Lara's Piano Coaching

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality.
  • Tony Z.

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    Lara's program emphasizes the importance of knowing the basics of reading music inside and out. She is very patient and makes the learning fun and meaningful.

    Jun 23, 2017Verified
  • Julian S.

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    Lara's specialty sets her apart among piano instructors. Her teaching method focuses on getting students to learn rhythm and sight-reading. While it sounds basic, it is really the foundation of music. By focusing on these skills first, it enables the student to do so much more over time. Mastering the ability to sightread alone empowers me to learn any new sheet music, and not quit in the process because I got overwhelmed or frustrated... I am 30 years old and took 3.5 years of various music courses during my schooling, including violin, guitar, percussion, and piano. None of my previous instruction ever set me free in the sense that I could go pick up some random, unfamiliar sheet music, and learn how to play it in minutes on my own. That's where Lara's lessons have been different. Despite only going to Lara's lessons for 3 months, I feel like I could learn any popular music song on the piano in a single day--eat your heart out Maroon 5! It's been a great experience so far and I look forward to continue my progress. Another benefit of her method is I will be able to learn how to sing and play simultaneously--something I never believed would be possible for me!

      Jan 31, 2017Verified

    About this pro

    Stop dreaming and start playing! I can help you achieve that piano goal you've been dreaming of. I specialize in teaching adults the fundamentals of music with a focus on reading music. With the traditional week-by-week lesson model, there is too much time without instruction or feedback on your practice techniques in between lessons. This is not enough for the kind of growth myself and my eager students like to see! When you sign on with me, you become a VIP. This means I am available to you 5-6 days out of the week where you can regularly get feedback on how you're practicing to maximize growth. Simply shoot a photo, text, or voice memo with your question or a video for critique as often as you like so that your progress is significantly faster. You can even book mini phone/Skype sessions in between lessons when needed as well. I am right next to you on your journey so you can progress your playing by the day instead of by the week. As a result, pricing is by monthly package (not hourly). Packages are as follows: The Minimalist $160/mo -Includes 2, 60-minute lesson per month -Includes access to me 5-6 days a week via voice recordings, video, text messages and/or email -Opportunities for performance for local students The Rocker $240/mo -Includes 4, 45-minute lessons per month -Includes access to me 5-6 days a week via voice recordings, video, text messages and/or email -Access to members Facebook group (enter to win free lessons, and other contests, communicate with other students) -Opportunities for performance for local students The Classical $340/mo -Includes 4, 60-minute lessons per month -Includes access to me via voice recordings, video, text messages and/or email 5-6 days of the week -ALL materials including books are included (anywhere from $5-40 per month value) -Includes all recital fees ($40 value) -Access to members Facebook group (enter to win free lessons, and other contests, communicate with other students) -Opportunities for performance for local students ------- As a results-based coach bringing 20 years of experience in piano theory, technique and performance to each session, my goal is to teach you to become independent of me, learn to read music, and play like you've always wanted to play. My approach focuses on your specific goals and reading music in order to build a strong foundation for you to understand music as a whole as opposed to just learning song after song. Too many teachers buzz through the basics leaving the student with an inadequate foundation. You end up learning piece by piece over months instead of truly learning music. My method is inspired by European classical training similar to the way Mozart taught Beethoven. The idea is that once the fundamentals are mastered, you'll be able to play a new piece in a fraction of the time it would take otherwise. Results are disproportionate! Please see my reviews. If this resonates with you, please feel free to reach out. Can't wait to meet you! I am living my dream and my passion when I teach and perform, so I do not even consider it a "job." Music is what I do with my free time AND "work" time.

    Years in business

    6

    Times hired on Thumbtack

    34

    Number of employees

    2

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    Completed
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      Q & A

      • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
        Pricing is by monthly package as listed in introduction above. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out!
      • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
        It depends on their playing level, but we usually go back to the beginning to start filling in any "cracks" that may be in your musical foundation. For the first lesson, I guide them through my basic method I use to teach sight-reading. By the end of the lesson, a beginner will have read at least seven brand new pieces.
      • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
        I have been classically trained with a private teacher for the better part of my life. I went on to study Communication Studies and Music at California State University, Long Beach and the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. I later received training from an exceptional composer who taught me an incredible method of sight-reading that has shown concrete, beautiful results in my students over the years. My focus on the fundamentals has given my students the tools they need to truly understand the music. I am gifted with great patience to teach the basics to a point of mastery so my students can take what they learn and apply it to any music they venture to play on their own. I understand that without mastering the basics, no greatness can come about. "What people don't realize is that professionals are sensational because of the fundamentals. The sensationalism has taken over the professionalism." Barry Larkin "Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals." Jim Rohn

      Business hours

      Pacific Time Zone
      SundayClosed
      Monday8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
      Tuesday8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
      Wednesday8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
      Thursday8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
      Friday8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
      Saturday8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
      Coverage Area for Lara's Piano Coaching is about 20+ miles of Long Beach, CA.