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MM, Manhattan School of Music BM, Rowan University
As a native of China, I came to USA in 2013. Holding degrees from China conservatory, Rowan University under Dr. Lydia Boguslavsky. Now I am pursing my piano performance master degree in Manhattan School of Music under Dr. Joanne Polk. After almost two decades of piano learning and playing I am more and more curious and interested on leaning and growing. The experience I had from my previous school offered me a vast amount of opportunities. I was able to playing with the Rowan university orchestra and the winner of the concerto competition. And performing in the Kimmel Center as the winner of the Clifton Award.
My students age from 3-beyond. I love to work with beginners and also enjoy to teach high school students to adults. I have a great passions on teaching and believe that I am learning from teaching as well. Each of my students are unique, as their abilities various, my teaching style various with their personality. For me teaching piano is not just to teach them how to play piano its more about how to solve problem individually, how to overcome fear, how to stay focused, patience etc. As I always tell my students, my goal is for you to never need a teacher anymore. To be able to learn how to learn efficacy and stay positive is my ultimate goal for teaching.
For a absolute beginning students, I usually teach every white key's name, reading music from middle c, time signature, quarter note, and finger position all in first lesson. Then I like to start with The Russian school of Piano playing. From book I part 1, part 2 and after book 2 I usually introduce them to A dozen a day and depends on the students, if they are interested in more technic book I like to offer them more. Meanwhile, I would introduce my students music theory's and be able to do simple compositions. Then the options really opens up, depends on their level, I would assign small pieces composed by standard composers.
The beauty of giving private lesson is that it can be designed to individual student. I start to study them from the first sentence the talk to me and more importantly from their parents' goal for them. This only apply for the younger student. For the younger students, I like to encourage them to participate in competitions, recitals or any form and evolutions to make them proud of themselves, to see what they have achieved. Often times I found it is difficult for students to practice without motivations. For older students, I encourage them to read more, enjoy love. After all music is a evidence of our history and to learn students has to know more then just practicing.
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