Claudio Espejo
Philadelphia, PA
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Claudio Espejo

Claudio E.

Philadelphia, PA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Claudio, having recently graduated from his Doctorate in Piano Pedagogy and Performance, has over five years of experience teaching at university-level, and in the home.

Are you looking for fun, engaging, and out of the box piano lessons? Claudio, a Chilean award-winning pianist with a Doctorate in pedagogy is now taking on new students in his private studio and also through video calls. Claudio enjoys teaching all ages, all levels and works to incorporate elements of mindfulness, Dalcroze, and Yoga into his teaching.

About Claudio E.

Claudio is a Chilean award-winning pianist, wellness advocate and pedagogue based in Philadelphia. He recently obtained his Doctorate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Michigan, where he taught private and group piano for five years. Recent highlights include presentations at the MTNA National Conference (Spokane, WA) and Collegiate Symposium, touring with the Orchestra of the Americas throughout Europe, and a benefit concert for the Literacy Volunteers of Ontario-Yates in upstate New York.

Music always struck Claudio as a deeply spiritual experience. During childhood, the connection of music and spirituality was felt through the heavenly music of the Brandenburg Concerti, and later in his teens is transformed into a fascination in the intersection of mindfulness and performance. Both in the context of group and private lessons, Claudio is an advocate for the use of mindfulness in learning music. He also incorporates elements of Yoga, as a certified Rainbow Kids Yoga instructor, and Dalcroze in the piano lesson.

Claudio graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a Bachelor of Music. Before obtaining his D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Michigan, he also obtained his M.M. in the same field. His primary teachers include Christopher Harding, Rebecca Penneys, Joseph Gascho, and Matthew Bengtson. Pedagogy teachers include John Ellis and Aya Higuchi.
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Claudio is currently pursuing the Global Leaders Program, a one-year fellowship that provides music teachers with access to both international teaching opportunities and a curriculum that centers around social entrepreneurship through music. As part of the 2019-2020 cohort, Claudio is learning about the role that music plays in the pursuit of social justice, and how to foster music initiatives that positively impact the world. He is currently working as a piano instructor at Haverford College, and at the University of the Arts as a Musical Director for their Showcase in NYC. Claudio is also volunteering as Co-Chair of the Piano Honors Program, of the Piano Teachers Congress of New York.

During his free time, Claudio participates in communities with a spiritual purpose, such as the Zen Buddhist Temple of the local chapter of the Mankind Project.

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Patrick ..
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Very knowledgeable, very encouraging.

Posted May 18, 2020
Deirdre
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Claudio is a wonderfully talented and patient teacher! He is an extremely accomplished pianist, and he explains things in a way that is easy for students to understand. I highly recommend Claudio for students of all ages and ability levels!

Posted Apr 29, 2020
Marquise
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I had the pleasure of having Claudio as my instructor for weekly piano lessons offered through the University of Michigan Medical School. Claudio is an incredible pianist and an equally talented instructor. From the beginning, he created a welcoming environment where we could learn about piano, mindfulness, and ourselves. His ability to tend to such a variety of skill sets and engage learners at all levels was incredible. I am grateful to Claudio for challenging and encouraging us!

Posted Apr 28, 2020
Emma
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Claudio was a wonderful instructor in my time at Michigan. Although I was in a group piano course, Claudio took the time to really cater to each student and their individual needs. My class decided to take our final halfway through the semester, and though we all tested out, Claudio offered to continue to teach us whatever material we needed. I had been working on a piece that was complex for me that I needed help on, and Claudio met with me individually for the rest of the semester, always giving me helpful feedback and assistance on style, form, and technique. Additionally, he is a kind teacher who is understanding but also pushes you to do your best. I'd recommend him to anyone, be it for classical or more pop oriented playing!

Posted Apr 23, 2020
Margaret
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Mr. Claudio has been a wonderful teacher for my 7-year-old. He made the transition from in-person lessons to online lessons smooth and enjoyable. He is an energetic, fun and knowledgable teacher and has been able to take my child to the next level. Highly recommend!.

Posted Apr 20, 2020
Maria Ximena
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Claudio is an excellent musician with a lot of vocation when it comes to teaching. He is a very passionate person who manages to transmit all his love for music to his students while working on the piano repertoire. His experience in Dalcroze methodology and mindfulness make classes dynamic and students feel comfortable.

Posted Apr 19, 2020
Molly
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Claudio was incredibly supportive and very knowledgeable about music. He is committed to teaching his students and has unwavering enthusiasm. He taught me piano specifically and his skills are amazing. I would definitely recommend Claudio to anyone looking for a piano teacher!

Posted Apr 18, 2020
Chrystina
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I took a beginner piano class with Claudio and he was so great! Very patient and encouraging and really great at explaining things. He really went above and beyond by sending weekly recordings to listen to and practice. It was such a great experience and I would highly recommend him to anyone interested in learning to play piano

Posted Apr 17, 2020
Sarah
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Claudio is an excellent piano instructor. He was flexible to my learning needs, and came up with creative methods to help me overcome my specific challenges with piano. He was patient and kind, and genuinely cared about my wellbeing in addition to making me a much better and more confident pianist. Highly recommend!!

Posted Apr 17, 2020
Katharine
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Claudio was a wonderful instructor for an adult beginner. He is patient, upbeat, and enthusiastic. I really appreciated starting each class with a mindful meditation which allowed me to disconnect from other stressors. He was able to inspire a classroom of beginners about the beauty and possibility of playing piano as an activity and as an art. I highly recommend him.

Posted Apr 17, 2020
Lilia
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Claudio is an enthusiastic and patient piano instructor! He makes learning piano fun for all ages. I had beginner piano lessons with Claudio and he always brought fun learning activities and encouraged me to learn songs I liked to play. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking piano instruction for themselves or for their kids!

Posted Apr 17, 2020
Estelle
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Claudio was the first piano instructor for our son. He made piano -and theory- fun for a young distracted boy. He still worked hard and was able to keep the interest and practice going. We highly recommend Claudio.

Posted Apr 17, 2020
Paula Lopez
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Claudio is an excellent piano teacher, he revived in my son the love for music that has been fading, because he is young he understands my son's expectations better, he makes the class and his tasks easier to understand, in a practical way. Very professional but modern he has known how to lead and guide my son in his learning and perfection of his knowledge of music and piano.

Posted Apr 17, 2020
Ian
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Claudio has been great for our 8 year old son. He makes our son want to work harder and do his best in his lessons. He goes at our son's speed of learning but will push him just a little more than he's comfortable with, which is a good thing! He's also funny and very patient with our son. As a result but our son is loving piano with him and learning so much even after just a few months. Would definitely recommend Claudio for any beginner who is enthusiastic to learning piano.

Posted Apr 16, 2020
Tina
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I had lessons with Claudio both in person and online. He is a great piano teacher who knows how to use various ways to explain techniques and interpret music. He cares about student's thoughts and feedback. He also makes great class learning summary which I found very useful to review later during my own practices. It is a really inspiring and fabulous experience taking his lessons!

Posted Apr 16, 2020
Ricardo
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Claudio is a superb teacher! After being with the same teacher for the last 3 years we noticed that our 10 year old daughter was not very motivated to continue learning music and playing the piano. We decided to switch to Claudio and we are glad that we did (we even extended her lesson time). He does a lot of positive reinforcing and is excellent at teaching on different aspects: technique/posture, note reading and ear training. He also combines different sources (apps, webpages,...) to add variety to lessons and home practice. Overall, our daughter really likes going to piano lessons with Claudio and her motivation is way up.

Posted Apr 16, 2020
Peter
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Dr. Espejo is a one-of-a-kind piano teacher. His originality as a musician is mirrored by his teaching philosophy, blending elements of mindfulness with traditional practicing strategies. He helped me improve my playing for about 8 years, and if I were living in Philly, I would continue working with him. Because working with him is working with a reliable, creative, and thoughtful person who will root for your growth. I couldn't recommend him enough.
(In case useful: while working with me, he also worked with my niece for three years, so I know firsthand that he is an effective instructor with kids.)

Posted Apr 15, 2020
Daniel
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I would recommend Claudio as a teacher to piano students at any level! He's an amazing performer himself and has helped me with many practical and musical elements of my technique. His ideas made playing Brahms so much more manageable for me!

Posted Mar 21, 2020
Shane
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Claudio is an amazing teacher! He's great at helping you learn all aspects of the piano, from sight reading to articulation and more. And he helps you unlock the creative side of the instrument! Highly recommended!

Posted Mar 21, 2020

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Experience

Private Piano Instructor
Sep 2019 - Present

Private College

Teach piano lessons to students taking private piano, both for credit and not for credit.

Piano Teacher
Sep 2019 - Present

Private Music School

Graduate Student Instructor
Sep 2014 - Jul 2019

University of Michigan

Teach students aged 6 up to 16 through the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum.

Orchestral Pianist
Jun 2016 - Aug 2016

Youth Orchestra of the Americas

Toured Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Germany, and other Eastern European countries.

Church Accompanist
Sep 2013 - May 2014

Metropolitan Community Church

Education

Doctorate in Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy
Sep 2016 - Apr 2019

University of Michigan

Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy
Sep 2014 - Apr 2016

University of Michigan

Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
Sep 2010 - Apr 2014

Eastman School of Music

Languages

English

Professional Proficiency

Español

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

1st level Certification of Dalcroze
Jul 2018

Dalcroze School of the Rockies

Dalcroze is a methodology of music pedagogy, that teaches music through the body. It is a wonderful introduction to music for children.
Eight week mindfulness training
Aug 2017

Studied with Denise Kozikowski

Yoga for Kids
Sep 2015

Rainbow Yoga Kids

Training in wellness, Yoga, and mindfulness for children

Awards

Audience Prize
Sep 2013

Thousands Islands International Piano Competition​, Cape Vincent, NY, ​2013

Faculty Merit Award
Jul 2009

Chautauqua Piano Competition, ​Chautauqua, NY, ​2009

Second Prize
Sep 2008

6th Annual Flora Guerra Piano Competition​, University of Chile, ​2008

Second place, International Category.
Oct 2006

22nd Claudio Arrau National Piano Competition​, Santiago, Chile, ​2006

First Place, National Category
Oct 2005

21st Claudio Arrau National Piano Competition​, Santiago, Chile, ​2005

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association
Sep 2014
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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