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About Miss Esther's Piano Study

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I am a highly seasoned professional, Classical teacher and performer. My emphasis is upon technique, precision, and performance. My students range from 6 to 66. I train, mentor, and guide Pianists to become excellent and articulate in piano performance with love and passion for Music. I do not cross-over to other genres, please. Jazz is a definite specialty and Classical is, as well and I have not been trained as a Jazz Musician.

I bring great compassion and love to the bench. Further, moral and ethical standards for me are very high. As a trained family therapist, I bring knowledge and insight to the inner workings of each and every student I teach, helping them to reach their fullest potential.

My studio is intentionally small, so I may work very closely with families, honing the skill of each student. We become family and share great laughter and Joy!

I have taught for 38 years to hundreds of students. Some have entered music conservatories or university music schools. As their teacher, I leave no stone unturned. My students would term me as very loving, a lot of fun, and firm. I am neither a lazy nor undisciplined teacher, and I ask that of each and every student who comes to me for the study of this great, passionate instrument.

Once a year the Students desiring perform their Spring Festival Recital and it is all success-oriented. There is lots of smiles, applause, support, and goodie bags. It is their Showcase and they shine!

Adult beginners and those adults who have played in their youth are a particular interest for me, as a teacher. Adults, almost more than the children, need extra care and extra encouragement to overcome the obstacles of being taught something of their past or something very new and difficult. The Adult learn exceptionally fast for all cognition and language skills are in place. Communication and understanding is there, already.

Myself, as a baby-boomer, realize that we boomers have now time to learn a new, mind-expanding activity, as the Piano. As an instrument which uses both hemispheres, the Brain receives a real workout. That workout serves to help stave perhaps dementia and memory loss, as science has revealed.



Tustin, CA 92780

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  • 5/5 stars

    she is really good with the kids and they really like her and listen to her

  • 5/5 stars

    Esther is a patient , caring, encouraging piano teacher . She has trained with the best . She can make a beginner encouraged about his / her progress. Her enthusiasm, guidance , and genuine care is always present during every lesson

  • 4/5 stars

    My 7 yr old daughter has been going to Ms. Esther's piano study for almost 10 months now. Ms. Esther is very patient with her and makes sure she goes at the pace my daughter is comfortable with. She is very knowledgeable in her field and knows what to teach at the correct time.

  • 5/5 stars

    Miss Esther's is a great piano teacher who inspires and motivates students to learn. Our son is taking piano classes from her and making good progress. I highly recommend her for piano study.

  • 5/5 stars

    Miss Esther does not dumb things down, she wants her students to do it the right way from the get go.

  • 5/5 stars

    Esther Bullard S. from Miss Esther's Piano Study replied to this review on September 24, 2015:

    Thank you for taking your valuable time in leaving a 5-star review!! I appreciate it very much. Miss Esther

  • 5/5 stars Piano Lessons Verified Review

    Ms. Esther is a very approachable and considerate teacher. She really tunes into the needs of her students and works with their strengths and weaknesses. She was easy to communicate with. We enjoyed our experience with Ms. Esther!

    Esther Bullard S. from Miss Esther's Piano Study replied to this review on August 20, 2015:

    Oh, how wonderful it is to hear from you both. I miss your Daughter's happy face and I know she is singing her Music loud and clear. To sing is to offer joy! Thank you for the kindness of your review. Ms. Esther.

  • 5/5 stars Piano Lessons (for children or teenagers) Verified Review

    Esther Bullard S. from Miss Esther's Piano Study replied to this review on July 18, 2015:

    Thank you so much, Sylvia, for your review! It is my pleasure to be working with you and your Family

  • 5/5 stars

    Ms. Esther is very dedicated teacher. My kids love her, and enjoy the music. Moreover she also is very helpful and kind to adjust my busy schedule when I need. We all appreciate her a lot. Once a year performance is another plus experience to add to the children!

    Esther Bullard S. from Miss Esther's Piano Study replied to this review on July 18, 2015:

    Fabulous Family! Fabulous Kids!! I look forward to seeing them each and every week.

  • 5/5 stars

    For more than two years I have taken piano lessons from Esther Sanborn and I can say that I am quite pleased with my growth and progress. Let me preface this by saying that I am an older adult and have over the years developed bad habits in my technique. Ms Sanborn helped me correct these with her unending patience and insight.

    I love her insistence on good technique, ensuring that her students become better players. She is very respectful of my personal taste in the classical music that I choose to play, and has always been very encouraging whenever I express doubt about my abilities.
    Esther Sanborn is a true professional who knows music, and her love of the piano is palpable. It makes each lesson a joy.

  • 5/5 stars

    My daughter has been going to miss Esther practice for a little bit more than a year. Miss Esther is very good with kids, patient, and can keep my daughter focused for 45mn, which is pretty hard ! She has improved dramatically faster than what she did previously in a more "normal" setting.

    My daughter always enjoys her lessons.

    And, my husband also appreciates her flexible schedule !

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  • 5/5 stars

    I have been taken class with Miss Esther for 3 years, loved the class every time, especially the flexible schedule.

  • 5/5 stars Piano Lessons Verified Review

    My daughter has been taking piano lessons from Miss Esther for three years. She simply loves going to the lesson each week. Miss Esther is doing a great job in keeping my daughter motivated. Each kid is different and a special teacher your child deserve is one that would emphasis more on your child's well-being and love for music than the pursuit of Certificate of Merit, a yardstick that more often than not makes kids hate music in the end.

    Thank you, Miss Esther.

  • 4/5 stars Piano Lessons Verified Review

    Miss Esther is very passionate and knowledgable about her work. She encourages her students to do well. My son loves taken lessens with her.

  • 5/5 stars Piano Lessons Verified Review

    Miss Esther is a wonderful teacher to work with. Her work is thorough and complete. She really gets down to the details about playing techniques. Strongly recommended.

  • 5/5 stars

    I am eight years old and I have been going to Miss Esthers studio for piano lessons ever since I moved over to California with my family. She is a very good teacher and has a very clean studio and house. She also has a cat named Pumpkin! Miss Esther is very nice and encouraging. She lets you have your choice of pieces too. I really enjoy playing duets with her. I love it when I go to her classes and I am looking forward to it every week.

    Esther Bullard S. from Miss Esther's Piano Study replied to this review on March 24, 2013:

    Thank you so much, darling, for your very kind and well written review! I, as well, look very much forward to your Lessons and Pumpkin listens, too. :) You are growing into a wonderful Pianist and I see how very proud your Parents are of you!! The Recital piece you selected will wow the Audience in June. Thank you again and Blessings!

  • 5/5 stars Piano Lessons Verified Review

    Ms. Esther is a very enthusiastic and passionate piano teacher. My 2 girls (7 and 12) are having a lot of fun learning piano with Ms. Esther. They enjoy her kindness, patience, and more importantly, her appreciation for classic music.

    Esther Bullard S. from Miss Esther's Piano Study replied to this review on March 21, 2013:

    Thank you so very much for blessing me and my Practice with your two outstanding Students! Both girls are disciplined and eager to work to perfect pieces. How I look forward to their lessons each and every week!

    Miss Esther

  • 5/5 stars Piano Lessons Verified Review

    Miss Esther is a great piano teacher. Both of my kids (age 10 and 7) like her. She is strict and descipline and at the same time very focusing on developing the kids' appreciation and passion for classical music.

    Esther Bullard S. from Miss Esther's Piano Study replied to this review on March 9, 2013:

    What a delightful and energetic Family!! Both Children are growing musically and how I enjoy to work closely with them. We are working toward their Recital and how exciting it is!! Scales are going well and theory, too. Thank you so much for the pleasure of teaching your wonderful and well-mannered Children!

    Miss Esther

  • 1/5 stars Piano Lessons Verified Review

    She is very not familiar with the teaching skills. She is very calculating about her time. She looked at the clock all the time when she was teaching. When I asked her to teach me a new piece of music, she said she only teaches classic. She never knows anything other than classic music. She even did not want to tell me a lillte bit about what anything else than the the beginner book. She made me lost interest with piano.

    Esther Bullard S. from Miss Esther's Piano Study replied to this review on March 9, 2013:

    Lili came requesting an uplift to her older Music skills. I began just brushing up with basic Piano Technique and reading. Soon, she became bored with all that and brought in a book which contained 'Modern Jazzy' piano music. Immediately, I explained that I do not teach anything but what my Thumbtack Website states: CLASSICAL PIANO TEACHER. I cannot offer cross-over into other genre such as soft Jazz or the like. I suggested that Lili find another Teacher at which point she became upset and asked if I were firing her. No, I just stated that I cannot and will not instruct in a particular genre of Piano I have not mastered. Eventually, Lili, disappointed, exited my Practice. One note: I watch the clock as all Professional Teachers do because we must time ourselves to gauge the material being presented and needing work. Also, I must be mindful of my other Students coming in for their lesson, too. Lili took it personally, sadly. I hope she finds another Teacher with whom she can discover her brand of Piano music. I wish her luck and good will!

    Miss Esther

  • 5/5 stars Piano Lessons Verified Review

    Great environment, a terrific teacher.

    Esther Bullard S. from Miss Esther's Piano Study replied to this review on June 16, 2012:

    Thank you so much and many Blessings!!

  • 5/5 stars

    I have been bringing my son Neal to Miss Esther's piano classes for the last three years. His technique has improved dramatically over this time period and he really responds well to Miss Esther's teaching methods (patience, encouragement and attention to detail). I would highly recommend Miss Esther to any parent wishing to give their child and excellent grounding in music. On a personal note, I would also like to add that Miss Esther is a really nice person with a great sense of humor and clearly dedicated to her students.

    Thanks Esther for all your hard work!!

    Esther Bullard S. from Miss Esther's Piano Study replied to this review on June 16, 2012:

    Neal is a wonderful young person and it is my honor to teach him these years. How many more years do I look forward to working with Neal and his great, supportive Family! Thanks

  • 5/5 stars Verified Review

    I have now been a student of Miss Esther's Piano Study for the last 2 1/2 years. I started knowing not a single thing regarding playing the piano, coming only with the desire to learn.

    My starting point and first instruction was finding the middle C note.
    I have progressed to playing original pieces by Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn currently.

    While learning to play the piano is difficult, one thing is for certain, Esther will not allow a student to stagnant for long. She has mysterious methods and knowledge, able to work around difficult spots to motivate and energize. Miss Esther teaches with the most enthusiastic caring spirit, that it brings forth the joy and beauty of music.

    I have come to realize that joy and beauty by being one of her students.
    Esther is a fantastic and wonderful teacher and will always bring out the very best in all her students.

    My progress has been absolutely amazing and being her student is a truly wonderful experience and a blessing as well. It has been and continues to be a phenomenal experience!!!

    Esther Bullard S. from Miss Esther's Piano Study replied to this review on June 16, 2012:

    Thank you for the five star review! It is my honor to serve you! Many blessings.

  • 5/5 stars

    As parents, we hope Iris, our 6-years-old daughter, build up her interest and comprehension in the music through the piano learning. We made a good decision to send her to Ms. Esther's piano studio, and she has enjoyed it since the first visit.

    Ms. Esther is not only an excellent piano performer, but also a wonderful teacher for the young learners. She is full of enthusiasm and very experienced in guiding Iris in the world of piano; she is very patient to correct any mistake Iris makes; she uses positive encouragement while enforcing her authority upon our naughty child during each lesson.

    It is a great pleasure to watch Iris's little fingers jumping over the keyboard and generating colorful music in less than a year.

    Esther Bullard S. from Miss Esther's Piano Study replied to this review on June 16, 2012:

    Iris is a wonderful and delightful young Student and continues to surprise me with her brilliant technique and interpretations. She is a true joy to work with!! Many Blessings.

  • 5/5 stars

    Kaitlyn( my daughter) is really enjoy Miss Esther's piano lesson.She remember every sentence her teacher said to her. To me , that is very important. Esther is very open to her student, she will discuss the lesson with the student and parents,design the lesson plan base on individual's personality. Esther also encourage the student to explore their potential and guide them base on their own pace and thus make the lesson more fun to the kids.

    Kaitlyn's Mom

    Esther Bullard S. from Miss Esther's Piano Study replied to this review on June 16, 2012:

    Kaitlyn is a highly responsive and intuitive learner of this difficult Instrument. I look forward to working with her in the years to come. Many blessings!!

  • 5/5 stars

    Miss Esther is a wonderful teacher; she makes playing piano enjoyable and not forced.

    Esther Bullard S. from Miss Esther's Piano Study replied to this review on June 16, 2012:

    Thank you, dear Harper, for a heartfelt review! Much appreciation and blessings!

  • 5/5 stars

    When you meet Esther for the first time, you can chat with her for 5 minutes, and feel like you've known her forever. Actually, I've known her since 2008, and I can honestly say she is a true professional in every sense of the word. When I first started my music education company, she interviewed with us to apply as a piano instructor. Boy, was she impressive! She knows her music theory, is experienced with students of all ages, and can teach like it's second nature (if you attend one of her recitals, you'll understand). Esther is an exceptional performer as well, and plays the piano with such feeling. Although, she ultimately decided to focus on her own business, separate from mine, we have made it a prority to keep in touch. Her and I seek advice from one another, and together we are a support group. Not only is she a great business colleague, she is an excellent mentor, and a wonderful friend. Indeed, I'm happy to have met her, and I'm certain we will always be friends. Esther, thank you for being my friend.

    Esther Bullard S. from Miss Esther's Piano Study replied to this review on June 16, 2012:

    What a generous review from a generous Teacher and friend. Thank you, Rodney of Virtuoso Music in Orange. Rodney is a friend and support as well. Thank you for your presence in my life! Blessings, Rodney!

  • 5/5 stars

    My daughter has been taking piano lessons with Ms. Esther for more than two years. During this time, I have witnessed her fine qualities as a teacher. Ms. Esther is enthusiastic and passionate about music. She has imparted her love of music onto my daughter. Ms. Esther has always treated my daughter as an individual and customized her lessons according to her need. When my daughter performs well, Ms. Esther acknowledges her accomplishment. When my daughter struggles with a lesson, Ms. Esther encourages with positive and caring words. I highly respect Ms. Esther's natural gift for teaching.

    Esther Bullard S. from Miss Esther's Piano Study replied to this review on June 16, 2012:

    I thank you for such a wonderful review and it is my pleasure and honor to serve you, Kim. Thank you and many Blessings!!

  • 5/5 stars

    Thank you for your patience and kindness with Thianne and Thylan for so many years. You are a wonderful and inspiring teacher. My daughters just love you and always look forward to their lessons.

    Esther Bullard S. from Miss Esther's Piano Study replied to this review on June 16, 2012:

    Thank you for your heartfelt and encouraging review! You and your husband have beautiful Children who shall always shine! Many Blessings!

  • 5/5 stars

    June—April 28, 2011

    First, let me preface the following by stating that I am an adult student 55 plus.

    I have been taking lessons at Esther’s Piano Study for nearly a year. My start point was that of a novice….a newbie. I did not know a dot from a musical note, but wanting to play the piano was and still is a lifelong desire.

    She has brought me from a newbie to being able to sit comfortably at the bench and play some late intermediate literature in less than a year. I truly have progressed a very long way in a short time with her guidance.

    Esther is filled with enthusiasm, constancy in patience, persistence and can intuitively gauge the tempo of the lessons. She teaches with determination to draw upon all the beauty and color from my fingers that is possible.

    Esther Bullard S. from Miss Esther's Piano Study replied to this review on June 16, 2012:

    Thank you, June, for your wonderful review and continued patience with this sometimes Impossible Instrument! Your tenacity and stick-to-it-ness is paying off quite well as you head nicely into Mozart, Schumann, and the Masters. Many Blessings!

  • 5/5 stars

    We LOVE Miss Esther's Piano Study! Both my daughters have attended her classes and both showed immediate and astounding improvement. We knew the girls wanted to learn to play but other teachers and even professional companies could not bring out the deep appreciation for learning to play that Miss Esther has managed to instill in them. My 7-year-old is currently practicing for her first ever recital and she is so unbelievably excited. She consistently practices more than she is tasked to and practically devours her lessons. The level of excitement Miss Esther generates in her students is beyond compare. I wish we had found her years earlier!

    Esther Bullard S. from Miss Esther's Piano Study replied to this review on June 16, 2012:

    Thank you. You are a wonderful Family! Thank you for allowing me to serve you.

Question and answer

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

A. Each quarter I prep up a two or more Advanced or Virtuosic pieces for my Professor of Piano at University of California, Irvine. My Students are surprised when they learn that I have a Teacher, too. I explain that no one is ever that good to not need coaching in this Symphony of Instruments.

Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?

A. I come from a long lineage of Musicians, Artists, and Pianists. My Maternal Grandmother was a Concert Pianist and my Paternal Grandmother was a Jazz Pianist who played with some of the early great Jazz Musicians of her time.

I began lessons around 5 and as my mother stated to all: " Esther took to the Piano like a Duck to water"

I love what I do and will continue and on and on and on!

Q. What types of customers have you worked with?

A. I am pleased to offer a superb Classical Program for all ages with Technique, Repertoire, Scale and Theory work. I offer Students opportunities to learn the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern Piano Masters.

Please, I am cannot teach Jazz, Pop, Rag. I specialize in Classical and am not able at all to 'cross-over' as a few Musicians and/or Teachers can.

In my Specialty, my Students are taught very succinct methodology and Technique to play their very finest for their lives!!

Music Is Joy!

Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

A. It is so important to have a 'meet and greet'. An 'over the phone' interview is nothing. One must meet me and see my serene and beautiful Studio with a Professional Kawai.

Also, try to trust me. That is difficult for Families, I do realize. Sometimes, Families have had not so good experiences with Piano Teachers; however, not each Teacher is the same. So, trust.

Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

A. In the very thick of Music; when Recital time is arriving; nerves are thin; fingers are sore: That is the time that I sense I shine the most for my beloved Students. Though I push them hard, I know precisely when to pull back, ease through, and lighten up.

I believe I have pocketed over 35 Recitals and I could count on one hand Students' breakdowns at the bench in Recital. It does not happen because they are so prepped and ready to go. Further, they know I stand a foot off to point a way, correct position, and make them shine!!

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