“Committed to Education”

Applause Music Academy instructors are highly influential performers and pedagogues in the industry. In every lesson they teach, they convey their rich experience, knowledge and passion. They are determined to help our students learn, grow and succeed. Emphasis is placed on making lessons fun, yet instructive. Get to know our talented team below, and feel free to reach out with questions.

Dr. Tigranuhi (Tig) Arakelyan is the founder of Applause Music Academy. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder as well as Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from California State University, Fullerton. A native of Armenia, Dr. Arakelyan initially started her musical journey with her mother. She inherited her mother’s love and enthusiasm for teaching and has been teaching for over 20 years. Dr. Arakelyan continues to maintain a busy private studio as well as teaches piano and fundamentals of music to intellectually disabled students at Coastline Community College. Her private students have presented recitals at state and national conferences and have been awarded numerous prizes and distinctions at competition. Dr. Arakelyan’s goal is to enhance every student’s natural musical ability and to instill a lifelong love and enjoyment of music in each and every student. She makes learning fun and frequently integrates games and technology into her lessons.

Dr. Arakelyan is an active member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC). She has served as the president of CU-MTNA Collegiate Chapter. Always eager to learn and hone her teaching skills, Dr. Arakelyan continues to attend local and national conferences, masterclasses and lectures. She has been inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society – a distinction for students who demonstrate academic and artistic merit and are nominated by faculty members. She is also a member Mu Phi Epsilon International Professional Music Fraternity and served as the Vice-president of Delta Rho Chapter in Boulder, CO.

“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.”
― Maria Augusta von Trapp