Juan Carlos Zepeda

Juan Carlos Z.

San Diego, CA

About Juan Carlos Z.

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Juan Carlos teaches: Ages 7 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: August 2006
Last sign in: 4 days ago


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I have 10 years of experience teaching music to children, adolescents, and adults.

I graduated with honors from UC Berkeley's Department of Music, where I focused on musicology and vocal performance with countertenor Dr. Justin Montigne. As a member of UC Berkeley University and Chamber Choruses, I performed with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and the Berkeley Symphony.

The piano was the first instrument I learned, and I have studied it formally for the past 18 years. One of my areas of interests is piano pedagogy and retraining pianists who suffered from a piano-related injury. I received training in the Taubman Approach with Golandsky Institute's faculty Elizabeth Swarthout and John Bloomfield.

Most recently, I was a recipient of UC Berkeley's 2016 Mary Nunes Souza Award for my participation as a vocal coach and co-producer at Cal Opera Co. Furthermore, I claimed Second Prize in the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the 2016 NATS Student Auditions in the classical voice advanced-college division.

I travel regularly to San Francisco to coach voice with master teachers Ruth Rainero and Justin Montigne, and piano with Elizabeth Swarthout and John Bloomfield so that I can provide you the education and service you deserve.

* Lessons offered in English or Spanish.

more at www.linkedin.com/in/juancarloszepeda


Piano & Voice Teacher

Aug 2006 - Present
Private Studio

Launched a private music studio 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.

Student Fellow

Oct 2016 - Oct 2016
The Rubin Institute for Music Criticism

Selected by UC Berkeley's Department of Music to attend an intensive writing and music criticism program under the guidance of top critics of major newspapers. Reviewed various professional performances on an overnight deadline and underwent private and public workshops with the writers' panel to improve the written work.

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.


Piano Pedagogy and Retraining

Aug 2014 - Present
Taubman Approach

Bachelor's of Arts in Music

Aug 2014 - May 2016
UC Berkeley, Music Department.

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 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.

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2 Reviews on Juan Carlos Z.

Charlie C. Dec 13, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
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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