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BM, Berklee College of Music, Film Scoring, Performance (Piano), *Global Studies (minor)
2010 - 2013 Berklee Achievement Scholarship
2014 Arranger of Award-winning album (Ngoma Award, International Songwriting Competition)
2014 Performed at the United Nations (UN Population Awards event)
2015 Debut Album "Turtle Suite" (release in May & June) (Pianist/Composer/Arranger)
I'm an active and versatile piano instructor who loves working with students with motivation and wide-range of musical interest! I studied film scoring and piano performance with recognized pianists and composers in the field at Berklee and earned Bachelor degree in double majors and a minor. In my early age, I won piano competitions in Korea, which gave me an opportunity to perform in Taiwan. At Berklee, my performance study focuses on diverse genres such as jazz, classical, and world music. Besides teaching, I am currently working as an arranger, composer and music director for a musical and short films. The teaching studio is located coveniently in 3 min walking distance from T, equipped with weighted keyboard (Yamaha) and DAW.
I have been teaching piano since 2005 and been very active in Greater Boston area since 2014. I've had students aged from 4 to mid-50. I also worked as a tutor at Berklee College of Music during my study. Dicipline may be the most important thing to emphasize in the very beginning stage of learning. But I see learning piano more as a creative process, encouraging students to have a personal connection with the instrument by introducing songs they know, helping them to write simple songs and so on. My experience with student from various cultural background all benift from this concept.
A full hour lesson usually consists of an instructional course book, a song or two that the student enjoys plus ear training, theory, harmony or else according to the students' needs, interest and the level. Tailoring the lesson for each student and having fun with him/her is the key! Younger students would need more structure with practice guide and be having more synesthetic activities such as sining, tapping, mild dancing and more. For adults, in the first day of the lesson, we discuss the ultimate goal or purpose of learning piano, kinds of music the students love, and previous musical experience. Then, we can design purpose-oriented lessons.
I do my best to be always possitive with my students that will make the lesson full of smiles and laughters! I welcome students presenting their own idea of what to learn and keeping me updated with their most current interest. Music is a language, which is meant for communication. That's why I love exchaning ideas. I also expect students to trust my instruction and follow it with consistency vice versa.
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