J&F Musician Professionals

Vocal Teacher:

  • Cecilia Cai: Operatic soprano, professional voice instructor. Ms. Cai has experience working with theaters,media companies, schools and non-profit organizations internationally. She performed principal roles in major productions including Nedda from “I Pagliacci”, MIcaela from “Carmen” and Violeta Valero from “La Traviata”. She has performed with Verismo Opera, Opera San Jose, Bay Shore Lyric Opera, First Street Opera, Jarvis Conservatory and The Voice of Harmony Artist. She has taught public high schools, private middle school, public elementary school, various music schools and heritage schools.

 

Flute Teacher:

  • Kay Wang: Miss. Wang is an active flutist and awarded flute instructor. She holds a Master of Music Degree in Flute Performance from Texas Christian University where she served as Graduate Assistant and taught flute throughout the studio. She also completed an advanced performance certificate from Carnegie Mellon University. While at CMU, she studied with the principal flutist of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Ms. Lorna McGhee and was a member of Atlantic Flute Quartet.Miss Wang’s teaching area includes flute lessons, music theory and chamber coaching. Her philosophy has always been to encourage students to perform with their peers and collaborate with one and another to get a better understanding of music.

  • Michelle Chang: Graduated from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She is principal flute in San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and El Camino Youth Symphony Orchestra. She also is a winner of El Camino Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, Music Legacy Open Music Competition and U.S. Open Music Competition. Her teaching style is organized and fun with students. She can help students prepare the school orchestra and brass band.


Guitar Teacher:

  • Yaxin Yang:  Yaxin Yang is a professional guitarist originally from China, where he began to playing guitar at the age of 10. Yaxin finds his musical influences in everything from jazz, finge-style, pop, Rock, R&B, folk and funk. As a guitarist born in China, he is also highly influenced by Chinese folk music where he combined it into his guitar playing and compositions. Yaxin received his B.A. in music with honor (Jazz studies) from St. Francis Xavier University in Canada and his M.M. in Jazz performance from San Jose State University. During school, Yaxin was hired as a Graduate Teaching Assistant to direct and Co-teaching SJSU students and ensembles, he also had the privilege of participating in guitar lessons and masterclasses with Dr. Aaron Lington, Rick Vandivier, Jay Jennings, Kendrick Scott, Linda Oh, Adam Rogers, Lage Lund, Larry Grenadier, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Matt Wilson and Cyrille Aimee. Yaxin is currently performs and teaches in various venues throughout the Bay Area.

Violin Teacher:

 

  • Susan Shi: got her Master Degree on violin performance from Michigan. Ms. Sue is active member of MTAC.  She has been preparing students for the CM test from level 4 to Advanced level. Some of her students joined CYS, ECYS and SJSO. Ms. Sue also committed to the performance in the local community. She is currently the first violin at Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra. She was also invited to gave many performances to the Chinese community at special events. Ms. Sue is passionate with teaching young children. She believes the music education will enrich young children’s life and their body development. Playing violin is not only for learning to play an instrument, but also to enjoy the music itself.

  • Rejane Xie: She graduated from California State East Bay with major in Viola, She mastered the skills and knowledge in orchestra. She is the professional instructor of classic Violin and Viola. She has taught middle school and high school students to work on their band and orchestra’s pieces. She also help her students to prepare to get into the Bay Area orchestra. She has many ways to teach different ages and levels.

  • Grace Leung: She has obtained ABRSM Grade 8 violin exam with distinction and got her Trinity music diploma performance ATCL in 2014. She also has experiences performing in public areas and various inter-school competitions as an assistant principle in first violin section in school orchestra and Tom Lee Hong Kong Youth NeoStrings Orchestra. She is exceptionally passionate in working with children through her voluntary experiences as well as having violin performance in certain occasions in YMCA. She also has several years of teaching experience. 

 

Piano Teacher:

  • Gretehen Hull: Gretchen is a freelance recitalist, chamber musician, and teacher based in San Jose, California.  She has recently completed her doctoral degree at Temple University, where she studied in the studio of Charles Abramovic as a doctoral fellow for four years. Gretchen has given recitals for numerous concert series throughout the US East Coast including a fully televised recital for WSKG’s TV series Expressions.  She also has been heard performing and/or been interviewed on the WCNY, WSKG, and WPEL radio stations, as well as WSKG’s television show Artist Café. In November of 2016 she gave a lecture-recital on 20th century piano literature of unusual and often unearthly beauty by a group of lesser-known Norwegian composers, whose music she performed in many venues on the East and West Coasts in her winter/spring 2017 recital tour, "The Glacier is Silent."
        A past participant in the Chautauqua Piano Program and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in NYC, she has been a semifinalist in the Pianale International Piano Academy and Competition in Schlitz, Germany. She has also been a selected participant of the rigorous Domaine Forget Solo Piano program in Québec, Canada and studied harpsichord in classes with Ketil Haugsand at the Ringve Early Music program at Sund in Trøndelag, Norway.  Gretchen has performed in masterclasses led by Garrick Ohlsson, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Jerome Rose, Marcantonio Barone, Angela Cheng, Benedetto Lupo, Louis Lortie, and Sonia Lee (harpsichord), among many others.  
        She is on piano faculty at the Csehy Summer School of Music (USA), most recently a teacher at Pianoskole.no in Bergen, Norway, and previously an adjunct professor of Piano and Music History (antiquity to late Baroque) at Eastern University.  She was also the pianist of the Philadelphia-based piano trio Trio Amaranth.  Other teachers past and present include Ms. Natalie Zhu, Ms. Rebecca Penneys, Dr. Michael Landrum, Dr. Samuel Hsu, and Ms. Monique Leduc.  Gretchen Hull received her master’s degree at Temple University and her undergraduate degree from Houghton College, where she studied under Leon Fleisher student William Newbrough.

  • Mariia BulychevaMariia Bulycheva (Ms. Masha)  received her music degree from Alfred Schnittke Moscow Music college in Russia in 1998.  In addition to receiving a piano pedagogy degree she has also got the degree in Choral Singing. Since graduation Mariia had been working as a piano teacher in Gretchaninov music school for about 15 years preparing students for various solo and ensemble performances. Among her students there are laureates and diploma winners of musical competitions and festivals. Many of Mariia's graduates have continued their studies in secondary and higher musical institutions. Also Mariia had been a chorister of the Church's choir for more than 20 years. After moving to the United States in 2016 Mariia enjoys continuing her career as a piano teacher, sharing her experience with the students and doing her best to teach them the necessary piano skills as well as to love and to understand the music.

  • Sini Zheng: Sini Zheng has been teaching piano more than 10 years. She earned her Piano Performance Master and Doctoral degree with cognate in piano pedagogy from College-Conservatory of Music in University of Cincinnati which is top 10 music conservatory in the US. Sini loves to share her experiences and passion of piano music with those kids who love music. In addition, the passing rate of her students who took the ABRSM exam was perfectly 100% with a high rate of distinction level. She is the official recommended teacher of the ABRSM piano exam in Ohio. And her students have also won many U.S. piano competitions.

  • Audrey Ma: Audrey Ma: She has 12 years of piano teaching experience. She started playing piano at the age of 5, and studied with Professor Sheng Yiqi and Master Zhao Xiaosheng at Shanghai Conservatory of Music during middle school (https://en.shcmusic.edu.cn). She earned 1st place at TianJin Normal University for piano performance at age 17. At an early age, she was given the opportunity to go abroad and study at Odessa National Music Academy in Ukraine. (http://odma.edu.ua/eng/about). Afterwards, she spent the next 3 years teaching piano to students at Zhengzhou University before branching out to teach students of all ages at the Beijing Dance Academy (https://en.bda.edu.cn/aboutbda/index.htm). She has Teacher Certification for university level. Many of her students received awards and high achievements in piano competitions; and she has sent students to Central Conservatory of Music (http://en.ccom.edu.cn/2020/). In 2017, she started her Masters in piano performance and studied under Professor Roger Woodward at San Francisco State University (https://music.sfsu.edu/people/faculty/roger-woodward).

  • Jess Mak: received her bachelor’s degree at University of British Columbia and further her
    master degree in piano pedagogy at Hong Kong Baptist University. She is a registered piano
    teacher of Royal Conservatoire of Music and she has been teaching at International Christian
    Quality Music Secondary and Primary School since 2012. Her job covers from teaching piano
    and music theory to being accompanist and vocal coach. Under the instructions from pianists
    Mr. Norman Lee and Mr. Stephen Wong, she studied precisely the relationship between correct
    healthy postures and the qualities of music tones and techniques. Consequently her studies led
    her into exploration of different posture methods, such as Alexander Techniques to advance
    piano playing. Many of her students received high scores from ABRSM or RCM exams and
    some of them were award winners from music festivals. In recent years, she has developed a
    keen interest in contemporary and choral music. She is also an active member of The Learners
    Chorus Hong Kong and performed in various choral concerts including The Bells by
    Rachmaninoff, Symphony no. 8 by Mahler, War Requiem by Benjamin Britten etc.

  • Coco Yu: Expertise in Piano Teaching. 8+ years exceed expectation for performance review. High skilled in various type of education execution. Creative in teaching to build approchable relationship, and dedicate to unique style. A self-starter with proven ability to conceptualize and implement innovative solutions. Applies cutting-edge technologies to upgrade processes. Confident, assertive, diplomatic, detail-oriented, multi-task, organized, and outgoing with exceptional communication skills. Multicultural, bilingual professional-speak fluent Chinese and English. 

  • Vicky Pan: She has a Master Degree in The Boston Conservatory of Music, her major in Music Performance. She has had more than 20 years of teaching experience. She currently a piano professor in the San Jose Christian College. She also currently a member of MTAC (Music Teacher Association of California). She sends students to attend the MTAC CM (Certificate of Merit). She sends students to the Royal School of Music Piano Level Test. She sends students to attend competitions, festivals, etc.

  • Jia Yi: Ms. Yi has over 13 years teaching piano and music theory experience. With the Master of Music Education degree from University of Colorado at Boulder and Bachelor of Music degree from Sichuan Music Conservatory China, Ms. Yi holds great passion for music teaching. Her students all get distinction and excellent in Royal Conservatory of Music (ABRSM). Some of her students achieved outstanding results in United States Open Music Competition. She pays a lot attention to formulating the teaching strategy according to the characteristics of each student. Student can not only learn solid playing technology from her, but also learn the ability of appreciating music. 

  • Sophia Xu: Pianist, experienced piano instructor with a demonstrated history of working in performing art industry. Strong education professional with a Master of Arts (MA) focused in piano performance from Roosevelt University in Chicago. She was invited to perform in Berlin International Music Festival and Academy. Ms. Xu is a member of Music Teachers’ Association of California as well as Music Teacher National Association. Her many students get distinction in Royal Conservatory of Music (ABRSM) and United States Open Music Competition.