Shazkya's Grand Staff
Shazkya's Grand Staff

Shazkya's Grand Staff

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Introduction: I want to teach in such a way that every student learns and learns well. If a student is not understanding or remembering the lesson then I must change my approach, rather than thinking that he/she is slow or unable to learn. At Shazkya's Grand Staff Music Studio, I strive to find the key to unlock a student's ability. This is the art of pedagogy. This is where I must have the capacity to improvise and create situations where the student can succeed. I acknowledge that every student has an individual mode of learning, and I must strive to reach each student in a way that he will respond positively to his/her mode, be it visual, aural or kinesthetic. I tell my students that they will have two teachers: me, once a week, and you six times a week. I want my students to learn with accuracy, not speed, quality, not quantity, and practice, not repetition. I want them to achieve the 3 P's: Passion, Preparation, and Performance, where each piece should begin with a silence, the blank canvas on which we paint. I want them to understand that slow practice equals fast progress, fast practice equals slow progress, and no practice equals no progress. When I look at my students I feel I am looking into the faces of bright persons. I want them to learn all I know and more. I want them to stand on my shoulders, to be better than I am. Then, humankind advances and improves. I believe that music education, specifically private instruction, should be available to everybody; therefore, I teach students of all ages, levels and backgrounds, even in Spanish. Any student who can adhere to the studio's policies will be welcomed into the studio following an initial interview. I want them to understand the musical elements such as rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre, texture, shape, expression and interpretation. They will be taught to read, write and compose a piece of music. Most importantly, our music study is a product of a successful relationship involving effective communication between the student, the parent(s) and the teacher. Creating a positive and rewarding experience in every private lesson, I expect the same commitment and energy from those with whom I work. I teach note reading in a traditional (classicalÂ) style, using methods such as Faber & Faber's Piano Adventures, Alfred Adult Piano Course, and Helen Marlais Succeeding at the Piano. I use supplementary materials, such as activity, sight-playing and theory books accompanying the lesson method book. Broad musical knowledge and the ability to play music of different styles are important attributes to develop. I frequently incorporate pop, sacred, jazz and other contemporary or non-traditional literature to supplement the lesson repertoire. Duets and other ensemble playing are also encouraged. My purpose is to influence the lives of my students in a positive way, to help them develop to their fullest potential by encompassing the values and gifts of music. Establishing a positive mental attitude for quality practice, and encouraging a professional presence for performance, is valuable and important. Several recitals are held each year, which range from formal concerts to casual outreach performances at local healthcare centers, malls and other venues. I also see the importance of continuing education for myself, and consistently perform, take coursework and attend conferences and workshops to remain engaged in the music teaching community and to learn new methods and techniques to use with my students. Music never ends!
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Hired 7 times

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15 years in business

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Cally I.

Piano Lessons

Shazkya's lessons are tailored to my needs and in a fun, passionate way. She helps me understand quality theory and skill, while also helping me enjoy the process of bringing more music into my life. I look forward to each lesson because I am always learning and growing a much stronger practice with her guidance.
Sep 14, 2021
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Shauna R.

Piano Lessons

Ms. Shazkya’s approach to learning is amazing. She is friendly, approachable, flexible, extremely patient and is very responsive. I am thrilled to see her interaction with people in general. We are satisfied customers (adult and children alike) and would highly recommended her services. She works at her student’s pace, and makes learning to play music extra fun! She definitely has the personality of a wonderful teacher. We are blessed to have found her and are enjoying our musical journey as a family! Thanks, Ms. Shazkya!
Oct 9, 2020
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Steven E.

I am working with Shazkya this month on a Spanish language project and I am enjoying our interactions very much. I have had the pleasure to hear her play piano as well. Such talent and enthusiasm is a wonderful thing for young musicians to encounter so I do recommend her to you. As a retired music professor, I have nothing but respect for the work she is doing. My mother (not an internet user) has known her for 8 years now and wishes to share her thoughts here as well. "I have known Shazkya Fernandez for about eight years. She was a neighbor of mine until she moved, but we have remained good friends. She plays the piano and flute so beautifully, and gives lessons on both instruments to children and adults alike. She is a lovely woman with a patient and loving manner toward her students. Sincerely, Judith Estrella" Thanks for listening, Steven Estrella, Ph.D.
Jan 12, 2016
Michael w.

Piano Lessons

have not met her yet
Oct 30, 2021
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Lourdes E.

My daughter took piano lessons with Shazkya. She is an amazing teacher, my daughter excelled tremendously with her. She is sweet, patient and talented. I highly recommend her.
Oct 23, 2015
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Shazkya Fernandez

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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I give pricing discounts if there are two or more siblings taking lessons, and/or if the students takes lessons two or more times a week.

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

    I meet the new customer personally and we talk about setting up a lesson.

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

    I am a certified teacher with the Music Teachers National Association.

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