous for little ones!

Older children and adults will begin in a course suited to their learning level .  

Supplemental music is incorporated to every learning level.  This includes pop (such as movie theme songs), classical, jazz and other genres of music. 

All books, supplies and sheet music will be billed with monthly invoice.

  

~A detailed policy will be emailed to you with invoice before your first lesson~



GUITAR LESSONS


Ages 5 to adult

All lessons are private and 30 minutes in length to be taken at a set time each week.

Lesson fees are $75 per 4 lessons, to be paid at first lesson of each month. 

~Please Note~

With the exceptions of fees, length of lessons and beginning age, all information for guitar lessons is the same as for PIANO LESSONS above.  


Children ages 5-12 will begin in a Children's Complete Guitar Course.  Music and Theory workbook pages are all included in this book.  Students will begin learning simple chords and rhythm first before learning to read the notes on the staff. 

Older children and adults will start in a method book that teaches note sight reading and progresses to learning various chords and techniques.  The student will also learn to read Tablature (Tab).  A separate theory workbook is used in conjunction with this course. 


~A detailed policy will be emailed to you with invoice before your first lesson~



Recitals

Annual recitals are held in the Spring.

Each recital has a theme and music chosen by student and teacher will fit that theme. All students are encouraged to participate in Spring Recital.

Also held at Spring Recital is our "Composition Competition".  Early in the year students are encouraged to write their own piece, based on the theme of the upcoming recital.  Although the student may be a beginner or know very little about composition, help is given them to achieve this goal.  The song they write is played at the end of Spring Recital.  

 First, Second and Third place winners are then announced.

 Refreshments and conversation with students and parents are enjoyed afterward.


 I believe that writing music and playing at recitals should be fascinating and fun!  And, of course, awards are given to each student for their hard work and

accomplishments!