Zeynep Alpan

Zeynep A.

New York, NY
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Lesson Details

Violin

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Zeynep has had professional experience teaching students K-12 (beginner/intermediate/advanced) through fellowships at the Juilliard School, The Aspen Music Festival and the New York Philharmonic.

Zeynep is a mentor for the Music Advancement Program at The Juilliard School and is also a New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist Apprentice.
She is a Teaching Artist at the Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School, and has also privately taught at the Aspen Music festival and School (P.A.L.S program). She has worked with the Education Programs at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. while being a National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellow.

Through her dedicated teaching, she instills in her students a solid technical foundation as well as guiding the development of her students own unique musical voice and musicianship.

Experience:
- Private Teacher for the Passes and Lessons Scholarship Program (P.A.L.S.) at the Aspen Music Festival and School
- Juilliard Morse Teaching Artist Fellow (partnering with City College Academy of the Arts and Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School)
- Mentor for the Music Advancement Program at The Juilliard School
- New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist Apprentice

Pedagogy Education at The Juilliard School:
- Insights Into Learning: Edward Bilous
- Arts in Education: Thomas Cabaniss
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About

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

Teaching since:
2010

Hello! My name is Zeynep Alpan and I am a Turkish-American violinist living in New York City. I completed my Bachelor's degree at The Juilliard School and now I am currently pursing my Master's Degree at Juilliard.

I have worked with education programs at the Juilliard School, the New York Philharmonic, the Nord Anglia International School in New York, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Kennedy Center.

Currently, I am a New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist Apprentice, a private violin teacher at Nord Anglia International School in New York, and a mentor for the Music Advancement Program at The Juilliard School.

For the past year, I have been a Teaching Artist at the Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School. I have also privately taught at the Aspen Music festival and School (P.A.L.S program). I have worked with the Education Programs at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. while being a National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellow.

I absolutely love teaching and helping students find their own unique musical voice and musicianship. Every student learns in their own way, has their own needs and their own goals. As a dedicated teacher, I make sure to tailor each lesson to meet all the student's specific needs in order to help and guide them in becoming the best musician that they can be!

Below is my Biography, so you can get to know me a little bit more!


-- Zeynep Alpan Biography --

Turkish American violinist, Zeynep A, started studying the violin at the age of 5 as part of her music therapy treatment for her diagnosis of speech delay and Auditory Processing Disorder. Almost immediately after being introduced to the violin, Zeynep began to speak and following a year and a half of violin studies, she had her first solo appearance with Vivaldi’s A minor Violin Concerto, after winning the Peabody Concerto Competition.

As a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician, Zeynep has appeared in a myriad of venues such as Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Moscow Conservatory Great Hall, Mariinsky II Theatre, and Strathmore Hall. Future engagements include performing as a soloist with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey during their 2019 USA Tour and recording a CD with the Turkish recording label, Lila Muzik.

Zeynep is the first prize winner in many competitions, some of which include the Juilliard Concerto Competition, the Dorothy DeLay Fellowship Competition at the Aspen Music Festival and School, the National Philharmonic Concerto Competition, and the Goldie and Feder Memorial String Competition. Additionally, in 2015, Zeynep was awarded the Ataturk Youth Achievement Award by the Ataturk Society of America in Washington DC.

Zeynep is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the Juilliard School as a recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun Scholarship, the C.V. Starr Scholarship, and the Molly Frank and Aliki Perroti Scholarship under the tutelage of Naoko Tanaka. Former teachers have included Oleg Rylatko, Aaron Rosand and Shirley Givens.

Community outreach and service has played an important part in Zeynep’s musical life. In 2013, Zeynep co-founded the group Sonatas Stopping Starvation. The project uses musical excellence to help develop citizens and leaders within the arts and the greater community. Their mission is to be of service as artists and citizens to organizations that work to fight hunger. Along with a school-wide food drive, they gave their first benefit concert in November 2013 at the Juilliard School. Zeynep is also a Morse Teaching Artist Fellow, a Gluck Community Service Fellow, and a Music Advancement Program Fellow.

As a Turkish American, Zeynep receives frequent invitations to perform in major music halls in Turkey. She was featured at age 9 on Turkish National Television while performing works of Kreisler and Massanet and she has worked with the violinist Cihat Askin in Cihat Askin and Friends project (CAKA) with performances including the opening gala of Istanbul Toy Museum.

Aside from music, Zeynep enjoys taking business classes at Columbia University through the Barnard-Columbia-Juilliard Exchange program, drinking tea, biking, and being an avid dog lover.

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Experience

Private Violin Teacher
Sep 2018 - Present
Nord Anglia International School, New York

New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist Apprentice
Sep 2018 - Present
New York Philharmonic

Teaching Artist at Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School
Sep 2017 - Present
The Juilliard School

The Morse Teaching Artist Fellowship provides training to Juilliard students in both aesthetic education and skills-based instruction for grades 2 through 12. The Morse Teaching Artist Fellowship is designed to help Juilliard students gain valuable experience and increase their flexibility as future teaching artists. Juilliard students that are considering a career as a professional teaching artist or that wish to teach music in a classroom setting are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Music Advancement Program Teaching Fellow
Sep 2016 - Present
The Juilliard School

The Music Advancement Program is a Saturday instrument instruction program for intermediate students from New York City’s five boroughs and the tristate area who exhibit great musical potential. The program actively seeks students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in the classical music field and is committed to enrolling the most talented and deserving students regardless of their financial background. Through a comprehensive curriculum, performance opportunities, and summer study partnerships, MAP students gain the necessary skills to pursue advanced music studies while developing their talents as artists, leaders, and global citizens. The Music Advancement Program is administered by Juilliard's Office of Community Engagement.

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Private Teacher at the Aspen Music School and Festival and School (P.A.L.S.)
Jun 2016 - Aug 2017
Aspen Music Festival and School

The P.A.L.S. program identifies and develops musically gifted and motivated musicians in the Roaring Fork Valley and offers them focused lessons during the summer, along with music education-specific activities and exclusive access to the Aspen Music Festival and School's summer programming. P.A.L.S. events are scheduled throughout the summer to ensure that students are able to find events that work within their summer schedules.

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Teaching Artist at City College Academy Of The Arts
Sep 2016 - May 2017
The Juilliard School

The Morse Teaching Artist Fellowship provides training to Juilliard students in both aesthetic education and skills-based instruction for grades 2 through 12. The Morse Teaching Artist Fellowship is designed to help Juilliard students gain valuable experience and increase their flexibility as future teaching artists. Juilliard students that are considering a career as a professional teaching artist or that wish to teach music in a classroom setting are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Education

Master of Music (MM)
Sep 2017 - Present
The Juilliard School
Bachelor of Music (BM)
Sep 2013 - May 2017
The Juilliard School

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Turkish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Ahmet Ertegun Scholarship
Jul 2017
American Turkish Society
Dorothy DeLay Fellowship Competition at the Aspen Music Festival and School
Aug 2016
Aspen Music Festival and School
Juilliard Concerto Competition
Jan 2016
The Juilliard School
Ataturk Youth Achievement Award
May 2015
Ataturk Society of America in Washington DC

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Soloist with the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall

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Lesson with a private student

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Soloist with the Aspen Music Festival's Philharmonic Orchestra

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Performing chamber works with members from the The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. (Zeynep is pictured in 3rd violin from the left)

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During one of my Teaching Artist classes. Students here were asked to compose their own pieces and then perform them.

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Addison/Lauren Mar 29, 2018
Violin · In studio

My daughter had the pleasure of taking lessons with Zeynep this past summer in the PALS program in Aspen. She loved each week when it was lesson time. This is what Addison had to say, "She always would say the area I needed to work on nicely. I loved that she gave me knew things to learn at each lesson. If I didn't understand, she would keep encouraging me until I did." This was an excellent experience!

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Bethany Mar 11, 2018
Violin · In studio

A unique and special experience! My daughter always looked forward to her sessions with Zeynep. She has been her mentor for the past two summers at the PALS program. Once after a lesson my daughter told me that she was surprised how much better she played the song after her session with Zeynep. I love the way Zeynep engages with my daughter and brings out the best in her.

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Grace Mar 7, 2018
Violin · In studio

Zeynep was my teacher for the PALS summer program in Aspen. Her positive attitude made my weekly lesson enjoyable. My playing improved greatly during my summer with her. She helped me become a stronger player. Watching her perform in the orchestra was inspiring.

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Carrie Mar 7, 2018
Violin · In studio

My 8 year old daughter participated in the Aspen Music Festival PALS program last summer and was paired up with Zeynep as a violin instructor. She was an amazing teacher and great with the kids. She is so sweet and incredibly talented. We were privileged to see her perform at the music festival and it was jaw dropping. I definitely recommend Zeynep to anyone looking for violin instruction.

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