Dr. Pance Zaev has been teaching clarinet, saxophone and piano at Dietze Music Briarhurst since September, 2011. He is passionate about teaching and accepts students of all levels and ages. Pance believes that each student is unique, and the education they receive should be specific to their needs and objectives. “During lessons, I expect active participation from my students. I ask them to prepare questions for me for each of their lessons. This encourages them to come to their lessons prepared, and it provides an atmosphere where the student is not only a listener, but also an active participant.” ~Pance
Pance is originally from Strumica, Macedonia where he began his music education on piano with Neska Guzelova. He studied clarinet with Manol Janev and piano with Lepa Mrmevska at the Music and Ballet High School Center Ilija Nikolovski Luj in the capital of Macedonia. From fall of 1995 to spring of 1996, Zaev was a student at Kiril I Metodij University in Skopje where he studied with Ivan Kocarov. Zaev transferred to the University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music at Stockton, California where he studied clarinet with Dr. Patricia Shands and piano with Carol Tucker. At UOP he completed his Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance.
Pance Zaev began teaching at Nebraska Wesleyan University in the Fall of 2008. At Nebraska Wesleyan, Dr. Zaev teaches chamber music as well as applied clarinet and saxophone. Dr. Zaev is a member of the Huntington Trio together with fellow NWU instructors, Larry Jones (piano) and Betsy Bobenhouse (flute). Dr. Zaev served as a graduate teaching assistant for five years (MM and DMA) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln while studying with Dr. Diane Barger. He graduated from UNL with a Master of Music in the spring of 2004 and received his Doctor of Musical Arts in August of 2015. For his Doctoral Document, Pance wrote an Annotated Bibliography on solos and small chamber pieces written by Macedonian composers.
Dr. Zaev performs regularly with a number of jazz, pop, and R&B bands in Lincoln, playing clarinet as well as alto and tenor saxophone and has recently performed with Hannah Houston and Idina Menzel.