Master Degree: Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Master Degree: , Master Degree: Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Teaching Certificate: , Bachelor Degree: Tianjin Conservatory of Music
2009-2013 National Scholarship (First Place), Tianjin Conservatory of Music
2009-2013 Academic Achievement Award, Tianjin Conservatory of Music
2009-2013 Music Talent Award, Tianjin Conservatory of Music
I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who love working with students and sharing my love love of music. I started playing classical piano since I was four. In 2009, I graduated from Tianjin Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Arts in Keyboards Performance. In 2017, I graduated from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies (Jazz Piano), and in 2019, I graduated from IU with a Master of Science degree in Music Education, along with Indiana K-12 General and Instrumental Music teaching certificate. I am an active performer and instructor, I have participated hundreds of gigs, musicals, concerts, ensembles, combos, personal recitals, album recordings, and I have over 10-year music teaching experience including classical piano, music theory, ear training, jazz piano, jazz history/theory, and k-12 level school bands.
My teaching experience dates back to my college days, as I began teaching college-entrance level music theory classes and private piano lessons. For the past of ten years, I have been teaching classical piano, music theory, ear training, jazz piano, jazz history/theory, and k-12 level school bands including young winds, symphonic band and jazz band. I teach students with different music levels and ages. And I speak Mandarin and English, and I have been teaching bilingually for almost my entire teaching career.
My teaching philosophy has five basic elements that I always follow: differentiation, engagement, feedback, ownership, assessment and questioning. I teach students with different music levels, backboards, and ages. I try my best to start with what my student can do then extend within student's own context, so each of my students is very unique and special for me. And I always hope to cultivate my students, especially young students to become a better person through their music learning journey which is how I learned most from my music teachers.
I am a very respectful, passionate and responsible teacher. I get lots of positive feedback from my students and parents and I have maintained a good relationship with my students who I have taught before. I respect my students, I always let them know my expectations toward their music learning with efficient communication. I am also a strict teacher when if come to music practice, laziness is not allowed in my class. I work closely with students and their parents so that students can have better music learning experience. I always tell my students that we make the music together, and we learn from each other equally.