I am a 25-year-old, classically-trained pianist with perfect pitch. I graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Legal Studies and a Music
Minor in 2010. I began playing piano
a couple weeks before I turned 8 years old and have been playing ever since. I was the youngest person to pass the Yamaha Music School's Level 5 Theory/Performance examination when I was in 6th grade
(2001), which is passage to teach group lessons at Yamaha Schools. I am very passionate about piano and music theory
and that passion shines through in my teaching. I love working with people and have been teaching piano and tutoring for music theory since 2006. My love of working with and teaching people stemmed from my first piano tutoring sessions while I was in high school as well as my role as Senior Class President of my high school (2006-2007).
I also have been working as an ESL
teacher since late 2013 and have worked with all ages (ranging from ages 6 - 45). I still continue to give international English
conversation and grammar
lessons via Skype to students in Eastern Europe. I also am a spelling
coach and was a former participant in the ACSI National Spelling Bee in 2002 (when I was in 7th grade); I was 3rd in California and 26th nationally.
In 2003, I performed solo piano for my largest live performance in front of 10,000 people at the Anaheim Convention Center as hired entertainment for the ACSI National Teachers Convention. In 2004, when I was a freshman in high school at Vivian Webb School (Claremont, CA), I passed the Advanced Level - Level 10 with a score of 98/100 on theory for the CM (Certificate of Merit) MTAC examinations for piano. When I was a junior in high school (2006), l I decided to sign up to take the Music Theory AP (Advanced Placement) Examination without taking an official preparatory class (because of my prior studies for the CM MTAC exams and the Yamaha Level 5 examination); I began studying 2 weeks prior to the AP examination to freshen up on some material and received a 5 on the examination (highest score; APs are graded on a scale of 0 (lowest) -5 (highest)). I also played violin
for 6 years when I was younger and flute
for 2 years; I played both violin and piano for my high school's Honors String Sinfonia (but stopped playing violin after high school; graduated in 2007) and was the pianist for the pit orchestra for two of my high school's musicals, Fiddler on the Roof and Company.
I specialize in teaching music theory for the CM theory examination as well as the AP examination, or just as a basis to better understand the piano. When teaching piano, my mantra is to always keep the student excited about music (practicing will not seem to be work for the students if they are having fun while doing so) and to always, ALWAYS stress correct technique. Prior to moving to Serbia, I performed weekly piano gigs at at wine bars, restaurants, and also private gigs (weddings, corporate parties, etc.). I thank my piano teachers for ingraining in me the importance of ear training
and listening, as the trained ear is the most important asset for a performing musician, whether solo or in an orchestra or band. As listening/ear training is of utmost importance to me (as well as technique), I note that listening to the music provides instant feedback to the performer, and I, too, value the importance of feedback from my students regarding my tutoring and encourage as much as possible.
I have performed at two TED-sanctioned TEDx events (TEDxUCSD 2013 and TEDxCambridgeUniversity 2014) once in a duo with a good violinist friend of mine and once solo. In 2012, LA Weekly wrote an article about me and my music. I also transcribe and arrange cover medleys and collaborate with different artists and organizations. I currently have over 5,000 subscribers to my YouTube channel and three of my covers have been reposted by a multi-Grammy-Award-winning DJ.
I have a 36-hour cancellation policy because of my busy schedule, but also offer make-up lessons if requested.
Many thanks for your time and consideration and I look forward to hearing from you!