Viva Z.

Viva Z.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Male Ages Taught: 5 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 5 to 99


Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, Eastman School of Music.
I am a classically trained pianist who graduated from the Eastman School of Music under world-renowned piano pedagogue Nelita True. I started playing the piano when I was 5, and started entering competitions at 7 years old. Growing up, I've won many national piano competitions in the states and Canada and debuted with numerous professional orchestras. I started giving benefit concerts at 14 years old and was recognized by TV station WCTV as well as the Boston Globe, Andover Townsman, and Wilmington Advocate newspapers.
Besides traveling around the world to perform solo and duo, my deepest passion and devotion is teaching. When I started teaching piano, my beginner students grew an average of 2 years worth of study within the first year. My former piano students' levels ranged from beginner to advanced, and their ages ranged from 4 to 19. I speak English, Spanish, French and Chinese fluently and have taught students from different backgrounds in these languages. Two of my previously held student recitals were recognized by the Andover Townsman newspaper, one of which was recorded by WCTV for broadcast. My students are not just masters of notes, but also masters of performance. My pedagogical approach centers on developing technique, theory, harmony, aural skills, but also artistry and showmanship. Apart from being taught the structural and aesthetic components of music, my students are taught the art of performance. Each of them is a showman and a stage performer. Two student recitals are held annually, and all friends and family are encouraged to join.
I recently moved to Chicago from Boston and am so excited to work with aspiring music students. I believe that any student who has a heart for music will be able to reach his/her greatest potential in music. I really look forward to becoming your child's step 1 towards scholarship and showmanship.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a very enthusiastic and exciting teacher. My students are always engaged and inspired to play and perform. My students will learn to play popular songs and familiar pieces, but most importantly develop into well-rounded performers.
Each lesson will focus on developing technique, aural skills and performance. Technique strengthens and develops students' fingers and provides the foundation. Aural skills includes ear training and singing, will develop the students' sense of pitch and tone. Performance will develop students' ability to master new songs and get ready to perform in front of others.
For beginners and intermediate students, I use the Alfred Series, Bastien Series and Thompson Series. For advanced students, heavy repertoire by well-known composers will be assigned.
Students can expect to excel individually but also collaboratively as there will be many opportunities to play duets with their peers.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano, seating for parents, living room

*** Travel Equipment ***
A piano

*** Specialties ***
I teach beginner's, intermediate and advanced piano. My focus is classical, but my students also play popular, jazz and ragtime. I speak English, Spanish, French and Chinese fluently and have taught students in all four of these languages depending on their background. I also specialize in concertizing, and will provide students with adequate experience to perform in public. Furthermore, I also teach songwriting and improvisation.

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Private Piano Teacher Sep 2005 - Aug 2014
Studio Teaching


Master of Education, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science Sep 2007 - May 2011
Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese Fluent / Native Proficiency


Secondary Education, Middle School Education Dec 2011
Dominican University

With a specialization in Biological Sciences and Music


National Education Association Sep 2011

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