Bijan Zelli

Bijan Z.

San Diego, CA

About Bijan Z.

Background check: Last verified 07/19/2016
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Bijan teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: February 2014
Last sign in: More than two months



I believe that music is rooted in all human beings and cultures in a reach and vast variety of forms. Music unifies and engages thinking and feeling in a direct and immediate way. Music influences individuals simultaneously on different levels of consciousness and form an important device for learning, recreation, arranging of conscious and unconscious impressions and at the same time for characterizing and conveying ideas and thoughts. This as a point of departure characterizes my teaching philosophy, which strives to create a climate in which my students can experience continuous musical, intellectual, and emotional growth.

As a music instructor and musicologist I demonstrate the characteristics of professional and passionate for everything related to my teaching. I am passionate; for I know the more I teach the more I learn.

I have three educations:
1) PhD in Musicology,
2) Master in Music Education and
3) Bachelor in Electrical Engineering.

I have about 20 years teaching experience and I am a California Certified Music Teacher

I speak english, german, swedish and farsi and love to work with people of all ages.

I teach:
1) Guitar
2) Piano/Keyboard
3) Drums
4) Singing
5) Bass Guitar
6) Music Theory
7) Violoncello

Welcome to My Lessons

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Pop, Rock

Photos and Videos


Music Instructor
Jan 1982 - Present
Different Schools in Europe and USA


Master of arts (Music Education)/ PhD (Musicology)
Aug 1992 - Jun 1996

Languages Spoken

Farsi, Swedish, German, English
Professional Proficiency


California Single Subject Credential in Music
Jan 2001

54 Reviews on Bijan Z.

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Margaret Jan 20, 2017
· Guitar · In home He was fantastic
Great teacher 🙏🌺🙏
Michelle Oct 25, 2016
· Cello · In home Bijan is an excellent teacher. He is truly a professional; very knowledgeable and attentive. He is also patient with the young ones. I highly recommend him!
Farnaz Sep 7, 2016
· Cello · In studio Mr. Bijan is the best instructor that someone can have. He's knowledgeable, passionate, and caring. I had him for cello lessons. He uses the time efficiently, and teaches you as much as possible in each lesson. I strongly recommend him.
Amanda R. Dec 21, 2015
· Singing · In studio Bijan is a great teacher for my daughter. He really knows how to be patient with young kids and helps them focus on what they need to work on with very positive feedback. Can work with individual needs for each student and help them build proper techniques in areas where they need improvement and help them bring out their strengths. I would definitely recommend him to any student.
mohamedi K. May 27, 2015
· Piano · In home Both my son (over a year of piano lessons) and now my daughter (just started to learn to sing) take music lessons from Mr. Bijan and they both love it. He has a calm personality and a way with kids which I think brings out the best from his students. Extremely patient and changes the pace as per the students. My son has been learning piano for 3 years and had his moments of struggle but was good to see Mr. Bijan work with him and successfully motivated him to get back on track.
Kelly B. Sep 4, 2014
· Classical Guitar · In studio Bijan is a very good guitar instructor. My daughter and I both took guitar lessons and he was able to work with us as individuals since we both had different skill levels. Bijan is very patient with his students and helped us through various learning obstacles. I highly recommend anyone that needs or wants to learn any musical instrument to take lessons from Bijan.
Z M. Sep 3, 2014
· Piano · In studio Bijan is a great teacher. He is kind and knowledgeable at the same time. He is patient for all the questions you have.
He gives you good resources and goes with your pace.
I do recommend Bijan for the new and experienced piano learners.
Kenzi J. Jul 14, 2014
· Cello · In studio Bijan is a great teacher. Learning to play the cello as an adult is tough, but he's very organized and encouraging. The recital was very anxiety-inducing, but we did really well and I felt a great sense of accomplishment afterward. I am only discontinuing due to distance and time constraints.
Tiffany T. Apr 24, 2014
· Cello · Knowledgeable Instructor

Bijan is an excellent instructor. With whatever you are going to learn, he knows what he is doing. Even though I only took cello lessons for a short time, he taught me so much with each lesson. He is worth the money and you will learn so much.
Morris S. Apr 21, 2014
· Singing · Singing Lessons

I am taking singing lessons with Bijan Zelli and I’m pleased with his approach and what I’m learning,
Bijan is very knowledgeable about music and is personable, patient and supportive, qualities I need and respect in a teacher.
When we started, Bijan took the time to ask me what I wanted and did a diagnosis to find the range, upper and lower, that I was capable of singing, to determine my basic knowledge of music and hear how I put over a song. From that he developed his approach with me.
Even in the short (2+ months) time we’ve been working together, I can see improvement in several areas. First, Bijan showed me that to really sing a song and best use my voice, I needed to learn some music basics. Second, he is teaching me how to listen to a song versus hearing it. The result is not just to sing a song, but sing it with the expression and emotion that draws an audience in.
Bottom line: I recommend Bijan Zelli if you want to improve the quality of your singing.
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