WHEN WORDS FAIL, MUSIC SPEAKS
-HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON
About the Teacher
A Musician from the Beginning
Diana Rey loves working with kids of all ages from both her private teaching locations in Los Gatos and Almaden and enjoys figuring out how to best teach and encourage each individual student to shine in their own way. Students can expect to learn how to read, write and understand the language of music (music theory), build a repertoire filled with songs from different musical genres, memorize chord progressions to play in an ensemble, and figure out what direction to go in their own personal future musical endeavors. Diana also teaches music and movement to grades TK-5 in four public schools while currently pursuing her teaching credential.
"Music is a life-force for me, and sharing this passion with my students brings me joy. I share my skills with them and they share lots of personality with me. Each student has unique learning styles and goals for their personal musical journey. It’s my job to figure out how my students learn best and where they want to go musically, then teach to each personalized roadmap accordingly."
In addition to her passion for teaching music, Diana has performed on some amazing stages. She started playing piano when she was four and her love of music has since expanded into vocals, bass guitar, guitar, ukulele, and songwriting. She played keyboard and bass guitar in a variety of projects and performed at notable venues such as AT&T Ballpark Stadium opening for a SF Giants game, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium during Comedy Central's Collossal Clusterfest 2017, The Great American Music Hall (SF), House of Blues Boston, Hard Rock Lake Tahoe, Herrah's Reno Hotel & Casino, Cargo Concert Hall (Reno), Sweetwater Music Hall (Mill Valley), Silo's (Napa), Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub (Sacramento), Bimbo's 365 Club (SF), Slim's (SF), The Chapel (SF), Club Fox (Redwood City), The Ritz (San Jose), Flynn's Cabaret & Steakhouse (Felton), and NAMM 2015 (L.A). Bass Player Magazine, Bass Musician Magazine, and the Women’s International Music Network (WIMN) ran stories on her in May of 2017.
Every person's voice is a unique expression of who they are. I'm here to strengthen and draw out the unique beauty that's already within while teaching proper technique to sustain a lifelong healthy voice. Vocal instruction and audition prep is my specialty, and I know how to reach students with the right balance of personalized attention, patience, practical training, and positive encouragement. I make learning fun through a variety of engaging and outside-the-box activities. Students will learn proper breathing technique, how the voice works, pitch-matching, sight-reading, performance skills, and build a repertoire of songs suited for their voice. I have a track record of preparing my vocal students to achieve their goals in landing lead roles in musical theater productions.
The piano gives students a thorough overview and foundation of music theory that can lead smoothly into playing other instruments. Students will learn about about scales, octaves, counting beats, turning music into art, performing, and reading sheet music as well as playing by ear. I highly recommend piano as an excellent beginning instrument and ongoing tool for songwriting.
The ukulele is a fun, approachable, and portable instrument that gives students an introduction to string instruments. Now offering private and group ukulele lessons. Students will learn the fretboard, how to read tabs/sheetmusic, how to play (and sing) a repertoire of songs, and a bit about the Hawaiian culture.
Bass Guitar Lessons
Bass equals power and depth...a string instrument that glues the rhythm and chord progression together in a song just as much as the player tends to glue the band together. Students will learn the fretboard, ideal gear, chord progressions, reading tabs as well as sheet music, and how to lock in with the drums to form a solid rhythm section.
Guitar is most rewarding for students who aim to play daily in order to build up proper calluses and finger stretching/dexterity. Students will learn the fretboard, scales and chords, muscle strengthening exercises, chord progressions, strumming patterns, performance skills, and a repertoire of songs.
Songwriting is a musician's ultimate path to creative expression and there's so much to learn on this topic whether the student is a beginner or further along on his/her musical path, regardless of preferred instrument. Students will learn how to structure a song, build a chord progression, write lyrics, add instrumentation/vocals, record tracks, work with other musicians, use social media as a tool, and develop as a musical artist.
A kind, gentle, patient teacher is just what you need to learn anything. Perfect for welcoming anyone into the amazing world of music. Highly recommended.
I’m here to make the learning process easier and more enjoyable for you. Contact me to see how my services can help!