The piano studio of Traci Leister-Linstrom has been established in Apple Valley for many years and strives for musical excellence in and through the study of the piano.


INSTRUCTOR:  Traci Leister-Linstrom is a graduate of Chapman University’s School of Music and has completed extensive graduate studies at USC.  She has also completed a Master’s Degree in Piano Pedagogy from Cal State University at Fullerton where she also authored an intermediate piano textbook.

Upon graduation she was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lamda National Music Honor Society for her exceptional academic achievements. She has been a member of the Music Teachers’ Association for over twenty-five years. For 4 of those years, her studio included the oversight of an assistant instructor and an overall enrollment of 70 students.

Part of her musical experiences include performing in church settings and weddings, directing musical theater, accompanying Desert Strings Conservatory and other serious instrumentalists, as well as playing with the Victor Valley Symphony. She has also served as an evaluator for programs presented by the California Association of Professional Music Teachers and the Music Teachers’ Association of California. As a faculty member of the music department at Victor Valley College, she instructed all four levels of the college’s piano program.



LESSONS:  The monthly scheduling of lessons includes a group lesson the last full week of the month that replaces the private lesson.  This group lesson emphasizes theory, performance, ensemble experience and sight reading all enhanced by the group dynamic.  Additionally, each private lesson is supplemented with a self-paced computerized curriculum.

The entire year’s focus is on the Certificate of Merit Evaluations sponsored by the Music Teacher’s Association which services over 31,000 students across California.  These evaluations are held in March, where impartial adjudicators evaluate the student in the areas of performance, theory, sight reading and ear training.  Two solo recitals are held yearly which feature each individual student.

The most anticipated event by the students, however, is the ensemble recital where students play together in groups from two to ten players.