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She has been amazing with my daughter. We are so pleased about the quality of her lessons. I would highly recommend.Nov 17, 2017Verified
I am an adult piano player and began working with Shirley last March. She has inspired me to work harder and the results are amazing. I am currently working on Chopin's Waltz in A minor and I love playing this piece. It improves with every lesson we have. A big advantage of working with Shirley is that she video records the lessons, edits the lesson to focus on a key element we are working on and sends it to me. Whenever I try to remember how to play a certain passage, I have only to look at the video. It is like having a lesson everyday of the week. Shirley is a passionate and dedicated musician and she communicates that in our lessons.Nov 1, 2014
Shirley is a Piano teacher of the highest pedigree. Her understanding of what to teach and how to teach has made a huge impact on my learning curve. I am an adult beginner with very little musical background, she has been patient and kind in teaching me. I took lessons with her in-person in Berkeley and have since been taking Skype lessons for over a year. To be honest, I do not feel like I am missing anything in the Skype lessons. She uses the technology available to her to the maximum - multiple cameras to help bolster understanding, video supplements to aid in the learning, and supplemental practice material to improve on the technique. I will heartily recommend to her to anyone seeking a Piano tutor - inperson or on Skype. Thanks Shirley for all your work!Dec 7, 2014
The right teacher is a student's dream. After fits and starts with many teachers, I connected with Shirley six years ago. She understood my struggles and filled in the gaps of my lack of musical training. Shirley inspired confidence and gave me the courage to believe in my musical self. she patiently undid all the doings of inept teachers. She methodically taught me how to create beautiful sounds with a flexible wrist, swishing thumb, and coming under a note so that it does not poke out. And all without pressure or put downs. I was able to relax into the music at my own pace. After she moved, we continued on Skype. While I like face to face lessons better, I was relieved that I did not have to lose my teacher. My greatest thrill was when I played Fur Elise and realized the notes had become music. Shirley helped me realize my dream.Dec 30, 2013
I grew up in a home where I was blessed to have a mother entertain the family with the piano. She played by ear beautifully but she felt frustrated that she never had the chance to study classically. I only wish we had the internet available during her lifetime. For the last year and a half I have been studying with Shirley Kirsten via FaceTime or Skype as a beginner. I can't believe how many pieces she has taught me along with learning music theory. She makes it so easy. There are so many advantages doing it this way, it's hard to list them all, but just being able to stay home tops my list. She also video tapes the lesson and sends it to you in case you should forget the finer points of her instructions. She is amazingly patient because she expects perfection. I would have not found someone of her caliber in my town. If there is the faintest desire to become a pianist don't hesitate on giving her a try, it will soon turn into a lifelong passion.Dec 23, 2013
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I charge $60 per lesson which is an hour long. For ONLINE students I add an extra 15 minutes at no charge. Students will receive supplementary teaching videos, if interested at no extra fee. You can see many of my teaching video samples at my You Tube Channel.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I confer with students about their musical goals; time allotted for practicing, and what is feasible for their particular learning environment.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I'm a graduate of the NYC HS of Performing Arts (known as the FAME school from the movie and TV sitcom), Oberlin Conservatory (Bach. of Music-Performance-Piano/Pedagogy); Master of Arts, New York University.