Leonardo Zuno Fernandez
Leonardo Zuno was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Mr. Zuno is a graduate of SMU, having obtained two master’s degrees (in piano performance and pedagogy and in music theory). He studied piano under Dr. Richard Baca and Prof. Alfred Mouledous and piano pedagogy with Drs. Pete Jutras, Sam Holland, Cathy Lysinger, and Mr. Matthew Kline. His music theory training under Drs. Barbara Wallace, David Mancini, Jacquelyn Hale, and Robert Frank has had a significant impact on his pedagogical philosophy, as he seeks the integration of both disciplines to help students in becoming independent learners and complete musicians through a comprehensive musicianship approach to teaching.
Mr. Zuno is an adjunct lecturer at the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, where he has taught courses in music theory, aural skills, and class piano to both graduate and undergraduate students. He has also taught aural skills at Dallas Baptist University. Besides his college teaching, Mr. Zuno is a piano and music theory instructor at Dallas/Music, Inc., a private community school, where he teaches piano and music theory, both individually and in group settings. He is a board member of the Dallas Music Teachers Association, where he serves as the theory chairman and web coordinator. Mr. Zuno has also volunteered his time with the Texas Music Teachers Association, writing theory tests for children across the state, and offering feedback to the theory advisory committee for TMTA. He also adjudicates around the DFW metroplex in music festivals and contests. In addition, he has taught theory and keyboard skills classes at the National Piano Institute for Teachers and Young Artists at SMU. In the near future, his plans include beginning a Ph.D. program in music and human learning at the University of Texas in Austin.
In his free time, Mr. Zuno enjoys running and cycling, cooking and entertaining friends, and going to live music events of all types.
Education M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy (2005) and M.M. in Music Theory (2007), SMU
M.M. thesis, “Beethoven’s Compositional Tendencies in Selected Sonata-Allegro Movements for Piano”
TeachingMUTH 1129, Aural Skills I, MUTH 1130, Aural Skills II, MUTH 1229, Music Theory I, MUTH 1230, Music Theory II, PERB 1205,, Beginning Class Piano, PERB 1131, Class Piano (1st semester), PERB 1132, Class Piano (2nd semester), PERB 2131, Class Piano (3rd semester), PERB 2132, Class Piano (4th semester), PERB 5107, Keyboard for Choral Conductors I, PERB 5108, Keyboard for Choral Conductors II
Texas Music Teachers Association music theory exams for students in levels 7-9, from 2005-2008
DMTA board member (2006-present), web coordinator (2006-present), and theory chairman (2008-present); TMTA, theory committee member (2005-2009)