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I began piano lessons at six with the late Norma Pazolla which included group recitals at the Montgomery Theater in San Jose. I later continued lessons at St. Leo's Grammer School with more group recitals, auditions, and choir until I graduated. Later I studied with the late Gloria Noble, Nancy D. Jensen, and Cherie Curry until graduation from San Jose State University. After graduation I studied with Sue Shannon on teaching group piano and music lessons to public school children. I taught at the Presbyterian Music School and the late Marilyn Carstens Music School while I maintained my studio in Santa Clara.

I have prepared students for the Certificate of Merit Program in the MTAC, as well as National Guild Auditions. I have studied the Achievement Program syllabus (Royal Conservatory of Music) and am always researching new ideas regarding pedagogy. I also incorporate The Alexander Technique as far as posture, balance, and coordination are concerned.

The individual student is taken into account as to how I will approach teaching that student. Respect and fairness are always necessary before anything else. I always encourage each one to do their best work and won't give up on them. Many of my students stay with me eight to ten years.

My students have performed at graduations, church services, weddings, funerals, variety shows, and high school produced Broadway Musicals, as well as auditions and CM Programs.

I strive to offer each student the best that I can.

Thank you,
Patricia Cachopo

Studio Location
2337 Harrison St.
Santa Clara, CA 95050
(408) 315-7415