Laurence B. offers Music Performance Lessons and Piano Lessons

Tutor in San Mateo, CA 94403

San Mateo, CA 94403


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Price starts at: $38.00

Subjects: Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano

I am a highly experienced and qualified piano teacher, teaching all ages and levels from beginner to advanced. I have proven success in taking students up to the top level of the ABRSM exams, and I am a member of the California Music Teachers Association.


Master of Music (piano pedagogy), 2004, Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA (award of excellence) Bachelor of Arts degree in Musicology, Sorbonne, Paris (cum laude) State Piano Teaching Diploma, France Gold Medal in Piano Performance, Conservatoire National


I have been giving weekly individual piano and theory lessons for many years, presenting many for the ABRSM grade examinations. I also accompany high school choirs, and enjoy playing chamber music with the Arte Piano Trio. I am a enthusiastic pianist and enjoy sharing this passion with my students.

  • Lesson Details *
    I am familiar with the major piano methods, but rather than slavishly following one method, I prefer to adapt my teaching approach and pace to the needs and personality of each student, using whatever material is best suited for them. I ensure my students can read the notes they are playing, and thoroughly understand the rhythms, so they can become independent musicians. I also emphasize playing musically, even at beginning level, so they can enjoy and understand the music immediately. My students also have the opportunity to play in student recitals twice per year.

I can teach in English or French, using either letter name notes or the solfege method (do re mi).

  • Specialties *
    Classical piano (all periods) and chamber music
    Broadway musicals and popular song music
    I am specialized in preparing students for the internationally recognized ABRSM Grade exams.
    I am familiar with most popular piano methods such as Faber and Faber, Alfred, Denes Agays, John Thompson and Bastien, and Dozen a Day for technique, and use them when I feel it is appropriate for the particular student.

Child Ages:
3 weeks - 17 years
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Date: July 15, 1981 – May 15, 1984
School: Sorbonne Paris France
Degree: BA Musicology
Description: Music history, theory, harmony and composition

Date: June 15, 1984 – June 15, 1985
School: National Conservatory of Music, France
Degree: Gold Medal Piano Performance
Description: Piano performance

Date: August 15, 2002 – May 15, 2004
School: Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, Ca
Degree: Master of Music with award of excellence
Description: Piano pedagogy


Date: June 15, 1990
Authority: French State dept of education
Name: French music teacher’s diploma
Description: Qualification for teaching in schools and music conservatories


Date: May 15, 2004
Authority: Notre Dame de Namur University
Name: Award of excellence
Description: Awarded during my masters studies.


Language: English and French
Proficiency: Fluent / Native Proficiency


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