Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
I've always been drawn to the sound of piano music. When I'm watching a movie, I'm often listening for the piano music in the background and would often search out a piece to learn if I love it. I also enjoy teaching children. They have this wonder about the world, the openness of the mind. I love seeing their eyes light up with understanding when they "get" the music. Its even more rewarding when I see their happiness when they are able to bring out the beauty in the music! At that point, I just kick back, relax and just enjoy listening to them. Finally, I also love to explore new music to teach (and also for myself, just because its fun to do so!)
• Experience in teaching music, including 8 years of piano teaching
• Solid foundation at the piano and systematic progression
• Wide selection of repertoire, including contemporary music, to light your child's imagination!
• Many opportunities to perform - Annual Recitals & Community Service Recitals
• All lessons in a safe & inviting home environment at a grand piano
• A teaching style that both challenges a child to do their best, but also supportive to help them get there
• Prepare for Certificate of Merit Exams, as requested
• MTAC Member
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My Musical Education Background
Masters in Music: Notre Dame de Namur, Belmont, CA
BA: Psychology, Wheaton College, IL
I also take lessons every few years to gain new skills and learn more challenging repertoire. I've played for church services for a few years, and done some accompaniment work. I'm also a Choral Conductor and directed choirs at Crystal Children's Choir (7 years), Ragazzi Boys' Chorus (3 years), and St. Jude's Episcopal Church children's choir(5 years), and have won Gold Medals with my choirs the 4 years that I performed with Crystal Children's Choir at Heritage Festival in Annaheim. I also taught music in the public schools for about 3 years.
Genres and Subjects Taught
Piano music from all periods - Baroque, Classical, Romantic/ Imressionistic, Contemporary
Technique - scales, arpeggios, chords, & more
Music Theory, Ear Training, Sight Reading, Rhythm training
Prepare for Certification of Merit Evaluations, as requested
$30/ 30 minutes
$45/ 45 minutes
$55/ 60 minutes
I believe in making private music lesson available to as many people as possible!
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
Currently accepting children who are beginners to intermediate levels.
My Certifications and Awards
Masters in Music, Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont
Gold Medal Awards & Adjudicator's Award, Little Singers, Anaheim - Choral Conductor
My Musical Influences
I am classically trained, but I also enjoy the large variety of contemporary music available today!
Mrs. Kwok is beyond a wonderful teacher!!! My daughter went to her for almost three years and loved every lesson! Mrs. Kwok is very knowledgeable about music, and she teaches each kid to their ability. Encouraging them at all time; makes the music fun for them and practice with them with the students speed. She puts small performance together so kids can play in front of audience; love this! It provides self confidence for the child and gives them a motivation to work harder to perform better. All and all Mrs. Kwok is the best piano teacher we have had and we are thankful to have found her and for my daughter to learn with her. THANKS!
Irene is an awesome teacher. She listens to the children and adjusts her teaching method according to their personality. She elicits their interest in music constantly, always looking for the right piece/songs that interest them, making learning music enjoyable and gratifying. My 2 sons (9 & 6) have been with Irene for 3 years. It is never a chore playing / practicing piano and they enjoy learning music with her.
Irene has been my daughter's piano teacher for the past year. She is a great teacher with amazing skills when it comes to children. I didn’t think that my daughter will be able to set for 30-40 minutes, but Irene made it so interesting that my daughter loves going to piano lessons. I recommend Irene to any parent because she is very honest and kind, and has patience with children and that is the most important thing. Thank you Irene! Arwa Haddad 'Karina mother'
Ms. Kwok teaches piano with passion!!! She provides the environment for the children but also teaches technique and appreciates a variety of music. She is patient, caring and great with children. My son has been learning piano with Ms. Kwok for almost three years now. He is blessed to have Ms. Kwok as his piano teacher!