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Susan Nguyen

Saratoga CA | 95070

About me

Music is my passion, my hobby and my profession. I have enjoyed teaching for several decades! My main goal is to impart the joy of making music to my students. To accomplish this, time is spent carefully teaching good, solid techniqe as well as developing musicality by working on musically satisfying pieces of an appropriate level of difficulty. In addition to teaching in my home studio, I have taught at the University of Colorado Summer Music Camp, the Centers for Musically Talented in Pittsburgh, PA, and in various other studios in the Boston, Pittsburgh and San Jose, CA areas. I enjoy teaching all levels and ages.

Specialties

I teach all levels of piano as well as flute. There are four informal class recitals each year, and two more formal recitals for family to attend. Students may participate in the Music Teachers' Association of California Certificate of Merit evaluation program. They may also extend their learning in my computer and media lab where they may sharpen music theory skills, learn about composers, or even have fun learning a new instrument such as guitar, harp, or electronic drums.

Lesson details

There are 15 lessons per semester, Lessons are generally 40 minutes long. Optional lab activities may be added on at the end of the lesson. The lessons begin with time spent on tecnique. Then several pieces are worked on. Methods of practice, discussions of style and interpretation are covered as well as theoretical analysis of the music where it is helpful. Lessons are a time of exploration, growth and creativity. I believe students benefit from ample praise as well as constructive suggestions.

Education and Accreditation

Bachelor of Music from the University of Colorado
Certified Kodaly Specialist from Holy Names University
Member Music Teachers' Association of California

Testimonials

Experience

more than 20 years

Rates

$50 - $59

Availability

Tuesday 9am - 9pm
Wednesday 9am - 9pm
Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday 9am - 9pm
Saturday 9am - 1pm

Teaching location

Teachers Studio

Genre

Chamber Music
Childrens Music
Classical
Pop

Methods

Alfred Method
Kodály Method

Instruments and Subjects

flute
guitar
harp
piano
recorder
theory – analysis
theory – harmony
theory – rudiments

Levels taught

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Type of students

Children
Young Adults
Adults
Seniors

Languages

English

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