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TEACHERS LEvel

Our Music Teachers are organized in Level I, II, III, defined according to their experience, their teaching style, and the goals and expectations of their students.

  • Standard Teacher (Level I)   - For personal enjoyment & enrichment
  • Senior Teacher (Level II)  - For the more serious students - Exam Preparation
  • Master Teacher (Level III) - For the most serious students - Intensive / Competitive

Teacher Levels are not to be confused with the Students Level. A beginner student may start right away with a Level II or III Teacher if more rapid results are expected. A beginner student could also start with a Level I teacher and move to a Level II teacher at a later stage.

  • Standard Teachers (Level I) are ideal for students learning for personal enjoyment & enrichment and who do not want to be pushed too hard, or do not yet intend to prepare for exams and  competitions
  • Senior & Master Teachers (Level II and III) are best suited for more serious students (including beginners) who are more results oriented and want to take exams (CM or ABRSM) and progress faster. They have more extensive teaching experience, hold Masters or Doctorate degrees, are experienced in preparing students for CM or ABRSM exams and will provide more intensive and longer music lessons.

All our students are encouraged to perform at our 3 annual recitals.

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Standard Piano Teachers (Level I) 

Kate is a member of MTAC.  She has over 7 years of experience teaching classical piano from beginning through advanced levels. She focuses on training well-rounded musicians through the incorporation of music theory, improvisation, and music history into lessons designed to match individual students’ learning styles. She is experienced in preparing students for CM & ABRSM exams. M.A. Music in Development from the University of London.  B.M. in Piano Performance from Wheaton Conservatory of Music

Kate is a member of MTAC.  She has over 7 years of experience teaching classical piano from beginning through advanced levels. She focuses on training well-rounded musicians through the incorporation of music theory, improvisation, and music history into lessons designed to match individual students’ learning styles. She is experienced in preparing students for CM & ABRSM exams.

M.A. Music in Development from the University of London. 
B.M. in Piano Performance from Wheaton Conservatory of Music

Kate

Vivian began her musical education at age six with piano lessons and continued on to acquire her M.M. from California Baptist University. During her studies, she has studied classical piano with Dr. Sky-Eaglefor. With more than 10 years of experience teaching piano and general music classes both in public schools in Beijing, as well as private and group lessons in the Bay Area, she can help any student achieve their goals. As a piano teacher, she works closely with students to develop a course material that will keep them engaged and provide a solid foundation for techniques, musical expressions, music theory, sight-reading and listening skills. She enjoys working with students of all ages from 5 year olds to adults. She is also a member of MTAC and has experience in CM exam preparations. B.M. in Music Education at Dalian University M.M. in Music Education and Piano at California Baptist University

Vivian began her musical education at age six with piano lessons and continued on to acquire her M.M. from California Baptist University. During her studies, she has studied classical piano with Dr. Sky-Eaglefor.

With more than 10 years of experience teaching piano and general music classes both in public schools in Beijing, as well as private and group lessons in the Bay Area, she can help any student achieve their goals. As a piano teacher, she works closely with students to develop a course material that will keep them engaged and provide a solid foundation for techniques, musical expressions, music theory, sight-reading and listening skills. She enjoys working with students of all ages from 5 year olds to adults.

She is also a member of MTAC and has experience in CM exam preparations.

B.M. in Music Education at Dalian University
M.M. in Music Education and Piano at California Baptist University

Vivian

Janice teaches beginner students. She has over 15 years teaching general music in elementary schools. She is experienced in CM exam preparation. B.M.E. from National Hsin-chu University.

Janice teaches beginner students. She has over 15 years teaching general music in elementary schools. She is experienced in CM exam preparation.

B.M.E. from National Hsin-chu University.

Janice

Mona teaches beginner and intermediate students. She is experienced in National Guild of Piano exam preparation. She is qualified to provide special education instruction. Fluent in Farsi. Studied Classical and Iranian Music at International Conservatory of Music in Tehran.

Mona teaches beginner and intermediate students. She is experienced in National Guild of Piano exam preparation. She is qualified to provide special education instruction. Fluent in Farsi.

Studied Classical and Iranian Music at International Conservatory of Music in Tehran.

Mona

Ms. Lynn graduated from the Conservatory of China, Beijing. She loves music and enjoys playing piano. She has been a school teacher to teach general music for many years for children from age 5 to 12, such as the International School of the Peninsula. She has also given individual piano lessons to students of all levels for over 15 years. Her students always have the solid foundation in terms of piano playing techniques, musical expressions, music theory and sight-reading and listening skills. She differentiates her teaching according to students age levels and potential abilities. With her help, her students successfully performed on the piano recitals. She has the experience of working as a piano accompanist for ballet dancers as well.  B.A. in Music Education from the Conservatory of China, Beijing.

Ms. Lynn graduated from the Conservatory of China, Beijing. She loves music and enjoys playing piano. She has been a school teacher to teach general music for many years for children from age 5 to 12, such as the International School of the Peninsula. She has also given individual piano lessons to students of all levels for over 15 years. Her students always have the solid foundation in terms of piano playing techniques, musical expressions, music theory and sight-reading and listening skills. She differentiates her teaching according to students age levels and potential abilities. With her help, her students successfully performed on the piano recitals. She has the experience of working as a piano accompanist for ballet dancers as well. 

B.A. in Music Education from the Conservatory of China, Beijing.

Lynn

Wonduck is a member of MTAC.  She has over 20 years teaching piano to children. She specializes in teaching beginner to intermediate students of all ages.  She is experienced in CM exam preparation. M.A. in Piano Pedagogy from University of Missouri.

Wonduck is a member of MTAC.  She has over 20 years teaching piano to children. She specializes in teaching beginner to intermediate students of all ages.  She is experienced in CM exam preparation.

M.A. in Piano Pedagogy from University of Missouri.

Wonduck

Jinnan teaches students age 6 and older. He is experienced in preparing students for ABRSM piano and music theory exams.. M.M. in Piano Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Jinnan teaches students age 6 and older. He is experienced in preparing students for ABRSM piano and music theory exams..

M.M. in Piano Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

  Jinnan

Roger  (Voice/Piano) is a professional opera singer and musician with over 25 years experience both performing and teaching (voice, piano, and group classes). He has performed over 100 leading roles with companies throughout North America and Europe and brings a particular attention to detail and professionalism to all of his educational pursuits to help foster an always positive and supportive atmosphere. He enjoys teaching all ages and abilities with a firm belief in making the musical life of the growing musician both fun and rewarding, whatever the aim or goal may be. B.M. from Peabody Conservatory of Music. M.M. from San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  

Roger  (Voice/Piano) is a professional opera singer and musician with over 25 years experience both performing and teaching (voice, piano, and group classes). He has performed over 100 leading roles with companies throughout North America and Europe and brings a particular attention to detail and professionalism to all of his educational pursuits to help foster an always positive and supportive atmosphere. He enjoys teaching all ages and abilities with a firm belief in making the musical life of the growing musician both fun and rewarding, whatever the aim or goal may be.

B.M. from Peabody Conservatory of Music.

M.M. from San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
 

Roger

Michelle is an accomplished, European-trained opera singer and music educator with a rich international experience on stage and in teaching. She was a member of the professional chorus of the Zurich Opera House in Switzerland, co-founded the "Volksoper Zurich" and has been singing in countless concerts and operas in the USA, Europe and Asia. She has taught voice and piano extensively. Her teaching experience include Head of Music program at a music academy in San Diego, CA, and at music schools and public schools in Germany and Switzerland. She believes that "Life is better with Music!".   B.A. in Music Education and Vocal Performance from University of Music and the Performing Arts in Heidelberg, Germany. M.M. at the Conservatory of Zurich, Switzerland.

Michelle is an accomplished, European-trained opera singer and music educator with a rich international experience on stage and in teaching. She was a member of the professional chorus of the Zurich Opera House in Switzerland, co-founded the "Volksoper Zurich" and has been singing in countless concerts and operas in the USA, Europe and Asia.

She has taught voice and piano extensively. Her teaching experience include Head of Music program at a music academy in San Diego, CA, and at music schools and public schools in Germany and Switzerland. She believes that "Life is better with Music!".
 

B.A. in Music Education and Vocal Performance from University of Music and the Performing Arts in Heidelberg, Germany.
M.M. at the Conservatory of Zurich, Switzerland.

Michelle
(Only accepting adult piano students)

Juju  started her professional music education at the age of four and received her master of music both in University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and San Francisco Conservatory of Music with merit-based scholarship. Besides performing around the Bay Area, Ms. Juju has had more than ten years of music teaching experience for all ages and all levels. Many of her students have got outstanding performance on ABRSM, CM and various competitions. B.M. in Piano Performance at Wuhan University M.M. in Piano Performance at San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Juju  started her professional music education at the age of four and received her master of music both in University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and San Francisco Conservatory of Music with merit-based scholarship.

Besides performing around the Bay Area, Ms. Juju has had more than ten years of music teaching experience for all ages and all levels. Many of her students have got outstanding performance on ABRSM, CM and various competitions.

B.M. in Piano Performance at Wuhan University
M.M. in Piano Performance at San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Juju

Christine has been an accompanist for various musical performances such as choirs, musical, vocalists, ensembles, and instrumental performers for over 30 years.  Since 1993 she has been teaching piano and music theory. During the past few years, Christine and her family stayed in Iraq to help Iraqi and Syrian refugees. She taught Music and Music History to middle and high school students at a private school in Erbil, Iraq. B.M. Musicology and Music Theory at Korea National University of Arts

Christine has been an accompanist for various musical performances such as choirs, musical, vocalists, ensembles, and instrumental performers for over 30 years.  Since 1993 she has been teaching piano and music theory.
During the past few years, Christine and her family stayed in Iraq to help Iraqi and Syrian refugees. She taught Music and Music History to middle and high school students at a private school in Erbil, Iraq.

B.M. Musicology and Music Theory at Korea National University of Arts

Christine

 
Mark teaches popular and classical music styles. His range of experience makes him a good teacher for any age.  B.A. in Piano Performance and Music Theory from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Mark teaches popular and classical music styles. His range of experience makes him a good teacher for any age. 

B.A. in Piano Performance and Music Theory from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Mark

Meijie is an active soloist and collaborative piano player. She has performed numerous concerts as a soloist and in numerous collaborative recitals and chamber concerts as a collaborative artist. Meijie has years of teaching experience and teaches beginner and intermediate students. Her teaching style incorporates theory knowledge with sight reading skills. Meijie also has experience in helping students prepare for their ABRSM exams. She believes that every student has different ways of exploring music and therefore adjusts to each student in order to better suit their needs. Teacher Meijie believes teaching is a never-ending journey of discovery that enables all students to become successful learners. B.M. in Piano Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of music. M.M. in Piano Performance from University of California, Los Angeles.

Meijie is an active soloist and collaborative piano player. She has performed numerous concerts as a soloist and in numerous collaborative recitals and chamber concerts as a collaborative artist. Meijie has years of teaching experience and teaches beginner and intermediate students. Her teaching style incorporates theory knowledge with sight reading skills. Meijie also has experience in helping students prepare for their ABRSM exams. She believes that every student has different ways of exploring music and therefore adjusts to each student in order to better suit their needs. Teacher Meijie believes teaching is a never-ending journey of discovery that enables all students to become successful learners.

B.M. in Piano Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of music.

M.M. in Piano Performance from University of California, Los Angeles.

Meijie

Senior Piano Teachers (Level II) 

Leah teaches classical piano for intermediate and advanced students. She is experienced in ABRSM exam preparation for all levels in practical and theory.  Her students are winners of the local competitions.  She has over 20 years of teaching experience. B.A. in Music from Soochow University and USC.

Leah teaches classical piano for intermediate and advanced students. She is experienced in ABRSM exam preparation for all levels in practical and theory.  Her students are winners of the local competitions.  She has over 20 years of teaching experience.

B.A. in Music from Soochow University and USC.

Leah

Eliza has a broad teaching experience and performed as a solo concert pianist, chamber musician and accompanist in Taiwan, UK, Germany and US. Her music education background and related trainings in children psychology helps her to be a unique and better than just a piano teacher. She has over 15 years of private lesson experience and 4 years of public school experience. She specialized in preparing student for ABRSM exam in piano, theory and aural training. Her teaching style focuses on discovering talent, preparing for exam/ recitals and music for pleasure.  M.M. in Piano Performance from Birmingham Conservatoire, UK  B.M. in Music Education, Piano from National Hsinchu Teacher University, Taiwan

Eliza has a broad teaching experience and performed as a solo concert pianist, chamber musician and accompanist in Taiwan, UK, Germany and US. Her music education background and related trainings in children psychology helps her to be a unique and better than just a piano teacher. She has over 15 years of private lesson experience and 4 years of public school experience. She specialized in preparing student for ABRSM exam in piano, theory and aural training. Her teaching style focuses on discovering talent, preparing for exam/ recitals and music for pleasure. 

M.M. in Piano Performance from Birmingham Conservatoire, UK 

B.M. in Music Education, Piano from National Hsinchu Teacher University, Taiwan

Eliza

Ilki has over 30 years of teaching experience. Ilki graduated with her Master degree of piano performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, having distinguished herself there as a soloist, accompanist, sensitive performer and as a skilled and experienced teacher. She has been teaching piano in bay area since 1980, and a numerous amount of her students were winners of major competitions including gold medal winners through 2001-2014 USOMC competition. She specializes in preparing students for CM exam and competitions. She believes making music can be highly gratifying for children. Ilki is also a member of MTAC. M.M. in Piano Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Ilki has over 30 years of teaching experience.

Ilki graduated with her Master degree of piano performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, having distinguished herself there as a soloist, accompanist, sensitive performer and as a skilled and experienced teacher.

She has been teaching piano in bay area since 1980, and a numerous amount of her students were winners of major competitions including gold medal winners through 2001-2014 USOMC competition.

She specializes in preparing students for CM exam and competitions. She believes making music can be highly gratifying for children. Ilki is also a member of MTAC.

M.M. in Piano Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Ilki

Chaz has performed internationally as a solo concert pianist, a guest performer with orchestras, and as a chamber musician and accompanist. He has worked alongside a Grammy Award winner, studied at The Juilliard School in New York, and served as judge for several competitions and examinations. He has more than 15 years of teaching experience with students ranging all ages and skill levels. Chaz believes that every student deserves a unique approach to learning that caters to his or her own talents, interests, and communication style. His students have received highest marks on exams and competitions and maintain a lifelong love for music. M.M. in Piano Performance from UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts B.A. in Music – Piano Performance from St. John’s University  

Chaz has performed internationally as a solo concert pianist, a guest performer with orchestras, and as a chamber musician and accompanist. He has worked alongside a Grammy Award winner, studied at The Juilliard School in New York, and served as judge for several competitions and examinations. He has more than 15 years of teaching experience with students ranging all ages and skill levels.

Chaz believes that every student deserves a unique approach to learning that caters to his or her own talents, interests, and communication style. His students have received highest marks on exams and competitions and maintain a lifelong love for music.

M.M. in Piano Performance from UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts
B.A. in Music – Piano Performance from St. John’s University

 

Chaz

Andoni is a member of MTAC.  He has over 10 years teaching piano to all ages and all levels in classical, jazz, and popular music. He specializes in developing a structured approach for each student to learn the foundations of musical performance. He is experienced in CM and ABRSM exam preparation. M.M. from San Jose State University.

Andoni is a member of MTAC.  He has over 10 years teaching piano to all ages and all levels in classical, jazz, and popular music. He specializes in developing a structured approach for each student to learn the foundations of musical performance. He is experienced in CM and ABRSM exam preparation.

M.M. from San Jose State University.

Andoni

Dr. Tyler is a concert composer, pianist, and music educator with over 10 years experience teaching students of all ages. Over the past two decades, he has performed all over the United States and abroad, including performances of his own piano concertos with the Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia and the University of Puget Sound Wind Symphony. As a composer, he frequently enjoys many live performances of his own compositions for chamber ensembles, orchestra, and wind symphony. Dedicated to educating students of all levels and backgrounds, he teaches with an individual approach to each student, providing the support and motivation for successful growth while maximizing the personal fulfillment and joy that music brings to our lives. M.M. from Manhattan School of Music. D.M.A. from University of Colorado at Boulder.

Dr. Tyler is a concert composer, pianist, and music educator with over 10 years experience teaching students of all ages. Over the past two decades, he has performed all over the United States and abroad, including performances of his own piano concertos with the Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia and the University of Puget Sound Wind Symphony. As a composer, he frequently enjoys many live performances of his own compositions for chamber ensembles, orchestra, and wind symphony. Dedicated to educating students of all levels and backgrounds, he teaches with an individual approach to each student, providing the support and motivation for successful growth while maximizing the personal fulfillment and joy that music brings to our lives.

M.M. from Manhattan School of Music.

D.M.A. from University of Colorado at Boulder.

Dr. Tyler

Marco teaches all ages and all levels.  He began his musical studies at the age of six and moved to Portugal with his family at the age of twelve. There he studied in several conservatories and received two bachelors of Music - Piano Performance and Music Theory. He was Valedictorian of the school for both degrees and was rewarded twice with prize “Ensino Magazine” for his high grades. Before coming to the United States Marco was teaching piano at Conservatorio Regional de Castelo Branco, Conservatorio Regional da Covilha and also teaching musical analysis at Castelo Branco University (ESART). Marco received his Master in Piano Performance from Arizona State University in the class of the great pianist and Regent Professor of Piano Dr. Caio Pagano.  He has over 10 years of teaching experience and prepares students for ABRSM exam. B.A. in Music Theory. M.A. in Piano Performance from Arizona State University. 

Marco teaches all ages and all levels.  He began his musical studies at the age of six and moved to Portugal with his family at the age of twelve. There he studied in several conservatories and received two bachelors of Music - Piano Performance and Music Theory. He was Valedictorian of the school for both degrees and was rewarded
twice with prize “Ensino Magazine” for his high grades.

Before coming to the United States Marco was teaching piano at Conservatorio Regional de Castelo Branco, Conservatorio Regional da Covilha and also teaching musical analysis at Castelo Branco University (ESART).

Marco received his Master in Piano Performance from Arizona State University in
the class of the great pianist and Regent Professor of Piano Dr. Caio Pagano.

 He has over 10 years of teaching experience and prepares students for ABRSM exam.

B.A. in Music Theory.
M.A. in Piano Performance from Arizona State University. 

Marco

Lilya has over 20 years of teaching experience teaching students of all ages! She is proficient in piano exam preparation. Her teaching process includes piano performance, theory basics, sight reading, and ear training.  B.A. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University.

Lilya has over 20 years of teaching experience teaching students of all ages! She is proficient in piano exam preparation. Her teaching process includes piano performance, theory basics, sight reading, and ear training. 

B.A. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University.

Lily

Master Piano Teachers (Level III) 

Dr. Ya-Liang teaches conservatory and healthy piano techniques that build strong playing skills at all levels and ages. She specializes in instructing competition repertoires, piano duet, and curriculum exams including ABRSM, MDP Music Development Program (National and California state certified exam) and CM. Her students won numerous awards such as MDP Excellence and State Competitions. Dr. Chang has taught piano as a college professor and a private instructor for more than 15 years and has performed in United States, Italy, Germany,   D.M.A. in Piano Performance from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music M.M. in Piano Performance from the Boston Conservatory

Dr. Ya-Liang teaches conservatory and healthy piano techniques that build strong playing skills at all levels and ages. She specializes in instructing competition repertoires, piano duet, and curriculum exams including ABRSM, MDP Music Development Program (National and California state certified exam) and CM. Her students won numerous awards such as MDP Excellence and State Competitions. Dr. Chang has taught piano as a college professor and a private instructor for more than 15 years and has performed in United States, Italy, Germany,  

D.M.A. in Piano Performance from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
M.M. in Piano Performance from the Boston Conservatory

Dr. Ya-Liang

Sici is the co-founder of Opus 1 Music Studio.  She teaches young beginners and Music For Young Children Group Class.  She is experienced in ABRSM exam preparation for all levels. M.A. in Music from San Jose State University.

Sici is the co-founder of Opus 1 Music Studio.  She teaches young beginners and Music For Young Children Group Class.  She is experienced in ABRSM exam preparation for all levels.

M.A. in Music from San Jose State University.

Sici 

Doris is the owner and co-founder of Opus 1 Music Studio.  She teaches students at all ages and all levels.  She is experienced in exam preparation in both CM and ABRSM exams.  Her students won local competitions and perform at Carnegie Hall.   B.A. in Music from University of British Columbia.

Doris is the owner and co-founder of Opus 1 Music Studio.  She teaches students at all ages and all levels.  She is experienced in exam preparation in both CM and ABRSM exams.  Her students won local competitions and perform at Carnegie Hall.  

B.A. in Music from University of British Columbia.

Doris

Violin

Standard Violin Teachers (Level I) 

Richard is a former member of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.  He has over 35 years of experience teaching violin & viola to all ages in various music schools including the Harker school in Saratoga and the renowned Music Office of the Government Secretariat in Hong Kong.  He is experienced in ABRSM exam preparation for all levels. Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Richard is a former member of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.  He has over 35 years of experience teaching violin & viola to all ages in various music schools including the Harker school in Saratoga and the renowned Music Office of the Government Secretariat in Hong Kong.  He is experienced in ABRSM exam preparation for all levels.

Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Richard 

Dennis is a classically-trained violinist with extensive experience in his field. Committed to education and sharing his passion for music, he focuses on performance technique and expression when he teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced students. His enthusiastic teaching style has fostered a love of music for both children and adults, providing quality instruction based on the student’s goals and interests. Many of his students have eventually participated in various prestigious youth symphony groups such as California Youth Symphony(CYS), California Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (CPYO),Peninsula Youth Orchestra (PYO), and El Camino Youth Symphony (ECYS). As an experienced violin teacher, he believes that establishing a profound foundation is the key to a successful musical performance. Dennis’ goal is to build up students’ confidence and love about the violin. He is a patient, encouraging teacher. Pursuing B.M. in Violin Performance from San Francisco State University.

Dennis is a classically-trained violinist with extensive experience in his field. Committed to education and sharing his passion for music, he focuses on performance technique and expression when he teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced students. His enthusiastic teaching style has fostered a love of music for both children and adults, providing quality instruction based on the student’s goals and interests. Many of his students have eventually participated in various prestigious youth symphony groups such as California Youth Symphony(CYS), California Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (CPYO),Peninsula Youth Orchestra (PYO), and El Camino Youth Symphony (ECYS).

As an experienced violin teacher, he believes that establishing a profound foundation is the key to a successful musical performance. Dennis’ goal is to build up students’ confidence and love about the violin. He is a patient, encouraging teacher.

Pursuing B.M. in Violin Performance from San Francisco State University.

Dennis

Ariel has over 10 years teaching experience to students of all ages, from 5­ years­ old to adults and college music majors. She was trained to be versatile in both performing skills and music theories. All her students developed solid music understandings and well-rounded fundamentals over time. Ariel also enriches her classes with ensembles and other group activities to help students maximize their on­stage performances and improve collaboration with peer musicians.  P.S.D. in Violin from San Francisco Conservatory  M.M. in Music Theory and Harmony from Shandong Normal University in China.

Ariel has over 10 years teaching experience to students of all ages, from 5­ years­ old to adults and college music majors. She was trained to be versatile in both performing skills and music theories. All her students developed solid music understandings and well-rounded fundamentals over time. Ariel also enriches her classes with ensembles and other group activities to help students maximize their on­stage performances and improve collaboration with peer musicians. 

P.S.D. in Violin from San Francisco Conservatory

 M.M. in Music Theory and Harmony from Shandong Normal University in China.

Ariel

Joseph emphasizes the fundamentals of violin technique, music theory, and freedom of expression. He also has experience preparing students for exams, competitions, and auditions. Joseph teaches all levels of violin.  He is experienced in ABRSM exam preparation. B.M. and M.M in Violin Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Joseph emphasizes the fundamentals of violin technique, music theory, and freedom of expression. He also has experience preparing students for exams, competitions, and auditions. Joseph teaches all levels of violin.  He is experienced in ABRSM exam preparation.

B.M. and M.M in Violin Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Joseph

Jessica started teaching in 2001 and is proficient in teaching beginners and intermediate level students and has experience preparing her students for the ABRSM exams. Jessica’s teaching style emphasizes proper posture, good intonation, good tone quality and the fundamental techniques in violin playing and she incorporates fingering and bowing exercises to achieve difficult passages. Jessica always encourages her students to have patience, discipline, and determination to practice hard to become a very good violinist.  B.M. in Violin Performance from the University of the Philippines. 

Jessica started teaching in 2001 and is proficient in teaching beginners and intermediate level students and has experience preparing her students for the ABRSM exams. Jessica’s teaching style emphasizes proper posture, good intonation, good tone quality and the fundamental techniques in violin playing and she incorporates fingering and bowing exercises to achieve difficult passages. Jessica always encourages her students to have patience, discipline, and determination to practice hard to become a very good violinist. 

B.M. in Violin Performance from the University of the Philippines. 

Jessica

Originally from Turlock, California, Kevin “Marty” has pursued music from an early age with the rest of his family. Growing up in a musical family of seven, there was no shortage of music experiences even just within his house. Deciding to take his violin playing and keep studying he attended the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music studying with Mark Kaplan for his Bachelor’s degree. After, he decided to take his ability to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and work with Ian Swensen for his Masters degree. Throughout his career, he performed in many European countries with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra as well as other ensembles. He has also studied in masterclasses with Midori, Anne Akiko Meyers, Pamela Frank, and Liviu Prunaru. Discovering the Professional world, Kevin is playing with trios, quartets, duos, and even solo performances to explore his role in the musical world. B.M. in Violin Performance  from Indiana University and M.M. in Violin Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Originally from Turlock, California, Kevin “Marty” has pursued music from an early age with the rest of his family. Growing up in a musical family of seven, there was no shortage of music experiences even just within his house. Deciding to take his violin playing and keep studying he attended the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music studying with Mark Kaplan for his Bachelor’s degree. After, he decided to take his ability to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and work with Ian Swensen for his Masters degree. Throughout his career, he performed in many European countries with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra as well as other ensembles. He has also studied in masterclasses with Midori, Anne Akiko Meyers, Pamela Frank, and Liviu Prunaru. Discovering the Professional world, Kevin is playing with trios, quartets, duos, and even solo performances to explore his role in the musical world.


B.M. in Violin Performance  from Indiana University and M.M. in Violin Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Kevin

 

Senior Violin Teachers (Level II) 

Dr. Stella’s performing career includes assistant concertmaster of Butler Symphony Orchestra (Butler, PA), Akron Symphony Orchestra, among others. She performs repertoire from classical masterpieces to Broadway and pop. D.M.A and M.M. in Conducting from LSU and B.M. in Violin Performance from State Academy of Music, Sofia, Bulgaria. Suzuki and Mark O’Connor Violin Method Certification, (traditional American music with fiddling techniques)

Dr. Stella’s performing career includes assistant concertmaster of Butler Symphony Orchestra (Butler, PA), Akron Symphony Orchestra, among others. She performs repertoire from classical masterpieces to Broadway and pop.

D.M.A and M.M. in Conducting from LSU and B.M. in Violin Performance from State Academy of Music, Sofia, Bulgaria. Suzuki and Mark O’Connor Violin Method Certification, (traditional American music with fiddling techniques)

Dr. Stella

 

 

Guitar & UKULELE

Vincent teaches popular and contemporary music. He works with students to find the variety of music they fall in love with playing. Vincent also teaches Ukulele. Studied at the French National Music School in Paris.

Vincent teaches popular and contemporary music. He works with students to find the variety of music they fall in love with playing. Vincent also teaches Ukulele.

Studied at the French National Music School in Paris.

Vincent

Coming soon! B.M. in Guitar Performance from Humboldt State University Pursing M.M in Guitar Performance at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Coming soon!

B.M. in Guitar Performance from Humboldt State University

Pursing M.M in Guitar Performance at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Andrew

James is a guitarist, pianist and composer based in Bay Area. In addition to his guitar studies at Eastman, James was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the Eastman Computer Music Center. This award led him to work with visiting composer, Fang Man, on her exhilarating work Ambush from Ten Sides for guitar and electronics. He has worked with a variety of ensembles from playing with the MSM Brass and Percussion Orchestra to Musica Nova. His diverse teaching background includes, heading the Music Technology department at the Eastman Community Music School and teaching for the MSM outreach program. M.M. from Eastman School of Music. B.M. from Manhattan School of Music. 

James is a guitarist, pianist and composer based in Bay Area. In addition to his guitar studies at Eastman, James was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the Eastman Computer Music Center. This award led him to work with visiting composer, Fang Man, on her exhilarating work Ambush from Ten Sides for guitar and electronics. He has worked with a variety of ensembles from playing with the MSM Brass and Percussion Orchestra to Musica Nova. His diverse teaching background includes, heading the Music Technology department at the Eastman Community Music School and teaching for the MSM outreach program.

M.M. from Eastman School of Music.

B.M. from Manhattan School of Music. 

James

Top guitarist, Nathan is a passionate musician performing works from Bach to Bowie. Professionals and clients worldwide have praised Nathan’s powerful playing and the passionate performances that he brings to any music his hands touch. Based in San Francisco, California, Nathan is constantly performing at concerts, weddings, open houses, and other private and public events, and is a regular performer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's concerts and recitals. Nathan takes pride in making unforgettable events by giving his beautiful and elegant touch to every performance. In addition to being a performer, he is also a passionate teacher who believes that each kid has potential to learn an instrument and find joy in playing music. He pushes every student to find and nurture their musicals passions and become the best musicians they can be. Talented in many guitar styles, Nathan is able to teach most popular styles of guitar, adjusting to the needs to every student. B.M. from San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pursuing M.M. from San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Top guitarist, Nathan is a passionate musician performing works from Bach to Bowie. Professionals and clients worldwide have praised Nathan’s powerful playing and the passionate performances that he brings to any music his hands touch.

Based in San Francisco, California, Nathan is constantly performing at concerts, weddings, open houses, and other private and public events, and is a regular performer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's concerts and recitals. Nathan takes pride in making unforgettable events by giving his beautiful and elegant touch to every performance.

In addition to being a performer, he is also a passionate teacher who believes that each kid has potential to learn an instrument and find joy in playing music. He pushes every student to find and nurture their musicals passions and become the best musicians they can be.

Talented in many guitar styles, Nathan is able to teach most popular styles of guitar, adjusting to the needs to every student.

B.M. from San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Pursuing M.M. from San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Nathan

 

VOICE

Standard Voice Teachers (Level I)

Anne moved from her home state of New Hampshire to California in 1996 to study voice with Nina Hinson at the University of California at Irvine. Annie received her Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance degree in 2002 and was awarded the Marcella Louise and Leonard Seiber Jones Orange County Philharmonic Society and Alice Lowell Memorial Scholarships. Mrs. Yung performed solo recitals for the Pacific Chorale, the Pacific Symphony Guild, placed third in the Opera 100 Competition, and was filmed for the PBS documentary, “Mastering the College Experience”.  Annie has played the roles of Mabel in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance and Mary in The Glory of Christmas and she understudied the roles of Lily and Rose for The Secret Garden. Anne  has created her own projects and recitals between her home bases in the Bay Area and the East Coast including “Since You Asked”, an ongoing recording project for friends and family of treasured songs. Most recently she performed two annual “Singing for a Cure” benefit concerts for the Arthritis Foundation, in which she raised over $5,500 to support her sixth and seventh participations in the California Coast Classic Bicycle Tour, an eight day bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles (http://ccc17.kintera.org). In addition to teaching voice at Opus 1 Music Studio in Mountain View and cycling, Anne performs in the Bay Area, and is currently earning her Masters Degree in Vocal Pedagogy at Holy Names University in Oakland. She studies voice with Eric Howe.   Annie’s students prepare for and perform in ABRSM exams, auditions, solo and group recitals, choir concerts, shows, and competitions. She is a member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing, www.nats.org). Annie lives in Santa Clara with her husband Troy and their dog, “Broccoli”. She believes in balancing music with other great passions in life and encourages this love and life in all her students.   B.M. in Vocal Performance from University of California, Irvine.

Anne moved from her home state of New Hampshire to California in 1996 to study voice with Nina Hinson at the University of California at Irvine. Annie received her Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance degree in 2002 and was awarded the Marcella Louise and Leonard Seiber Jones Orange County Philharmonic Society and Alice Lowell Memorial Scholarships. Mrs. Yung performed solo recitals for the Pacific Chorale, the Pacific Symphony Guild, placed third in the Opera 100 Competition, and was filmed for the PBS documentary, “Mastering the College Experience”.  Annie has played the roles of Mabel in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance and Mary in The Glory of Christmas and she understudied the roles of Lily and Rose for The Secret Garden.

Anne  has created her own projects and recitals between her home bases in the Bay Area and the East Coast including “Since You Asked”, an ongoing recording project for friends and family of treasured songs. Most recently she performed two annual “Singing for a Cure” benefit concerts for the Arthritis Foundation, in which she raised over $5,500 to support her sixth and seventh participations in the California Coast Classic Bicycle Tour, an eight day bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles (http://ccc17.kintera.org).

In addition to teaching voice at Opus 1 Music Studio in Mountain View and cycling, Anne performs in the Bay Area, and is currently earning her Masters Degree in Vocal Pedagogy at Holy Names University in Oakland. She studies voice with Eric Howe.  

Annie’s students prepare for and perform in ABRSM exams, auditions, solo and group recitals, choir concerts, shows, and competitions. She is a member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing, www.nats.org). Annie lives in Santa Clara with her husband Troy and their dog, “Broccoli”. She believes in balancing music with other great passions in life and encourages this love and life in all her students.

 

B.M. in Vocal Performance from University of California, Irvine.

Anne

Ellen Glikbarg Shea, Soprano, returned home to the Bay Area after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Pitzer College, and her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California.  She has performed roles with most of the regional opera companies throughout the bay, and has won multiple awards in Art Song and Classical Cabaret competitions. Ellen has performed with San Francisco Opera Chorus, the Community Music Center Orchestra, and is a regular soloist with The Golden Gate Symphony. She owns, manages and sings with The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers, the oldest and largest professional caroling organization in the country.  Ellen has enjoyed positions on the faculty at local music schools, colleges and universities, and has maintained her private voice studio in San Carlos for over 25 years.  Ellen lives an active lifestyle with her husband and 3 kids. To keep her sanity, she also plays soccer at least once a week!  

Ellen Glikbarg Shea, Soprano, returned home to the Bay Area after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Pitzer College, and her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California.  She has performed roles with most of the regional opera companies throughout the bay, and has won multiple awards in Art Song and Classical Cabaret competitions.

Ellen has performed with San Francisco Opera Chorus, the Community Music Center Orchestra, and is a regular soloist with The Golden Gate Symphony. She owns, manages and sings with The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers, the oldest and largest professional caroling organization in the country. 

Ellen has enjoyed positions on the faculty at local music schools, colleges and universities, and has maintained her private voice studio in San Carlos for over 25 years.  Ellen lives an active lifestyle with her husband and 3 kids. To keep her sanity, she also plays soccer at least once a week!  

Ellen

Senior Voice Teachers (Level II) 

Michelle is an accomplished, European-trained opera singer and music educator with a rich international experience on stage and in teaching. She was a member of the professional chorus of the Zurich Opera House in Switzerland, co-founded the "Volksoper Zurich" and has been singing in countless concerts and operas in the USA, Europe and Asia. She has taught voice and piano extensively.  She has taught voice and piano extensively.  Her teaching experience include Head of Music program at a music academy in San Diego, CA, and at music schools and public schools in Germany and Switzerland. She believes that "Life is better with Music!". B.A. in Music Education and Vocal Performance from University of Music and the Performing Arts in Heidelberg, Germany. M.M. at the Conservatory of Zurich, Switzerland.

Michelle is an accomplished, European-trained opera singer and music educator with a rich international experience on stage and in teaching. She was a member of the professional chorus of the Zurich Opera House in Switzerland, co-founded the "Volksoper Zurich" and has been singing in countless concerts and operas in the USA, Europe and Asia. She has taught voice and piano extensively.  She has taught voice and piano extensively.  Her teaching experience include Head of Music program at a music academy in San Diego, CA, and at music schools and public schools in Germany and Switzerland. She believes that "Life is better with Music!".

B.A. in Music Education and Vocal Performance from University of Music and the Performing Arts in Heidelberg, Germany.

M.M. at the Conservatory of Zurich, Switzerland.

Michelle

Roger  (Voice/Piano) is a professional opera singer and musician with over 25 years experience both performing and teaching (voice, piano, and group classes). He has performed over 100 leading roles with companies throughout North America and Europe and brings a particular attention to detail and professionalism to all of his educational pursuits to help foster an always positive and supportive atmosphere. He enjoys teaching all ages and abilities with a firm belief in making the musical life of the growing musician both fun and rewarding, whatever the aim or goal may be. B.M. from Peabody Conservatory of Music. M.M. from San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Roger  (Voice/Piano) is a professional opera singer and musician with over 25 years experience both performing and teaching (voice, piano, and group classes). He has performed over 100 leading roles with companies throughout North America and Europe and brings a particular attention to detail and professionalism to all of his educational pursuits to help foster an always positive and supportive atmosphere. He enjoys teaching all ages and abilities with a firm belief in making the musical life of the growing musician both fun and rewarding, whatever the aim or goal may be.

B.M. from Peabody Conservatory of Music.

M.M. from San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Roger

Antoinette Bush is an Oakland native with a lifelong passion for singing. At age 4, Ms. Bush had already begun her studies in classical piano and singing. Those who knew her and her natural ability at music referred to her as the "Song Bird"- rarely able to contain her enthusiasm and love of sharing music with others. After awarded a music scholarship at age 15, Ms. Bush began studying vocal performance at the San Francisco Conservatory as the youngest ever to be enrolled in the college program.   She has performed with multiple opera companies in the Bay Area, has been a guest performer of the National Anthem at AT&T Park in San Francisco, is a member of the San Francisco Symphony League, and is proud to continue her extensive background in teaching. Antoinette has a unique gift of giving students a fun yet demanding learning environment for her students and thrives on sharing the importance of perseverance, always sticking to her motto to "Never give up!"

Antoinette Bush is an Oakland native with a lifelong passion for singing. At age 4, Ms. Bush had already begun her studies in classical piano and singing. Those who knew her and her natural ability at music referred to her as the "Song Bird"- rarely able to contain her enthusiasm and love of sharing music with others. After awarded a music scholarship at age 15, Ms. Bush began studying vocal performance at the San Francisco Conservatory as the youngest ever to be enrolled in the college program.

 

She has performed with multiple opera companies in the Bay Area, has been a guest performer of the National Anthem at AT&T Park in San Francisco, is a member of the San Francisco Symphony League, and is proud to continue her extensive background in teaching. Antoinette has a unique gift of giving students a fun yet demanding learning environment for her students and thrives on sharing the importance of perseverance, always sticking to her motto to "Never give up!"

Antoinette

 

Group Classes

Irina teaches students age 3 and older, and specializes in teaching beginner to intermediate students. Is ideal for students learning for fun and who do not want to be pushed too hard, or do not yet intend to prepare for exams and competitions. She is a certified MYC teacher, and is experienced in teaching piano to young kids. Originally Russian, she teaches in English as well as in Russian.  M. A. Degree in Education from North Kazakhstan state university. 

Irina teaches students age 3 and older, and specializes in teaching beginner to intermediate students. Is ideal for students learning for fun and who do not want to be pushed too hard, or do not yet intend to prepare for exams and competitions. She is a certified MYC teacher, and is experienced in teaching piano to young kids. Originally Russian, she teaches in English as well as in Russian. 

M. A. Degree in Education from North Kazakhstan state university. 

Irina

Juliana greatly enjoys teaching young children, bringing her own enthusiasm and creativity to the classroom, and inspiring her students. She believes that music can be enjoyed and appreciated by people of all ages and abilities. She has experience teaching elementary school classroom and after-school programs, as well as beginning and intermediate music theory (ABRSM and MDP included).   B.A. in Music Composition from College of Creative Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara

Juliana greatly enjoys teaching young children, bringing her own enthusiasm and creativity to the classroom, and inspiring her students. She believes that music can be enjoyed and appreciated by people of all ages and abilities. She has experience teaching elementary school classroom and after-school programs, as well as beginning and intermediate music theory (ABRSM and MDP included).

 

B.A. in Music Composition from College of Creative Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara

Juliana

Marilyn is a full time administrator with Opus 1 and has over 15 years of choral music experience. She is native of Huntsville, AL where she frequently worked as a guest soprano. Favorite performances include the role of the Secretary in Gian Carlo Menotti's The Consul, and the role of Dot in Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George. She has served as a soprano section leader for choirs in Kentucky, Alabama, and most recently for Trinity Episcopal Church in Sacramento, CA. Marilyn is passionate about working with artists. She has worked with singers and actors of all ages in both academic and professional settings, including Fantasy Playhouse Children's Theatre and the Sacramento Theatre Company.   B.A. in Music from the University of Alabama

Marilyn is a full time administrator with Opus 1 and has over 15 years of choral music experience. She is native of Huntsville, AL where she frequently worked as a guest soprano. Favorite performances include the role of the Secretary in Gian Carlo Menotti's The Consul, and the role of Dot in Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George. She has served as a soprano section leader for choirs in Kentucky, Alabama, and most recently for Trinity Episcopal Church in Sacramento, CA. Marilyn is passionate about working with artists. She has worked with singers and actors of all ages in both academic and professional settings, including Fantasy Playhouse Children's Theatre and the Sacramento Theatre Company.

 

B.A. in Music from the University of Alabama

Marilyn

 

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