Established in 1997. When Bonnie teVelde founded the school, she learned that 80% of new students quit music lessons in the first year. She decided to research the reason for those failures, and came to believe that each student has a unique and individual learning style. She now utilizes testing that identifies these learning styles, and uses results to place students with their optimal teacher.

Matching the right instrument and the perfect teacher to the student, is the key to this school's unprecedented success! TSM is the Most Highly Recognized School within 300 miles, with over 12 Honor Roll, Excellence in Teaching Awards from the American College of Musicians and the International Conservatory of Music Educators.

In 2012, teVelde started the process of obtaining a patent for our revolutionary new method to teach Absolute Perfect Pitch. The TAP Method is currently being used in our classrooms with over 90% success rate!

Highlights, Specialties & Features

  • Tap Method For Perfect Absolute Pitch!
  • Customized Lessons On Any Instrument!
  • Music Therapy!

Professional Associations & Certifications

  • National Guild of Piano Teachers "Excellence in Teaching Honor Roll" for 10 consecutive years!
  • Founding member of the International Conservatory of Music Educators.

Serviced Areas

  • San Luis Obispo County, Paso Robles, Templeton, Atascadero, Morro Bay, Los Osos, Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Oceano, Nipomo, Santa Maria, Orcutt, Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo, Shell Beach

Payment Options

  • PayPal, Personal Checks, Debit Cards, MasterCard, VISA

Contact Details

  Website
  Person Bonnie teVelde
  City San Luis Obispo , CA
  Zip Code 93405
  Address 3440 S. Higuera St., Suite 110
  Phone Number (805) 543-1064

Business Representative

Bonnie teVelde

Owner/ Instructor

It is a personal passion of Bonnie teVelde to figure out how to teach every student exactly the way they learn. An expert in the development of the brain and music, Ms. teVelde is continually evolving the teaching styles at teVelde Music.

In 2011, She developed The T.A.P. Method which teaches students how to hear Absolute Perfect Pitch. We currently have over 200 students, between the ages of 2 & 60, learning perfect pitch.

Products & Services

TeVelde Music, Inc.

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TeVelde Music, Inc.

Private & Group Lessons in Piano, Voice, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Violin, Cello, Harp, & All Band Instruments. Offering a Band/Orchestra Program, and a Children's Choir. Music Therapy for ADD, ADHD, Autism, TBI, and other learning & physical disabilities; as well as for the elderly and handicapped.

  • I would recommend this business
  • Wonderful teacher, great environment.
  • Still a lot of money if you have several kids.

Our two children, 4 and 6 year old, have been taking piano lessons at the TeVelde School of Music for almost a year. And they love their teacher – Sierra – who is absolutely amazing! She is always positive, friendly and encouraging. She is enthusiastic about music in general but also about every little improvements the kids make.
The perfect pitch is taught in a wonderful way! The kids distinguish notes in imagining colors! And it works! The TeVelde School is a great place to experience music. We are so glad to have found it!

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  • I would recommend this business

My daughter has been singing since she could talk. So, my wife and I wanted to see how we could channel this energy in a positive way. TeVelde School of Music had this very question as part of their sales pitch. We went through the interview process to match our daughters learning style with an instructor. That in itself is amazing, especially since when I was young, the insrtuctor just taught music to you regardless of learning style. We also learned about perfect pitch and how it could be taught. There again amazing to me, since I was led to believe you had to be born with it. So as a result of these things, our daughter is taking lessons from an astounding instructor who has motivated her to play piano and learn about rythms and yes, train her for perfect pitch. I am amazed how this technique has changed and improved my daughters understanding and appreciation for music. I feel no mater what my daughter wants to do with music in the future, she has been given a wonderful start and basis to do anything her talent can achieve.

Value for moneyPriceless learning tool.
Service & supportStaff is knowledgable.
QualityInnovative and current.
LocationConvient location.
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  • I would recommend this business

Bonnie is an excellent musician, and is committed to sharing her knowledge with her teachers. She trains them to meet their potential so that they can give their best to their students. She is also willing to listen to the parents of her schools' clients so that she can better her school. I believe her schools will only improve with time! Hats off to her, and all the best to her schools!

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  • I would recommend this business

Every child is different and we love the fact that Sierra listens, watches and learns about her students--and then applies the information to tailor her lesson style. The proof is in the enthusiasm and "getting ready time" ahead of each lesson...when my six year old runs to gather his music books and cares about whether or not he's on time to the lesson, I know that he enjoys his time at teVelde!

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  • I would recommend this business
  • Her "taylor made" approach to keeping kids interested.
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My son has been taking music lessons from teVelde Music School for over 6 years. Beginning with what I thought would be just a few voice lessons with Bonnie, he moved to piano and then added drums with Dean. Sensing that he was loosing interest in piano, Bonnie suggested that he change to keyboard lessons. He is currently taking piano/keyboard and drum lessons and is looking forward to beginning Jam Night on Sundays. For a 13 year old boy the "cool factor" is definitely a major component to keeping them interested in music. I appreciate Bonnie's awareness of this, and her flexibility in doing whatever it takes to keep them coming back!

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  • I would recommend this business
  • Work to get the best teacher for your child, Teachers obviously love what they are doing.
  • Sort of cramped work and waiting area, but the enthusiasm of the teachers makes up for it!

We LOVE teVelde Music. We love how Bonnie cares about matching the student with the teacher they can work best with, and how she gets involved with helping individuals, whether or not they are directly working with her. My daughter loves her teacher, Sierra, and talks about her regularly. Sierra has made sure to recognize my daughter's strengths and weaknesses and works with them accordingly. My daughter loves it, and the confidence and knowledge she has gained in just a few months amazes me. She starts counting the hours to lesson day, days in advance. We look forward to sending our other two daughters to TeVelde soon, and would definitely recommend this school of music to others!

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  • I would recommend this business
  • Wonderful teachers, private lessons, positive teaching approach, lessons for young children offered.
  • Sometimes the 30 minutes isn't long enough, my daughter enjoys it so much the lesson flies by.

I highly recommend teVelde Music. My daughter is a student at the San Luis Obispo location.

My daughter loves to perform. She has loved performing since the day she was born. I enrolled her in ballet when she was two years old and it took me about a year and a half to realize that it wasn’t dance that was driving her, it was the music. I never imagined enrolling her in music lessons at the age of three. I thought that was something for older children. Then a friend recommended Bonnie teVelde. When I spoke to Bonnie I was blown away by her program. I couldn’t wait to get my daughter enrolled at her school.

My daughter began taking lessons with Lara just before her fourth birthday and is flourishing. It is incredible to see what she is learning – playing the piano, understanding how to read music, and learning pitch and rhythm. My four year old daughter now talks about one day learning the violin and flute. Lara is an amazing instructor and brings a knowledge of both music and child development to her teaching approach. I feel that she understands my daughter and tailors each lesson to my daughter’s needs. The classes are very positive and fun. My daughter leaves music school excited about what she has learned.

As someone who can’t forget my rigid piano teacher, her metronome, and hating lessons; it is great for me to see that my daughter’s experiences are the complete opposite. I am thankful for teVelde Music and the way they are nurturing and developing my daughter’s love for music. I wish I had known about Bonnie and her program for toddlers and preschoolers earlier. Two year olds CAN take music lessons… if I had only known.

Value for moneyWorth every cent.
Service & supportGreat teachers.
QualityExcellent program.
LocationThe new SLO location is great. Lots of parking and easy to get to.
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  • I would recommend this business

Great music teachers! Love Joe and Sierra.
Bonnie is a caring teacher commited to really teach kids.

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My son Luca (age 11) has studied with Bonnie TeVelde at this music school, then located in Arroyo Grande, for 6 years. With as much as I love burning fossil fuels and car time in general, I have thought of finding something more local for my children's music education many times. However, Bonnie and the teachers that she hires are simply the best. Luca learns piano, drums, sight reading and voice in the same class. He learns that music is fun, interesting and within his capabilities -- one of those "secrets of the universe." He truly grows in self esteem with every lesson. And now, an additional TeVelde School of Music has opened in SLO!

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