by LIZ ONUFER | photos courtesy of Niki Shojaei Piano Studio

Fun, Nurturing, and Individualized

At Niki Shojaei Piano Studio, Students Learn to Love Music

Niki Shojaei knows the benefits of starting piano at a young age. Upon seeing a baby grand piano when she was six years old, Niki asked her parents for piano lessons. Today, she shares her love of the piano and teaching expertise with her young students.

mp_nikkishojaei3At the Niki Shojaei Piano Studio, students ages 4 to 18 learn to play the piano in a nurturing, fun, and individualized environment. “I incorporate an atmosphere of play into the lesson through learning games which enable children to learn most effectively,” Niki shared. Depending on each student’s goals, Niki teaches music theory, ear training, technique, practice advice, and performance preparation. She tailors the activities for each age group, “from being playful and enthusiastic playing alphabet games with a four-year-old to teaching scales and echnic to a 13-year-old,” she said.

Matching her teaching to each student’s age, learning style, and goals is an important part of her philosophy. “I look to see how my students interact, their character, and adapt to teach each individual to ensure they enjoy the learning experience and benefit from it most,” Niki explained. “Every lesson is a balancing act between what I’ve planned to teach the student on that day and what on-the-fly adaptations I must make out of awareness and sensitivity to the attitudes, moods, and behaviors the student brings to the lesson.”

Learning the piano has benefits outside of the music world, too. Through learning music, Niki acknowledged, “Students gain confidence, social skills, and academic expertise along with their new musical abilities.”

“Students gain confidence, social skills, and academic expertise along with their new musical abilities.”

Certified as an elementary piano teacher by the Royal Conservatory of Canada, Niki also holds degrees in piano performance and electrical engineering from Tehran Azad University. Her educational background helps her to embrace new technology and trends for teaching music. Niki researches and utilizes the most up-to-date digital tools and apps to teach.

Niki believes that all children can learn to play music. It takes the joint efforts of the teacher, the student, and the parents. The students get to showcase their new skills a few times throughout the year at performances and recitals for their parents and community. “We all have a very important role to play and when we work together the result is a positive and rewarding experience,” she said. “The student will develop discipline, sensitivity, ability to focus, and enjoy playing music.”


Name: Niki Shojaei Piano Studio
Owner/Manager: Niki Shojaei
Year of Establishment: 2005
Address: Private studio in Carmel Valley
Phone: 858-207-8741