Meet Your Teacher

A good music teacher can professionally inspire the student; they can spark the light of creativity with joy and wonder; they create a learning space that empowers with knowledge, engages with truth and increases confidence; they equip those with ambition, giving them what they need to succeed in pursuit of their dreams, and then applaud once they come true.

What is Royale Piano?

Over the past decade, my comprehensive, simple guided, step-by-step instruction has supported numerous students who can now play a combination of tones (with agreeable sound), articulately read and play notes in all kinds of great music! 

Since its inception in 2012, lessons offered by Royale Piano has developed a special curriculum resulted from countless hours of extensive study and research on music, performing arts, early childhood and elementary education, and counseling.

 

 

Please check back on ROYALE PIANO website for future updates on:          ROYALE PIANO App – an easy place where you can store notes, sheet music, schedule/cancel classes, eTraining, make payments and or book/view a live-venue performance easily.

 

Royale Piano is fully devoted to the carefully crafting of music lessons with a high degree of patience, precision, care, sensitivity and patience. Since training at the piano from age 4, I have come to understand and appreciate how much piano instruction impacts the overall quality of a student’s at-home, independent practice.

Royale Piano focuses on teaching with simple guidance practices (such as the principle of slowing down motion and how to speed up while learning to perform music). My years of experience in providing piano instruction has taught me what to identify in music needs of students from any background. I strive to motivate all students to continuously build on their practice endurance and advocate a mindfulness approach in each of our lessons. The techniques we learn are proven to ensure the success of an individual playing within groups or solo recital settings.

Royale Piano seeks to empower the individual with a remarkable focus, ultimately directing their piano skill building efforts to building life skills, which can later positively influence character development.

Using diverse knowledge and experience gained from youth development coaching experience of over 5 years, I invest in a prosocial, enriching music study environment by providing structured lessons that include: music history, sight reading, music notation/theory, ear training, music creation, audio production, composition and music analysis, and…well, live performance practice.

Royale Piano also serves to incorporate valuable, candid insights and wisdom passed down from great music teachers and talented musicians I have had the privilege to learn from throughout my music training. Lessons provide an intellectual space to discuss music theory with humor as we apply plain-old common sense to a musically complex pattern.

Royale Piano aims toward enhancing young people’s strengths by instilling music principles with a life skill-building focus, such as promoting self-resiliency, which will later then help build competency in many other areas of life; greatly meeting a need that our youth needs now, more than ever in education. 

For all ages, the role of music plays a tremendous part in our lives. Music grants us this ability to express emotion triggered by daily perceptions through a healthy outlet. It provides us a way to escape toxic environments and an effective use for a coping strategy through hardship. It has the power to raise self-efficacy and self-esteem. 

Oftentimes, we find music used as a tool to communicate emotion with others; transmitting messages in a way where they are powerfully received. Music has also been scientifically proven to help alleviate stress by grounding us in the moment, which can be very useful these days when facing the challenges of a fast-paced, ever-changing, modern day, technologically connected world. Of this same mysterious power of music, there also exists its ability to exert influence over our purchasing decisions while shopping, to healing us from diseases. There is so much I can say of what I’ve learned about music! A lot more, of course, would be covered in class 🙂

Upon signing up for lessons, Royale Piano will design a training program specifically tailored to your piano learning needs. 

By walking you through through drills, exercises and individual practice performance pieces assigned each week, you are guaranteed to increase skills and learn to master the piano properly in no time. 

For years, Royale Piano curricula has gone through its share of revisions. These include professional teacher-to-teacher review of my educational styled coaching from Steinway Educational Partners, who have certified my instruction as one that provides effective piano technical training for beginner through advanced students.

What’s more, many of my previous students went on to study the more complex technicalities involved while learning advanced piano pieces, maintaining the ability to solve weird music theory and technical problems on their own, with little to no instructor oversight (like it gets Ligeti weird…)

Royale Piano can provide you with efficient in-home training, coaching and guidance that literally meets you where you are. You will learn how to build an execution strategy, to carrying out proper technique through an interesting variety of colorful, engaging piano pieces ranging from many different eras of classical music, American jazz and many other genres. By using a set of diverse repertoire, we also build an awareness and natural appreciation for the different kinds of ways music is organized and how it takes form in our lives.

All foundational theory needed to help build proficiency in reading music symbology; or as I like to put it, the language and grammar of music, will be provided in simple language on print-out sheets for your use. 

Royale Piano lessons will also teach students basic recording and technology skills in music by introducing creative arts and music editing software. By incorporating the use of Adobe Creative Suite software programs to introduce audiovisual imagery content creation and Photoshop/Illustrator design principles to help students create album covers to fit original composition themes. Royale Piano will also teach through demonstrations of how “sound effects” are produced and how they are famously used in latest, up-to-date cinema music software. Should you wish to create music of your own, Royale Piano embraces the art of impromptu piano playing, or improvisation, as a means to help launch the creative process of composing your own original work of music.

Music is not limited to the naturally gifted, it is not some elusive secret or exclusive knowledge. I have seen success work with children who live with learning disabilities such as autism, Aspergers and ADHD. I have also had the opportunity to help teach the blind learn how to execute piano techniques with finesse, joy and ease.

The greatest classical composers of all time have taught us that music learning is not limited by physical disability (such was in the case of Beethoven, who became completely deaf by the age of 44).

As music teachers learn a lot from these great classical teachers who were all once students themselves, Royale Piano will ensure your growth in understanding how music works in a quality learning environment that help support you achieve your music goals by teaching with knowledge, warmth, encouragement and dedicated support.

Ready to get started? Click here to schedule a Royale Piano lesson today!

More About Miss Amanda

 

Teaching is a wonderful way of life to me. I consider it a pure joy to all the challenges it brings. As my passion for teaching music grew, I started to wonder the way sound alters our perception of time, mood and our overall attitude on life. Throughout my music education career, I drew quite an interest to the psychoacoustics of sound. I began educating myself, researching the nature of complex musical harmonization, construction of melodic phrasing, progressive chord theory, polyrhythmic cycles, tonal and atonal colors of sound, as well as mastering techniques that maximize sound quality; producing pure, deep, rich atmospheric soundscapes that result in a sort of out-of-this-world listening experience. 

While in college, I had taken a scientific approach to music and became heavily engaged in music editing, sound design, as well as videography projects. This led to production of my original music composed on ProTools by use of an interface on a C|24 mixing console. The originals include soft piano layers, echoed with strategically harmonized vocals channeled through a large diaphragmatic Neumann U 87 condenser and Shure dynamic mics. These original keyboard and voice compositions built a great foundation for skill development in the recording arts. 

This approach to creativity resulted in a songful experimentation of expressive thought and emotion by use of clarity through special lyricism and audio effects in industry sound production studios. I had unknowingly landed on a course that would ultimately lead me to formulate countless teaching strategies that would easily help connect a number of students to conceptualize music theory, application and practice. Music lessons shortly thereafter became forgivingly modifiable to fit just about any learning style from all ages.

About Me

A bit about me personally, I grew up during the start of the 90’s in San Jose, CA and began formal training in classical and jazz piano performance at Almaden School of Music at age 4. Throughout this time, I had done some modeling with talent agencies such as John Robert Powers, Barbizon and ProScout. Ten years later, my family relocated to Southern California (Murrieta, CA) and I began teaching myself how to perform more advanced pieces, while also learning to sing and compose original music scores, experimenting with many different solo piano categories. When I started my first year at San Francisco State University, after auditioning one of my favorite video game songs, I was offered a position through my piano teacher to work as an instructor for a music training company named Keyboard Educators. It was there where I was mentored and learned about teaching technical strategies and performance techniques used by highly experienced pianists and musicians from San Francisco Conservatory of Music and from Thornton School of Music of USC.

Their musical dexterity, professional mentorship and advice provided me a substructure upon which to establish a standard when developing music curriculum and theory for students. At age 20, I began teaching part-time during after school in San Francisco Unified School District elementary schools, as well as for private and charter schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. 

My focus in my Bachelor’s program was initially centered on Journalism or Broadcasting Electronic Communication Arts (BECA), but when I had later transferred to California State University, San Marcos, I chose a program that seemed closest to helping me pursue my greatest passion and develop creative skills in the field of music and performing arts.

As a way to support myself throughout my final years of college, I began offering private piano instruction services to the communities of Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties, commuting house-to-house to deliver 1-1 piano lessons, starting at $20 per hour. It was during this challenging, yet rewarding and humbling experience where I acknowledged that I developed a unique, professional ability to effectively communicate and instruct music lessons in a manner that covers fundamental music concepts to students with the greatest amount of simplicity and ease. 

In 2017, I completed my undergraduate program at Cal State San Marcos with a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Performing Arts, with a minor in Music Technology. Soon after, I had my first baby and moved to the Pacific Northwest. My thirst to develop my teaching style was left still unquenched, many questions still left unanswered. 

My 3-year hiatus from teaching started in 2017 when I became a stay-at-home mom. During this time, I began to pursue higher learning education opportunities, freely browsing and researching open courseware online, spending countless hours observing how accredited lecturers and professors would approach teaching at notably prestigious universities. Not too long later after taking a few online courses from Stanford, Harvard and Yale lecturers, after a while, I could not help but to obsessively ponder about the question I had about how it is that these credibly wonderful schools provide such high-quality learning experiences? The result of these absorbed, yet extensively amateur “pedagogic” studies had accumulated over time piles and piles of notebooks, covered in scribbles littering with notes on analysis or significant, pointed data gained from the many course lecturers from such Ivy League schools. 

Taken from the most profound, intricate discoveries of my teaching notes pool, I had at last successfully compiled together a music curriculum for individuals of all ages with a list of skills that will allow any individual to learn how to play the piano in 10 weeks or less. The curriculum exists purely to help realize in every student the potential to become great masters of music, who can also create their own masterpieces. We do not just learn the fundamentals in piano during piano lessons, but we also learn music concepts that provide the general theory you need to learn in order to know how to play just about ANY musical instrument (this includes cello, guitar, saxophone, oboe, violin, bass, viola, trumpet, xylophones, drums, celesta, harpsichord, woodwinds etc.)

The Royale Vision

Thereby equipping every student with sufficient tools they need to teach themselves how to play any piece (or to their friends and many others) my vision is to help change the world into a planet that once again grasps music literacy. My dream is to see every human who is willing and able, to proficiently sight read, as well as understand how to play, write, record, produce and perform music. This may sound a little ultra idealistic, but after introducing new ways of critical thinking about the music, its language and sonic behavior; to engage abstract thinking and evolving the art and power of creative expression through music, it should definitely empower with global impact to communities to be healed, to motivate people to peace, moving beyond hope for a better, brighter, happier future. There shall always be something more to grow from, always something to reflect on, always a word or a thought or a brand new technique we can develop, improve, broaden or expand upon. 

We all have this capacity to grow, shape a brighter future and evolve for the future generations of musicians to come. 

For music should only be seen now as an asymptote of mastery to climb, and not anymore a learning curve of mystery…

I’m excited. 

Are you ready to begin??

Click here to sign up for a piano lesson!