Yamaha Piano Lessons at SoCal Pianos San Marcos Location


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Available Courses

MWC Course (3 1/2-4 1/2)

JMC Course (4 1/2 - 6 yrs)

YMC Course (6-8 yrs)

KEK Kids (7-10)

KBE Teens 11+

KBE Adult

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Making Music Is Good For You At Any Age

Music Wonderland Course ( MWC ) Ages 3 1/2 - 4 1/2

Class Duration: 45 minutes -Parental Participation Required

Music Wonderland is your child’s first exposure to the Yamaha program and is specially designed to make their initial encounter with music education both fun and enjoyable. During this key early developmental stage, your child will participate in physical and mental activities to stimulate their musical senses and prepare them for Junior Music Course and beyond. Music Wonderland students explore the keyboard through engaging songs written especially for thriving imaginations. Miss Mariah joins SoCal Pianos as an experienced Music Wonderland instructor and is looking forward to working with you and your child!

Junior Music Course ( JMC ) Ages 4 1/2 –6

Class Duration: 1 hour -Parental Participation Required

From the age of 4, your child’s sense of hearing, dexterity and vocal chords are rapidly developing – more so than at any other point in their lives. Junior Music Course (JMC) introduces students to the fundamentals of music at an age when they are absorbing new information and skills like a sponge. It emphasizes ear training and creative expression in a stimulating environment with listening, singing and playing. JMC students will learn keyboard performance skills, solfege and the fundamentals of music (pitch, rhythm, orchestral awareness). Self-disciple and social skills are achieved through practicing and team playing. Both you and your child will love Junior Music Course!

Young Musician's Course ( YMC ) Ages 6–8

Classes are one hour per week.

Students will be involved in Singing Ear Training Repertoire, Ensemble Playing, Keyboard Harmony, Arranging Keyboard Technique Sight Singing / Sight Playing and Theory

Keyboard Encounter Kids (KEK) Ages 7–10

Classes are one hour per week.

It's a fun group!!! There are 4 textbooks with exciting music. Features a wide variety of musical activities. Kids begin playing the first day!!! Classes feature music reading, ensemble playing and singing—with an emphasis on having fun!

Keyboard Encounter Teens 11 years and older

Classes meet one hour per week in a group setting.

Classes are grouped according to age and musical background. Students play from the very first day!!!

Keyboard Encounter Adults

Classes meet one hour per week.

You are never too old to learn! Have a great time in a group setting—songs in all styles that you've always dreamed of playing.


Meet Our Instructors

  • Grace Choi

    Grace Choi has been playing piano and flute since she was a young girl. She achieved a Bachelor of Musical Art in Piano Performance degree from the University of Oklahoma . Grace has accompanied for many churches and ballet studios for many years. She has been an member of the California Music Teachers Association since 2002. Ms. Choi has operated a private teaching studio in the San Diego area since 2007. Grace and her husband have two young children. In March of 2012 Grace joined the SoCal Pianos Yamaha Music Education Team and is Certified by Yamaha to teach all levels of the Yamaha Music Education System.

  • Mary Gorman

    Mary Gorman received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Wyoming. She has been teaching group and private piano lessons all her life. In the late seventies and early eighties Mary owned and operated two Yamaha Music Schools. She has attended numerous specialized training courses in Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroze, and Suzuki Piano Methods specializing in "Music for the Very Young" . Mary is the mother of two daughters who also teach music, as well as perform and record with their own band. Mary joined the SoCal Pianos Yamaha Music Education program in 2010 and specializes in teaching the Keyboard Encounters Program for teens and adults.

  • Mariah Gillespie

    Mariah Gillespie has been playing the piano since age 5 and the harp since age 10. She studied music performance and musicology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Mariah taught with Yamaha Music in Sydney, Australia for 2 years before moving to California in early 2013. A member of the Amateur Pianists Society of San Diego, she enjoys performing in recitals and works in social media marketing. Mariah joined the SoCal Pianos Yamaha Music Education team in the fall of 2013 and loves to teach the Music Wonderland Classes, and Junior Music Courses!

  • Erica Alonzo

    Erica started playing flute at the age of ten, soon she was playing the saxophone, clarinet, oboe and piano. She has taught music education in the Bonsall Unified School District. She has been a clinician for workshops, and is an recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. Erica joined SoCal Pianos Yamaha Music Education team in 2012 and is certified to teach the Keyboard Encounters Kids, Teens and Adult Classes.

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