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Meet Yasmin Rod of YasPiano in Irvine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yasmin Rod.

Yasmin, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was 6 years old when I found the interest of music and piano in myself. When I talked about it with my family they didn’t take it that serious; they thought it’s just something that a kid will forget. I remember my cousins used to play piano, and whenever I went to my uncle’s home, I looked at their piano and wish to have one someday.

Finally, my parents got me keyboard when I was 10-year-old, and I could start learning music in a Music Institute in Tehran-Iran. They eventually saw that this teenager is serious about music, so I got my first piano at age of 14 and a year later a piano teacher.

We choose kind of a major in high-school which I studied Math-Physics (which leads to engineering majors in university), and graduated with high GPA. It was not very normal in my home country to pursue music and art major in university while you studied math in high school. Therefore, I had to fight for it a lot. I had to argue with my dad, relatives, friends, high school teachers to be able to study music in university which I’ve never regret it.

I graduated with 3.88 GPA from Art & Architecture University in Tehran-Iran, and started teaching piano and music at three music schools while I was an undergraduate student, and had my own private studio, too. When I moved to United-States I was 23 years old and started taking music classes in Cal-State Dominguez hills. Before coming to US, I took some master classes in Vienna-Austria.

About one year after immigration to US, I started to have my private piano studio in Orange County, and at the same time started my second major in Cal-state Fullerton majoring in Accounting-Business. By the time I graduated from CSUF with 3.7 GPA, my studio got bigger and bigger. Now I teach every day except Sundays. We have annual recital at least once a year and piano workshops every 2 months at my studio for students. I’m also an active member of Music Teachers Association California (MTAC), and prepare students for state exam for different levels. Meanwhile, I’ve never stop learning & practicing piano and music myself and, continue my piano learning with university professors.

My music and business knowledge, a strong passion for music, hardworking and pursing my dream helped to have my piano studio now. I recommend to everyone always go for your dream and something that you have passion for no matter what people tell you and how many objections you have.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Growing my private studio went pretty well through the time. If you know what you’re doing, and have passion for it, you’ll get succeed. The most struggle was for me at the age of 18 to study music as my major.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about YasPiano – what should we know?
I teach piano to all ages from 4-70 years old. I’ve been teaching piano for more than 12 years now. What I’m proud of is my knowledge, experience, being serious about my work and the same time having good attitude.

You have to know how to deal with different people and know what each student’s needs are. My studio is very diversified culturally, and able to teach classical, Persian, pop & light music.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Having knowledge and Experience.

Knowing the Business side pretty well.

Knowing people and student’s needs.

Being professional.

Having good attitude.


  • $30 each session (30min)/ $120 per month

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