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Master of Music Education candidate, Boston Conservatory - Primary Instrument: Piano Certificate program: New England Conservatory (voice) BA, University of California at Berkeley
Dalcroze Society of America Society Award
Scholarship for graduate study at the Boston Conservatory
I am a creative and intelligent coach who loves working with students who are motivated and passionate about music. I pursued my undergraduate degree at the University of California at Berkeley (not Berklee!) where I was involved in playing for dance classes (ballet, modern, African). Most of my students love my high energy and usually stay with me until they had to leave Boston for college or family reasons. I grew up in Hong Kong, so my earlier training was primarily based on the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music, a very methodical way of learning.
I started piano when I was five and teaching for my teacher when I was only 10 years old. Even though I was only a child then, I was very patient with the younger students and provided them with lots of encouragement. With the formal study of pedagogy, over 10 years of experience backed up by scientific research, I have taught piano, voice, theory, ear training, arranging and composition to students from a wide variety of backgrounds. My students range from school students, to graduate students, professionals and college professors. Some went onto major in music, while others pursue it as their passion.
Throughout the many years of teaching, I have compiled my own method exercises from different schools (American, Japanese, and British). For younger students, I usually work comprehensively on technique, music literacy, music theory and ear training. For adults, our lessons will be driven by your goals - we can work on repertoires, technique, arranging, transposition, sight reading, improvisation, etc. I encourage students to take their own notes and use technology to practice. Yes, there will be a practice log! It's fun but it's also a commitment.
Everyone can learn music but I recognize people learn differently. I am very positive and supportive, so don't worry if you have not played or sung before. In my master's degree study, I've done research on how to motivate different types of learners: visual, kinesthetic, aural and analytical - these are all intelligences; not one is better than the other. Which style I use depends on how you learn best.
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