the teresa escober chen piano studio


"Music achieved by the fingers alone is sorry work;
but music that echoes from within resounds in every heart,

and outlives the brittle body."

Robert Schumann

The goals of the Studio are to enrich the student’s life through the establishment of effective study habits, the cultivation of performance skills, and the development of an overall solid musical foundation. With these in mind the student’s lesson curriculum throughout the year will include music theory, music history and composers, and musical styles, in addition to piano technique and repertoire. Other studies include ear training, sight reading, improvisation, accompanying, and chamber music.


Through the study of music, the student has the opportunity to develop self-discipline and self-expression, which can be both rewarding and enjoyable.   


In order to make good progress the student is responsible for the following:

  • Attend lessons regularly and punctually - if you are late to or truant at school, then you would get detention or be expelled

  • Keep fingernails clean and of manageable length - it is impossible to have curved fingers, which will give you strong hands and finger control to play impressively, with long fingernails - they're noisy too

  • Respect your music materials and piano - your parents spent a lot of money to give them to you, so you need to take good care of them

  • Regularly have your piano tuned - if your piano is out of tune, you will not sound as nice; it will also confuse your ears 

  • Practice regularly and wisely with no distractions – remember quality practice time is more effective than quantity - the more quality practice time at home, the more quick your progress in piano playing

  • Attend live musical performances as much as possible – they are unique, educational (not to mention fun!) opportunities beyond the piano lesson

It is also vital that parents work together with the teacher to ensure student success, especially since most of the musical learning process occurs at home during the week (6 out of 7 days).  Regardless of the parents not knowing Music or Piano, their support and interest will motivate and encourage the student. 

In order for the student to make good progress the parent is responsible for the following:

  • Treat Piano like any other subject in school - Take Math for example: the expectation of a Math teacher for the student to study regularly and do homework on time ("practice") applies to Piano too; students will fail Math if they do not open their Math book.  And even though the majority of students taking Math will not be Mathematicians, it is still important for them to develop their skills as much as they can, because their honed skills will benefit them throughout life.  (For the benefits of Music, see benefits).   
  • Provide your child with the best acoustic piano possible within budget - there are both purchase and rental options available
  • Create a quiet and distraction-free environment for your child to practice in - your child will be able to focus and play better
  • Carve out time to hear your child play - have an occasional "mini-performance" at home for family - seeing you enjoy their music-making gives them confidence 
  • For a young child, sit in and supervise practicing at home, since s/he will need help mastering the material taught during the lesson
  • Contact the teacher any time you (or your child) have any concerns or questions with a specific assignment or Piano, in general
  • Drop off/pick up your child promptly at lessons

Teresa E. Chen,

Master of Music (MMus)


Professional piano teacher in Northern Orange County, offering private piano lessons for children (from preschool) and adults.



National Guild/SYMF.


The Teresa Escober Chen Piano Studio provides a structured and nurturing environment for the student to develop an appreciation of music and love for playing the piano.