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Chaz Ronald Barcenilla

Los Angeles, CA 90015 (map)


Lessons Offered

Keyboard, Music, Music Theory, Piano, Singing

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home

Online via Webcam


About Me

Having played the piano since the age of 4 and sung from the age of 7, music has always been my passion. I love to practice and perform, and would like to radiate the same love to my students through focus, discipline and self - motivation. Since I was brought up multi-lingually, I speak several languages at native-fluency level and also teach Music also as a full language immersion program while having my students pursue Music in either one or more of these languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French, German. The underlying factor for any success is the enjoyment generated through the love of playing music.

MY MISSION: My mission is to develop a child's musical gift in a manner that is sensitive to his or her natural ability to respond to immediate surroundings of sound and music. From as early as four years of age, I assist in shaping the child's natural aural perception into a skill of recreating sound through the art of extemporization at the instrument. Pre- reading: Linear and spatial dimensions on paper are taught concurrently at the youngest age which gradually develops into full notation on manuscript. Aural perception and notation become integrated skills in aural awareness, abstract thinking, melody writing, chordal progressions, improvisation, eventually leading towards the study of composition. The child's nurtured ability to comprehend and analyze these related concepts enable him or her to grow into a well-rounded musician, better sight-reader, and to increase repertoire in less time.

In addition, students can learn these abstract concepts in the language of their choice (children and adults alike): English, Spanish, Italian, French or German so that their language skills retain fluency while pursing studies in Music. MY GOAL: My immediate goal is to enhance secure development to each higher level of musical and technical proficiency with good sense of direction, advancement, enjoyment, and creativity. LANGUAGES USED: I teach Vocal/Piano Performance, Music Theory, Composition, Song-Writing, Rudiments in your language of preference: English, Spanish, Italian, French, German (all of these languages can be used as immersion programs for children and adults of ethnic backgrounds requiring native-fluency levels). I also teach these languages from Beginners' through Native-Fluency levels. I also have advanced students that are currently Associate and Bachelor of Music candidates that teach separately from me at a reduced cost, and collaborates with me at the lesson so students can get used to performance - practice in front of other teachers .

My Musical Education Background

M.Ed. in Music Education, Spanish Literature, German Literature, French and Italian Studies (University of New South Wales, Australia)

B.A. in Piano/Vocal Performance (Music), Spanish Literature, German Literature, French and Italian Studies (University of New South Wales, Australia)

F.T.C.L. Fellowship in Piano Performance (Trinity College, London)

F.L.C.M. Fellowship in Piano Performance (London College of Music)

A.R.C.M. Associate in Piano Performance (Royal College of Music, London)

Genres and Subjects Taught

In addition to the classical genre, which is the underlying source and basis of musical interpretation, I also teach other styles: Blues, Country, Ethnic/World, Folk/Traditional, Hip Hop/R&B, Jazz, Latin, Musical Theater, New Age, Religious/Devotional, Rock/Pop.

I teach Piano, Voice, Music Theory, Piano Pedagogy, Sight-reading, Aural Perception, Improvisation, Harmony and Counterpoint also as a full language immersion program in the language of your choice: English, Spanish, Italian, German, French at native-fluency level, as means to retain language skills in bi-multilingual children while pursuing music studies. I also teach these languages from Beginners' though native-fluency levels

Lesson Rates

$45 (half hour in sets of 4 lessons)
$40 (half hour in sets of 12 lessons)
$35 (half hour in sets of 24 sessions)

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

I teach beginners, intermediate, and advanced levels from the age of 4 for Vocal and Piano Performance. I've taught students from the age of 3, most of whom have matured to become proficient pianists, now in their teens or adult life. The oldest student I've taught and currently am still teaching is a wonderful lady at the graceful age of 93. She has been under my tutelage, as a former concert pianist, for 14 years now. My students learn to play the piano either purely for leisure or certification leading to a degree in piano or vocal performance (Associate and Licentiate levels, entrance matriculation to colleges and universities, undergraduate-postgraduate requirements).

My Certifications and Awards


Prizewinner and Finalist at National Piano Competitions, Australia: Yamaha, Beale, Sydney Young Performers, Sydney Youth.

Recipient of Scholarships: Music Advancement Foundation and the Music Students Overseas Study Foundation

Nominee: Five Outstanding Young Australians 1997

My Musical Influences

The classical genre first and foremost; Franz Liszt's repertoire of etudes, and rhapsodies; the Russian technique of piano pedagogy.


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West Hollywood, CA

Chaz taught me for 6 months until very recently, I find him to be nurturing and dedicated to get you the best possible results during the actual duration of the lesson. He is thorough but at the same time you get enjoyment in knowing you can actually play better than your expectation. I wish I was in a better financial position to continue taking lessons with Chaz. I fully recomment Ronald Chaz Barcenilla.


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