This year marks 24 years of piano teaching for Regina Ziliani. In 1988 she accepted her first piano student while still in high school. She maintained a large studio throughout college teaching at Oakbrook Preparatory School, Case Brothers and in her private home studio. Regina was named Daniel Music Scholar at Converse College, and while a student also continued her violin study as well, performing with the Converse Chamber Ensemble and the Greater Spartanburg Philharmonic. In 2001 Regina moved to San Jose, CA and accepted the position of piano instructor on faculty at Campbell Music School. Then in 2004 she and her husband, Jeff, moved to Charlotte. Regina never expected her home studio in Charlotte to grow so quickly, but soon she would hire an assistant teacher and grow to 84 piano students. It became evident that southeast Charlotte needed more music teachers, and needed a professional music school...Charlotte Academy of Music. In August of 2008 Regina opened the doors to the Academy, realizing a lifetime dream of providing a school where students of all ages and instruments have opportunities to study with master teachers and participate in many enriching musical classes, ensembles and events.
Regina's students have actively participated as State, National and International Winners at the National Piano Guild Playing Auditions for the past 16 years. Her students consistently receive "Superior" ratings at NCMTA, NFMC Piano Festival and the NFMC Piano Scholarship Fesitval. Several of Mrs. Ziliani's students have been selected as State Winners in the NCMTA Piano Contest as well as "Best Performers" in the SC NFMC Festival in Spartanburg, SC. They have also gone on to major colleges and universities to pursue music-related careers. Regina Ziliani was blessed to study with wonderful pedagogues and performers such as Dr. Hao Huang, Dr. George Lucktenburg, Lera Borden, and Dr. Henry Janiec, former conductor of the Charlotte Symphony.
Regina holds professional memberships with Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), NC Music Teachers National Association, National Guild of Piano Teachers, Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum and the National Federation of Music Clubs. She has served as Adjudicator for the National Piano Guild Playing Auditions and the National Federation of Music Clubs Festival. Regina chairs both the Theory and Instrument events for the Charlotte chapter of the NFMC Festival.
Regina Ziliani is a gifted piano teacher who joyfully shares her love of music with her students! She is a very talented and accomplished musician in her own right, and has a contagious enthusiasm for musical performance. She has many creative ways to instruct and inspire her students, including the variety of music she uses in her instruction, computer-based learning tools, and incentive programs for lesson preparation and performance. Notably, “Mrs. Z” has a great personality for relating to students, particularly children. My two daughters are excited to go to piano lessons each week, and thoroughly enjoy their time with her! In sum, I couldn't have dreamed up a better musical instruction experience for my daughters, and we choose to travel to Charlotte Academy of Music each week even though there are a number of other piano teachers more convenient to our home. Who could possibly compare? ~Leanne Burnett, parent
Mrs. Ziliani is a wonderful teacher. She takes the time to get to know her students and carefully considers their individual learning styles. With this knowledge she tailors her piano lessons to meet each student's individual learning needs. As one of her students and a parent of two of her students, I appreciate that she is always available to answer our questions both in and outside of class. We look forward to seeing her cheerful face each week as we always come away from our lesson excited about what we are learning and strive to reach our fullest potential based on the feedback she has given us in class. ~Shannon Reichard, Academy Parent and Student