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Teresa Y.
Northridge, California
Get started playing the ukulele for the joy of it!
Teresa especially enjoys introducing beginners of all ages to the ukulele, which was her first musical passion as a young child. Her nurturing approach begins with the absolute basics. Beginners need a ukulele that is an actual instrument rather than a toy. The most important difference is whether the instrument will stay in tune. If in doubt, stop in any music store and ask for help deciding whether you need to upgrade it. Another note: all Teresa's beginning uke players ultimately sing too. But no need to mention that yet unless you want to! :)
About Teresa Y.

A musician since age 4, Teresa's dad took her early passion for music seriously. So she respects the power that parents have to foster their children's musical lives! She notes the many stories she has heard over the years: "If someone had just supported my interest"... "If my teacher had listened to what I wanted to learn." These stories and her own passion for music-making inform her approach. A degreed music educator and multi-instrumentalist, she celebrates and uses the musical interests of her students to move them forward. She has three grown sons, including two touring musicians. Their musical lives also influence her work with children, young people, and adults. The point is to celebrate and develop each student's unique, interest-based musical self-expression. Whether online or in her home teaching studio* in the Sherwood Forest area of Los Angeles, 30 minutes is the perfect lesson time for many purposes, especially for young beginners. Options include piano, voice, beginning ukulele, music reading, music theory, and preparation for auditions. *COVID policies for in-person lessons include masking required for student and teacher, with only the student coming in. Parents are invited to attend the first lesson with their child.

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Teaching since 1995

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Teresa Y.
Northridge, California
Get started playing the ukulele for the joy of it!
Teresa especially enjoys introducing beginners of all ages to the ukulele, which was her first musical passion as a young child. Her nurturing approach begins with the absolute basics. Beginners need a ukulele that is an actual instrument rather than a toy. The most important difference is whether the instrument will stay in tune. If in doubt, stop in any music store and ask for help deciding whether you need to upgrade it. Another note: all Teresa's beginning uke players ultimately sing too. But no need to mention that yet unless you want to! :)
About Teresa Y.

A musician since age 4, Teresa's dad took her early passion for music seriously. So she respects the power that parents have to foster their children's musical lives! She notes the many stories she has heard over the years: "If someone had just supported my interest"... "If my teacher had listened to what I wanted to learn." These stories and her own passion for music-making inform her approach. A degreed music educator and multi-instrumentalist, she celebrates and uses the musical interests of her students to move them forward. She has three grown sons, including two touring musicians. Their musical lives also influence her work with children, young people, and adults. The point is to celebrate and develop each student's unique, interest-based musical self-expression. Whether online or in her home teaching studio* in the Sherwood Forest area of Los Angeles, 30 minutes is the perfect lesson time for many purposes, especially for young beginners. Options include piano, voice, beginning ukulele, music reading, music theory, and preparation for auditions. *COVID policies for in-person lessons include masking required for student and teacher, with only the student coming in. Parents are invited to attend the first lesson with their child.

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Teaches Beginner

Teaching since

Teaching since 1995

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Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 4+

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Teresa is my first piano teacher and she is amazing! As an adult I thought it might be harder to learn but it wasn't at all with her guidance. I really wanted to learn to play with two hands and she has gotten me there and beyond. We use a lesson book and theory book to practice but she also finds music that I want to learn (e.g. Disney songs). Her studio is really beautiful and she has been very flexible with the times and dates of our lessons due to my work schedule. She is so knowledgeable! I can trust that I am learning from a talented pianist!

Posted Feb 19, 2022
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I was looking for an instructor who could help me with a refresher on my piano skills from when I was much younger and Teresa was the perfect find. She walked me through an accelerated piano book and has been more than flexible with my hectic and unpredictable work schedule. Would recommend Teresa to any new or returning piano/keyboard players

Posted Nov 12, 2021
Online

A few spectacular things about Terese and music: 1. She's good on Zoom, not all teachers are. Very personable! 2. She's fun and practical. I am teaching music to children and teenagers. She knows all the tricks with these age groups, passes them on and makes it easy. 3. She's deeply rooted in music, and respects and appreciates all kinds of music. 4. Teresa is a pragmatist and realist. She helps the student exactly where his/her need is greatest. She uses our time together well. 5. She shares delightful music sheets by email. For an upcoming Halloween-themed class I'm teaching, she sent me some "scary" ghosts songs that fit the bill perfectly.

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Private Music Teacher
Jan 2004 - Present
Self-Employed
During more than thirty years of educational, creative, and business pursuits, from the deep south to New England and now in Southern California since 2004, Teresa has been teaching privately.
Professional Coach/Owner
Jun 2000 - Present
Private company
Teresa coaches clients on personal and professional issues, including career, transition, and health and wellness. She specializes in a nurturing, balanced, slow-and-steady approach to the pursuit of passion-based goals.
Certification Program
Jan 2015 - Dec 2015
Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching
Orff Schulwerk Level I Training
Jul 2013 - Jul 2013
Through Cal State L.A.'s Extended Studies Program
Vocal Studies
Feb 2008 - Dec 2009
with renowned Los Angeles baritone Dr. Christian Nova
3-Year Certificate
Aug 1997 - Jun 2000
Institute of Healing Arts & Sciences
Jazz Piano Studies
Jan 1986 - Feb 1987
with renowned player/clinician Ed Paolantonio of Duke Univ., UNC-Chapel Hill, & the Univ. of North Carolina
Bachelor of Music Education
Sep 1976 - Jun 1981
University of Southern Mississippi
Certified Professional Coach
Dec 2015
Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching
Orff Schulwerk Level I
Jul 2013
Cal State L.A.
Orff Schulwerk is a venerable music education modality incorporating singing, movement, un-pitched and pitched percussion instruments, recorder, poetry, stories, songs, and the richness of repertoire from various cultural traditions.
National Association for Music Education
Sep 2011
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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Instructor details
Ukulele
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
Oak Park Avenue
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$45
45 minutes
$65
60 minutes
$85
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30