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BM in Composition/Piano Performance: Boston Conservatory MM in Composition: The Juilliard School Ph.D. in Composition/Theory: New York University
Carnegie Hall Debut (Weil Recital Hall) - World Premier Performance Commissioned by New York New Music Ensemble Commissioned by Pilobolus Dance Theater Paul Getty Fellowship (New York University) Henry Mancini Scholarship (Juilliard) Roger Sessions Award (Boston Conservatory)
I am devoted and motivated instructor who loves working with students of all ages and background. After graduating from Boston Conservatory in 1991, I attained MM from Juilliard in 1993; and, in 2010, I earned a Ph.D. in music from NYU. As a composer-pianist, I performed in Japan and the throughout the US, including a debut performance in Carnegie Hall. As an experienced chamber player, I worked with singer Jacqueline Horner (member of Anonymous 4), Malena Dayen, and many noted musicians. With deep knowledge of all musical styles, I bring flexibility of teaching for all.
I bring 30 years of teaching experience. I began tutoring undergraduate students in theory and ear training, as well as offering piano lessons for non-piano majors. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, I taught advanced music history and theory at Juilliard and NYU, as well as regularly maintaining private lessons in piano and composition. For beginners, I provide sound foundation of piano technique and emphasis in the joy of music through musical appreciations. For intermediate and advanced students, depending on their musical interests, I always try to relate their musical endeavors to actual musical literatures. I also encourage creativity by providing excersize in improvisation and, eventually, performing their own original compositions.
For beginning students who are children, I either utilize the "Robyn Method" (Keyboard Town); or the "Clark Method" (The Music Tree). Both methods provide emphasis on intervalic reading of notes, in addition to learning the specific names of all notes in both clefs. For adult beginners, I typically use "Play by Choice" or the Robyn Method. These methods help prepare the intermediate students for learning and playing the scales, including the Hannon exercises and playing the arpeggios. For Advanced students, the fundamental technique is emphasized by continually working on the scales and arpeggios, and the students will work on their respective repertoire in various styles.
As a living art form, my teaching will tailor to the student's unique desires and goals. Through open dialogue, I will set a realistic (and attainable) goals with each student, and select a most appropriate methods and repertory for the lessons. Because of my experiences as both a composer and a pianist, I am able to share the foundations of musical forms, as well as broad background based in rich musical history. While the fundamental technique and the methods are seeped the traditions of classical music, the students will be able to translate this into variety of musical styles and interests, thus inspiring the students to making their music an integral part of their lives.
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