Nazo Zakkak

Nazo Z.

Spring Valley, CA
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Nazo delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

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I have been a professional pianist for 13 years. My extensive experience in the genres of Jazz, Rock and Classical music has led me to perform across the U.S. and internationally.

I have a STRONG passion for all things musical and have spent several years studying many different kinds of music.

In addition to piano, I am active in the choral world and have written music that has been recorded, published, and performed by various choirs across the U.S. I even released an album of original choral works in 2017.

Having taught for almost 20 years, my approach is to train the entire musician. We don't stop at piano; we have rhythm and drum exercises, ear training, composition and improvisational activities, and we'll be listening to and analyzing music on a weekly basis!

I've taught several University courses on music which have been met with overwhelming praise from students. In music theory, we'll work together to ensure you not only understand each concept, but that you'll know the WHY too.

Whether your goals are to perform professionally, major in music, or play for fun, I look forward to helping you accomplish your goals.

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Choir Director
Sep 2013 - Present
St. Anthony Orthodox Church

Assistant Professor of Music
Aug 2016 - Feb 2018
St. Katherine University


MFA in Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology
Aug 2009 - Jun 2012
University of California, Irvine
BM in Jazz Studies
Aug 2005 - Jun 2009
San Diego State University


Music Student of the Year
Jun 2009
San Diego State University


Jan 2014

ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.

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Marlene Feb 20, 2018
Piano · In home

He's the best ever. Nazo brings so much pleasure to our lives. The practicing schedule he gives me is not too much, considering I have children, but the exercises he assigns have made me think about music in a different way. It actually helped me reduce my stress and focus.

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Gabby Feb 20, 2018
Piano · In studio

Nazo is a great Jazz pianist. He's taught me so much about improvisation and how to listen to music. We have weekly listening assignments where he sends a piece of music and we respond to it using Aaron Copland's basic elements of music: Melody, Harmony, Rhythm, Timbre.

He has introduced me to some music that I thought I would never like, but by the end, I found myself loving Classical music and seeing it in a whole new way.

He has a very structured approach to lessons and practicing. I like his way of telling you exactly what to practice for how long; the exercises he uses make sense and don't feel like a waste of time the way Czerny does.

I highly recommend him. I never thought that I would be composing, playing Jazz and loving Classical music.

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Isabel Feb 20, 2018
Piano · In home

Nazo is a fantastic teacher! He introduces a variety of pieces in lessons. He cares very much about his students, and has great experience in the field of music. He makes the lessons fun (a very welcome change to some scary instructors I had), and he keeps a good pace in the lessons. He won't rush you on if you aren't ready; he wants to make sure you are comfortable with what you are working on. I highly recommend him!

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Katie B. Feb 19, 2018
Piano · In home

My technique and musicality improved leaps and bounds under Nazo's instruction. He focuses on all elements of piano and music. Each lesson was personalized to my goals. With him as my teacher, I continue to meet my own goals and surprise myself in going further than what I thought possible.

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Anna Feb 19, 2018
Classical Piano · In home

Nazo is a dedicated piano teacher and is very organized in lesson planning.

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