MM, Eastern Washington University, Music Performance - Piano (other major study concentration: piano accompany, chamber music performance) BM, Eastern Washington University, Music Performance - Piano
HONORS AND AWARDS
The James Edmonds Collaborative Pianist Award (2014 and 2015)
Medal Winner in Musicfest Northwest Collegiate Competition:
- Silver medal, college level concerto section (2012)
- Silver medal, college level contemporary section (2014)
- Gold medal, college level collaborate music section (2014)
- Silver medal, college level ensemble section (2015)
Honorable Mention, WSMTA Adjudications (2010, 2012 and 2014)
Competition Monitor for the National Music Teachers Conference, Las Vegas, 2015
Competition Monitor for the National Music Teachers Conference, Chicago, 2014
President of MTNA Eastern Washington University Collegiate Chapter (2014-15)
Member of Music Teachers National Association (since 2011)
I am a young professional instructor who is eager to share the joy of music making and learning with students with passion. I was the student of Dr. Jody Graves at Eastern Washington University and acticely performs both as solo and collaborate pianist, private and group class instructor, and a high demand accompanist back in the East Washington area. Recently I completed my Master’s degree in music performance in 2015. I am the award winner of the James Edmonds Collaborative Pianist Award, gold medal solo division winner and consecutive silver medal winners of collaborate music division in Musicfest Northwest. As in the professional membership/service, I am the active member of MTNA, and had served as the president of EWU MTNA Collegiate Chapter since 2014 and actively participate in the nation and state conference. Other than teaching and solo performing, I am also running the collaboration project with the student and local composers at Eastern Washington area and premiering their works together with members of the Evnika Trio.
I assisted my piano teacher for private lesson teaching/coaching when I was in Malaysia, and had teach students during college days. Other than the traditional 1 on 1 private lessons, I also taught group piano classes for music major students, and non music major beginners in collage for over 2 years. I always act, present and perform in a professional manner and strive for continuous growth in my own musical journey. As a teacher, I pursue to motivate and guide the students to succeed in their music learning journey with a positive attitudes and open mind, and strive to be the most supportive resource and role model of students, colleagues and community in the music field. I respect the right of the students and treat each student fairly. My non-music experience of being the chapter president help me to be a good communicator among students and peers, and also make me a good event organizer. I encourage my students to enter competitionss, adjudications or hosting recitals as it expand a different performance experience for them. Most of all: to enjoy the music learning and have fun!
I did not specificly stick to particular music series in the market as I believe it is best to choose the music books that match with the age, personality and learning style of a student. I had started with Alfred, Faber and Hal Leobard for my young beginners. I will also introduce students with Suzuki methods if I think this is a better fit. As for later or adult beginners, I used Faber, Alfred, and John Thompson series as the starting material, and give instructions along with the students' interest. My goal is to let my students enjoy the learning process and draw out their musical talent while having fun.
Every student have their own learning style and progress at his/her own pace, and as a teacher my duty is to provide guidance and passing my musical knowledge to the students with equality and positive motivation. I encourage my students with positive compliments, that help the student to realize their archivement, and boost their desire to further progress in music learning .Understanding a student's personality and preference also help me to give instructions that fulfill their need and desire in the music making. Other than that, I also encourage my students to try something new by expanding their lerning music genres, learng more challenging repertoires, or the "dream piece" as the students' ultimate learning goal.