Tobi is an amazing piano teacher and I couldn’t recommend someone more. I’m an adult student and have been taking lessons with Tobi for the past 7 months. At a high level, she is a great instructor who has really helped me learn. I really enjoy working with her and am very proud of my progress. I’ve played at a recital which was a great learning experience and have gotten great feedback from friends who have heard me play. This is testament to the guidance and teaching I’ve received from Tobi.
On a more granular level, she is very detail oriented (laser focused on learning all the intricacies of a piece such as hand placement, timing, dynamics, pedaling etc.), very patient (understanding when I have bad weeks and makes a big effort to be encouraging), and makes a big effort to go through your learning journey with you. I’ve learned so much over just 6 months and have gone from a complete beginner to being confident to play simple pieces in LAX airport as people walk by. I’m more interested in pop pieces, and Tobi has been great about giving me the right balance between theory, typical progression pieces that help me learn, and pieces that spark my interest as something I’d really like to be able to play. For example, currently I’m learning a Chopin piece while also learning All of Me by John Legend. She’s very flexible in terms of tailoring lessons around your goals and is very attentive to what interests you as a student.
Each week you leave with a homework sheet containing specific things to work on for the week. This includes scales, warm up exercises, various pieces you’re currently working on and detailed notes to go along with them. It takes approx. 20-30 minutes to run through this homework once each day.
Tobi is really good at identifying your strengths and makes sure to use that asset to your advantage as you learn. This has made lessons thoroughly enjoyable and has kept me motivated. She also gets the right balance between pieces that suit your level and ones that challenge you to be better.
You won’t go wrong by choosing to work with Tobi!