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Northwestern university 2006
San Francisco Conservatory 2008
Yaocheng is a graduate of Northwestern University - School of Music and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has been under the tutelage of world-renowned pianists James Giles, Emilio Del Rosario, and Carol Rich. She has been concerto soloist in regional orchestras and also served as accompanist for many soloists in her career. In addition to her diverse musical background, she also has experience in a diversity of styles: classical, gospel, jazz, Latin, pop, and general improvisation. She has appeared in many venues, from churches to performance halls, lounges to large arenas. She has collaborated with many local artists in San Francisco, Orlando, and Chicago. She also served as a church worship leader, leading the oldest multi-ethnic congregation in the city of Chicago.
In addition to her piano expertise, Yaocheng is also an accomplished flute player. She has won awards and participated in major music festivals such as National Repertory Orchestra and the Colorado College Summer Institute. Yaocheng has worked as a substitute for the New World Symphony and is also a performer and educator in the Chicagoland area.
Yaocheng has had 15 years of teaching experience. She loves to think creatively with the student and believes that the best way to learn is playful learning. She looks forward to embarking with you on this exciting musical journey! Her students have resulted with ranging from music majors to music connoisseurs. Who have also been placed in youth symphony orchestras, become viral sensations and have gone on to make colorful careers of their own in the world of music. On top of her classical training. Yaocheng loves to encourage improvisation in their lessons to teach/push the bounds of what they think they are capable of !
I believe one can grow as a musician at any age, expertise, and understanding. I do use printed method books for my students to guide them along the process (Hal Leonard, Rubank, Taffanael and Gaubert Bernstein to name a few) for the child, methods and scales will be assigned to teach proper technique and positioning. For the adult, depending on their interests, different types of reading music material will be introduced. Typically most importantly that the client finds the lessons challenging yet enjoyable :-)
I like to challenge my students to be the best they can be as musicians. For the serious candidates, inspiration is a necessity! On top of lessons they are encouraged to grow by listening to other musicians learning from them. I value the teacher and student relationship. Most of the time I feel out what the client would do well with. (A lot of guidance or a lot of freedom vice versa) I see myself operate more as an accountability coach in my teaching. I also heavily rely on print methods for my teaching.
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