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Hanyin C In HomeHome In StudioStudio
Instruments: Piano
Styles: Classical, Pop, Folk, Gospel


Hanyin C In Home In Studio
Instruments: Piano
Styles: Classical, Pop, Folk, Gospel

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 3-76
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DMA (Doctorate of Musical Art), Piano Performance, University of Texas-Austin; 

MM (Master of Music), Piano Performance, Indiana University-Bloomington;

BM (Bachelor of Music), Piano Performance, Indiana University-Bloomington;

MS (Master of Science), Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Since 2009 - Piano Faculty at the Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland;

Since 2003 - Friday Morning Music Club Solo Piano Performance Member;

1993 - Scholarship for studying at the Indiana University School of Music as a Graduate Student; 

1993 - Graduated with the Highest Distinction from the Indiana University School of Music;

1991 - Featured Piano Soloist in the Mozart Festival which commemorates W.A. Mozart's bicentennial death


I am an active teacher, concert artist, church pianist, and accompanist in the metropolitan DC area. I am a member of the Piano Faculty at the Montgomery College and perform regularly through the Friday Morning Music Club. After earning a Doctorate degree in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, I founded my piano teaching studio in Gaithersburg, MD, where I have guided many pianists along their musical paths. A native of Taiwan, I started my music training at age 4 with the Yamaha method. At age 8 and continuously till 18, I participated in an intensive music training program sponsored by the national government that was offered exclusively to certified “exceptionally gifted” students. I won top prizes in various young artist competitions and appeared in solo concerts and with orchestras. I continued my music training in the United States, starting at the prestigious Indiana University School of Music, where I was a featured soloist in the Mozart Festival commemorating the bicentennial of Mozart’s death. At Indiana I received both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Piano Performance in only five years, with the Highest Distinction. My experience during these years of music training ultimately shaped my teaching philosophy. To be sure, I received a well-rounded and rigorous music training throughout my formative years. However, a remarkable event at age 16 dramatically broadened my musical horizon and enlightened me with a vision. It was an attendance at a profoundly moving opera performance that ignited my passion for music and led me to discover my own authentic musical “voice”. I was truly fortunate to have already been equipped with a solid foundation of skills and knowledge when this epiphany ultimately propelled me to a life dedicated to music. Thanks to my parents’ and teachers’ foresight, tenacity, and years of patient guidance, I was ready to continue, finally in my own determination, my musical quest in the United States. Having realized my dream, I am passionate about helping my students fulfill their desires and make music a source of their joy and pleasure.


My teaching experience dated back to my graduate-school days, when I began teaching private lessons to college-age students more than 20 years ago. I have been teaching since then to students from 3-year-old beginners to 75-year-old retirees. I founded my home studio, Joyful Keys Studio, in Gaithersburg, 13 years ago, and have been teaching consistently and passionately. Encouraging students to practice regularly and guiding students to find their musical inclinations and particular musical voices are my main teaching fortes. My students are strongly encouraged to participate in studio recitals as well as to enter competitions, so that they stay motivated to learn and feel a great sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. I am always looking to bring on new students of all ages, backgrounds, and interests!


ALL-AROUND CURRICULUM. I adopt a curriculum that encompasses not only piano techniques and repertoire but also various fundamental musical skills, to ensure my students develop well-rounded basic musicianship as well as pianistic prowess. In addition to technical studies and piano literature from four distinct stylistic periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary), I cover all essential music skills, which includes reading proficiency, ear training, sight reading, and music theory.

LESSON PLANS AND ACHIEVABLE AND TANGIBLE GOALS. I create short-term lesson plans that present the multi-faceted curriculum in a coherent manner, so that students receive comprehensive music instruction at every step of the learning process. Furthermore, I outline intermediate- and long-term goals for each student, so as to maintain a clear and realistic perspective through each stage of maturity.

RECITAL OPPORTUNITIES. As an integral part of my goal-oriented piano instruction, I urge my students to participate in studio recitals, which are held twice a year. These regular public performances serve as measurable and invaluable milestones that mark the degrees of growth and advancement along the path of learning.

SPECIAL TOPICS FOR INDIVIDUALITY AND DIVERSITY. Although I emphasize techniques and skills that are rooted in the classical tradition in order to accomplish a solid foundation, I am mindful of each student’s inclination and strengths. As students become more proficient in keyboard techniques and the basic musicianship, I introduce “popular” styles, such as jazz/blues, ragtime and rock, to broaden their horizons and explore their interests. Based on their experiences, students can elect to incorporate more of these popular styles in their studies or remain focused on the classical repertoire. Lesson curriculum is continually steered with the aim to reveal each student’s true musical identity and own unique musical path that will stay relevant for decades to come.


GROUNDED ON A SOUND, MULTI-FACETED, ALL-AROUND FOUNDATION. Like any subject of learning, music study should be rooted in a solid foundation. I strive to address all areas of piano techniques and major stylistic periods as well as various aspects of the basic musicianship.

ADAPTABLE TO INDIVIDUAL TALENTS AND NEEDS. As students become more established and self-assured in their skills and knowledge, I guide them through an ongoing process of searching for their unique “piano voice” and finding their own particular interests and strengths. I passionately believe that everyone is naturally and profoundly musical in her own right, and yearns, in his own way, for a life enriched with the beauty of music. My deepest reward comes from unlocking that special gift and nurturing it to grow, blossom and thrive.

ABUNDANTLY PLEASURABLE AND FULFILLING. I believe that learning should be intrinsically rewarding, productive, and immensely enjoyable. Sensitivity to my students’ contentment and comfort remains the top of my priority as their teacher.

FULL OF SUPPORT AND ENGAGEMENT. I maintain a studio that is dynamic and engaging, thoughtful and caring. As I tailor my teaching style to each student’s unique personality and strengths, he/she can learn with natural ease and confidence. I strive to create for every lesson a lively and nurturing environment where my students can enjoy a positive learning experience. We play, sing, and laugh!

ATTENTIVE TO THE ARTISTRY OF PERFORMANCE. Music is, inherently, a performing art, a poetic mode of expression and communication. Thus I firmly believe that all pianists, including professionals, enthusiasts, and novices, not only benefit and grow from the experience of public performances but also deserve such opportunities to play for others and be listened to. I challenge and encourage all my students to participate in semi-annual studio recitals and make the preparation an integral part of my teaching. I am enormously gratified to see my students, having overcome their shyness and reserve, invariably come to enjoy and appreciate the deep sense of fulfillment and satisfaction they are rewarded with following each single performance.

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I am having such a great experience with Hanyin. My daughter resisted two teachers before and when she started with Hanyin, she absolutely started falling in love with playing the piano and started to learn faster.

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