Our Piano Philosophy
We emphasize all aspects of piano education, including music history, technique, ear training, and music theory (how to read music). Students will gain performance training in, composition, improvisation, and expression. Whether students want to learn how to play traditional written music or learn how to play from a chord sheet, Glee Music Academy has the right teacher to meet your goals.
Our mission at Glee is to offer quality musical training while instilling in students a lifelong love for music. Playing the piano is a skill that many people wish they had. Students will love being able to play and understand such a beautiful instrument. Don't miss out!
Love of Music
Encouraging teachers make your child’s musical journey educational and enjoyable at Glee Music Academy.
Commitment to Excellence, Certificate of Merit, and frequent recitals help foster student motivation so that you can focus on becoming your child’s biggest fan.
Our teachers have collegiate training and are active in music associations such as Music Teachers Association of California.
“When I was playing my piece at the recital, I heard someone say that I was doing a really good job. I felt like a star.”
“I loved the recital because it was really fun and I got to watch other kids who are learning too. And I loved my song.”
“Yunah loves piano lessons and Pre-Glee. I think that it was the best choice ever.”
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Money Back Guarantee: Worried that your student might not click with the teacher? We are so sure that you will love your first piano class, that we’ll give you your money back if your first lesson isn’t everything you hoped for. So that means that you can register with no worries. If your piano teacher isn’t everything you hoped for, just let us know in writing the same day as your first class.
Frequently Asked Questions
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How do I encourage my student to practice?
The best thing you can do for your student is to include a regular practice time in their daily routine. Our Commitment To Excellence program encourages students to practice. At the end of each lesson, the student and the teacher make a practice goal to work towards for the week.
Do I need a piano to start lessons?
Yes. It is really important to have a piano so that students can develop proper technique, be able to develop a wide dynamic range (volume), and learn how to work with the piano to create beautiful music. While it certainly is wonderful to be able to practice on a grand piano, baby grand or upright pianos work as well. If you are worried about cost, there are companies in Orange County that rent pianos at a reasonable price. If you have a keyboard, it is acceptable for the first 2-3 months. After that, please be prepared to make the investment of buying or renting a piano.
How much should my student practice?
Students should practice 4-7 days a week. Length of practice is dependent on age and dedication, and will be decided in the lessons with the teacher. Our Commitment to Excellence Program rewards students based on their practicing habits.
What piano books do I use?
At Glee, we create a customized learning plan for each piano student. Books will be chosen based on the student’s age and goals regarding piano.
Are you an authorized Certificate of Merit teacher for testing students?
Yes! Sign-ups are in the fall, and testing is done usually near the end of February and beginning of March. If you are interested in Certificate of Merit, the best time to let the teacher know is in September.
Do you only teach classical music?
No! We teach many different styles. While much of our personal training has been in classical music, we also pull from other genres in our piano education, including pop (written music and by chords), hymns, songs from movies, popular tunes, and more!
What age do you recommend starting lessons?
For dedicated parents that are willing to be involved in practicing at home, a student can start from any age between 4 – 6 years old. If you are hoping that your child will practice on their own, 7 years old is a good age to begin. Older children and adults are always welcome to start lessons as well.
What is the parent’s role for piano lessons?
The very best students have parents who are actively involved in their children’s music education. For the younger students between ages 4 – 6 years old, it is really important to have an adult that is willing to stay during lessons to understand what is being assigned so practice at home can be the most effective. For kids ages 7-10, it is important to have a parent at home that helps the student establish a habit of practicing. Depending on the student, parent involvement in the lesson and at home practice can be extremely beneficial. For ages 11+ years old, parent involvement is dependent on the student. For all ages, it is beneficial to have a person or parent that is helping the student keep a consistent habit of practicing.
Do you teach adults?
Yes! Adults are welcome. If you are interested in piano lessons for yourself, keep in mind that piano lessons are not a once-a-week commitment. The most important part of piano lessons is the practice you do at home. If you are considering lessons, make sure that you are ready to invest the time it takes to learn piano. Consistent practice yields the fastest results.
Meet Our Piano Teacher
Kärstin Lake, Head Piano Teacher, Artistic Director
- Has taught piano for 10+ years. (even though she looks 16)
- Earned a Bachelor’s studying piano at Brigham Young University
- She usually has pink and blonde hair
- She loves to sew and design her own creations
- All of her students passed Certificate of Merit testing in 2017
- Professional member of the Music Teacher’s Association of California
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Melissa Murphy, Piano Teacher
- Earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music and in Psychology from UC Berkeley
- Has a passion for improvisation
- Her brain has been studied for neuroscience! It was found to have the highest pattern of activation of all study subjects
- Enjoys sky diving, white-water rafting, and zip-lining
- Performed in a piano festival in Costa Rica last year