Mark Zwilling

Mark Z.

Littleton, CO

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Mark delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
1976

I am a full time musician. I have had the great opportunity to work with Michael Crawford, Elton John , Barbara Streisand and many other greats. My current main job is at a large United Methodist church in South Denver. I work on occasion for the National Endowment for the Arts.

I also direct a community choir in Downtown Denver.... I also maintain a private studio of organ , piano and voice which I cherish!

Experience

Director Of Music and The Arts
Aug 1999 - Present
St. Andrew United Methodist Church

Oversee 18 musical groups. Play keyboards and direct a staff of six. I conduct three of the ensembles. We have a concert series and about 32 musical events a year.

Accompanist and Collaborative pianist
Sep 1984 - Present
National Endowment for the Arts

Accompanied and collaborated with other instrumentalists in schools, art museums, colleges and other places. Some long term residencies working with performers culminating in a performance. Others a one time performance situation. Sometimes just coaching and teaching.

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Education

BM and BME Of Music, also Masters Degree
Jun 1982 - Sep 1990
De Paul University , Chicago, Illinois
BM and BME Of Music, also Masters Degree
Jun 1989 - Jun 1990
De Paul University , Chicago, Illinois

Languages

French
Limited Proficiency
German
Professional Proficiency
Italian
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Suzuki Certification
May 1990
Suzuki Institute held in Logan Utah.

I have taught Suzuki piano. I have taught many levels but specialize in the early books and transition students to traditional piano later in the development.

Awards

Graduating with Honors
May 1990
De Paul University , Chicago, Illinois

Affiliations

American Choral Directors Association
Sep 1979

Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the associations dedication to the advancement of choral music. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

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National Association of Teachers of Singing
May 1979

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.

Music Teachers National Association
May 1979

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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American Guild of Organists
Sep 1976

The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. To achieve this we: 1. Encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music 2.Inspire, educate, and offer certification for organists and choral conductors 3. Provide networking, fellowship, and mutual support 4.Nurture future generations of organists 5. Promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles; and 6. Engage wider audiences with organ and choral music.

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Photos & Videos

Italy tour in the summer of 2017 with St. Andrew UMC

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Conducting orchestra and choir for spring concert.

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Photo by Mark Z.

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9 Reviews

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Mike Sep 4, 2018
Piano · In studio

I started with Mark as a beginner and he has been everything I hoped for in a piano teacher. He’s patient, understanding, knowledgeable, and has helped me tremendously. Mark gets as excited as I do when I make progress! Mark told me upfront he would be demanding about practicing scales and focusing on proper fingering — and It has been very helpful. Plus Mark is a very nice guy and I always look forward to chatting with him during our lessons.

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Rachel Sep 2, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

Mark is a wonderful voice teacher! I have sung in choirs for years without having had any proper voice training. I’ve had Mark’s compassionate coaching for about three years and I feel so much more confident in my voice and my ability to contribute to the group.

When Mark gives feedback he always finds a lot of positive things to point out and deftly slips in the issues I need to work on. I leave my lessons feeling good while having a good idea of the work I need to do before my next lesson.

I highly recommend Mark Zwilling if you are looking for a voice teacher; he is extremely knowledgeable, kind, and patient.

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Megan Sep 2, 2018
Classical Piano · In studio

Mark is an amazing instructor. He has an abundance of technical expertise which he applies with compassion. He is able to assess a student's potential and both teach to that potential and suggest practice assignments that are neither too daunting nor too easy. I recommend Mark as an instructor to any student.

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Megan Sep 2, 2018
Classical Voice · In studio

Mark is an amazing instructor. He has an abundance of technical expertise which he applies with compassion. I have never worked with a voice coach who also a gifted pianist, the others have all been expert voice coaches but can only play basic melodies and chords. Mark is an expert pianist which is so much better for lessons and practicing. He has also been working with individual singers and choirs for many years and it shows. i would recommend any student of any level to take lessons from Mark.

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Nancy Aug 29, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

Mark Zwilling is an incredible voice teacher. I have learned so much from him that others who don't know I've been taking lessons have noticed improvements and asked me if I am studying voice. He is so supportive that I can feel comfortable trying new things and not worrying too much about how I sound. And that is HUGE for me. I know he teaches piano and classical voice also, and I am sure he is amazing there also.

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Beverly Aug 29, 2018
Piano · In studio

Mr. Zwilling taught our two boys piano for the 8 years from Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Both boys have developed excellent playing, and reading skills and have acquired a deep knowledge of music theory that they would never have learned in school.

Mark was flexible with scheduling and kind in his reprimands. He stuck with us through all our growing periods, especially when the boys struggled with realizing that they weren't born knowing how to do everything, and indeed, would have to practice. Mark helped us create a program to motivate the boys to practice and tailored their instructional programs to their playing and personality styles.

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Alison Aug 29, 2018
Classical Piano · In studio

My kids started taking piano with Mark after their beloved teacher suddenly and unexpectedly passed away just before the Christmas holiday. It was a very difficult time and I so appreciated Mark's kindness and empathy in helping them find joy in music again. Additionally, Mark is an incredibly talented pianist, among other musical skills, and the kids have grown a good deal skill-wise under his tutelage. He does a good job balancing technical development - lots of scales! - with musical development through a variety of classical pieces and traditional piano teaching books. Mark is a great choice for anyone looking to learn to play the piano!

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Lane Aug 28, 2018
· In studio

Mark is a fabulous teacher. I've been taking lessons for for 4 years and found my progress to be remarkable. I also have fun at my lesson. I highly recommend him!

David Aug 22, 2018
Classical Piano · In home

Mr. Z has been teaching our children for eight years. He is fabulous! He has a calming presence with students...is kind, patient, and encouraging. The kids are all excelling as a result of his instruction. Highly recommend!

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