I offer vocal and piano private lessons for beginner to professional level in the Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland, East Bay Area for over 10 years. Please contact me before scheduling.
My passion for music sparked from winning a singing contest in my kindergarten. Ever since, I have been in children's choirs, and many high school musicals. Graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in music vocal major, I studied classical voice with Deborah Benedict, and contemporary singing with John Scott. I have earned a Vocal Styles Specialist certificate from Berklee College of Music. I am now a JDSMethod-certified vocalist in the Bay Area.
I love to collaborate with musicians of different musical background. I find inspiration through life, in the word of God, and the people all around me. I try to make my music a representative of myself and my generation.
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Joannie devotes her time and energy into her local church ministry through worship music, pastoring, and teaching. She is working on her own music on the side. You are welcomed to partner with her musical journey through financial support.
Joannie Chiu is a great vocal teacher. I was classically trained in piano for over 10 years and met many unyielding and exacting teachers. While their natures pushed me and challenged me, they did not provide the nurturing environment I needed to learn and dedicate myself to the craft. Joannie's style of teaching is with grace and understanding. She is encouraging and understanding, which leads to productivity and confidence, some of the most key things needed to improve. She has taught me to believe in my voice, and that is the most special thing I have learned from her.