Music Speaks Studio
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Our teaching philosophy centers on creating dedicated music students with a life-long love of music. Each element of Music Speaks Studio is designed to reflect those goals!


When working and learning together from the beginning, musicians are able to find a solid rhythm, learn how to blend then take it away with a solo, and experience what it means to really share art. Students are even more motivated to work hard at their music when they are excited to be part of a group moving together.  

As part of this musical tribe in San Diego, you will love the extra events within the year, like Musical Moms’ Night and Bring-a-Buddy Week, but that’s just a sneak peek at the bonuses through the year that bring us together.

Ruthie has helped my boys learn to enjoy the piano! We have loved the lessons.
— Kellie J.
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Practice Expectations:


A student’s progress is determined by dedicated practice, not by simply attending lessons. Ideally, students should practice at least 4-5 days a week. Students should practice at the same time daily to create good habits. Parents can sit with young players in the beginning to assist and establish a routine.

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Flipped Classroom:


Weekly assignments will be given through their online account. These videos should be completed early in the week. Parents have full access to account videos and communication in order to protect all interactions.



Music Speaks Studio will provide at least 2 performance showcases in Ocean View Hills each year, scheduled in the Spring and Fall. They are designed with themes to be fun-filled, family events that showcase students’ musical journey. The goal is to support a desire to strive for excellence without creating a stressful experience.



GET STARTED in 3 Easy Steps

1. Fill out the simple form

2. We will contact you to get connected

3. Start learning and playing music



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We love the awesome vibes with all the students and seeing their love for music grow.
— Elone F.


  • Monthly Tuition is split evenly between 10 months. 40 Teaching weeks total.

What does tuition cover?

  • Tuition is expected on time in order to secure your spot in the studio. It covers not only the actual lesson time spent with the student, but time preparing for each student and my ongoing business costs, including:


  • Teacher’s musical training (30+ years) and experience in the music industry and teaching


  • Upkeep of high quality instruments, including Yamaha Grand Piano, multiple keyboards, stringed instruments, and percussion.


  • Professional development, continued education, and memberships


  • Insurance and childcare


  • Lending Library for Music & Instruments and method books for various skills & learning styles


  • Printing, scanning, copying, online accounts and website


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Student/Parent Responsibilities:

  • Home support is an extremely important factor in musical training. Students whose parents take an active role in their progress tend to be more enthusiastic and productive. If there is a lack of progress, there is probably a lack of practice.


  • Create space for consistent practice times and endless opportunities to engage in music. Students should practice to achieve goals, not to fill time and it is expected that all instructions are followed week-to-week.


  • Arrive at lessons on time with correct books & papers and having completed their practice. Late arrival times will not be made up as I often have other students or commitments immediately around lesson times.


  • Practice on a decent instrument. Pianos should be tuned at least once a year. Digital keyboards should have a solid stand, good speakers, and pedals. Ukuleles should be tuned with a clip-on tuner, not an app, before arriving at the lesson.


  • Keep it clean! All students are required to wash their hands before each lesson and after a bathroom break. WATER bottles are encouraged for all students, required for Vocal Students. Please do NOT put any water on top of any instruments (especially the Grand Piano).

  • Communicate any goals, questions, or issues as soon as they arise. I value your feedback.


Get Started in 3 Easy Steps:

1. Fill out the simple form

2. We will contact you to get connected

3. Start learning and playing music