Fanjin Meng
Sunnyvale, CA
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Fanjin Meng

Fanjin M.

Sunnyvale, CA
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Our piano lessons for beginners start off with orientating yourself properly with the keyboard. The C position is the most common position for playing simple melodies, and is the groundwork for any new piano beginner. In your first piano lesson, you will learn the beginners version of Beethoven's classic, "Ode to Joy", based on the C position.

In this second piano lesson for beginners, you will master the C position from your right hand. Timeless classics such as "Jingle Bells" are learned to help solidify your knowledge as a beginner.

As soon as you can play basic melodies with your right hand you are ready to focus on your left hand. There is also a C position for the left hand that starts one octave below the middle C, and in this third piano lesson for beginners, you will learn this along with Elvis Presley's hit single "Love Me Tender".

Next you will learn the names of keys and the basics of musical notation in this piano lesson. Reading sheet music is the foundation to understanding the piano. There are only 7 keys that you need to know and in this piano lesson for beginners you will be introduced to them all at a smooth pace.

Then it is time for practicing and playing with both hands, as well as hand independence. Simple introductory exercises get you acclimated with playing both with two hands. Coordination and hand independence is essential in taking the next steps as a beginner piano player, and after this piano lesson you will be able to play "Ode to Joy" with both hands with confidence.

Playing several notes at a time is called a chord, and in this piano lesson for beginners, you will learn the C major chord which consists of the C, E, and G keys. Learn new chord versions of songs already practiced throughout the course, and gain more familiarity with the C major chord. We will then take your skills to the next level, and learn three popular piano chords – the A minor chord, F major chord, and G major chord.

After completing the lessons you will be able to play famous songs from "Coldplay", "Elton John", "Beethoven" and others – completely with both hands. You will also learn the proper hand and arm position in order to play with the right technique. Finally, you will be able to read music on a basic level and play simple chord progressions.

Completing all beginner lessons will take only a few weeks of daily practice. The daily practice routine is very important to get the most out of the piano lessons. Instead of two hours every now and then it is vastly more effective to practice a short period of time per day. 30 minutes of focused learning each day is enough to become a good piano player in a reasonable amount of time.

When starting out as a piano beginner, the first step is always the hardest. But with some lessons you will be surprised how easy it gets. 20 minutes into your first class you could be playing your first song. If you've ever wanted to play that tricky piano, schedule a class and start playing your first song!

About Fanjin M.

As a classically-trained singer, a piano player, a ukulele player and a native Chinese speaker, who worked as an engineer in the IT industry and did some psychology research, my own life is pretty colorful and diverse, so I embrace people with all kinds of ideas from different walks of life as well!

I value open, authentic and compassionate communication, and deem it as one of the most important part in teaching. I like to have fun and be playful during teaching, because I would love to see my students have their interest in a new skill kindled, not burned out by ineffective, pushy plans or unrealistic expectations. Most important of all, my biggest wish is to serve you professionally as a teacher with love and joy.

Let us meet your goals together!


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3 Reviews
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Fanjin is awesome <3 She is kind, patient, attentive, and she customizes her training according to my unique voice. I love her!

Posted Apr 2, 2020
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Great Teacher. Very passionate and patience with student. She also offer lots of suggestion for students to practice at their own time. 100% recommend

Posted Mar 14, 2020
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Fanjin is a very friendly teacher! Her teaching style is both gentle and inspiring :)

Posted Feb 20, 2020

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Voice Teacher
Feb 2020 - Present

Take Lessons

Teaching singing on TakeLessons, both online and at student's home.

Vocal Teacher Training Program
May 2019 - Dec 2019

New York Vocal Coaching

My past teaching experience was mostly designing singing exercises for students in 1-1 singing sessions, each session one hour long, working with my voice pedagogy coach Justin Stoney at the same time. I focused a lot on making sure the exercises are working in the correct way and is in line with what that the singer wants, and at the same time giving them lots of encouragements, and pointing out where are the possibilities waiting to be discovered in their voice.


Vocal Pedagogy
May 2019 - Jan 2020

New York Vocal Coaching

Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering
Aug 2013 - Apr 2015

Georgia Institute of Technology



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Advanced Voice Teacher Training
Jan 2020

New York Vocal Coaching

Find me on the alumni page if you would like! :)


First Place - Community Singing Competition
Jun 2006

Xi'an Dongxin City Garden

First Place - Chinese National Writing Competition
Mar 2005

Chinese National Writing Competition


California Association of Professional Music Teachers
Mar 2020
CAPMT is the California State Affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). CAPMT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit music teachers organization of over 1,000 members, teaching in independent studios, private and public schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities throughout California.
Music Teachers National Association
Mar 2020
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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