Zachary Wiggins

Zachary W.

Mesa, AZ

About Zachary W.

Zachary teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: September 2009
Last sign in: 2 days ago

Overview

I am a trained jazz pianist but I love many different styles of music. I grew up in the Portland, OR area, did my undergrad studies in Utah, and moved to Arizona to do my masters degree at ASU. I am now pursuing a PhD in musicology at ASU. I have played in many different types of bands as well as played solo piano professionally. Whatever type of music you enjoy, I hope to be able to help you learn to play it.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach students of all levels. Whatever experience you have, we will work with. I believe that it is important to learn how to play by ear as well as read written music. Understanding both approaches, you will be able to play almost any kind of music in a solo as well as a group setting. Depending on your experience, I can find suitable projects that will help you to develop your skills.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach at my home in Tempe on a full size keyboard with weighted keys. It is an electronic piano but it feels and sounds like a real piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to have a piano/keyboard if I go to their house. The only other equipment required is a notebook for me to write in and any music you want to learn. It is also very helpful to have a home computer for learning music by ear but this is not essential.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Classical, Pop, Rock, Country, Church music styles etc.

Playing by ear and improvising.

Photos and Videos

A grooving version of "When the Saints Go Marching In"

Experience

Private Instructor

Apr 2015 - Present
Desert Ridge Music Academy

I teach private piano lessons at Desert Ridge Music Academy. Students range from very young to adults with a wide range of experience, musical interests, and goals. I always try to provide them with a solid foundation and help them learn to play music that they enjoy.

Class Piano Teacher, Teaching Assistant, Jazz Combo Coach, and Private Instructor

Sep 2013 - Present
Arizona State University

I have worked as a TA at ASU for the past two years while working on my masters degree. I am now beginning a PhD in musicology and will be continuing to teach class piano with a jazz focus as well as assisting with musicology courses.

Teaching Assistant and Private Instructor

Sep 2012 - Apr 2013
Brigham Young University

I worked as a teaching assistant for a jazz history class grading papers, leading review sessions, and coordinating media for classes.

I also taught jazz piano lessons to BYU students who were not enrolled as jazz majors.

Education

Musicology PhD

Jul 2015 - Present
Arizona State University

Jazz Performance MM

Sep 2013 - May 2015
Arizona State University

Jazz Studies BM

Jun 2006 - Apr 2013
Brigham Young University

Languages Spoken

Spanish

Professional Proficiency

Awards

Kenton O Smith Traditional Jazz Scholarship

Feb 2012
Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society
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5 Reviews on Zachary W.

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Elias F. Jun 27, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I have had a great time learning to play the piano. Fun to work with, will help with what kind of style you are looking to play while still teaching the basics which helps keep interest and motivation.
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Jason D. Jun 10, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Zach is patient, knowledgeable, and easy going. He taylors the teaching fairly well to what you want to learn.
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Matthew J. Mar 11, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Zach is teaching our seven-year-old son, Ben, the piano. He's been working with Ben for seven months, now. Zach is kind and incredibly patient. He is encouraging by default. Ben looks forward to his lessons. Zach seems to match Ben's pace, pushing him forward when it's appropriate and reviewing material when it's clear that Ben is not ready. Zach began with familiar tunes, without sheet music, and Ben was proud of his early accomplishments at each step. Now that they're into reading music (using a Disney fake book), Ben feels comfortable and engaged. Zach is a graduate student, and he's on a student schedule (at least for now), which means scheduling lessons around the academic year--an approach that works well for us. It also means that we had the chance to see one of Zach's recitals at ASU, and that was inspirational for our own young pianist (and his dad). Ben and I recommend him highly.
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Sean C. Mar 6, 2014
Verified Student
Highly Recommended

When I went looking for a piano teacher, I was looking for someone who wasn't too rigid so I'd have the flexibility to work on the type of music I enjoy listening to. I mean...who wants to play songs they don't like in the first place?! Zach is a great listener, is very technical, and can work with a student in a way that best suits their goals. He is very pragmatic, and as an adult student this is very important. I've learned a lot more than I expected at this point.
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Sean C. Dec 12, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher, great person

When I went looking for a piano teacher, I was looking for someone who wasn't rigid so I'd have the flexibility to work on the type of music I enjoy listening to. I mean...who wants to play songs they don't like in the first place?! Zach is a great listener, is very technical, and can work with a student in a way that best suits their goals. He is very pragmatic, and as an adult student this is very important. I've learned a lot more than I expected at this point.