Instructors – Piano

Kari Cheng – Vocal, Piano

Kari Cheng graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2008 with a bachelors in Music Production. She studied piano under Gerri Alexander, a distinguished pianist in the Bay Area, since 1996. She started singing in college, where she sang in the Kellogg Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, as well as music theatre, soul ensemble, and other various ensembles. While she was studying music, she was an intern for Guerilla Union, a hip hop production company, where she worked in live entertainment and marketing in the music industry. After she graduated, she helped establish MusicAlley, a small, independent music company in Chino Hills, where she taught beginning/intermediate piano and vocal private lessons. She moved back to the Bay Area in 2010, where she currently teaches piano and voice at C&L Music, and music at the after school program at Friends of Children with Special Needs.

Joyce Kuo – Guitar, Piano



Joyce Kuo grew up in Hong Kong, where she began playing classical piano at age 4. She also studied violin at age 8, and then picked up her first guitar at age 15. Joyce received her teaching certification from the Guildhall School of Music in London. She is passionate about music and teaching, and is in high demand as a private guitar and piano instructor, with over 70 students in the Bay Area.

Over the years, Joyce has performed and recorded many different artists, demonstrating her competence in a wide range of styles from classical and rock/pop to hip-hop and jazz. Joyce is currently very active in the music community. She has even influenced the legendary Stevie Wonder’s music by personally introducing him to a new instrument called the harpejji.

Joyce is the band leader, guitarist, pianist, and vocalist of an all-female Queen tribute band, The Killer Queens. She plays lead guitar and sings backup vocals in The Funkronauts, a disco/funk cover band. Joyce is the musical director and guitarist for Peruvian pop vocalist Fatima Poggi. She also performs with soul singer Steely Nash on guitar and harpejji. Joyce is currently endorsed by Monster Products and Catalinbread Effects.

Some of Joyce’s musical influences include Brian May, Frederic Chopin, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Eric Johnson, and Stevie Wonder.

Vivien Tay – Piano

Peony Lan – Piano

Sarah Zhong – Piano

Hsin-Yee Shih – Piano

Hsin-Yee EditedHsin-Yee Shih began her musical training in her native hometown, Tainan, Taiwan, where she studied both piano and oboe and was exposed to both western and traditional Chinese music.  Upon immigrating to the US in 1994, Hsin-Yee started to take private piano and oboe lessons, theory, and chamber music classes at the Preparatory Division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  She also joined the Oakland Youth Orchestra in the same year.  Prior to going to the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, Hsin-Yee performed as a soloist with the Oakland Youth Orchestra (oboe), and the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra (piano).

Hsin-Yee got her Bachelor Degrees in both Piano and Oboe Performances and her Masters degree in Piano Performance from the Peabody Institute.  Hsin-Yee has completed all the requirements for the preliminary California Teaching Credential.   Hsin-Yee has served as a staff accompanist for the Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore, and the Ohlone College in Fremont, CA.  She is the music director for the American Buddhist Culture Society Youth Orchestra. She has been teaching piano since 2005.  Hsin-Yee is a patient teacher; she enjoys guiding students on the path of becoming better musicians.