About Our School
Opus Music School was founded by Theresa Cheng and aims to provide high quality and affordable private music lessons in our state-of-the-art Hacienda Heights facility for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. We offer private piano lessons, guitar lessons, singing lessons, drum lessons, and more. Currently all of our music lessons are being held online with Zoom.
It's official! Opus Music School is one of 9 music schools in the United States nominated for the 2020 National Music School of the Year.
Our music school offers:
A complete music learning experience with a comprehensive music, theory, and aural curriculum
A positive and non-pressured atmosphere so students can gain an appreciation of music in a comfortable learning environment
Individually tailored lessons customized to each student based on his or her individual needs, goals, and pace of learning
Lessons in a beautiful remodeled facility with a spacious waiting area and large observation windows
The first trial lesson is free!
Teaching Philosophy - From The Founder
"Learning music is fun, and shouldn't be a requirement or punishment!"
I believe students should:
enjoy learning and playing a musical instrument;
develop musical proficiency, expression, and creativity skills; and
gain positive personality traits such as increased confidence, discipline, and patience.
Learning music may not always be easy, but by fostering the right atmosphere at the music lesson, I believe the student will achieve lifelong musical and behavioral skills.
My goal is to share the joys of music so that others may discover the many lifelong benefits associated with the gift of music. We are eager to help guide you through your own musical adventure!
This community means a lot to me. Hacienda Heights is my home and a place I grew up since Kindergarten. I attended Los Altos Elementary School, Newton Middle School, and Los Altos High School. But all through my childhood there was never a music school in the Hacienda Heights, so I wanted to do something about it.
In 2014, I quit my job as a CPA at a Big 4 accounting firm in Downtown LA and went back to my hometown of Hacienda Heights to start Opus Music School. I started in a small 350sf studio off of Hacienda Boulevard with one piano student. Within one year of quitting my corporate job, we had 100 students. We then moved to a professional commercial facility in 2015 on Gale Avenue and the school has since taken off. In late 2019, my husband Hanwei joined as my co-owner and business partner, and Opus Music School is now a family owned business combined with both of our professional backgrounds.
I believe music is more than an after-school activity – it teaches discipline, patience, confidence, and self-expression. And it's fun! It has been a joy to see the music school grow, with many students from the same schools I went to growing up. Thank you to this community for supporting me in this journey.
The Meaning Behind Opus
The name Opus Music School® has many special meanings, both obvious and non-obvious.
The obvious is that "opus" is a music term: it's the order that composers write their musical works.
But there are also non-obvious meanings. The word opus shares many of the same letters as the word octopus, and Opus the Octopus serves as our mascot. An octopus has 8 legs, and the number 8 is very significant in music, such as a musical octave having 8 notes, and music typically written in groups of 8 counts.
Overall, we love our little mascot Opus the Octopus. Find a stuffed animal version of him sitting at our school's front desk!