Shilla Hekmat’s teaching philosophy is to stimulate learning by positive reinforcement. We accomplish this by nurturing each of our students’ unique abilities. Our main goal is to instill a passion and love for learning music, whether a student is simply learning piano as a hobby or wishes to pursue a career in music. Every student receives the same encouragement and devotion.
Shilla’s studio has a unique method of nurturing and cultivating the innate talent of each student. We help every individual bring out his or her own natural musical expression by providing a motivational atmosphere, ample attention, and specially tailored lessons. Our mission is to allow students to discover, develop and express themselves through music, mainly through the trust and belief in their own abilities.
Shilla Hekmat teaches classical and popular music, performance, theory, technique, sight-reading, ear-training, composition, and harmonizing. Composing music has always been her passion and she encourages many of her students to develop the skills for composing and recording using piano and computer media. Several of her students have produced their own original compositions.
Her tremendous skill in teaching piano performance and composition has resulted in many of her students winning high honors and first place awards in many national and state music competitions, including the United States Open Music Competition, Young Musicians Foundation, Cypress College Piano Competition, National Guild Composition, Composers Today, and MTAC Panel. Many of her students have also received their high school diplomas in Music and have been featured in National Piano Guild Magazine.
Shilla Hekmat, is a graduate of CSU Northridge, Department of Music. In 1985, she was awarded a music scholarship from CSUN. She has extended her studies in music by receiving training with the Orff-Schulwerk Method at UCLA, which is a specialized teaching method geared towards children. She has also been trained in the Robert Pace and Kodaly methods. She has been teaching piano performance, composition, and theory for the past 21 years and has been chairman of Composers Today of the Music Teachers Association of California for the past 9 years.