By Appointments Only
I offer vocal and piano private lessons to all ages, ranging form children of 5 to adult in the Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland, East Bay Area for over 10 years. Please contact me for 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 bachelor 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 representation of myself and my generation.
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Include vocal warmups, and 1 song for improvement. Please prepare a song to sing, and bring sheet music along if possible.
I teach all levels of piano, from beginner to advanced level. Learn how to read music and play in chords.
1 hour minimum
You may create your own group lesson of less then 5 people to split the cost of 1 hr lesson if you would like
Please contact me for customized vocal training program for group, church or worship training program. Please give 30 days advance notice. Thank you!
Project base commissions, please private message me for any collaborations
Hire me to be the voice of your project, price may varies based on the song or project needs
Hire me to work/proofread/make revision to your song lyrics (Chinese/English)
Speak fluent Cantonese, Mandarin, American English. Hire me for your voice over, song translation projects.
Please contact through email, mobile, or facebook online appointment booking. Meet up location will be arranged accordingly.
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.
My husband and I both took singing lessons from Joannie.
First impressions to us:
- she is very pleasant and easy going, which makes us very comfortable and relaxed.
- she had taught singing classes to individuals before as well as teaching to groups in workshops. She has extensive teaching experiences
Technical & teaching style
-she has her own curriculum and teaching materials
-she would first access the students singing level and then customized her class to the student
-she's very flexible to our needs, and adjustable to our learning requests
-very patient and reasonable expectation of our learning progress
-very down-to-earth and help us to feel very comfortable
Willingness to go extra mile:
- I always wanted to learn singing the song I Will always Love You by Whitney Houston. I asked her if she can record her own singing of the song to me so I can listen and learn as a reference. She immediately send me her recordings shortly after.
Joanne is definitely a very great experienced singing teacher. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is seriously interested in sharpening their singing techniques.