Juan Carlos Zepeda

Juan Carlos Z.

Berkeley, CA

About Juan Carlos Z.

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Juan Carlos teaches: Ages 7 and up
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Teaching since: August 2006
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Juan Carlos Zepeda has been a music teacher for over 12 years and has experience teaching students of all ages, levels, and backgrounds. Equally at home teaching piano and voice, Juan Carlos currently teaches in the Bay Area and San Diego, CA.

Juan Carlos combines his teaching and academic experience with intuition and common sense to help his students achieve their goals, whether it’s learning music for the first time or developing advanced skills and artistry. He understands each student learns differently, therefore, he tailors his teaching method to the needs of each of his students.

Having experienced and resolved various vocal and pianistic difficulties during his own studies, he is very adept at finding solutions to solve his students’ vocal and pianistic issues. Juan Carlos is trained in the Taubman Approach, a piano methodology developed to prevent and re-train pianists after a piano-related injury, and is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

In addition to his music career, Juan Carlos also holds a degree in soccer coaching and has led teams in Mexico and the United States. His experience in sports has enriched his teaching philosophy and method. He integrates educational psychology and coaching techniques to keep his students engaged and motivated, and applies his knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics to teach a healthy and coordinated technique.

A graduate with honors from UC Berkeley’s Music Department, Juan Carlos was an active member of both University and Chamber Choruses, an American Cultures Engaged Scholar, and a music tutor at the department. Furthermore, he was a student fellow at The Rubin Institute for Music Criticism and co-founded Cal Opera Company. As a baritone, he has sung under the direction of conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Nicholas McGegan, Joana Carneiro, Marika Kuzma, and David Milnes.

For more information, please visit www.jczepedamusic.com

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Baritone soloist Juan Carlos Zepeda at Hertz Concert Hall, Berkeley, CA


Piano & Voice Teacher
Aug 2006 - Present
Private Studio

Launched a private music studio (www.jczepedamusic.com) and recruited piano and voice students through community outreach and online presence. Retained and expanded client’s portfolio by providing excellent music coaching and customer service. Maintained active communication with parents and organized student recitals to showcase their progress.

Co-Producer and Vocal Coach
Oct 2015 - May 2016
Cal Opera Company

Envisioned and co-founded Cal Opera Company, a student-run music organization at UC Berkeley. Unified work relations among student leaders and mobilized the production staff by delegating tasks and responsibilities. Acted as a liaison between university administrators, faculty, and student staff. Recruited the cast and crew members and co-managed over fifty people during the production and final performance. Secured additional funds by researching and applying to grants.

World premiere of the musical drama "A Note Before I Go" by J. Sanders.

Music Tutor
Aug 2015 - Jan 2016
UC Berkeley, Music Department.

Musicianship and music theory tutor for undergraduate music students.

American Cultures Engaged Scholar
Jul 2015 - Aug 2015
UC Berkeley Music Department - RYSE Youth Center

Partnered with youth to engage critically and creatively with issues of race and privilege through music workshops and a collaborative production of a mixtape. Attained new understandings of local Bay Area youth and community programs.


Vocal Performance and Pedagogy
Jan 2017 - Present
Private Study
Piano Performance and Pedagogy
Aug 2014 - Present
Private Study
Bachelor's of Arts in Music
Aug 2014 - Dec 2016
UC Berkeley, Music Department.
Student Fellow
Oct 2016 - Oct 2016
The Rubin Institute for Music Criticism

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Mary Nunes Souza Award
May 2016
Music Department of the University of California, Berkeley
2nd place - NATS San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Student Auditions (Div. 10/11C, 22-30)
Feb 2016
National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) - San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.
Virginia McCrossin Scholarship
Aug 2015
UC Berkeley
Vocal Performance Scholarship
Aug 2014
UC Berkeley, Music Department.
Lister-Sink Piano Scholarship
Aug 2013
Lister-Sink Foundation Scholarship
Paul C. Stauffer Music Memorial Scholarship
Aug 2009
School of Music and Dance - San Diego State University


National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jan 2017

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

3 Reviews on Juan Carlos Z.

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Rafael M. Mar 8, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · In home
Juan is a really good teacher. Pretty informed and technical. Very helpful . He has helped me with my sight singing which has gotten better, I've learned some pretty interesting techniques because of his approach,
Charlie C. Dec 13, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Juan Carlos is a fine piano teacher. He focuses on teaching the correct methodology and then engages in various musical genres to fully engage my son.
Frank A. Jul 19, 2015
· Piano · In home
I've been taking lessons with multiple teachers to address a repetitive motion injury; any of my previous teachers were able to help me until I started taking lessons with Juan, he is carefully teaching me how to play correctly and I am feeling much better, and my playing has more ease. Extremely helpful!
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