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I'm picking up piano again after having lost contact with it for many many years. Toby saw me play in our first meeting and then was able to recommend some pieces good for my level, she recommended the pieces after listening to my preference, and then I picked which piece i was interested in working on. The piece she recommended that I am currently working fits my criteria very well, it is the right level for me with some challenges that allow me to work on the techniques. She also teaches music theory, and she played for me a piece she composed beautifully. She also played some pieces for me to get familiar with pieces of different composers. She is good for beginner as well as advanced level classes. Meeting with Toby allows me to enjoy playing music again and improve my playing, I am looking forward to continuing the piano lessons with her and enjoy some more piano playin!Dec 6, 2016Verified
My daughter is 9 years old and has been learning piano with Toby for 9 months. My daughter likes the way Toby teaches her. Toby is very patient and never rushes and teaches her not only the skills, theory but also the music history and background. She transforms the stressful lessons into an enjoyable time. That is the contrast between the previous piano teacher and Toby. Thank you Toby. 5 stars for Toby’s amazing teaching skill.Jan 2, 2020
My 8 year old daughter has been taking lessons from Toby and I have been extremely pleased. My daughter did not connect well with her first teacher and didn't enjoy practicing. From day one, Toby has inspired my daughter - instead of starting with basic songs, she is working on classical pieces and is learning music theory in a very supportive, encouraging and patient environment. Toby is able to provide essential feedback to help improve while making it fun at the same time. Her passion for music and teaching in evident and it is rubbing off on my daughter as well, who now listens to classical music at home. I highly recommend her!Mar 27, 2019
I have been taking classical piano lessons with Mrs. Matoush for 2 years now and am delighted with my progress. Toby is an excellent teacher with an unmatched passion for classical music. I have progressed at a rapid rate in spite of not having a great deal of time to practice daily. Toby really knows how to motivate and inspire her students to play and integrates music theory with a nice blend of classical music songs so that her students learn the fundamentals, but also enjoy playing classical songs very quickly. She is fantastic at picking the most appropriate music books. Hearing her play her beautiful original compositions is such an inspiration that I have decided to also learn songwriting from her. Toby and her band are working on making a YouTube video of one of her compositions and I can't wait to hear and see it. My daughter is now studying with her as well as she has grown to love hearing classical music too and wants to study rock piano with Toby too.Oct 29, 2016
My 12 year old son likes Toby’s wonderful teaching techniques. He steadily builds up his piano playing skills, and after he stopped playing piano for quite a few years, he finally regained his passion for music from studying with Toby. We felt so fortunate that we found Toby, a patient and talented piano teacher and composer. I highly recommend Toby’s Studio.Mar 16, 2019Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Discounts available; contact me for details. Please note that I do not offer any discounts as my hourly rate is already extremely reasonable for my level of expertise and experience. Sometimes the Thumbtack platform adds discounts; these discounts do not apply to my studio prices. $45 for 30 min $58 for 45 min (more for in-home lessons) $65 for 60 min (more for in-home lessons)
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Contact me via phone to set up a trial lesson so we can go over what you would like me to focus on for your child's musical education. We can answer questions about methodologies, schedules, etc. over phone or text.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?BA in classical piano performance at a young age and multiple performance scholarships, master classes from the University of the Pacific at age 15. Graduate studies at the famous Berklee College of Music as well as Pacific College of Music. Masters degree in pedagogy. 12 years of private classical piano lessons from Ashland Rachmaninoff specialist Cynthia Whittier. Songwriting/Composition Training from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston Multiple performances as a soloist Currently working with my band on a music video for YouTube and a CD; will be performing songs from it next year Jazz piano studies with local jazz pianists Debbie Poyres (from the Berkeley Jazz College) and Martan Mann.