Master of Arts in Education
Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Studies
Community College Courses: Piano 1 & 2, Guitar 1 & 2, Voice 1 & 2, Basic Musicianship, Music Appreciation, History of Rock and Roll, History of Jazz
Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language
4.0 gade point average in the ten music courses taken at San Diego Community College
Sang tenor in performance of choral masterworks Mozart Requiem, Brahms Requiem, Rutter Requiem, Handel Messiah, Handel "Israel in Egypt," Faure Requiem,
Musical Theatre Roles: Bumble in "Oliver", Greylag in "Honk!", Jud Fry in "Oklahoma" and others
Member of First Unitarian Universalist Church Chalice Choir for 30 years
Participant in three choir tours of Europe including Rutter conducting his "Requiem" in 2018
Member of San Diego Chinese Choral Society with choral and solo singing performances annually
Winner of the first Andrew Rankine Music Scholarship (Scottish Country Dancing), which I used to attend Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddle Camp
I have sung in choirs for thirty years. Over that time, I also performed in several musical plays, and took about 22 college course units in music covering piano, guitar, singing, and musicianship. I took singing lessons with Dr. Ron Shaheen over a five year period. My day job is Mandarin interpreter, and I have time enough to develop as a musician when that work is completed. I believe I could be a good music teacher because I have considerable knowledge of music and skill in singing and playing the violin.
Almost all of my experience as a musician has been as a performer of music and as a student of music. The process of collaborative music making at heart is teaching and learning. I enjoy learning my part, and take responsibility for guiding others when appropriate, with the goal of a good experience and stirring performance. I have had only a few private paying music students, and I have not taught music in a classroom setting. I have frequently taught songs for language learning, and in religious education. I am currently taking violin lessons, and am active in singing and playing violin/fiddle with a small group.
I want to give my student the experience of success from the start. With an appropriate printed resource, and audio recordings to listen to, they are equipped with the materials for self-study from the start. During the lesson itself, the student would be singing or playing at least half of the time. During this current stay-at-home lifestyle, I propose having lessons over Zoom. I would like to work toward a performance goal, such as playing at a recital, or playing in an ensemble. I want to inspire you to give yourself the gift of music.
At present my practice of teaching music involves inspiring other singers to want to sing along during Zoom meetings, or giving them the tools to make a good audio recording for a virtual choir. Recently I made slideshows of the music score synchronized with the audio track for their voice part. I took responsibility for my own learning, and shared my tools with others. The singers in my choir made good use of these musical slideshows. In a classroom It is important to contextualize the skill, connecting the parts to the whole, and the whole to the self.