Miss Esther's Piano Study

Irvine, CA

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How does your service stand out?

I am extremely exacting in my work with Students. Students learn everything about technique and Repertoire which is possible. Each scale is learned and phrase work is done; all to prepare the Student for fluid and beautiful Artistry at the Piano. Fingering is highly valued and I am sure to make certain that fingering is always correct. Without exact fingering the Instrument is almost impossible to play.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love working with Students and Music and the challenges that all of that brings! Music is passion and that comes across through my enthusiastic teaching and presentation of materials.


Irvine, CA 92602

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21 Reviews
  • Marwa S. Oct 3, 2015
    Piano Lessons
    Verified Review
    she is really good with the kids and they really like her and listen to her
  • Valerie myers M. Sep 26, 2015
    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
  • Grishma C. Sep 25, 2015
    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.
  • Paresh P. Sep 24, 2015
    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.
  • Tinh T. Sep 24, 2015
    Miss Esther does not dumb things down, she wants her students to do it the right way from the get go.
  • David S. Sep 24, 2015
    Replied to David S. - Sep 25, 2015

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

  • Aileen T. Aug 20, 2015
    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!
    Replied to Aileen T. - Aug 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.

  • sylvia w. Jul 14, 2015
    Piano Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    Replied to sylvia w. - Jul 18, 2015

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

  • Lea F. Dec 3, 2014
    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!
    Replied to Lea F. - Jul 18, 2015

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

  • Johanna O. Nov 6, 2014
    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.
  • Yanina C. Nov 4, 2014
    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 !
  • Jean-Marc C. Nov 4, 2014
  • Christine C. Oct 29, 2014
    I have been taken class with Miss Esther for 3 years, loved the class every time, especially the flexible schedule.
  • Ashley J. Oct 26, 2014
    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.
  • Susan P. Oct 25, 2014
    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.
  • Tim C. Nov 3, 2013
    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.
  • Yonghong Y. Mar 18, 2013
    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.
    Replied to Yonghong Y. - Mar 22, 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

  • Aileen L. Mar 9, 2013
    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.
    Replied to Aileen L. - Mar 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

  • Lili B. Mar 8, 2013
    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.
    Replied to Lili B. - Mar 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

  • Cuong T. Apr 6, 2012
    Piano Lessons
    Verified Review
    Great environment, a terrific teacher.
    Replied to Cuong T. - Jun 17, 2012

    Thank you so much and many Blessings!!

  • June L. May 23, 2011
    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!!!
    Replied to June L. - Jun 17, 2012

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


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
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.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
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!
What types of customers have you worked with?
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!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
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.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
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!!