I will assist you in learning and understanding the fundamentals of piano technique and theory at your own pace. No pressure and stress-free instruction. Added benefits based on research may include improvements in memory, language skills, ability to store audio information, discipline, ability for being attentive and planning, day to day actions such as being alert, motor skills, hearing, emotional perception (pick out exactly what others are feeling just by the tone of their voices; empathy, disappointment, etc.)
Music has always been a part of my education since my elementary school years. I continued private training throughout college, as well as after. I have my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Houston - Clear Lake, as well as my Life Coaching certification from The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.
Our time together is more than just about learning an instrument; it's about life improvements and developing the self!
I will encourage you, cheer you on, and support you in the way you need support to achieve your goals in piano!
I have been playing the piano since I was six years old. In middle school, I joined the orchestra as a violist, and then later as a cellist, in which I also pursued private lessons. I was selected as a cellist in the All Southern California Honors Orchestra after playing for four months and later continued playing the cello for another two years in my orchestra in High School.
As a native of Los Angeles, I have won numerous competitions in Southern California, some including: MTAC-Pomona Valley’s John Walker Memorial Piano Competition, MTAC-Los Angeles Scholarship Competitions, Southern Youth Music Festival, Robert Turner Piano Concerto Competition, Alice Kitchen Frazier Memorial Scholarship Competition, Performing Arts Foundation for Asian-Americans Scholarship Competition, CAPMT Romantic/Impressionistic Festival, Southern California Junior Bach Festival, Teacher’s Association of California State Panel Honors Competition, the Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Awards, and the Redlands Young Artists Competition.
Currently, I am pursuing a Bachelor of Music in piano under Jeanne Kierman Fischer at the Shepherd School of Music. After graduation in May of 2013, I will be pursuing a Master’s Degree in piano under Brian Connelly at the Shepherd School of Music.
I have been broadcast on KPAS (Pasadena TV station) and Sunday’s LIVE radio broadcast (from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art). At 12 years old, I performed for the Virginia Waring Gala Benefit Concert in Palm Springs and helped fundraise for the 2005 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition. In 2008, I participated in the Austrian International Piano Seminar and Festival and had the opportunity of working with pianists from all around the world as well as perform in a variety of places including: Ebreichsdorf, Neufeld, Vienna, Ebenfurth, and the Marie Therese Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt.
Over the years, I have worked, performed, and collaborated with artists: Leslie Ho, Linda Rose, John Perry, Seymour Bernstein, Yin Yin Huang, Rizia Lin, Elizabeth Pridonoff, Rufus Choi, Adam Wibrowski, and William Wellborn.
In my free time, I enjoy playing in senior centers, with friends, and even recitals. The highlight of my musical career thus far has been being a music major in college and learning more about music and the piano. I started pursuing piano passionately when I started taking lessons with Yin Yin Huang at the beginning of high school. Ms. Huang taught me to be patient, wise, careful of the details and conscious of style. She often said, “it’s not about the number of hours you put into practicing, but rather the quality of how you practice!”
I started teaching in my junior year of high school because my high school piano teacher believed that teaching cements one’s understanding of the material. After four years of teaching, I believe that the first thing that a student must learn to do is how to practice. After all, the majority of your time with an instrument is practicing. I believe that I can help my students learn by providing different incentives. I also believe that it is important to use fun, short pieces as well as advanced pieces. Theory, recitals, and concert attendances are also very important. All these different things challenge and encourage students and help them to enjoy playing and making music!
Piano, Violin, Cello, Music Performance, Music Theory, Fiddle
Kal was born in New York and began studying piano and then added cello in elementary school. Kal's vast knowledge of the piano and cello repertoire helps his students have fun playing because there is no shortage of wonderful selections to play.
When Kal was in high school, piano performance was always paramount. In addition, Kal studied cello with Nellis DeLay-Harvout, principal cellist of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and sister of the world renown and distinguished Julliard school of Music violin instructor Dorothy DeLay. During high school, Kal played cello in the school orchestra as well as the all county and all state orchestras. Kal also gave cello recital performances with veteran concert pianist Gloria Carney, who was the accompanist of the legendary cellist Leonard Rose.
Kal graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in Music Theory and Composition and concentrated in piano and cello performance. Kal introduced his own compositions in both piano solo and chamber music, playing the cello part. Kal also played in the college orchestral
Currently, Kal teaches piano and cello. Kal has a unique ability to select pieces that are tailored to the musical preference of the student. He will suggest classical (baroque, classical, romantic, and modern periods), show tunes, Ragtime, Blues, Hymns, Rock, and other pieces that fit the technical level and interest of the student.
Kal believes that teaching, especially beginners, is an honor. Music is his passion and teaching young students how to read music in all clefs, obtain proper technique and, learn how to make the music come alive (once the technical challenges have been mastered) through music interpretation is one of the greatest rewards in life.
Kal also serves on the Advisory Board for the Houston Piano Company.
Having been a public school teacher as well as a private and group piano instructor, I've observed how differently students "digest" information, and piano lessons are a great way to make use of different learning syles. I emphasize knowing HOW to practice before you leave so you'll be successful at home, and you are welcome to call me with problems during the week so you don't lose a week in progressing with your lessons. I also perform with an orchestra and want to feel proficient among my peers, so I really know how it feels to make a mistake in front of everyone. I am here to help you feel proud of your progress.
My primary teaching objective is to have fun as I assist you on this wonderful journey into music!
Piano, Music Theory
Hsin-Jung has been teaching in both Taiwan and the U.S. for 20 years. She is a patient, professional music instructor, and would like to bring the joy of classical music to all students.
Hsin-Jung T., a native of Taipei, Taiwan began her piano studies at the age of five, and composition studies at 18. She attended the Hua-Kang Art School in Taipei, where she majored in piano performance. In 1996 she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Music Theory and Composition from the Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan, where she studied with Nan-Chang Chien. Hsin-Jung then came to the United States in the fall of 1997 to study at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College of City University of New York (CUNY), where she received her Master of Music Degree in 1999 while studying with Bruce Saylor. In 2000, she studied at the PhD-DMA program in music composition at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she is studying with Tania Leon and Bernadette Speech.
Through her involvement in programs such as the Taiwan-Japan Exchange Concert “Euterpe Spring ‘99”, conductors Sung Su Jeong, Chun-Fung Lee, and Lance Inouye as well as the Juilliard String Ensemble, the Contemporary Chamber Orchestra of Taipei, and others have performed Hsin-Jung's compositions in Japan, Taiwan, and the United States. In May 2000 Hsin-Jung held a program of her chamber music at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall. Among her recent works are two film collaborations, Poetry of A Painter, a clarinet solo piece composed for a short film on the life of the artist Fernando Gerassi; the score for Allatonceness, a multimedia performance where the composer also conducted; music design and improvisation for a documentary film Turning Japanese; music for Palace of Loneliness, a play by Dorothy Tan, produced by MultiStages, Inc. and HERE Theatre for the Performing Arts in New York; The Music Composition Award for Capturing The Spirit of the promotive film from Asian American/ Asian Research Institute in New York (2002); and the score for a documentary film Ocean and People produced by Civilization Explorer Association [CEA] (2005). In 2006 Hsin-Jung was invited as a guest composer and held a solo composition recital at Tarrant County College South Campus, Fort Worth, Texas.
In 2008, Hsin-Jung relocated to Houston, where she has been actively contributing her compositions, as well as performing as an improvisational artist.
Piano, Music Performance
I have been teaching piano to students of all ages since 1992, both to individual students and groups. I taught with the Music Learning Center of Michigan. I have been a music teacher and choir director for a number of years as well. For eight years I have played the organ and piano for Church worship.
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