Biography for Mr. Joel Tepper:
Vice President MTAC Alameda Branch 2012-Present
Being educated at Cal Berkeley and Mills College, Mr. Tepper has won many awards including those from the National Teachers Association and The Berkeley Teacher’s Association. Joel has taught piano for over 25 years. Now he is a piano teacher in Veksler Academy of Music and Dance Sunnyvale, Ca. 2012-Present. Currently he teaches Children and Adults in his Oakland Studio and is especially popular with UC Berkeley students and the staff at Laney College in their Music Department. As concert pianist, Joel has performed with Bay Area orchestras including the San Francisco symphony as a first place winner in the Youth Orchestra Piano Competition and also the Berkeley Symphony. Performing extensively in Berkeley and Bay Area Venues Joel has played the major repertoire for piano. As an instructor, Joel combines his piano artistry with a terrific sense of humor and a love for all sports. A consummate musician Joel teachers all levels of piano study-Classical, Jazz and Popular techniques.
Performance Experience: Key Solo Venues-Cadillac Hotel San Francisco Ca., San Francisco Jewish Community Center
Biography for Christine Saw VanRiper:
Welcoming Back! Instructor Miss Christine recent newlywed briefly moved to Orange County and has returned to PianoCo! Christine holds a Masters Degree of Music from Boston Conservatory (2009) and a Bachelors Degree of Music and Vocal Performance from Chapman. Her talents as piano and voice instructor include her performances with Livermore Opera and Bay Area Acapella groups. Her children’s ministry is weekly with Cornerstone Fellowship Church in Livermore. A member of the California Music Teachers Association, Christine instructs and prepares for the yearly Certificate of Merit Exam.
Biography for Shannon Hoffman:
Shannon earned a Masters degree in vocal performance from California State University East Bay, and a Bachelors in vocal performance from Whitman College. She is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and Theater Bay Area. She lives in San Ramon with her husband and 9 year old triplets. She has been teaching piano and voice for over 10 years.
Shannon has performed as a mezzo-soprano in operas, concerts, and musical theatre. She is a frequent soloist with several East Bay Church congregations
Biography for Jia Guo:
Miss Jia is concert trained in piano performance. A music graduate of Cal State East Bay, she brings a fresh and innovative approach teaching children and adults of all ages. Miss Jia teaches beginning thru advanced levels and participates in the California Music Teachers Association Evaluation Program Certificate of Merit.
Biography for Luxi He:
Luxi He enjoys teaching piano to students of all ages. Educated in China, Luxi offers bilingual lessons in both Chinese and English. Her fluent and detailed teaching technique emphasizes the fundamental aspects of classical instruction for beginning and intermediate pupils.
Biography for Joshua Susic:
Our systems organizer/office assistant, Joshua is completing his Bachelor’s degree in music composition at San Francisco State. Joshua’s an accomplished composer to the modern music scene in the Bay Area.