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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I have been a music teacher for over 12 years and I have experience teaching students of all ages, levels, and backgrounds. Equally at home teaching piano and voice, I currently teach in Berkeley, CA.

I combine my teaching and academic experience with intuition and common sense to help my students achieve their goals, whether it’s learning music for the first time or developing advanced skills and artistry. I understand each student learns differently, therefore, I tailor my teaching methods to the needs of each of my students.

Having experienced and resolved various vocal and pianistic difficulties during my own studies, I am very adept at finding solutions to solve my students’ vocal and pianistic issues. I am trained in the Taubman Approach, a piano methodology developed to prevent and re-train pianists after a piano-related injury, and I am an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), where I have access to vocal pedagogy training and research.

In addition to my music background, I also hold a degree in soccer coaching and I have led teams in Mexico and the United States. My experience in sports enriched my teaching philosophy and methods. I integrate educational psychology and coaching techniques to keep my students engaged and motivated, and apply anatomy and biomechanic concepts to teach a healthy and coordinated technique.

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

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


Piano & Voice Teacher
Aug 2006 - Present
Private Studio

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

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

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


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
· 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
· 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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