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Welcome to Rita Music Studio

We Offer

Online group lessons and Private one-on-one lessons via Zoom video conferencing for ages 4 through adults


 

Talented music teachers with diverse and complementary areas of expertise who all have extensive experience in teaching, composing and performing


 

The opportunity for students to learn to read music, gain performance and improvisation skills, study music theory, and acquire the love of music

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PreSchool & Kindergarten
Beginner | Intermediate | Advanced

For Ages: 4 – 5 years
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Meetings: 36 Weeks / Schedule emailed
Duration: 50 minutes each class


Tuition: $99/mo
($90/mo siblings)
Elementary Grades (I & II)
Beginner | Intermediate | Advanced

For Ages: 6 – 10 years
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Meetings: 36 Weeks / Schedule emailed
Duration: 50 minutes each class


Tuition: $99/mo
($90/mo siblings)
Pre-Teens & Teens (I & II)
Beginner | Intermediate | Advanced

For Ages: 11 – 17 years
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Meetings: 36 Weeks / Schedule emailed
Duration: 50 minutes each class


Tuition: $99/mo
($90/mo siblings)
Adults
Beginner | Intermediate | Advanced

For Ages: 18+ years
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Meetings: 36 Weeks / Schedule emailed
Duration: 50 minutes each class


Tuition: $99/mo

Why Rita Music Studio?

Because music is a lifelong gift, one that is available to anyone, at any age.

Based on our extensive teaching and artistic experiences, we have created a strong fundamental music program that is student-centered and flexible enough to enable anyone to achieve their personal music goals.

Our program features:

Talented, award-winning instructors. We have over 50 years of combined experience in teaching all ages and levels in group classes as well as one-on-one.

Creative instructional methods that aim to foster each student as a unique and individual artist.

Well-rounded and inspiring curriculum optimized for each student’s age, skill level, and artistic sensibilities.

Opportunities for students to collaborate in ensemble playing, and to participate in regional festivals, competitions and skills assessments.

A supportive and nurturing community.

Adaptability-not simply transfer but to transform our teaching to fully capitalize virtual platforms.

"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music"

~Aldous Huxley, Music at Night and Other Essays

Testimonials

I started taking piano lessons from Rita before the COVID 19 Pandemic, in a small class of beginning students.  We all loved the informality of the class, and the fact that we could all play together was an added bonus.  So when we had to change to taking lessons on "Zoom" I was a little skeptical.  However, we made the transition seamlessly, and Rita was able to continue teaching us with ease.  Rita's teaching methods are so wonderfully positive and encouraging, and we all learned so much including tips that helped us with fingering, hand positions, and before we realized it we were reading music before the end of the first session!

Judy W.

Student - Adult

Rita is a creative and passionate teacher! My daughter has been studying with Rita for 8 years, starting at age 4 with beginner’s group class. Rita has inspired her to stick with piano and to gain the skills needed to play — and compose — music she loves. Rita truly cares about each student as an individual and is able to effectively draw out their artistic tastes, strengths and sensibilities. She is amazing!

Susan Lindheim

Parent

My son has been taking music/piano lessons with Aziza for two years now.  I am amazed at her ability to connect with the students and keep them engaged, even at a very young age. She sets high expectations for the kids and at the same time is very nurturing.  I am impressed with the skills my son has learned from Aziza, which have helped with regular school work, too. I can't wait to continue seeing his progress!  We feel very lucky to have her as a teacher. 

Sara

Parent

Our Instructors

Rita Hovanesian is an award-winning musician and music educator with over 30 years of teaching experience. A rigorously trained classical pianist who earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from California State University of Northridge (CSUN) and a Master of Fine Arts in Piano Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has performed in solo, chamber and orchestral concerts throughout the United States.

Rita truly believes that making music, at any age or level, is one of life’s greatest joys. In 2020, she founded Rita Music Studio to share her passion for teaching and her love of music with a broad range of students. Previously, Rita directed various music programs at local elementary schools and, in 2012, she started the Adult and Yamaha Music School program at Keyboard Concepts, serving as Director of Music Education for eight years. Rita is active in various professional music organizations including: Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT). Through her affiliation with these organizations and under her coaching, her students have found many paths to enjoy, create and excel in their musical pursuits.

Aziza Syed is a prominent musician and music educator who focuses on teaching piano, guitar, and ukulele. Aziza earned a B.A. in Music Education from California State University of Northridge (CSUN) and has over 20 years of teaching experience. She also consistently performs in classical, jazz, and other genres, including regular performances with Novala, an afro-beat and funk influenced 11-piece ensemble that has showcased some of her original compositions.

Since becoming a Yamaha Music Education Specialist in 2016, Aziza has been teaching group classes to students ages 4 and above. She is an active member of the following professional organizations: Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC), Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), and Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA).

Above all, Aziza strives to empower her students by helping them foster a love and understanding of music.

Chris Adachi is a multifaceted musician and music educator who teaches piano as well as the wide range of string, brass, winds, and percussion instruments played in orchestras and high school and university bands. Chris earned his B.A. in Music Composition from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. He earned a M.A. in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University. Chris has over 15 years of experience teaching music and has spent the past 10 years teaching high school and university-level courses, including: Music Appreciation, Instrumental Music and Advanced Band.

Chris is also an active performer in the Los Angeles area, playing piano, trumpet, other brass instruments, and ukulele with a number of local ensembles. These groups perform at wide range of venues in diverse genres of music including: classical, funk, jazz, world music, and music for religious events. Chris also composes and arranges performance music for many of these ensembles.

Chris seeks to instill in his students a sense of the fun in music by taking time to explore, imagine and create.

FAQ

We believe that all children can learn and are ready to begin music training at a young age. Our programs are carefully designed to meet the unique needs and developmental stages of each age group.

Yes! For ages 4 and up, an instrument is required at home (keyboard or piano). Children enjoy playing the keyboard and can become excellent pianists with our holistic approach.

A piano or keyboard at home is required for children ages 4 and up.

Yes. Students receive homework to reinforce the classroom activities. This serves as a guide for parents as they begin to integrate fun, active music-making into the daily life of the family. We provide our parents with workshops and tools to support their time outside of the classroom.

Classes meet one time per week for 50 minutes Each book lasts for 22-24 lessons.

The student will receive a recording of the class he/she has missed; this sent link can be accessed for 3 days after the missed class. If needed, the teacher will give a one-time free 15 minute private lesson to catch student up.

All Zoom classes are recorded. If requested or absent, a recording will be sent to you. Recordings can be viewed for up to 5 days after actual class date.

Children are typically taught in groups fo 4-10 children. This format motivates children and provides an opportunity to develop ensemble skills and cooperation within a supportive community of friends and parents

New/returning students usually do not take the same class, as usually the returning students are more advanced in their piano studies.

Parental involvement facilitates accelerated growth. The parent/child partnership is active, not passive. Each partnership develops into a mini-ensemble, where co-learning, co-practicing and co-discovering can be enjoyed in class and at home.

Classes are $99 a month.

Tuition is nonrefundable. However, please do not hesitate to contact us if any difficulties arise.