Bijan Zelli
San Diego, CA
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Bijan Zelli

Bijan Z.

San Diego, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
In this course you'll learn the form and structure of a song. After that we'll work on writing a lyrics to a song, learning how to harmonize a melody and gradually construct a song. Be ready for a lot of work and a fun course!

About Bijan Z.


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


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60 Reviews
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It was a lot of fun. He is great at explaining and a positive and patient teacher!

Posted May 15, 2021
Roger S.
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Bijan was very welcoming and encoutaging. His observations about what I need to work on were the kindof couching I was looking for.

I am already looking forward to the next lesson.

Posted Apr 4, 2021
Samuel D.
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Great singing instruction. Teaches you about music in general and trains your ear.

Posted Feb 27, 2021
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Posted Aug 8, 2020
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Great singing instruction

Posted Apr 20, 2019
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Posted Apr 20, 2019
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He was fantastic
Great teacher 🙏🌺🙏

Posted Jan 20, 2017
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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!

Posted Oct 25, 2016
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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.

Posted Sep 7, 2016
Amanda R.
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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.

Posted Dec 21, 2015
mohamedi K.
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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.

Posted May 27, 2015
Kelly B.
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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.

Posted Sep 4, 2014
Z M.
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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.

Posted Sep 3, 2014
Kenzi J.
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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.

Posted Jul 14, 2014
Tiffany T.

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.

Posted Apr 24, 2014
Morris S.

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.

Posted Apr 21, 2014
Alex S.

gave confidence and took me to another level

i was always told i could not sing and was hopeless. Bjian was patient and put up with me being out of tune and out of rhythm most of the time. started with easy stuff, and gradually led me to more complex pieces. he was also receptive in terms of working on specific pieces that i was interested in, off the beaten track. he made recordings of my pieces, and encouraged me to perform in recitals. overall, an awesome experience.

Posted Jan 10, 2014
Marty I.

Bijan Z. - A Knowledgeable, Patient Teacher

I have played guitar in a classic rock band for many years. I always wanted to learn how to play the piano, but never allocated the time to do so. When I finally decided to take piano lessons, I wanted to find a teacher who could start me off as a beginning student; someone who could teach me to sight read piano music and to help me develop my left & right hand piano skills and teach me proper technique from the get-go. Bijan Z. has done an excellent job of teaching me, and getting me sight reading & playing with both hands, right away. He is very knowledgeable and patient, and his positive attitude has encouraged me to practice regularly which has helped to keep me focused on my piano goals.

Posted May 11, 2013
Ariana S.

Bijan = Best Instructor :)

I can explain my experience with Bijan in one simple word: AMAZING! I am beyond pleased with my decision to work with Bijan as he is enthusiastic about what he does, he is extremely patient, he pin points your flaws and he knows EXACTLY how to communicate that to you in a way that you fully understand and ultimately improve. I highly recommend him to students interested in taking singing lessons. Thanks Bijan! :)

Posted Jan 15, 2013
David T.

Excellent, excellent teacher

I've been taking cello lessons from Bijan for about 2 years now, and his instruction has caused me take a greater appreciation for music on the whole. Cello is my first instrument and I was worried that, as an adult player just starting out, I'd have to hunt around for an effective teacher. I was very, very lucky in getting Bijan as my teacher. His credentials are unmatched and his talent across multiple musical styles is amazing. Any question you have, from instrument choice to deep music theory, he has an answer for. He has also been incredibly patient with me, even when I seemed frustrated and ready to give up. I probably would have if it had not been for his encouragement and help. Bijan would absolutely be my first choice for anyone in the San Diego area wanting to learn music.

Posted Jan 1, 2013


Bijan,Was great. He is patient, thoughtful and knows exactly how to find the keys to explain what you need to know for the next lesson.

Posted Apr 8, 2012

Great for adults

I've been playing piano on and off for years, but am mostly self-taught. Finally, I decided to get some formal lessons. Bijan is a great teacher for adult learners. He's good at picking up your strengths and weaknesses, and lets you go at your own pace. Not only does he teach traditional music technique and theory (mostly from work books he recommends that you do on your own), but he also teaches you practical things (for example, how to use the piano to accompany singers or other musical instruments), which is great for most adults who want to play the piano just for pleasure. My only wish is that he had an acoustic piano instead of a keyboard.

Posted Mar 20, 2012

Great Teacher

I started my guitar classes 2 months back with no experience at all in music. He is a great teacher, very patient and provides good feedback.

Posted Feb 18, 2012

I began my piano classes with Bijan Z 2-3 months back. From my experience, he is a very patient and organized teacher. He teaches music step by step patiently and gives me sufficient time to learn, practise and play. He points my mistakes and gives efective istruction to correct them.His classes are very organized and helped me to build fundamental skills in playing the piano and sight reading.I enjoy the whole process of the learning piano, since I wasn't able to do what I am doing now a month back.

Posted Nov 18, 2011

Very understanding and flexible with scheduling. I started after ~2 years experience and am making excellent progress on Bass guitar.

Posted Sep 29, 2011

Bijan is an excellent instructor and is well learned and very professional. I would highly recommend him to others.

Posted Aug 22, 2011

bass guitar

Patient as an teacher, clear in instruction and does give positive feed back

Posted Jul 3, 2011

great teacher

Bijan is very patient , and takes his time to explain things if they are not clear at first glance. He is very friendly and puts in a lot of effort to teach you based on your ability. I would highly recommend him as an instructor.

Posted May 28, 2011

Cello with Bijan Z

I was a beginner student wanting to learn Cello and Mr Bijan was very patient with me. He went over what was required to play cello and gave me the overview. He made sure that i was comfortable with the instrument before I start taking up cello seriously. So I was able to decide on my own if this was something I wanted to pursue in the long run. I was glad that i had the opportunity to try something new with his guidance or i would have been lost. He has much passion for music and teaching, so each lesson is well structured and fun.

Posted May 26, 2011

Great Teacher

Bijan was very easy to work with and was very helpful. the one hour lesson would fly by very quickly as it was always fun to work with him

Posted May 25, 2011

Beginner Guitar Student

Bijan was a great instructor taking me from absolute zero as a music student to reading basic music, playing chords, and helping to understand rhythm and beat. The parking situation on weeknights was the only issue. A 5-minute grace period for extending the lesson time when I got there a few minutes late (because of parking would have been nice).

Posted May 5, 2011

Amazing teacher for voice lessons!!!

I have been taking voice lessons with Bijan for the last 6 months and its been an amazing experience all along. In the beginning when you join he has a good understanding of where you stand regarding your music level and then works towards enhancing those skills and introducing newer areas to go beyond your comfort zone which gives a student more confidence. He would give me songs to practice with the levels increasing from easy to challenging(even different languages) and then would help me with different singing techniques including dynamics, range etc for each of them. Along with the songs he also teaches the singer to be more confident and independent by teaching to recognize and understand your range and music notes .His passion for music shows easily in his teaching. He is very patient, flexible and an extremely professional and knowledgeable instructor. It has been a great experience for me so far and I would highly recommend him!!

Posted Apr 28, 2011

Music Lessons

I started taking music lessons with Bijan as a beginner. Bijan is an expert in his field and a great instructor, he is patient and very precise. I am looking forward to continue my lessons with him and I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a great music instructor.

Posted Apr 23, 2011


I came to Bijan with a serious problem that was inhibiting my ability to practice, let alone just play, without excruciating pain. Even though we only had a limited time to work on it, he was able to help me and now I can practice for over an hour or more. He also helped me to improve my sound dramatically. He is patient, kind and has a real passion for music. I highly recommend him.

Posted Apr 7, 2011

Bijan worked extremely well with Nicholas, who is first time learner. He is very patient, keeps Nicholas very much engaged during each lesson.

Posted Mar 21, 2011

Bijan has been wonderful with my son. After only a few cello lessons he was able to keep up with the school orchestra! Bijan is patient and flexible and a great teacher. Thank you!!

Posted Mar 12, 2011

Bijan sets the standard for professionalism and excellence. He has taken me to a whole new level and really challenges me to go beyond what I think I can even do. I am looking forward to investing more time with him and seeing what the future brings. He has been very flexible and he teaches me in a way that I learn best while offering constructive criticism in a professional manner.

Posted Mar 4, 2011

kind.patient.talented.interested in work.

students are very comfortable with him.He encourage them for better work.

Posted Mar 2, 2011

Fantastic Instructor

My daughter, Monzelle, has progress phenomenally on the Cello. Bijan has taught my daughter how to shift posittions, which inturn allowed her to play more difficult and advance pieces such as Bach Solo Cello Suites. Highly Recommended!

Posted Feb 11, 2011

Mr. Zelli is an ACE cello instructor.

Bijan has really helped our daughter with her cello. She sound 100 times better after only a few months, and really enjoys the cello now. Bijan is wonderful at identifying problems and fixing them while still keeping the lesson positive. If you're in need of a cello instructor, try Bijan. You won't be disappointed.

Posted Jan 25, 2011


Bijan did an excellent job with getting my son to read music.Excellent teacher!

Posted Jan 17, 2011

Play piano and guitar

Always kind and professional. He helped me understanding my problems with my voice and gave me very interesting tips.

Posted Dec 3, 2010

Thank you

Hi there... Thanks so much for going out of your way for the concert.. It was a great experience.. My girls turned quiet when they were on stage.. imagine that! We will work on that.. I have a present for you next time I see you. thanks again for everything! :)

Posted Nov 23, 2010


Thank you Bijan for being so patiently professional with Lucca. He is enjoying his lessons very much.

Posted Oct 18, 2010

Talented and thoughtful teacher

Bijan made me feel so comfortable from the minute we met, it's immediately all about understanding the music. He teaches more than the music notes, but interpretation and feeling of the song, which is so important to recreating music. Professional but most important is how personable he is. Being comfortable to just play and sing right away, I was able to just quickly get down to learning...and fast too. Great experience with Bijan, my fiance is now going to him for guitar lessons.

Posted Jun 13, 2010

Bijan Z is a very good teacher.

Posted Mar 24, 2010

Great Teacher!

Bijan is great with my sons. Very motivating - they have fun and laugh and enjoy being with him and learning!

Posted Mar 7, 2010

Piano student

I have enjoyed my lessons with Mr. Bijan. He is very nice, friendly and understanding what student wants to learn. He is very knowledgeable about instruments and technique that he uses to teach. He makes each lesson fun and worthwhile.

Posted Mar 1, 2010

I am absolutely loving my piano lessons. Bijan is extremely knowledgeable. His teaching style is so effortless and natural; this allows the student to relax and absorb all the information in a really relaxed, nurturing setting. I can't wait to to keep learning. He is an excellent, excellent teacher. I would highly recommend him!

Posted Feb 2, 2010


Bijan works very well with my daughter Amanda. He is very patient and gives strong positive feedback. She enjoys her lessons and is learning very quickly

Posted Dec 9, 2009

excellent musician

Bijan is a wonderful and patient teacher. He's very helpful in understanding how music is built up and he can explain very clearly on what you have to focuss, when you want to get better for example in expression or timing ...Although I am an experienced singer, I profit a lot.

Posted Nov 30, 2009

Great and Patient Teacher!!

I'd never taken a singing lesson before so I wasn't sure what to expect when I started working with Bijan. He was great at working on the basics and then moving up a level to challenge you more. He was also very patient with mistakes here and there. Great teacher over all!!!

Posted Oct 18, 2009

Bijan is a really good teacher. He focuses on technique through singing which is great for me.

Posted Sep 23, 2009

Singing Lessons

I started going to Bijan for singing lessons in mid February. As someone who has already had a few singing teachers in the past, I had an idea of what to expect upon starting my lessons. At first, Bijan would give me a song and I would go home and practice it until I had the melody down and then I would sing it for him in class. We would then decide whether to continue working on the song or go to a new one. I learned about 2-3 songs per lesson. As a student, there were certain goals that I had wanted to reach in my lessons and after about a month we decided to go over what it was that i was hoping to achieve through my lessons. After this, i felt like the lessons became more tailored to me, which is when I think we started to make some progress. It is now the beginning of May and we are doing more difficult songs and practicing scales.

Posted May 4, 2009

Great teacher for our 7 year old

Bijan is a great teacher to our 7 year old, Lucas. He keeps the lessons interesting, progresses at a rate that Lucas is not only comfortable with but keeps him looking ahead to what he will learn next week.

Posted Apr 21, 2009

Thank You

Bijan is talented and good with kids.

Posted Feb 20, 2009

Bijan is a very talented musician and fun to work with. He helped me (Pete) develop better voice quality, rhythm, and listening to the music and beat. I especially enjoyed the variety of music that he chose for me, each with a different lesson to learn relating to various aspects of singing.

Posted Feb 12, 2009

I think Bijan is a very good teacher, he takes the time to improve every little thing to make you a better singer, he is very dedicate to his students, and he knows a lot.

Posted Jan 9, 2009

Feedback for Bijan Z.

In my opinion, Bijan is a personable, dedicated music teacher. His knowledge of music, and his ability to accurately explain the beginnings of note reading have successfully helped me tackle my challenge of not only learning how to play the cello (as an adult), but he has helped me conquer my fear of not being able to read music.... all in a relatively short time! Excellent teacher and highly recommended for anyone (definitely a beginning adult, such as myself)

Posted Dec 23, 2008

Excellent voice teacher

Bijan took the time to help me improve on my singing, from starting with the basics on Day 1, to studying my song recordings to identify my "problem" areas and work on them. Bijan is also friendly, and easy to work with. I have seen an improvement in my singing, and I feel more confident now singing solo verses or songs with my choir.

Posted Dec 2, 2008

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Jan 1982 - Present

Different Schools in Europe and USA


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California Single Subject Credential in Music
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