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Shauna Vartanian Piano Lessons

Pasadena, CA 91105 (map)

Lessons Offered

Music Theory, Piano

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

About Me

I take a pupil centred approach to piano teaching. Everyone is different and learns in their own unique way. I use a variety of tuition books/music and repertoire appropriate for each pupil. I teach pupils to play by reading music and by rote. I am careful to give pupils plenty of time to develop a sound technique during lessons but to enjoy making music at the same time. Most of all I want my pupils to find joy in making music.

Lessons are conducted in Shauna Vartanian’s Piano Studio. Parents are asked to fill out an Application. Interviews are conducted based on compatability factors.  I am a member of the Music Teachers Association of California, Pasadena Branch. Thank you for considering me as a potential piano instructor.

What to expect in my studio? Piano lessons, theory, ear Training, improvisation and composition. Evaluate individual learning styles and student progress. Incorporate diverse teaching tools and methods to facilitate optimal comprehension of materials and a finely-tuned appreciation for music.Interact with parents; build cooperative relations through advanced listening and communication skills. Actively seek an opportunity to enhance teaching competencies by reviewing materials related to the psychology of teaching and emerging trends in learning processes.Classically trained pianist with hands-on experience teaching students of all ages, from primary school age to graduate-level university study; skilled composer, playwright and music instructor. Prepare interested students for the MTAC, Certificate of Merit program.


My Musical Education Background

Bachelor of Arts in Music;
University of California – Santa Barbara, CA
Studied under composer Peter Fricker and Pianist Brigita Lielausis; participate in continued pedagogy lessons with Lana Bodnar, founder of the Santa Barbara Music & Arts Conservatory.

Genres and Subjects Taught

I teach piano, music theory, ear training and prepare interested students for the certificate of merit program. 

Lesson Rates

All lessons offered in Studio (we do not offer in home lessons)

Flat Rate Per Month:
• 45 minute lessons every week for $195.00 per month 
• 60 minute lessons every week for $260.00 per month

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

I teach students of all ages, from primary school age to graduate-level university study.

My Certifications and Awards

Member of the Music Teachers Association of California
Certificate of Merit Program

The mission of MTAC is to pursue excellence in music education and advance the music teaching profession through innovative programs that foster artistic growth and achievement.

My Musical Influences

I had Russian and European piano teachers who taught the fine art of music in a quality manner. 

Service Area

Student Reviews

Pasadena, CA

I'm an adult piano student who's been in and out of private lessons for years with various teachers. I've been with Shauna the longest because I've gotten the most (by far) from her approach to instruction. She's passionate about teaching and she really identifies and focuses on students' musical goals. I recommend her highly.

Pasadena, CA

Review by C. Fonteno on 04/28/2015 Shauna is a wonderful piano teacher! My daughter (5 years old) and I both take lessons from her and she is great with both of us!

Glendale, CA

Review by Corina M. on 04/27/2015 Ms. Vartanian is a very thoughtful and patient teacher. She takes the time to engage with my kids, explains to them clearly and sets expectations that my kids are comfortable with and then holds them to it. She is clear in her communications with me and keeps me informed of my children's progress. Ms. Vartanian has a deep love for what she does and goes out of her way to make our lessons productive.

San Marino, CA

My daughter completed her theory test yesterday and everything went smooth. Thank you very much for your detailed instructions and really appreciate your kind consideration.

South Pasadena, CA

My 4 year old twin daughters have studied with Miss Shauna for over a year. They know how to play pieces already and play for our friends and relatives with enthusiasm all the time. She is a conscientious caring teacher.

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