Martinez Piano Studio

Tracy, CA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

My love for my students and their opportunity to share their music with others in recitals and in piano auditions is what I offer them.I encourage my students to write their own songs and help them write them down to share with my other students.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy working with people of all ages and getting to know them in a personal way offering a loving atmosphere in which they are able to learn.

Location

Tracy, CA 95304

Times hired on Thumbtack

9

Reviews

8 Reviews
  • Alfred T. Nov 30, 2015
    Piano Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Mrs Martinez has been a huge help for me. I've been wanting to learn the piano for the longest time and I could not have chosen a better teacher. She's very caring, kind, well informed, patient, and encouraging. When I'd get frustrated in having trouble going through a certain piece, she would slow it down and take it step by step, all while being very patient. Doing so helped me tremendously and continue using the advice she's given me. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to take piano. My lessons with her were truly the highlight of my week. :)
  • carmen a. Sep 15, 2015
    Piano Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    Mrs Martinez is a wonderful piano teacher. She is very patient and kind. She is also very thorough in her teaching. My daughter looks forward to her weekly lessons. -Mrs Gallegos
  • Lily C. Nov 5, 2014
    Piano Lessons
    Verified Review
    Excellent! My daughter likes her very much.
  • Michieline H. Aug 23, 2014
    My 8 year old son is doing very as a beginning pianist under Kathleen's instruction. She is patient and helps my son feel comfortable and relaxed as he is his own worst critic and hates to make mistakes. Not only is Kathleen a gifted teacher, she happens to also be a wonderful trustworth human being and I highly recommend her services to others.
  • Sue R. May 26, 2011
    We have had 3 piano teachers for our grandson. The first two were well qualified, and taught our grandson how to play different pieces of music, however, Mrs. Martinez is the only piano teacher that took the time to step back and have our grandson review how to read music, i.e. names of music notes. That ensured he had the basic music foundation before proceeding forward. This has resulted in amazing growth in his learning abilities to play the piano. Because of Mrs. Martinez dedication to teach at a pace based on her students ability to learn, we highly recommend her for all ages, as well as all levels of piano from the beginner, intermediate, to the more advanced students.
  • Ashton R. May 10, 2011
    Mrs. Martinez is the greatest piano teacher I have! she helps me write music, she teaches me scales and arpeggios, and new pieces.
  • Sue T. Mar 29, 2011
    My daughter who is 8 years old has been coming to Kathleen for lessons for almost 2 years. She is very patient with my daughter and is great when it comes to rescheduling. The differance with Kathleen & other studios is that if we're late or just can't make it she makes sure she gives us our makeup time. Where other studios will not. I would highly recommend her to anyone considering learning to play piano.
  • Salma P. Mar 28, 2011
    I've been taking piano lessons for over a year now and I have to say it has been a great experience. Not only is it fun, but I've improved dramatically. Kathleen is very patient and understanding even if you don't learn as quickly as others. I would highly recommend her for all ages.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I have an interview with a new customer to discover what goals and interests he or she has. If a parent wants his or her child to study piano, I ask the child if he or she wants to learn and is willing to practice ten minutes a day. I require the parent to learn with the child just like doing homework after school.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I hold a B.A. in music from Mills College and an M.A. in piano pedagogy from Holy Names University and studied early childhood education and worked in preschools to be familiar with how young children learn.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I do have a standard price $25.00 a half hour. $20 if two children are taking the lessons
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I began teaching piano lessons while attending Mills College under the guidance of a music professor. At Holy Names University, I attended classes on piano pedagogy observed professional piano teachers teach young children using Suzuki methods
What types of customers have you worked with?
Although I teach all ages , my main specialty is the instruction of the young children
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I enter my students in Piano Guild auditions every spring. They always do very well in the auditions as well as the biannual recitals. Some of students play piano in a school band and are learning to minister in worship services.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Look for a teacher who loves people and is patient and has a positive attitude. The teacher must be dedicated to the success of students encouraging them to study music throughout life and share music with others to enrich their lives.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
The customers ask what methods does the professional use to teach piano, what services does the teacher offer recitals, auditions, and competitions and what styles of music are taught.