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Phyllis Plotkin


My website is if you really want an in-depth look at my philosophy about my teaching, methods and goals for my students.
But, I'll say here, that each student is very different in how they learn, and I try to adapt what I do according to their age, interest and needs.

If the student is young, I like the parents to be part of what's going on, so they can help their child at home.

I offer a comprehensive program which includes technique, sight-reading, ear-training, theory, learning how to produce beautiful sound and vital rhythm. Students will get a variety of pieces, and will have at least two opportunities to perform every year.

I'm interested in showing students ways to practice, so practice is a time of discovery and pleasure. The process of increasing ability and understanding can be of great interest in itself.

I hope that piano lessons will be a positive part of my students life and give them a vehicle for self-expression.

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Email [email protected]
Phone Number (510) 655-4939
Instruments/Types Piano
Lesson Fee $43.75 for a 45 minute lesson, or $175.00 a month
City Oakland
Age Range of Students 6 and up
Education UC Berkeley, AB and teaching credential; Continued music education with classes in Jazz at community colleges, the Center for Early Music in Berkeley, audited classes at UC, and continuing piano studies with Jeanne Stark Iochman and Rebecca Bogart. I attend master classes whenever possible and attend lectures on music
Number of Years Teaching 35 year
Institutional Affiliation MTAC member; Berkeley Piano Club, performing member; Alameda School of Music teacher
House Calls
Private Lessons or Ensemble Coaching Private Only
Music Style(s) Taught Classical
* All rates are estimated and subject to change

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