Shala's Piano Studio

Enumclaw, WA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I customize my lessons to meet my students needs. I've had extensive training in dealing with children with many different social/emotional disorders. I want my students to enjoy coming to lessons. Practicing can be boring so I work to make their lesson time something they will look forward to every week.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love having the ability to teach people to make the music they could only hear before. Helping people find that new depth inside themselves; seeing their excitement is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

Location

Enumclaw, WA 98022

Background check

Complete

Years in business

17

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

7

Reviews

6 Reviews
  • Jenny P. Sep 28, 2016
    Piano Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    Isabella!
    Ms.Shala is excellent! I am glad we picked her for our daughters piano lessons!
  • Keith K. May 9, 2016
    Piano Lessons
    Verified Review
    Shala has been so awesome with my son Kyler! (Who is 7 years old) He loves his lessons and she does an amazing job connecting with him and keeping him focused and wanting to learn and get better. :) -Keith
  • Barbara R. May 3, 2016
    Piano Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Bennett Y. Sep 11, 2015
    Piano Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    We are impressed with overall experience teaching my daughter Piano lessons and sincere desire to do her best. BY
  • Susan U. Feb 11, 2014
    Shala is one of those rare precious teachers who works from her incredible intelligence and generous heart to guide her students to be the best individuals they can be. She works with each student's needs, desires and ability. My kids have been working with Shala for over 10 years. We adore her!
  • Reesia R. Feb 9, 2014
    I'm a foster/ adopt parent, my kids need patient and loving adults to work with them to encourage and help them build their self confidence , and MISS Shala has helped with all of that, through piano. Two of my 6 have decided to take piano and both have shown significant growth in reading, math and science along with better social skills. I can't tell you how but Miss Shala is very much loved by my entire family.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I charge $46.50 per hour. Beginning lessons are 30 minutes, intermediate are 45 and advanced are 60 minutes. I charge a flat fee per month to make it less of a headache for everyone. I teach 44 weeks in a year. So if I multiply 44 by $46.50 and divide the total by 12 and then by 2, I come up with (roughly) $85 per month for 1/2-hour lessons. It's less complicated then it seems and I cut a (slight) deal on longer lessons. Lessons that are 45-minutes are $125 per month and 60-minutes is $165 per month. I like round figures with no cents in them. Makes my life easier.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I attend monthly meetings with EMTA and I occasionally get away to master classes during the year. I also do yearly adjudications with my students.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
A neighbor begged me to teach her kids. I took them on as students and found my passion.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Teaching their kids how to play the piano.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Entering my kids in Ribbon Festival/WSMTA Musicianship Exams. They did so awesome and had so much fun!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Do interviews with at least 3 different teacher and let your kid choose who they like best. No matter how awesome the teacher is or how great their credentials are, if your kid doesn't like them, they won't learn anything from them. A kid who likes and is motivated by their teacher will learn no matter what the curriculum.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Music teachers make very little money - please don't complain about the relatively small fee you are paying to increase your child's IQ (just one of the many benefits of music lessons). Keep in mind that many of us put in 10-15 years of work towards our chosen profession before we ever entered college even. We have more years of education than a doctor or lawyer but when all is said and done, most of us make slightly more than minimum wage. Remember we work beyond the small time you spend in our studios. Recital planning, bookkeeping, repertoire planning, etc. Most of us work 12-hour days easily.