Dr. Batista's Teaching Experience:
I am a classically trained concert pianist that enjoys teaching privately people
of all levels and ages. I have a doctorate degree in piano performance from
the University of California, in Santa Barbara. I also received my Master and
Bachelor degrees, in piano performance, from the Conservatory of Music in
San Francisco. My experience includes performing as soloist and recitalist, as
well as teaching for over 25 years from beginning up to college levels.
Some students come to my piano studio for different reasons. Some want to
make a significant commitment to their studies, and with my extensive training
and expertise I can help them achieve their goals. I have students that have
participated in music festivals around the United States and one even
performed at Carnegie Hall in New York. Others come for enrichment; to bring
music into their lives in the most meaningful of ways, by making music
I also have experience teaching students with physical and learning disabilities
such as: Autism, blindness, dyslexia, and ADHD.
Whether you are a new music student or resuming your studies, training for a
professional career or simply seeking to enrich your life, my piano studio
welcomes you to the joys of making music.
I am currently teaching private piano lessons and musicianship courses.
"The successful teacher is one who can be flexible and adjust to the needs of
the individual student. Alma certainly was very capable in that regard. As a
teacher, and pianist, she was always very musical and thoughtful."
Stephen R. Shapiro, Ph.D. former Executive Director of
Community Music Center in San Francisco
"Ms. Batista has earned an impeccable reputation as a teacher of precision
and authority. She is without doubt one of the finest instructors our
department had ever had, and her experience as a teacher of Piano, Music
Theory/Fundamentals of Music and Music Appreciation has been outstanding."
Dr. Betty Oberacker, former UCSB Professor of Music/Director, Keyboard Program
September 21, 2014
"Working with Dr. Alma was an amazing experience I will never forget.
She was a great teacher and my life would not be the same without her. I
can't imagine having a better piano teacher!"
September 17, 2014
"I was Dr. Batista’s student for almost four years. I would highly
recommend her teaching style to everyone that interested in mastering
the piano. Alma is extremely passionate about her work and truly wants
her students to excel in music as well as in life. In addition she has won
many prestigious awards during her career as an instructor and
musician. She is extremely experienced, professional and organized.
Alma makes her students very comfortable and attends to their needs
and individual learning styles.
When I was her student she was not only a teacher but also a positive
role model and mentor to me. She always wanted me to do my very best
in whatever piece I was playing. During lessons she expects her students
to be respectful (as everyone should be) and willing to put their focus
solely on music while under her direction. Her passion inspired me to
grow both as a student and a musician.
Overall no matter what age range you are or level of experience you
have you should definitely take lessons from Dr. Batista! It is well worth
"Alma always found a way to make learning how to play the piano fun.
She was very ambitious when teaching me a new piece and always pushed
me to my greatest potential when playing and made me feel great about
myself when I got the piece just right. She was friendly and energetic and
still is an amazing pianist!"
"Dr. Alma was my piano teacher for 10 years. She taught me almost
everything I know musically, and laid the groundwork for my musical
endeavors for the rest of my life. As a result of her tried and true
teaching methods, playing the piano has become second nature to me.
She did more than teach me the piano, she was there as I grew up,
helping me mature and learn. I have no higher praise."
©2008-2016 Alma I. Batista
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