Chenyu Zhao

Chenyu Z.

Madison Heights, MI

Lesson Details

Acoustic Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I can help you master
-How to read both music notes and guitar tabs to play songs
-How to play chords (including power chords and barre chords)
-To understand rhythm and utilize different strumming patterns
-Finger-style guitar using alternating right hand fingers
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Chenyu teaches



Chenyu delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 3 to 60, males 3 to 18 and special needs

Teaching since:

I️ teach from books that give students a strong music theory foundation. I️ also use computer software to create/edit sheet so my students can play their favorite songs at their level.

I only teach from my apartment and cannot drive to new students' homes. I have a strict 24-hour notice for cancellations.

Twice a year, I host recitals for my students to perform in front of family and friends. This gives students the opportunity to display their talents and hard work in a formal setting. Recitals are optional, for all instruments, and will be held at the Piano Place in Troy.


Social Worker
Nov 2015 - Present
Silverspoon Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP)

Other than teaching music, I am a part-time licensed social worker. I administer risk assessments for low-income pregnant women in Macomb county. I make home visits to clients and connect them to community resources and help eliminate barriers mothers face from having healthy pregnancies. I conduct monthly home visit for infants up to 12 months old. (The agency I work for is based in Farmington Hills)

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Master of Social Work
Aug 2013 - Dec 2014
Washington University in St. Louis
Social Work
Aug 2010 - May 2013
The University of Texas at Austin


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Mandarin Chinese
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Jun 2015
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

Limited License Master's Social Worker

You may verify my license here using my ID #6801098291


Music Teachers National Association
Nov 2018

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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Photos & Videos

Excerpts of me playing Chopin Fantasie Impromptu in C# minor Op. 66 and Nocturne in E-flat Op. 9 No. 2.
Here is a video of me layering the 3 instruments I teach via GarageBand!
I teach from my apartment on John R & 13 Mile Road.

Performing a solo through an elective music course in college
(Austin, TX 2013)

Spending time with my family and parents' dog (Houston, TX 2012)

Photos uploaded by parents after 2017 recital. Faces blocked out for privacy since students are minors.
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20 Reviews

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Gianna L. Aug 2, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Our daughter has only has one lesson so far, but she came home with a big smile! She was excited about what she had learned, and is looking forward to her next lesson! She was very comfortable with Chenyu, and said she definitely wants her to teach her piano in the future.

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Sydney Dec 31, 2017
Violin · In home

We got our daughter a violin for Christmas and she was kind of nervous for her first lesson. Chenyu immediately put her at ease. Sh is very patient and explains things very well. Looking forward to the next lesson

Alix Nov 13, 2017
Violin · In studio

Chenyu is an absolutely fantastic teacher! She instantly puts my daughter at ease, while keeping her on track with lessons. I couldn't be happier with her teaching style!

Tricia E. Apr 22, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Very patient and encouraging with a person who has never had a single music lesson in their life

paul N. Apr 9, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

My experience has been excellentnt ! With Chenyu

Jacob M. Mar 24, 2017
Piano · In studio

Chenyu was very polite and professional . I felt very relaxed with her teaching method . She goes with the pace of the students learning . She's very knowledgeable and thorough . Great teacher .

Kierra C. Mar 11, 2017
Piano · In home

She was very knowledgeable and very courteous. A great instructor.

Anish G. Oct 8, 2016
Piano · In home

Chenyu was an amazing instructor

Mo Sep 19, 2016
Violin · In studio

She is great!

Caleb C. Sep 17, 2016
Piano · In home

Great start. Very patient

Ryan L. Sep 5, 2016
Piano · In studio

100% pleased!

Alyssa Aug 7, 2016
Violin · Online

Alyssa truly enjoyed her first lesson

LeeAnn J. Jul 24, 2016
Violin · Online

She was really nice.

Sahana T. Jul 9, 2016
Violin · In studio

She was cool .. first class was with enough basics.. I am looking forward to take more classes

Sherri A. Jul 6, 2016
Violin · In studio

Chenyo is such an amazing teacher. She spends time teaching me every little part of violin and she would not move on until the lesson is understood. Great teacher, I recommend her to all who are seeking to learn music.

Adaugo E. Jul 1, 2016
Piano · In home

We just started with Chenyu and I'm so glad at the way she teaches my kids. They love her and in spite of their age (3 1/2 year old twins) and a 5 year old, I feel that they are actually learning something. I look forward to seeing them blossom in the future.

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Jin Jun 28, 2016
Piano · In studio

She prepared a lot materials, It's good she can speak both Chinese and English!

Michael D. Jun 25, 2016
Guitar · In studio

It was an absolutely awesome experience!!! She is Amazing teacher!!!!!!

Amanda O. Feb 20, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Chenyu was very patient, friendly and informative.
My daughter really enjoyed the lesson and is eager to practice what she learned.
She can't wait for her next lesson!

Sameem B. Oct 30, 2015
Violin · In home

Chenyu is very smart and calm. She knows what she's doing. I recommend her for everyone wants to learn music and playing violin or piano!

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