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piano teacher recommendation

Original post made by zs, Midtown, on Mar 21, 2012

Can the board recommend good piano teachers in/around palo alto? My kids have been playing piano for about 3 -4 year, with the older one (11 years old) being an intermediate level player. Thanks.

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Posted by Mom of 3
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 22, 2012 at 2:05 am

Laura Goehner-Moreno

Enthusiastic, patient, enjoys children, great house location.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 22, 2012 at 10:12 am

Have you checked out Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View? Great music teachers. Close to Palo Alto -- just off San Antonio Road near Central.

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Posted by PianoDad
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 22, 2012 at 11:46 am

If you want private lessons in your home, I would recommend talking with Carlo Dean. Although I'm not sure he has any space left in his schedule... Reasonable prices. Patient. Understands the level of the student. He also teaches guitar. Web Link

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Tricky subject - it's best to join the studio of a teacher with solid musical education and skills AND good teaching ability for level desired.
Best also if s/he matches or identifies well with the student. I suggest taking time on this one and meeting with a variety of potential teachers if being successful on piano, advancing with correct form, and being happy and enjoying music for life are all important to your family.
Sometimes people commute to good teachers.
Some teachers are found by word of mouth - they don't need to advertise. So take some time.
What curriculum is used? (yes, there are choices on that)
Is competition desired? - then that should be checked out with the teacher (what competitions, when, how fast does the teacher require students to advance)- is all of this just for college applications?
OR is it a priority to have correct form, (and hopefully, enjoy oneself) and advance at the pace of the individual student?
Some teachers have written agreements (for parent AND student) and studio requirements so ask to see those in advance.

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Posted by Musician
a resident of Southgate
on Mar 22, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Dina is great with children through high school , just fantastic with my son. She's right off of San Antonio.

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Posted by zs
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 2, 2012 at 10:19 am

Thanks for all that answered.

A couple of follow up questions:

a) Parent from Mountain view. Which piano teacher do you have experience with in Community School of Music and Arts?

b) Musician from Southgate. Dina seems to only have small children as student? How old is your son when he started with her?


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