Z Tai

Z T.

Provo, UT
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Lesson Details

Ukulele

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Are you a fan of Jake Shimabukuro? Tired of playing the same songs again and again? Struggling to find a video with a clear view of the player's finger?

When I picked up the ukulele for the first time, I wanted to be the best. Unfortunately, there were no resources or teachers who offered ukulele lessons at high levels. Having been an instructor for a music shop, I'm ready to teach anything, from the basics, to complex strumming patterns, dazzling finger picking or famous songs that have no tabs online! My students have ranged from 4 to 60+ years old!! Message me for any questions.

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About

Z delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2013

I LOVE music. I started playing piano when I was younger, but I didn't like it because I felt like mum was making me practice and play--so I quit. A few years later, I found a dusty box sitting on the top shelf and found a beautiful ukulele. It turned out that dad had bought it over a decade ago during a trip to Hawaii and he hadn't played it much since. I was hooked from my first strum.

It's been six years since and I still can't put down my ukulele! I've participated in competitions, taught in music schools and even met my biggest idol: Jake Shimabukuro. I sympathize a lot with people who desperately want to play music, but don't know how to start. I had no clue where to begin when I started!

Along my musical journey, I also picked up beatboxing. That was arguably even harder than learning the ukulele, because so few people knew how to do it. But I kept going, and navigated my way through hundreds of online videos and tutorials. I was obsessed. By my senior year in high school, I auditioned and was selected to the number one acapella group in my school as the beatboxer. I'm currently a beatboxer for an acapella group in university!

Everything I know about ukuleles and beatboxing comes from the internet and online tutorials. I'm a huge fan of self-motivated learning, but at the same time, it would have been such an amazing resource if I had someone to guide me along. I don't have a degree in music or anything, and I've never taken a music class in my life! I just know when I hear something good and know how to communicate that well to people who feel intimidated by scales, theory and chords.

I don't take anything too seriously, but I am seriously in love with music.

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Experience

Bass / Beatboxer
Sep 2018 - Present
1AChord

My current Acapella group! It's a group of 9 and I love singing with them.

Ukulele Instructor
Aug 2014 - Sep 2014
UkeHK

My first job as an instructor!! My students were mainly children and teenagers. The youngest was four and the oldest was 14. Loved it.

Beatboxer
Sep 2013 - Jun 2014
Sons of Pitches

I was the beatboxer for the number one acapella club at my highschool. We were invited to perform at school events, acapella contests and even a fashion show!


Education

Computer Science
Sep 2014 - Present
Brigham Young University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Japanese
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Mandarin
Professional Proficiency

Photos & Videos

My beatbox showcase with a good friend.
One of my favorite performances! In my Junior, my friends and I were invited to play in a Ukulele Festival.
This was us singing "Fat Bottomed Girls" by Queen at the Fashion Show

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I was invited to play a few songs at a Halloween school fundraising event. I think I was playing a rendition of MJ's "Thriller".

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My friend and I opened for a performance by the BYU Ambassadors when they toured Asia.

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My arrangement on a Christian song!

6 Reviews

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Jennifer W. Sep 5, 2019
Ukulele · Online

So Easy

Kendra Jul 16, 2019
Beatboxing · Online

I loooove the lessons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(from my 6yo kid)

Kendra May 14, 2019
Beatboxing · Online

Sebastian G. Apr 8, 2019
Ukulele · Online

Awesome! Thank you!

Kim G. Mar 23, 2019
Ukulele · Online

Epic!

Jayne Ng Dec 14, 2018
Ukulele · In home

He taught my son back in Hong Kong! My son loved him and was heartbroken that he had to move to America. I don't know too much about ukulule but my son said that he could play anything and teach all the songs that were difficult! Highly recommend.

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