Juan Carlos Zepeda is a pianist, vocalist, piano and voice instructor based in Berkeley, CA. Currently named 2018 Top Pro on Thumbtack, this distinction is reserved for only 4% of Thumbtack’s most dedicated and highly-rated professionals. Juan Carlos is a passionate and dedicated teacher with more than 12 years of teaching experience . Equally at home teaching piano and singing, he combines his teaching and academic experience with intuition and common sense to help his students achieve their goals, whether it’s learning music for the first time or developing advanced skills and artistry. He understands each student learns differently, therefore, he tailors his teaching approach to the needs of each of his students. Having experienced and resolved various vocal and pianistic difficulties during his own studies, he is very adept at finding solutions to solve his students’ vocal and pianistic issues. Juan Carlos is trained in the Taubman Approach, a piano school developed to prevent and re-train pianists with piano-related injuries, and is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). A graduate with honors from UC Berkeley’s Music Department, Juan Carlos was a recipient of the David and Diana Menn Memorial Prize in the Performing Arts, and the Mary Nuñes Souza Award, both prizes awarded every year for outstanding achievement in the arts. As a vocalist, he has sung under the direction of conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Nicholas McGegan, Joana Carneiro, Marika Kuzma, and David Milnes.
It was a great experience. He was a really good teacher very dedicated and prepared. He even acomodate my lessons at difficult times so I am so thankful for that and he was very patient. I strongly recommend him
The first step is onboarding a new student. The process is done in a casual manner so the student feels comfortable and confident about sharing about themselves and what they hope to learn in lessons. Next, I like to hear them perform to get an idea of who they are as creative individuals. It's very important to note that I'd like students to share their artistry and, in any way, I'm auditioning them.
Once I get an idea of where they are, I begin to work based on what I see and hear. I have a clear idea of where I want to take my students technically, musically, and artistically, however, the process is different for every student. As we work together, I pay attention to the student's strengths, weaknesses, and learning channels in order to influence them towards making progress. As we continue our work , I develop a teaching plan that would help us achieve our goals.
* Lessons take place at my home studio in Berkeley, CA.
I regularly attend pedagogy and performance seminars, and coach weekly with master teachers to constantly improve my teaching and performance skills. My training includes the Alexander Technique, body mapping, and the Taubman Approach. I have a trustworthy and reliable network of professionals to whom I can refer you if you are dealing with a piano or singing related injury.
I graduated with honors from UC Berkeley’s music department and received the David and Diana Menn Memorial Prize in the Performing Arts, and the Mary Nuñes Souza Award, both prizes awarded every year for outstanding achievement in the arts. As a vocalist, I've sung under the direction of conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Nicholas McGegan, Joana Carneiro, Marika Kuzma, and David Milnes.
One-on-one lessons are due in advance on a monthly basis. The total is based on the number of lessons you are taking during the month. For initial lessons, payment is required 48 hours in advance in order to confirm booking.
I have worked with young and adult beginners as well as advanced musicians. My studio is currently very diverse and I'm working with young and adult beginners, college level students, and advanced musicians pursuing music professionally.
Find a passionate and dedicated teacher that is capable of teaching you high-quality skills to make music while creating a safe space in which you can explore your creativity without being afraid of mistakes. A safe space where mistakes are normalized is conducive for progress and enjoyment. Furthermore, find a teacher that is qualified and that is committed to ongoing education. An up to date teacher will always have the tools to help students reach their goals.
There are two important elements we should think about while looking for the right teacher. Reflect on your goals and the motivation behind learning an instrument, and ask teachers about their teaching philosophy and what they can do to help you reach your goals.