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doctorate in violin performance & music theory
masters in violin performance
bachelors in violin performance
bachelors in psychology
I am a performing violinist, however I am most passionate about teaching and also playing chamber music. I began my musical studies playing the piano at age 7 and the violin at age 9. As a youth, I served as concertmaster of the South Bay Youth Symphony, Azusa Pacific Symphony Orchestra and Texas Christian University Symphony Orchestra. With the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, I participated in two European tours and had the honor of performing at Cite de la Musique in Paris, the Dvorak Hall in Prague, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw. DMA in Violin Performance with a cognate in Music Theory, Texas Christian University MM in Violin Performance, California State University, Sacramento BM in Violin Performance, Texas Christian University BA in Psychology, Texas Christian University
I have been teaching for close to 30 years and enjoy the challenge of working with students of all ages, levels, strengths, and styles. I have taught violin, music theory, chamber music, and repertoire throughout my career. Previous faculty positions include San Jose String Academy, Sierra Music Academy, Texas Christian University Preparatory Division & Extended Education, and New Jersey Music School. As a chamber musician, I served for four years as first violinist of the Greystone String Quartet and collaborated with Anna Kruger, founding violist of the Lark Quartet. As a soloist, I was a prizewinner of the Nova Vista Young Artist Concerto Competition and winner and soloist with the KAMSA Youth Orchestra and Texas Christian University Symphony Orchestra. I have appeared in recitals throughout Berlin, Germany and in master classes with Dorothy DeLay, Donald Weilerstein, Brian Lewis, Ruggiero Ricci, and the Tokyo String Quartet. I have also performed regularly on baroque violin and participated in a master class with Cynthia Roberts. My violin teachers include Curt Thompson, Ian Swensen and Michael Shih. I have received extensive orchestral training from members of the San Francisco Symphony, Zoya Leybin and Daniel Kobialka, Delmar Pettys of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Michael Shih, concertmaster of the Fort Worth Symphony. Suzuki Pedagogy teacher trainers include Barbara Barber and Judy W. Bossuat-Gallic.
I'm well trained in the Suzuki repertoire and philosophies, however I teach a combination of traditional methods and also have the ability to exclude one or the other. For beginners and young children, I teach note reading simultaneously but separately from the applied side of playing. Holding the violin and bow, for example, are very challenging and require time to focus on them individually. Note reading is done on the side and later these aspects merge so that kids are eventually learning new pieces by reading the music directly. For players coming to me at intermediate or advanced levels, I evaluate what they need most at their levels and depending on their goals with regard to their instrument/career path. For adults, I simply listen to what they would like to accomplish or why they would like to study the instrument and proceed accordingly.
My teaching style is very organized, structured, but also with a creative approach. I believe in having fun while learning, but I do hold young artists accountable to accomplishing their weekly assignments/goals. My style has been developed over three decades, and I tailor my approach by getting to know each student individually. I take time to observe and understand the student's thinking style, learning style, method of communication, strengths, weaknesses, and motivation. I make learning creative and fun, however serious with regard to commitment, integrity. and good old fashioned hard work.
She is an amazing teacher !!!
Dr Chayong L. is very organized, very good at teaching kids.
She is a wonderful person and teacher. She knows how to teach and what to teach.
Chayong is a very professional teacher. Her class is a combination of technique and fun. I have made great progress since studying with her.
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