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Bachelor of Arts in Liberal arts and Science Music, San Diego State University
- Music teacher
- Over 12 years of piano pedagogy
- Choir Director at St. Gabriel Catholic Church
- Member of National Piano Guild Teachers
I was born in Vietnam where I studied the classical piano at age 6. I'm an accomplished piano teacher who has taught piano lessons professionally for over 12 years and also received formal training of piano pedagogy and choral conducting for several years at San Diego State University. I studied music and psychology and graduated from SDSU where I studied piano performance with Dr. Karen Follingstad, conducting with Dr. Shannon Kitelinger and piano pedagogy with Dr. Toni James. I have been inspiring students of all ages to discover the amazing power that music has to cultivate a profound and beneficial source of learning to nourish hearts and minds – creatively, socially, academically, cognitively, and more – for which my students, no matter what the goals, have learned from my musical passion to enrich the pianistic talents that they’ll carry with them for the rest of their lives. Under my instruction and teaching philosophy, I design a unique lesson plan to meet students’ personal musical goals and interests. I love to make my students feel good about themselves in their musical accomplishments and rewards. My piano teaching opens the doors of opportunities for my students to express their talent and give them a desire and confidence to share it with others.
Playing the piano is far more than just a music learning. It is a unique experience to enhance the ability of long concentration and greatly stimulate creativity for little students as young as they are to start taking piano lessons. It is a learning experience that coordinates one's mind, hands and fingers, foot and spirit. Playing the piano is the most complex skill to fully concentrate on reading music with two different lines and playing both hands simustaneously. Practicing this such instrument can serve as the basis for all across the board of your children's education. Therefore, as a piano teacher for youngest ones, I always train my students know how practice themselves effectively under my guidance to improve all essential skills at their levels and along with the help of parents, children will spend quality time practice with his/her piano rather than quantity. In other words, I always coordinate with parents to help my students have concentrated and focused practice session on a daily basis. My job is to give students engaging and fun lessons every week and inspire them to pracitce everyday to maximize their learning process and piano talent.
For very beginning students at 5 to 7 years old, I typically start with Hal Leonard's Teaching Little Fingers to play from John Thompson's modern course for the piano. Working on throughout this book and a few supplemental peice of music, this is a little playtime for students to enjoy and explore piano music. Once my students have progressed all fundamental skills with this first book, they will begin to study 2 primary books, Faber Piano Adventures and Schaum Fingerpower courses from level 1 to 7. Music theory book is required to finish every lesson as homework assignment. My students are also given sight reading assigment to practice as a 5 minute test to prepare for every lesson. I also instruct all essential skills which focus on scales, chords, fingering techniques, music theory, rhythm, fingers' strength and an increasing knowledge of music terminology while mainly improving music reading skills. For many years of my teaching experience to children of all ages and all levels, listening to and being familar with particular piece of music are the huge part of piano learning process. Therefore, along with studying regular lesson books, I sometimes give out popular and challenging songs for my students to be engaged with their materials, eager to learn more and motivated to practice more.
It is important that my job is not only to convey the knowledge of music to my students but also to inspire them with my teaching style to explore, little by little, all beauties and colors of piano music. It is such a win-win game for me to put all my hard work to teach my students and see them gradually develop their passion for music and progress everything they have learned from my instructions. Moreover, I provide interesting lesson plans which integrate a wide range of activities and materials to accommodate all styles of learners. With the hybrid of classical and contemporary music, my teaching goal is to train my students not only to play piano solo, but to fully understand all structures of chords and harmornies to be able to improvise and play piano accompaniment with other instruments. Overall, the ultimate goal of my teaching method is to train my students know how to speak the language of music fluently and effectively, and improve important performance skills with their own expression through what they play.
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