Upcoming Classes

Learn Piano, the Playful Way!

I offer a modern, creativity-based approach to music education, where students learn to….

  • experience playing as a natural self-expression
  • play a broad repertoire of classical, blues, jazz, and contemporary music
  • sit down at any piano anywhere and play great-sounding music
  • improvise and compose music in their own unique style
  • accompany singers and other musicians
  • jam with friends and family
  • arrange their own versions of the music they love
  • and, yes, develop a strong foundation in music reading and theory.

img_0210Students learn quickly, playing beautiful music from their very first lesson!  My long-term mission is to foster a  lifelong love of music and create an environment where learning piano is engaging, playful, and fun.

What is your personal musical goal?  It may be one of the bullet points above or it may be all!  Contact me today, and let’s discuss!  I’m best reached by e-mail, LindaBernardi@ymail.com.

Ready to get started?   REGISTER HERE.

I hope to hear from you soon!

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In-person classes are offered in my Dublin studio, located near the 580/680 interchange.  Don’t live nearby?  Or simply interested in learning from the comfort of your own home? I offer live online piano classes!

FAQ · Upcoming Classes

Information about Lessons & Classes

Thank you for your interest in piano lessons!

Group Piano Classes

When people think of piano lessons, they usually imagine a child and teacher sitting on the bench together at the piano working quietly through their exercises. While some children thrive in the private lesson environment (and this is an option.. see below), many others find the group environment more fun, exciting, and engaging.  The Simply Music Piano method is ideally suited to the group environment.  Groups may vary in size from 2-6 students.

For group lessons, I’ve found it best when students come to me with their groups already formed.  This is the perfect solution for two or more friends interested in beginning piano lessons together, siblings of similar age and ability, or a parent and a child.

However, if you don’t have a class partner in mind, simply add yourself to my waiting list, and I’ll create a group as soon as a few students are interested and a slot opens up.  For preschool piano classes, it may be possible to join a class mid-session.

Group lessons are only $90.00/month/student!

Ready to get started?  REGISTER HERE.

Private Piano Lessons

Private lessons are available on a limited basis.  If you’re interested in private lessons for yourself or for your child, for availability, please send me an e-mail (best!) or give me a call.

FAQ

Adults/SeniorsThe Simply Music Piano method is just as wonderful for adults of all ages as it is for children and teens!  My adult students love learning piano this way, and many have wished the method had existed when they were children.  For more information about my lessons for adults, head HERE.  

May I enroll my 3/4/5/6 year old in Simply Music classes?  Simply Music is best for children ages 7 and up.  For children younger than seven, please check out my classes specifically for preschool-age children!  The preschool/kindergarten piano classes prepare students for success when ready to begin a Simply Music Piano class.  

Are your piano classes good for teens?  Yes, my approach to teaching piano is great for teens.  Teens want to play great-sounding music… right now!  The Simply Music method has students playing two-hands together from the very first lesson.  Is your teen’s interest primarily to learn to play pop music?  Blues?  Movie themes?  Or is their dream to compose their own music?  We can focus more on what they’re interested in.  For more information about lessons for teens, click HERE.  

Can I take a Simply Music Piano class with my child?  Yes!  I’ve had several parent/child shared lessons over the years, and they’re super fun!  

Homeschooling FamiliesDaytime classes are available for homeschooling groups of two or more students.  Please contact me for information and availability.  I’m currently an approved vendor with Connecting Waters / CWEB.  Lessons are available either in my Dublin studio or from the comfort of your own home via live online lessons.    

Do you offer in-home lessons?  Lessons are held in my Dublin studio.  However, I do offer live online lessons and classes, so you can easily learn piano in the comfort of your own home.  All you need is an iPad or a laptop computer.  

Do you offer online lessons and classes?  Yes!  I’m all set up to teach students live via the Internet.  I’ve worked with students in other states, and students learn and progress just as if we were having lessons together in my Dublin studio. All you need is an iPad or a laptop computer with an Internet connection.  

Do you accept transfer students?  Absolutely!  The Simply Music Piano method is excellent for students who have been learning piano the traditional way (recently or long ago), but now are looking for something different.  I strongly recommend any disengaged traditionally taught student give Simply Music Piano lessons a try.  To learn more about Simply Music Piano lessons, head HERE.  

Are students taught how to read music?  Yes!  When the student is showing signs that they are ready to begin the reading process, we jump right in.  Since students have such a solid musical foundation before reading is introduced, and reading is only introduced when the student is developmentally and musically ready, many students learn to read at an accelerated rate.  When will this happen?  It depends!  Some are ready after three months of lessons, while others may not be ready for three years.  There’s no rush.  Reading music is only a small component of overall musicality and the ability to play the piano.  Just as we talk and communicate verbally for many years before we learn to read words and books, we should allow ourselves plenty of time to “speak” the language of music before diving into reading notes and musical scores.

My child isn’t interested in learning to read music. Are you willing to teach them to play piano without forcing this issue?  Yes, I’m open to teaching students who have no desire to learn to read music. There are so many other aspects of musical development that we can focus on instead. And, who knows…. maybe one day they’ll change their mind. I’m flexible.

How long are classes?  Class length varies depending upon the number of students enrolled in the class.  Private lessons are 30 minutes.  Classes with two students are a half hour.  Classes with three students are 40 minutes, and for classes with four or more students, the class length is 50 minutes.  

How do I enroll or get onto your waiting list?  To sign up for my next opening…  REGISTER .

Please contact me with any questions!

The best way to reach me is via e-mail at LindaBernardi@ymail.com.

I hope to hear from you soon!

-Linda

FAQ

Do you offer piano lessons for adults?

Yes, I love to work with adults!  The Simply Music Piano method works just as well for adults as it does for children and teens.

For more information about the Simply Music Piano method, I recommend you read this page… Simply Music Piano for Children, Teens and Adults.

Please contact me with any questions at LindaBernardi@ymail.com!

-Linda Bernardi, Certified Simply Music Piano Teacher

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Do you work with homeschoolers?

Absolutely!

I’m an approved vendor with Connecting Waters Charter School / Connecting Waters East Bay, and I’m open to working with other schools upon request.

In addition to providing lessons in my home studio in Dublin, California, I also offer classes and lessons via the Internet.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at LindaBernardi@ymail.com!

FAQ

I’m looking for an electronic keyboard for practicing piano at home. What should I buy?

Recommendations from Simply Music…

“You will need to have access to an instrument.  When choosing a piano or keyboard, budget is often an important factor.  Almost all acoustic pianos have 88 keys, and have all of the preferred benefits and features.  A local piano technician or piano tuner can provide valuable advice when you’re considering purchasing a second-hand instrument.

When choosing an electronic keyboard, there are certain features to look for.  The more features, the higher the cost.  Use the following guidelines (in order of importance):

  • minimum of 61 regular-sized keys
  • if affordable, an 88-key digital piano or keyboard would be ideal
  • a sustain pedal (not a sustain button)
  • touch sensitive keys
  • weighted keys

Obviously there are numerous other features, many of which come as standard on many modern instruments.  These, while potentially interesting and/or beneficial, are not a necessary part of a successful Simply Music experience.”

If anyone has experience with a specific electronic keyboard (make and model) that meets these guidelines, and you love it, please comment below!