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    Li-San GueretteOffering private lessons in
    Spanaway, Washington
    About MeContact Me
    I offer fun piano lessons for the beginner to advanced pianist for ages 3 and above. I am a professional, accredited and qualified piano teacher.

    My Teaching Background
    Over the past 15 years, I have taught over 200 different students individually, in partners and in groups, including children from the age of 3, teenagers, adults and seniors. She currently teaches students ranging from the absolute beginner to very advanced pianist, including those sitting for diploma or high school certificate exams, in the subjects of Piano, Theory of Music and Musicianship.

    I also teach uniquely designed and age appropriate Pre-School Piano Lessons for the beginner aged 3-4 years of age using a variety of activities in the lesson, including piano playing, rhythm tapping, listening and discerning musical patterns and pitches, and simple composing. I have seen the benefits of starting a child as young as 3 years old using coloured notes and fun characters to aid in reading music, with those children gaining an enthusiasm for music and piano playing that lasts for years to come, as they continue to progress.

    As a teacher concerned with proper technique, I will show students the most efficient way to practice and use their hands, wrists, arms, and shoulders in a relaxed manner. I also recognise the importance of integrating theory knowledge and technical work with the repertoire learnt so that the student understands the music better, and can perform it more expressively and easily. I have helped many students achieve wonderful results in both written and practical exams, ranging from the Preliminary Grade up to the Licentiate Diploma level.

    I am an accredited teacher by the Music Teacher's Association of NSW, Australia. My qualifications from Sydney include Bachelor of Arts in Communications from UTS, the Associate Diploma of Music (Piano) from AMEB and the Graduate Diploma of Music (Classical Performance - Piano) with Distinction, from the Australian Institute of Music.I have also completed Grade 7 Musicianship with an Honours result. I recently completed my Ph.D in Music Education at The University of New South Wales (UNSW). My doctoral thesis focuses on the use of tempo and rubato (aspects of rhythm) by eminent early twentieth century and modern pianists in Chopin's piano music.

    As a pianist, I have won various music awards, including 1st and 2nd prizes at Sydney eisteddfods such as Parramatta Eisteddfod, Castle Hill Festival of Performing Arts, Ryde Eisteddod, Galston Eisteddfod and the McDonald's Performing Arts Challenge. Li-San has also worked as an accompanist in Sydney for HSC and AMEB exams.

    My Teaching Philosophy
    I love music of all styles, whether it is classical, jazz or contemporary, and enjoy teaching any student who is eager to learn and improve their skills. I am a friendly, patient, and committed teacher who cares about the progress of each of her students. One of my greatest joys in my work is seeing the smile on a student's face when they finally master a piece, finish a book or pass an exam with flying colours. I also find satisfaction in correcting or improving piano technique, re-sparking interest in piano playing, and strengthening the weak areas of a student's musicianship, as I have had experience teaching students who have transferred from other teachers due to problems or lack of interest in music with a previous teacher.

    Rates And Availability
    I teach in my home studio. Lessons are normally paid in advance of a 5 week term. It is $40 per week for an hour session, which includes 30 minutes of piano lesson with me and 30 minutes of related independent computer lab work (supervised by the parent, if necessary). Adults or children 3-4 years old can choose to have just the piano lesson, which is $28 for 30 minutes or $42 for 45 minutes. New students take a 30 or 60 minute trial lesson ($25 or $50) before committing.