Juan Carlos Zepeda

Juan Carlos Z.

Berkeley, CA

About Juan Carlos Z.

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


I have 10 years of teaching experience, focusing on injury prevention for the last 3 years. I am currently studying the Taubman Approach, a piano technique developed to enhance the quality of the performance and to prevent and overcome fatigue and/or injuries among pianists.

I am experienced teaching kids, adolescents and adults of any level. My method of choice for kids is The Music Tree series, and the Keyboard Musician for adolescents and adults, both methods by Frances Clark. My pedagogical approach is interval note reading and quick introduction to both treble and bass clef, integrated with a healthy and efficient technique based on the natural bio-mechanics of the body.

Furthermore, my music studies include vocal performance with Dr. Montigne at UC Berkeley, where I am currently earning my music degree.

As a voice teacher, I consider breath, alignment, and vowel, as the most important elements of a healthy and fully resonant voice. My goal in each lesson is to teach these elements to every student so that they can find their voice with ease regardless of the genre they are interested in. The lesson plan consists on a vocalization, and repertoire in various languages in which the student can apply the technical instruction to music.


Co-Producer and Vocal Coach

Oct 2015 - Present
Cal Opera Company

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

Envisioned and brought to life Cal Opera Company, an art organization that provides students a performance platform. Co-Produced and planned a fully staged and orchestrated performance of an original Opera. Optimized team work and responsibilities by acting as a liaison between university administration and departments of the production such as: theater, film, and music. Recruited half of the cast and crew and co-managed over fifty people involved in the production.

Voice Teacher

Jan 2015 - Present
Private Studio

Main teacher: Justin Montigne, DMA.

Piano Teacher

Aug 2006 - Present
Private Studio

Main teachers: Elizabeth Swarthout and John Bloomfield.

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 empower them to write lyrics and as team produce a mixed tape. Responsible for overseeing the creative process, producing the music and being a mentor to the participants. Engaged critically and creatively with issues of race and privilege, while fostering new understandings of Bay Area communities.


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


Professional Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Mary Nuñes 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
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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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