The piano studio of Traci Leister-Linstrom has been established 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 University of Southern California (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 Lambda National Music Honor Society for her exceptional academic achievements. She has been a member of the Music Teachers’ Association for over thirty years. For four 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 local symphony orchestra. 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: Lesson format varies according to the needs of the student, but options include online, in-person and a monthly group lesson that replaces the private lesson. Group lessons emphasize theory, performance, ensemble experience, and sight reading all enhanced by the group dynamic.
This studio utilizes the Certificate of Merit Evaluations sponsored by the Music Teacher’s Association which serves 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. Multiple recitals are held throughout the year which feature performances by each individual student.
Ensemble playing is an anticipated event by the students. Repertoire is performed by students in groups of two to ten players.