Yamaha Music School Teachers

All Yamaha teachers are certified and:

– Undergo rigorous seminar training with National Music Education department staff at Yamaha Corp of America
– Successfully pass Yamaha Grade Exam, a comprehensive international music examination
– Receive over 100 hours of training with special seminar instruction with Yamaha Music Foundation teachers and staff from Japan
– Take systematic, ongoing development, evaluations and training through annual study groups and Experienced Teacher Seminars 
– Have a minimum of a bachelor”s degree in music education and / or performance, and 3-5 years experience teaching

Rita Hovanesian

Rita Hovanesian received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from California State University, Northridge and her Master of Fine Arts in Piano Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles. Over the years, she has participated in music festivals and competitions throughout the United States and performed in solo, chamber, and orchestral concerts. 

With over twenty-five years of teaching experience, Rita started the Yamaha Music School program at Keyboard Concepts in 2012. She is the director of the Yamaha Music School at Keyboard Concepts and has taken a program that started with 3 students to over 70 students currently enrolled.

Rita teaches adult group classes and private piano lessons, and is also a music wellness coach. She is active in various professional music organizations including Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT). Membership in these organizations allows her students to participate in a great variety of evaluations and competitions that foster music learning and growth through performance.

Aziza Syed

Aziza received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education with a Piano Emphasis from California State University of Northridge (CSUN). Overtime, she has consistently performed in classical, jazz and other various ensembles. Currently she regularly performs with Novala, an afro-beat-influenced 9-piece ensemble, whereby some of her original compositions are showcased.

Aziza has been a prominent private music educator in Santa Clarita Valley and San Fernando Valley for almost twenty years. She became a Yamaha Music Specialist to further develop her understanding and passion for music. In addition, she is a member of the Music Teachers” Association of California (MTAC) in which she encourages her students to participate in Certificate of Merit (CM).