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Bachelor Degree: Peabody Conservatory, Master Degree: University of Illinois, Doctoral Degree: Stony Brook University
2019 Paul Rolland competition, 1st prize, Urbana, IL
2012 National Student Competition, 4th prize Taiwan
2007 Youth Violin Competition, golden award Singapore
He has received lessons and masterclasses from various world-renowned musicians such as David Takeno, Alexander Bartha, Jasmine Lin, Joseph Silverstein, Noah Bendix-Balgley, James Buswell, Alexander Kerr, Gerard Poulet, Philip Setzer, Cho-Liang Lin, etc. His love for chamber music also has propelled him to take part in various chamber music festivals such as Formosa Chamber Music Festival, Taipei Music Academy & Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, etc. He also has won the first prize at Paul Rolland Violin Competition, as well as various awards from National Student Competitions. He has also performed across Singapore, Taiwan, and the USA. After earning Bachelor Degrees from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory and the Peabody Conservatory (under the instruction of Qian Zhou and Keng-Yeun Tseng), Chieh-An entered the School of Music, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to continue his exploration of music repertoire and acquired a Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Wayne Lee. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University under the tutelage of Philipe Setzer, Jennifer Frautschi, and Hagai Shaham. He also serves as a teaching assistant at SBU.
My teaching experience dates back to my undergraduate days, as I began teaching private lessons part-time 7 years ago, and have been consistently teaching students all across the globe in the US, Singapore, and Taiwan. I have worked with beginner, intermediate, and advanced players and adjusted to their needs accordingly, as well as gained valuable knowledge on how to efficiently resolve the difficulties encountered by the students. My own experience with how my teacher taught me also inspired me to have acquired many problem-solving skills and I aspire to pass down those abilities to my students.
I put great emphasis on establishing a very good control on the technique of violin. I do it by teaching students how to do scales and etudes while having fun and making themselves more motivated by setting their own goals and achieving them, which also builds up their confidence. After students get more and more in command of themselves and the violin, I would then proceed to help the students with their own repertoire and guide them to formulate their own musical ideas and make their own voice be heard!
My teaching style is very friendly and I have a great passion for teaching! I also like to guide my students on how to refine their playings by themselves and encourage them to form their own thoughts on the music, and I believe the ability to resolve problems without outside help is crucial not only in the music realm but also in real life, so it is a good place to train that skill too! Furthermore, I don’t limit my students and put them into a mold- I encourage them to embrace their unique ideas and embrace their individuality as part of their identity. I am confident that with my help, my students will not only fall more deeply in love with violin playing but also become more confident in performing. I have worked with students of all levels, so whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced player, I can promise you will get the most out of me.
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