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Phyllis M In HomeHome In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Piano, Keyboard
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Blues, Folk, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul

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Phyllis M In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Keyboard
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Blues, Folk, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 6-65
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Edmonds Community College Bachelor of Art n Science University of Washington Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance University of Washington Master of Music in Piano Performance
Awards:

1988 - Sook Myoung Girls Highschool Accompanying Award 1988 - Seattle Young Artists' Festival Finalist 1993 - University of Washington Brechemin Scholarship Winner 1995 to 1997 - University of Washington Master of Music in Piano Performance Program Full Scholarship Winner (TA)

Overview:
I am a christian, animal lover, especially cats n dogs, n majored in classical music in piano (but i also love jazz n k pop!). I started my piano at age 5 in musical family with a pianist mom n aunt who graduated from seoul national university, like Julliard in america, singer grand parents. I came to america in 1988. I got my bachelor n master of music degree in piano performance from Universiry of Washington while working as a teacher assistant with a full scholarship. I have been teaching since 1988 til now.
EXPERIENCE
I started learning piano since when i was 5 yrs old. I remember i always accompanied the organ with the one i had to use food pedal to make sound in my music classes at school n piano accompaniment at church during students services. I have received numerous number of accompanying awards, piano competition awards, art awards, n writing awards. I have been teaching piano ever since i came to america in 1988 til now. I have also served as my church accompanist for about 25 yrs n almost 3 yrs as a choir conductor. I often play with other instruments such as clarinet n violin n singers for concerts, student competitions, n various occasions such as weddings n parties. Music gives me such joy in life n makes me live my life to the fullest n i hope i can help other people to feel this happiness with me by learning from me!!
METHODS USED
I almost always use Alfred's Basic Piano Library for kids n adults, the same series for young beginners for younger kids. Time to time i use piano Adventure series by Faber n Faber. I focus on flash cards n sight reading books besides the main lesson book since a lot of students do not read well n try to memorize their pieces by ear. I believe strongly that students can't go so far without being able to read properly. I also do ear training to develop students' listening skills of notes to be able to recognize n correct their mistakes on their own, eventually, n even to be able to compose songs if they wish. I sometimes use rhythm study books for students who especially have trouble counting.
LESSON STYLE
I used to push students to practice or progress because i thought that was my duty to make them play well. But as the time goes by n i become more experienced with different kinds of students n their needs, i try to go with each student with their own character n need by asking what their goal is in piano learning. If someone wants to become a professional artist, then i become a real professional n serious, give my best to teach the student to my fullest with everything i have. If someone wants to just enjoy music n be able to play songs he/she likes, then i go easy n help them to achieve it as quickly n the most enjoyable way possible!
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