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MM, Mannes The New School, Piano Performance (Expected 2019) BA, Columbia College Columbia University, Political Science (2017)
2018 - Fellow at the Ravinia's Steans Music Festival 2017 - Invited to play in Carnegie Hall Workshops under Jonathan Biss 2017 - Rapaport Prize Recipient at Columbia University 2015 - Performed on China Tour 2010-2013 - Three-time piano soloist with the Midsummer Mozart Festival
I'm a patient and dedicated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my knowledge of piano-playing. I graduated from Columbia with a degree in Political Science in 2017 and I'm currently pursuing my Masters of Music degree under the tutelage of Richard Goode. I hope to enter a Doctorate program next year, and I'm working towards fulfilling my goals of performing around the world at a high level as well as eventually teaching piano in a university setting. I am an avid performer, having performed at Carnegie Hall, the Ravinia Festival, and all throughout the Bay Area (my hometown). I'm eager to share what I've learned with my students and learn from them as well. Hope to meet you soon!
I began teaching during my last year of college, when I was invited to give a series of lecture-performances and masterclasses in Hangzhou, China. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it; the most rewarding parts of my China tour was my time spent coaching young pianists in music schools. I started teaching privately a year ago; though my studio is small, I am extremely dedicated to my students and their progress and I look forward to including more people in this journey. I teach in a way that encourages the individual creativity and skills of each of my students. I don't believe that you have to "special" or "talented" to be musical and my teaching style reflects that. I hope to give my students the tools with which they can be musical in the ways that they want to. I'm here to help you reach your performance goals!
I only teach Intermediate and Advanced students, and my method really depends on the particular student. I don't believe in a single, "core curriculum" for piano-playing. It really depends on the students' goals, strengths/weaknesses, etc. For my beginning intermediate students, I usually give a selection of little pieces to learn by Bach, Schubert, and Schumann to start developing their ear and sense of rhythm/musicality. I also highly encourage my students to learn new things constantly so that they get more comfortable learning new music fast! For my more advanced students, my teaching is even more tailored to their individual needs and what demands attention.
Firstly, as with anything, I try to get to know my students and their goals. Once I know where they are at, we can devise a plan for particular repertoire to play and particular techniques to master. I'm all about having fun through the process of learning the piano--piano lessons can often be seen as these nervewracking sessions, I prefer to treat my lessons as collaborative explorations where both myself and the student learn more about music-making together. I also like to encourage my students to perform at their own pace, whether in small house concerts or through opportunities at music conservatories.
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