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Singing Lessons (for children or teenagers)
My daughter has taken 2 lessons with Laura at Dr Batista's studio and she loves it!! I'm very happy with the entire experience and I highly recommend this studio.May 6, 2016Verified
I just started piano lessons with Dr. Batista and already can see her professionalism and love for what she does. Classes are structured, on time, and fun. I look forward to every class in the future.Oct 31, 2014Verified
Dr. Batista is a wonderful teacher. Students love going to their piano lessons with her. It is rare to find a pianist so qualified and professional that also enjoys teaching.Jul 8, 2017
I was Dr. Batistas student for almost four years. I would highly recommend her teaching style to everyone that interested in mastering the piano. Alma is extremely passionate about her work and truly wants her students to excel in music as well as in life. In addition she has won many prestigious awards during her career as an instructor and musician. She is extremely experienced, professional and organized. Alma makes her students very comfortable and attends to their needs and individual learning styles. When I was her student she was not only a teacher but also a positive role model and mentor to me. She always wanted me to do my very best in whatever piece I was playing. During lessons she expects her students to be respectful (as everyone should be) and willing to put their focus solely on music while under her direction. Her passion inspired me to grow both as a student and a musician. Overall no matter what age range you are or level of experience you have you should definitely take lessons from Dr. Batista! It is well worth your investment!Sep 18, 2014
Piano Lessons (for children or teenagers)
I started classes ~1 year and a half ago and have improved so much in that relatively short amount of time. Dr. Batista's patience and expertise make for an excellent teacher. Also, not only have I gained an abundant of knowledge on piano and music theory, but I have also gained a friend in Dr. Batista. I would highly recommend her to anyone interested in diving into piano.Aug 10, 2018Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Our private lessons fee varies depending upon the experience and college level of the teacher and the length of the lesson. These lessons are customized to each student we include theory as part of the lesson curriculum. Lessons are paid a month in advance and all lesson fees are non-refundable. Books and/or other educational material needed (like flashcards, metronomes, sheet music, etc.) are not included in the lesson fee. Discounts: 10% off is student pays for 6 months in advance.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?If the student is a total beginner, I start with giving them an introduction to the piano. How it works, how the keys are named, etc. Then, I also get to know them to see what are their main goals with the lessons. We then take it from there and I customize their education depending on their age, level, interests, and goals. If the student has had previous lessons, I will listen to their playing, test their sight-reading skills, look at the books they brought, and then discuss with them my assessment of their playing. We will talk about their goals and I will let them know what I can do to help them achieve a higher level of playing. I will start assigning them materials based on our new goals.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have a Doctorate degree in Music from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I studied pedagogy and have taught beginning up to college level piano students. I also have a Master and Bachelor degrees in Music performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. I also studied pedagogy at the Conservatory of Music with Peggy Salkind. I am also a composer and professional pianist who currently performs recitals and concerts. The other teachers at my studio have a minimum of a Bachelor Degree in Music and perform professionally with their own band or with other music groups.