About the Teacher
A Musician from the Beginning
Diana Rey teaches music, performance, and movement to kids of all ages, studied Musical Theatre in college, holds a TK-12th grade Vocal and Instrumental Music teaching credential, and has extensive stage performance experience. She has taught music for 6 years as a private teacher and taught for 3 years at 8 different public school sites in Cupertino, Campbell, and San Jose for a grand total of ~1,000 students per week. Diana is an active member of the National Association for Music Educators (NAFME), National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA), and the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA). During Shelter in Place, she offers online private and public school music and theatre education.
Diana started singing, dancing, and classical piano training at the age of four. Her love of music has since expanded into experience and expertise in traditional western instruments and vocals performing a plethora of genres including musical theatre, rock, blues, country, rockabilly, bluegrass, and barbershop. She enjoys assessing how to best teach and encourage each individual student to shine in their own personal style. 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. Her students perform in both lead and supporting musical theatre roles at schools and production companies, play in bands, and perform solo. Local students may choose to showcase solo work at local performance opportunities, including two recitals per year.
"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 as both a lead and backup vocalist while also playing bass guitar and keyboard in a variety of projects at notable venues such as the San Francisco Giants Ballpark opening for a SF Giants game, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium during Comedy Central's Collossal Clusterfest 2017, 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.
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.
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. Piano is highly recommended as an excellent beginning instrument and ongoing tool for songwriting and self-accompanying.
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 tablature/sheetmusic, how to play (and sing) a repertoire of songs, and Hawaiian culture appreciation.