Vera's Piano and Voice Studio
Vera's Piano and Voice Studio

Vera's Piano and Voice Studio

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Introduction: Welcome to Vera's Piano and Voice Studio! I offer weekly private piano and voice lessons to young children ages 5 and up, and women at any age! Students are taught and allowed to learn and explore at their own pace, in a professional manner and in a positive, encouraging environment. Students can learn in different stages and just have fun and enjoy themselves. Students take lessons for a full academic year: August through May. There are no lessons on major holidays! During summer break, continuing students may take bi-weekly or once a month lessons! Students participate in recitals twice a year (December, May), performing for the family, friends and fellow students. I especially enjoy working with students who have no formal training/music background and watching them learn new skills and improve in their piano playing and singing! That gives me the greatest satisfaction!
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8 years in business

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Cynthia Z.
May 10, 2019
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Amazing Piano Teacher. She is very detail and patient with her students. My daughter is a beginner and enjoys her lessons.

Details: 6 - 9 years old • No, the student cannot read music • No formal training • Pop • No, the student does not have either • 30 minutes • I travel to the piano teacher • The piano teacher travels to me

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Correena M.
May 1, 2019
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Finding Vera on here has been the BEST thing for my daughter to begin her dream of becoming a professional singer. Being a single mom, I wasn't sure if I could afford private lessons, but I was honestly shocked at her affordability! She provides such high quality lessons for the price, is completely organized, responsive and flexible. She is such a phenomenal teacher, she really knows her way around music and definitely knows how to pull the talent out of a person! My daughter has built so much confidence in her skills since learning from her and her voice has improved so much... I'm shocked at the changes in her singing in such a short time! We are so thankful to have crossed paths with Vera's piano and voice studio!

Details: 10 - 13 years old • No, the student cannot read music • No formal training • Pop • What the teacher recommends • 45 minutes • I travel to the voice coach

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Christine H.
Apr 12, 2019
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My daughter loves her piano and voice lessons. My daughter states that Vera is so patient with her and makes her feel so good about herself. We would highly recommend Vera.

Details: 14 - 17 years old • No, the student cannot read music • 0 - 2 yrs of formal training • What the teacher recommends • 30 minutes • I travel to the voice coach

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Jaime G.
Jan 20, 2020
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Speaking with Vera was a pleasure, until she told me she only teaches adult female students and young children. As a 20 year old male, I find it difficult to find a piano teacher who doesn’t turn me down because of my gender. Vera’s description indicates she teaches adult students. Not exactly. If you are a male student aspiring to learn to play the piano, feel free to go elsewhere.

Details: 18 - 25 years old • Yes, the student can read music • No formal training; some self-taught experience • Classical • Yes, the student has a piano • 30 minutes • At the pro’s location

Vera's Piano and Voice Studio's reply
Hi Jaime, I’m sorry, this was an oversight on my part; I didn’t catch the mistake in my bio! But now I have updated it to reflect my policy. Again, I’m very sorry for the misunderstanding and I wish you the best in finding a great piano teacher and being able to become a fine pianist!
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Aiperi M.
Nov 13, 2019
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Vera is awesome! We had piano lesson with my 3 y.o. It was great experience. I definitely recommend for everyone!!!

Details: Younger than 6 years old • No, the student cannot read music • No formal training • What the teacher recommends • No, the student does not have either • 30 minutes • At the pro’s location

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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I charge $25.00/half an hour lessons for beginning students. Generally, I prefer to keep instruction time to no more than 30 minutes with all beginning students. This is because new students are at times overwhelmed by the new material and skills they are learning. Also, very young beginning students have a shorter attention span than older ones, making it more difficult to sit down (piano students) in one place for longer periods of time. However, parents should be aware that students who have completed at least 2 years of instruction should switch to 45 minute lessons. I charge $30 for a 45 minute lesson. As continuing students get older, and get familiar/comfortable with what they are doing, sitting at the piano or standing (voice students) for longer periods will no longer be an issue. Naturally, the need for longer instruction time increases, as they make progress by mastering techniques and learning more difficult material.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    After the initial contact, I prefer to have a free consultation with the parents of the prospective students (if they are minors), or adult students. During the meeting, I will briefly discuss with parents /adult students studio policies, method books/materials, scheduling, and any other activities I need to be aware of that students are involved in. Also, I will need to know beforehand if the student/adult student has any ongoing health issues that I would need to be aware of and if special accommodations are needed. I might ask the student/adult student about his preferences: classical, popular, video game music or other. Once the days and times are established, the student/adult student will be ready for his/her piano/voice lesson! Lessons will start the following week. Meanwhile, parents/adult students will have music lesson registration and media release forms to complete and must also buy the method books recommended by the teacher. All beginning piano students start their first new lesson with basic piano fundamentals: learning to sit at the piano with good posture and at the right distance, exploring the keyboard, creating soft/loud, short/long sounds, learning finger numbers, and learning basic techniques like rounded hand shape, firm fingertips, and a relaxed wrist. The student's age, lesson length, and the degree of the ability to grasp concepts, will be taken into consideration. Demonstration is key in piano playing, and the student will learn by watching first and then trying it out themselves. All beginning voice students will start with singing fundamentals: learning how to prepare their bodies for singing by introducing them to a few stretching and breathing exercises, the proper singing posture, finding the low and high voice, and teaching the solfège scale and singing vocal exercises. Again, student's age, lesson length, and the degree of the ability to grasp concepts will be taken into consideration. Demonstration is the key in singing too: the student will learn by watching first and then trying it themselves.

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

    I hold a BA in Music from the Arizona State University and studied piano with professor Robert Hamilton, an American concert pianist. I trained for piano competitions and won 3rd place in the inter-collegiate MCCD Piano Performance Competition. While working on my music degree, I studied voice as well and was a member of the ASU Women's Choir.

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