About Conejo Valley piano teacher Stephanie Emery teaches private piano lessons in Thousand Oaks CA, 91360

Conejo Valley Piano teacher Stephanie Emery teaches piano lessons in Thousand Oaks CA, 91360, near St. Paschal Baylon and Acacia Elementary schools, just two blocks off Janss and Moorpark.

"Training the eyes to see, the ears to hear, and the heart to connect to music"

Thousand Oaks Piano Lessons

Hello! My name is Stephanie Emery. I'm an experienced piano teacher of private piano lessons in Thousand Oaks, CA. 

My studio is in a home setting near the corner of Janss and Moorpark in Thousand Oaks, near schools and local shopping. The address is 1542 Warwick Ave., Thousand Oaks CA, 91360. 

If you live in or around Thousand Oaks and Conejo Valley and are considering piano lessons, I'd love to hear from you!  This website is primarily geared towards children, but I do teach adults as well.

stephanieemerymusic@gmail.com

Piano Teaching Style

Student duet with Stephanie Emery, teacher of private piano lessons in Thousand Oaks CA, 91360.

With a balance of creative study and personal connection, I teach students to enjoy and excel at piano. My goals as a piano teacher are to inspire each student, helping them develop a life-long love for playing piano while providing an excellent foundation of music education. 

In lessons we focus on learning to read music, the development of graceful and powerful technique, and keys to stylistic interpretation. I also teach music theory, ear training, composition and songwriting. I tailor lessons to each student and always look for ways to relate, ways to make it fun, and ways to inspire and uplift.   

I believe in my students. I care about their development and strive to maximize our time together. I'm methodical and structured in my teaching approach, balancing structure with empathy and an intuition developed from many years of teaching so that each lesson is fun, fruitful, and packed with learning!

A recent review:

"My daughter is in her 3rd year taking piano lessons from Stephanie and I am continually amazed by her progress, both in her advancements with technique and with the artistry she is already able to add to her pieces. Stephanie is a caring and supportive instructor with an infectious enthusiasm for music, who also knows how to challenge her students to keep growing as musicians. My daughter adores Stephanie, and her lesson time with her has long been one of the highlights of her week. Being able to watch the confidence grow in your child as they improve at something they love and are passionate about is simply wonderful as a parent, and Stephanie's contribution to that has been immeasurable." - Aaron Eversman

 

Piano Lessons Policies and Scheduling

* I teach piano lessons to students ages 6 and up.  Age 5 may be considered depending on certain developmental criteria. I have an open-door policy; parents may wait in the room during lessons, anytime.

* Lessons are 30, 45 (preferred) or 60 minutes and take place at my studio at your exclusive pre-arranged time once per week. 

* Tuition is paid in 12 equal monthly instalments.  Please email me for current rates and availability.  Music is purchased separately.

stephanieemerymusic@gmail.com

* Piano lessons are taught year-round, with many school holidays off and a flexible plan for summers. 

* Interested students may participate in the Certificate of Merit program offered by MTAC.

* Online Piano lessons: I teach lessons via ZOOM for those interested in convenient in-home lessons.

I'll provide a more detailed policy and calendar document via email once we are in touch!

 

A recent review:

"It is hard to know where to start! Stephanie taught my daughter piano for 6 years from age 12 - 18. She is extremely insightful and came to understand my daughter quickly, then skillfully challenged her at exactly the right level through the years. Music came to be a great way of self expression for our daughter and also a way to relieve the kind of stress that sometimes visits during adolescence. Stephanie managed to walk the line of commitment to high standards and understanding that life is busy in the teen years.

She has been, without a doubt, an important part of our daughter's development as a musician and as a person. We are forever grateful to have had her in our lives. (I also took lessons from Stephanie - she is also very patient :) . It is bittersweet that I write this in the past tense - our daughter is going off to college halfway across the country! She would definitely be continuing piano lessons with Stephanie if she were to stay in Seattle. We highly recommend her to any other families seeking a piano teacher for their child. We would also happily answer any questions from any families considering Stephanie as a piano teacher." -Barbara Ford

 

Why I love teaching piano lessons

Recital of Stephanie Emery, private piano lessons in Thousand Oaks CA, 91360.

Teaching piano is very rewarding. I love seeing the smiles as a child discovers the magic of music-making; how they bound into the studio to show you their exciting progress, or their joyful faces when they ace their performance.

Another great aspect to teaching piano is that we teachers often get to teach our students for a long time. In other teaching professions, a teacher may only witness one year of growth with a student, or perhaps only one semester. We piano teachers get to be with our pupils for multiple years, and what a joy it is for us to watch students grow and mature into not only fine musicians, but into amazing human beings! 

 

Thousand Oaks Piano Studio

Thousand Oaks CA Piano Lessons Studio, 91360

I teach on a new, full size Schimmel grand piano. It has the most beautiful tone and touch!  Wilhelm Schimmel Grand Piano

 

Instrument Requirement

Practicing at home may be done on an acoustic piano (preferred) or an 88 key weighted-key keyboard equipped with damper or sustain pedal.  I am happy to talk with all prospective students/parents about your keyboard or piano and help make recommendations if needed.

For optimal development of technique an adjustable height bench and a footstool is suggested for young children. Also required is a metronome. I can make recommendations for these.

Keyboard lessons in Thousand Oaks CA, 91360

 

Practicing the Piano or Keyboard

Playing piano is both an art and a physical skill.  To gain proficiency and mastery at both the artistic and the physical elements takes time and practice.

I encourage students to practice; I give each student a weekly practice goal unique to each student according to their age and level, and I use a sticker chart and prizes for kids who meet their goals (see photo below).

Additionally, I work with students on "practicing smarter not harder" techniques to get the most out of their practicing time. Together with parental support at home, finding time for practice and making the most of that time is a life skill students can also learn, in addition to learning to play beautifully!

Sticker chart for  piano lessons in Thousand Oaks CA, 91360

 

Piano Performances

I believe performance is a valuable part of music education. Please click the link in navigation called "Performing" to find out more about performance opportunities. 

Recital photo of students and Stephanie Emery, teacher of piano lessons in Thousand Oaks CA, 91360.

 

Background

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I was fortunate to begin piano lessons at age 5, continuing through my music degree at Western Washington University. I'm honored to have studied with some amazing teachers such as Dr. Robert Scandrett and Dr. Edwin LaBounty at Western, and more recently, Dr. Myrna Capp at Seattle Pacific University.

Piano education is my profession. I am a full-time teacher and am passionate about this work. I taught piano for many years in Seattle, and am excited to bring my studio to the beautiful Conejo Valley and to create a new piano community here!

I believe continuing education is a key part of being a great teacher.  I am currently in the middle of my NCTM certification (Nationally Certified Teacher of Music), a rigorous, multi-year study program, and I attend concerts and masterclasses regularly. 

I am a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC), Conejo Valley Branch.  In Seattle I was a guest lecturer at Seattle Pacific University on piano pedagogy and served as meetings coordinator for the Seattle Music Teachers Association.

Concert photo of Stephanie Emery, private piano teacher in Thousand Oaks and Conejo Valley CA, 91360

My musical background is diverse.  It includes not only my lifelong study of classical piano and singing, but also writing, performing, and producing my own music. The photos here are of my band Like Lightning.  As a musician in Seattle for the past 25 years, I've been a founding member of multiple other bands as a multi-instrumentalist and primary singer/songwriter. I've collaborated with other musicians and producers, releasing numerous albums and singles and playing such festivals SXSW and Bumbershoot. 

Concert photo of Stephanie Emery, private piano teacher in Thousand Oaks and Conejo Valley CA, 91360

 

Music Teacher's National Association

Best Piano Teacher, Thousand Oaks

 

Thousand Oaks Piano Teacher Stephanie Emery with student at a piano recital.

Playing piano helps develop other skills

Piano study can be a vehicle for fostering many valuable life skills that lie outside the realm of musical skill. While the focus of piano lessons is to develop musical proficiency and expressiveness, each lesson is also an opportunity to nurture other positive characteristics such as:

*Confidence
*Curiosity
*Discipline
*Patience
*Self-esteem
*Sensitivity to nuance
*Good work habits

 

Music makes us smarter!

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More Endorsements

"We've loved having Stephanie teach our son to play the piano. He started as an eager 1st grader and, under Stephanie's guidance, is now growing into a Beethoven playing confident 5th grader (with an ample amount of Star Wars music to keep us on our toes). Stephanie finds a strength in her students and nurtures it along in a beautiful way. She is equal parts encouraging, thoughtful, patient, and focused. Best of all, she delights in her students and the joy of music education." - Amy Low

Stephanie has taught our son for five years, and in that time has become such a vitally important part of our lives. She helped him discover a genuine love for music, for the piano, and confidence in himself and his abilities. She has a remarkable balance of patience, enthusiasm, encouragement, and discipline that was just perfect for him. He loves piano, and practices for the sheer joy of it, but he also practices because he wants to earn her praise. Her twice-yearly recitals have been absolutely formative for him, helping him gain self-confidence, pride, and an ease with performing in front of others. He started with her when he was in kindergarten, and it has been a joy to watch him grow with her over the years. Can't recommend her highly enough. We love Stephanie!  - Michael O'Brien

My daughter has been taking piano lessons from Stephanie for over 4 years and she looks forward to her piano lesson every week. Stephanie's enthusiasm for teaching a subject she loves is inspiring. She has a great way with the kids that models a love and respect for piano, for the teaching process and for the student. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a piano instructor." - Jenny Roben

"Can't say enough positive things about Stephanie. Our daughter is nine and in her third year of piano instruction with Stephanie. She has a kind, patient way of instructing while pushing her students to progress. She is a gifted musician herself and actively records and performs, but her priority is teaching piano and her passion for it shows. Her twice-yearly recitals are fun and festive. Our daughter has confidently grown as a musician under Stephanie and is developing an appreciation for all kinds of music as a result." - Heather Ring

"Stephanie is a fabulous piano teacher. My child is 9 years old, and can be very emotional. Stephanie is gentle and adjusts the piano lesson to fit my daughter's currant daily mood. My daughter is always smiling after a lesson, no matter how she was feeling before. Stephanie has a calming effect and at same time, is sweet and fun while teaching my daughter the finer points of piano. My daughter, who has no natural talent for music, now plays piano beautifully." - Jill Rainbolt

"Stephanie is such an amazing teacher. I am one of her adult students and she is so great. She is extremely knowledgeable and very patient. I look forward to our lesson every week. She always finds ways to challenge and engage me and I feel as if I've flourished under her guidance. I would highly recommend Stephanie as a teacher and mentor. She is truly extraordinary and I'm so thankful to have found her. "- Ann Patnaude

"Stephanie Emery has been teaching piano lessons to my children piano since 2009. She is really wonderful. The kids love her and are progressing nicely." -Rena Singer

"Thank you so much for being such a sensitive and educational piano teacher for our son. I think with your guidance, he has been able to address some of the challenges he faces as a pianist and person in general. Your holistic approach has been so helpful and appreciated." - Bonni Bohn

"Stephanie is wonderful. She is patient with my girls, but at the same time, she is able to push them toward improvement. I highly recommend her!" - Lindsay Salazar

"Stephanie is very patient with children. She is also very fun and truly teaches them to love piano. Both of my children enjoyed lessons with Stephanie for many years until we moved." - Patricia Taraday

"Stephanie is an outstanding piano teacher. I had piano lessons with her. She tailored the lessons and chose the music in accordance with my personal style. My piano playing grew beyond my expectations because of her guidance. At a recent piano recital, people thought I played the piano at the level of an instructor. Her lessons are a healthy balance of discipline and fun and I would most definitely recommend her." - Jed Firebaugh

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