Meet the teachers
Amanda Byars is an independent music educator specializing in group and private instruction for children and adults in Dallas, Texas. Prior to establishing Piano In Your Home, she served on the faculty at Southern Methodist University as Lecturer in Piano Pedagogy and Coordinator of Class Piano. She was also co-founder and teacher of piano at Dallas/Music – a performing arts center located in the Park Cities.
Ms. Byars received a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina and the Master of Music in piano pedagogy from S.M.U. where she was a teaching assistant for the internationally renowned pedagogue, Louise Bianchi
Jessica Daniel grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where, from a very young age, she cultivated a passion for the piano. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Oregon where she studied with Dr. Claire Wachter. Jessica is continuing her studies at Southern Methodist University for a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy. She holds a graduate teaching assistantship in Piano Pedagogy Department where she teaches beginning students through adults.
Ms. Daniel’s philosophy of teaching includes a desire to share her curiosity and passion for music with all her students so they may enjoy making music for a lifetime. She is adept at planning creative and fun lesson plans to ensure each student will develop critical thinking skills and grow musically and technically.
In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time outdoors, longboarding, photography, cooking and learning German.
DR. UNKYOUNG KIM
Violin & Piano Teacher
Dr Unkyoung Kim is both a violin and piano instructor bringing decades of string and piano teaching, while also actively performing locally and internationally. After finishing her studies at the Hochschule in Hannover, Germany and achieving the artist exam at the Franz Liszt Weimar Musik Hochschule, Dr. Kim came to the United States attending both TCU and ASU where she received her master’s degree in violin and viola performance. She continued her studies receiving a Doctoral Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014.
Dr. Kim has also maintained an active performance career having performed in some of the most prestigious music festivals in the world, including Verbier, Holland and Zagan string festivals, with renowned artists Ida Handel, Herman Krebber and Tibor Varga. She is also the recipient of several prizes and awards from international competitions in London and Vienna and respected organizations including Artist National Management and the Contemporary Record Society in Philadelphia. Dr. Kim
Jun Guo is both a pianist and music educator. He is a staff pianist at the Texas Christian University. He has over twelve years of teaching experiences from beginning to advanced level.
Mr. Guo has performed with orchestras including the Shenyang Conservatory of Music Youth Symphony Orchestra, University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, and Texas Music Festival Symphony Orchestra. He was also a prize-winner at the competitions including the Snowy Range Piano Competition, the Dorothy Jacoby Concerto Competition, and the MTNA Wyoming State Young Artist Performance Competition. He was a member of Pi Kappa Lambda since 2013.
Mr. Guo received a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the Shenyang Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music in piano performance from the University of Wyoming. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in collaborative piano at the University of North Texas.
As an educator, Mr. Guo’s teaching philosophy is to teach students how to be the best versions of themselves and to cultivate them into a professional musician. He believes that it is important to provide a safe and welcoming environment for students to learn and grow. In his spare time, Mr. Guo likes to travel, watch movie, and make friends.
Influenced by his father who used to play the classical guitar, Mr. Zuhdi began his classical guitar study in his hometown of Damascus at age of Eight. At age of Sixteen he was awarded the grade of Excellence in guitar performance at Solhi al-Wadi Institute of Music from which he graduated in 1997. During college years, Mr. Nabeel taught the guitar at all levels and ages while maintained his performance activity. In year 2003 he won the Moyen-Guitare lère Mèdaille Ascendante competition at the National Conservatory of Jordan in collaboration with the Conservatoire National de Region Ville de Boulogne-Billancourt, France. In 2017, he earned his master’s degree (M.M.) from the University of North Texas in Guitar Performance. His belief in interdisciplinarity as a vehicle of good learning lead him to pursue the world’s first Ph.D. degree in Performing Arts Health with concentration on guitar performance. Mr. Zuhdi is experienced in developing finger-style guitar techniques for beginners and advanced students within constructive project-based and goal-oriented framework. Mr. Zuhdi believes that effective and systematic task-specific strategies are crucial in acquiring skills, and this learning process should be based on pedagogy that takes performing arts health concepts into account, such as practicing while minimizing stress and strain. Mr. Zuhdi is an active performer and has over Fifteen years of guitar teaching experience.
Azin Hakimii was born in the historical city of Isfahan, Iran known for its grand avenues, covered bridges and beautiful gardens. She was drawn to the piano at an early age and began exploring various musical instruments in middle school. By the time she entered high school, Ms. Hakimii had devoted herself entirely to mastering the piano and eventually received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Yerevan State Conservatory of Armenia. While at the conservatory, she was active as a performer, accompanist, and teacher.
In 2016, Ms. Hakimii came to the United States to further her career while teaching piano to students of all ages and abilities at the Cincinnati School of Music. She is a dedicated teacher who questions the rationale behind every aspect of her instruction and encourages her students to strive for excellence with her warm and caring personality.
Ms. Hakimii loves spicy food, listening to classical music and playing duets with her husband, Sajad, a professional violinist and their 14-month-old son.
MUSIC SCHOOL LOCATION
Monday 10:00 am–7:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am–7:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am–7:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am–7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am–7:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm–5:00 pm