Mercie dela Cruz

Mercie D.

Union City, CA

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Mercie teaches: Ages 5 to 60
Teaching since: January 1996
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Hi, I am teacher Mercie! Playing the piano is my life-long passion. Growing up poor, I was very creative in finding ways and means to pay for my private lessons. I studied at the Conservatory of Music, University of the Philippines and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

I was a piano teacher at Highlands Christian School in San Mateo before I founded my own music school, the Serravista Heritage Center in Daly City and Serra Music in Union City. I gave group lessons on six digital pianos and private beginning and intermediate lessons in both acoustic and digital pianos. The highest number of students that I handled in a week was 200. I held recitals for my students.

Now, I give private lessons at my Union City home and also at my students' homes.


Executive Director

Jun 2015 - Present

Musical event producer. Staging concerts, recitals, and musical contests in various venues.

Music Director/Instructor

Jan 2001 - Sep 2007
Serra Music

Administered the music school. Recruited teachers and students. Gave group and private lessons to beginning and intermediate students. Organized recitals and musical events.

Music and Arts Director

Jan 1998 - Dec 2000
Serravista Heritage Center

Worked with Headstart teachers in designing music and art activities for young students. Conducted beginning and intermediate piano lessons for individuals and groups. Gave lessons to adult students in need of music therapy. Hired teachers for other musical instruments: violin, voice, flute, etc. Organized recitals in different venues.

Private Music Instructor (Piano)

Aug 1997 - Jul 1998
Highlands Christian School Conservatory of Music

Gave private piano lessons during extended care hours or after school. Prepared students for school-wide recitals.

Music School Administrator/Instructor

Mar 1995 - Apr 1997
Serramonte Music Center

Administered the store's Music School. Increased student enrollment, hired teachers, organized recitals.


Master of Arts, Anthropology

Sep 2008 - Jun 2014
California State University, East Bay

Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology

Jun 1970 - Oct 1974
University of the Philippines

Languages Spoken


Professional Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency



Jul 1988
Department of Tourism, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Southeast Asian Conference on Ecotourism


Oct 1987
Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO),

SEAMEO Project in Archaeology and Fine Arts (SPAFA)Training Course for Middle-Level Cultural Administrators on Development Strategies of Cultural Values, Bangkok, Thailand


Museology Scholarship

Jun 2005
Hanns Seidel Foundation

Travel Grant

Apr 1988
Department of Tourism, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Scholarship, SEAMEO Project in Archaeology and Fine Arts, September 15-October 15

Sep 1987
Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO)

Travel and Study Grant

Jul 1983
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Research and Publication Grant

May 1980
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Fund for the Promotion of Culture

Educational Scholarship, International Field School in Prehistory and Ethnography

Jun 1972
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
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