Welcome to FreshStart Piano Studio! We're an up-and-coming piano school offering boutique piano lessons for adults and children to achieve their dreams of playing the piano.
We focus on pedagogically sound teaching (study of teaching) that guarantees quality lessons and a solid, comprehensive music foundation for our students that's sometimes missing from music schools touting teachers' performance pedigree (Although we have that in spades also).
On the surface, we teach kids (and adults!) how to play the piano. But on a deeper level, we enable people to appreciate music on the deepest level and allow them to truly love and enjoy music for the rest of their lives whether playing privately or impressing friends and families.
It started with a call from the school director at a music school in Irvine I started teaching at for a couple of months. It just rained and it was a nippy night before Thanksgiving; I sat in my brother’s black 2000 Honda Accord Coupe (leather seats) on our way to a cyber security lecture at UCI (random? YES).
The director told me I didn’t have to come in for December because all my students changed their schedules and didn’t fit into my availabilities anymore.
It was weird but I didn’t think much of it, however, we had scheduled a “meet and greet” with a new family after my regular schedule and he didn’t mention anything about it so I assumed that was still on and went in at the scheduled time.
When I walked up the stony stairs into the music school I saw the family that “couldn’t fit into my schedule”; I was surprised and confused--as were they.
The director lied to them—along with all the other families I had taught and built a relationship with.
The school director told them I was "on a leave" until JUNE OF NEXT YEAR--this was November. They weren’t given any prior notice or options. Their son loved lessons with me and they were NOT happy about the change and being lied to.
My friend in the front desk didn't know what's going on and called the director for me. He wanted me to walk across the parking lot and meet him in the coffee shop.
I had always played it cool--the director had a reputation for manipulating and lying to teachers and families. He told me to lie about my teaching experience if any parents asked, “it’s just easier that way”, he said; I refused.
As I walked across the plaza, a million thoughts going through my head, something clicked and I realized all the work and effort I put into preparing, planning, and caring for all these students...
Somebody could take them away from me just like that if they wanted to.