Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
Hi Everyone. I'm Ms. Sue Paul, the CEO/Founder of "The Joy Of Music." If you're looking for piano lessons in a warm, nurturing environment, you've come to the right place. It is my greatest joy and passion to teach others to play the piano with style, grace, and proficiency. My personality is very gentle and I work well with students of all ages. I believe there are only two prerequisites for studying the piano. One is a desire to want to do so. Once the desire is there, we can work to achieve all of the necessary skill. In other words, first comes the heart; then, the knowledge follows easily. The second prerequisite is to have a piano in the home with 88 keys and at least two pedals. It is important to realize that studying the piano requires daily practice, i.e., 15 minutes/day for beginners and 30 minutes/day for all others. My home is easily accessible in the El Cajon/Rancho San Diego area. Plentiful parking is available. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you develop your own personal "Joy Of Music."
My Musical Education Background
I have taught piano on the East Coast and am currently teaching at my home in El Cajon, CA. Please see additional background information under the Certifications and Awards Section.
Genres and Subjects Taught
I follow the Faber Piano Adventures Lesson Series. In addition, solo pieces that fit the needs and wishes of the student are done periodically. All genres of music are explored, from classical, jazz, ragtime, popular, Christian, music fitting one's cultural background, as well as any other that the student requests. There is one recital per year. An additional benefit for the student/family is that I do all traveling to and from the music store to obtain the music needed. I pay for the music directly and then the student/family reimburses me.
Lesson rates are very reasonable. Each week, a 30-minute lesson is $27.50 at my home. For each additional person in the same family taking lessons, there is a 50% discount. Tuition is paid monthly on the last week of the month for the upcoming month. If it is necessary to cancel a lesson due to illness or other scheduling difficulties, the rescheduling is done with ease and great sensitivity. I also have a set of Policies that are mailed to each new student/family. The Policies answer basic questions including cancellations, refunds, sickness, and much more, as well as my personal philosophy of teaching.
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
I accept students beginning at age 6 and continuing through the senior adult level. There is no upper age limit.
My Certifications and Awards
As I have mentioned, I have over 20 years of teaching experience. My Bachelor of Arts is in Music and Religious Studies. My Master of Arts is in Practical Theology. I am also a skilled liturgical organist providing music for all liturgical services, weddings, and funerals at my church.
My Musical Influences
My greatest musical influences have been my parents who, at my young age of 7, provided me the opportunity to study the piano and develop my musical talent. I also remember my teachers who taught me not only a sense of respect for all styles of music but helped me to believe in myself and achieve my greatest musical accomplishments.
El Cajon, CA
Ms Paul has been part of our daughter's life since 2008 when she began taking lessons from her. Ms Paul's approach to music and Allison's eagerness to learn was a good mix, because after all those practice sessions, lessons and recitals, she entered SMU's Meadows Music Conservatory to study Music Composition in the Fall of 2016. While in Dallas, Texas studying, Allison has kept in contact with Ms Paul and enjoys the adult relationship they have fostered over time. Ms Paul is a serious piano teacher and our child benefited from her tutelage greatly. Thank you so much Ms Paul for all you have done. Hugs, Lisa S
Pacific Beach, CA
It has been my privilege to know and work with Ms. Sue Paul for many many years.She has been my accompanist at the Church Of St. Luke and always plays with such grace a talent. It has also been a great honor for me to assist her in her yearly recitals. I am always truly amazed at the improvement I see in her students every year. One year a child is playing with 2 fingers and the next they are playing Bach or jazz or rock. Sue has always allowed her students to pursue the style of music they love while always grounding them in the fundamentals of the great classics. I would recommend her to teach anyone no matter what age. I wish her luck in her promising future as a great teacher.
San Diego, CA
My daughter started taking piano lessons with Ms. Sue at the age of 8. She's now 14 and has developed self-confidence as well as musical skills thanks to Ms. Sue's patient touch. Ms. Sue is a talented musician with a gift for working with children of all ages and ability levels.
El Cajon, CA
My goal for my 50th birthday was to start taking piano lessons. I started taking from Sue Paul 4 years ago and have enjoyed learning to play some beautiful songs. Sue really does want her students to have a joy learning and playing the piano.