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The Piano Studio of Dorifel Acoba
The Piano Studio of Dorifel Acoba

The Piano Studio of Dorifel Acoba

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Introduction: I finished a Bachelor of Music Education major in Piano and minor in Voice. I have been offering music lessons since 1996. I am also an active member of SMAC- OC; as a Members of the Suzuki Music Association of California, Orange County branch (SMAC-OC), I accept the principles stated in Nurtured by Love and other writings of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and other leaders in the Talent Education Movement. These principles include: Loving encouragement of individual growth Mutual respect among all students, parents, and teachers Setting a good example. Striving for the attainment of excellence Honesty Cooperation rather than competition My music studio prepares my student for a yearly recital and helps them ready for any school performances. As a member of MTAC, I also encourage them to participate in taking the Certificate of Merit examination. My teaching philosophy is the belief that every child can develop talents and my task as a teacher is to share my love and passion for music, providing the path by building the skills that will open the door to success and hope to a lifelong joy of music-making and creates the environment in which my student will motivate themselves. As a Suzuki Piano Teacher, my Method book that I am using is the Suzuki Book International Edition and the supplementary book that I am is the Piano Adventures Curriculum by Faber and Faber and also, Piano Safari Books. This method book is based on discovery, creativity, and adventures through music-making. There are four books in each level—lesson, Performance, Theory, and Technique. There is also an additional supplementary book that is essential for student progress that motivates practice. The PreTime to BigTime Piano Supplementary Library correlates with Piano Adventures to provide a broad selection of music to meet each student's interest- at the precise level of difficulty. With styles that include Popular, Rock n' Roll, Classics, Jazz & Blues, Ragtime & Marches, Children's Song, Favorites, Hymns, and More Popular. Piano Safari Pattern Pieces, and Repertoire Books. The student will be oriented to Piano through black Key pieces that explore the keyboard range for young beginners. This is followed by the off-staff note reading, which teaches the student the keyboard letter names and primary rhythms. Technique & Artistry: Develops hand Structure, relation, and coordination in a systematic pathway to superb playing. I am also a big believer in teacher-student duets. For many years teaching younger students, I learned that playing with the beginning student is one of the best ways to improve their playing; they tend to model their playing from their teacher so that benefits alone are worth it. It does make the simple piece sounds grown-up. I also introduced solfege to the student to help them internalize each note's sound and develop sight-singing. Did you know? Playing an instrument can lead to brain structural changes within just 15 months that improve young children's motor and auditory skills. (Bergman)

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Gil G.

Piano Lessons

She’s a good teacher. I like her style that she’s upfront and frank. My son learned a song from her in 4 days. I would recommend Ms. Dori to anyone that want to learn piano!
May 20, 2021
Jeanette O.

Piano Lessons

Mrs.Dory has a clear gift for teaching. Piano technique has changed much since my days, and I am so grateful to see the musical world develop new and innovative ways to teach my kids. I am excited for what the future holds! My sincerest thanks to Mrs. Dorifel.
The Piano Studio of Dorifel Acoba's reply
Thank you very much Jeanette for that beautiful comment. I am excited to work with you and Rose. I can’t wait to see her again next week.
May 8, 2021
Jose T.

Piano Lessons

Ms. Dori is a great teacher! Very nice, patient and professional! I am happy to have her as my Teacher and I cannot wait for my next lessons 😊
Sep 7, 2019
Ronalene R.

I took piano lessons with Ms. Dory almost two decades ago. I was 9 then. I remember her being strict about time and about practicing. Only later on would I come to realize that her approach helped me develop the kind of discipline needed to be a pianist. My lessons with her became a foundation for lifelong love for music. To children, young adults and anyone else who wants to learn music, I highly recommend her.
The Piano Studio of Dorifel Acoba's reply
Thank you Ronalene
Sep 25, 2018
Zerly s.

Piano Lessons

This review is a lil long over do but we contracted Mrs. Dori and she is greeeeat. She is so energetic and patient. My daughter is a first time student and she loves Mrs. Dori. She is well organized and structured. She works so well with the lil ones. (mine is 6). So glad we found her!!
May 2, 2019
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Tuition for 2019-2020: $30/half-hour lesson $45.00/45-minute lesson and $55/hour lesson Group lesson: Group lesson is a 60 minutes lesson and it cost $180 for the whole term and it's divided into a payment of $90 on Sept 1st and Jan 1st.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Before the actual lesson, the student should have their own instrument (Digital Piano / upright piano). I do not accept a student without an instrument at home because this is crucial for the student's progress as they are encouraged to practice every day. Secondly, I asked parents to come to my studio to have a personal orientation. During the meeting, I usually asked what their main goal is and what motivates them to learn to play the piano. If a student has a playing experience, I also asked them to bring their books and play at least one memorized piece. When the child has no experience in playing, I would be asked to observe an actual lesson before they start. And lastly, Parents and I will agree on the actual lesson schedule, such as day and time and the monthly tuition payment.

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

    I finished a Bachelor of Music Education major in Piano minor in voice. I also serve as a Music Adviser and have been served as a Music Director, Choir accompanist, and conductor in the Church. I serve as an accompanist in choir/solo performances. I have also been singing with the choir group who actively joined the International choir competition.

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