Cassandra W.

Cassandra W.

10 Reviews
New York, NY

About Cassandra W.

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Male Ages Taught: 6 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 6 to 99


Xiao Xue (Cassandra) W. was born in China. She began her piano lessons at age 7. Two years after her piano study, she won 2nd prize in the Shen Yang City-Wide Piano Competition. One year later, she won the Liao Ning State-Wide Piano Competition. She was an honor student at The Shen Yang Conservatory of Music Pre-College Division where she performed many outstanding student concerts. Later, she studied at The Shanghai Conservatory of Music in Shanghai, China and The Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Moscow, Russia.
After her return to China, she was appointed by the president of Shenyang Conservatory of Music as a music director and an accompanist for violin and viola graduate students. Her duties included: directing, coaching and accompanying graduate student concerts; rehearsing and accompanying visiting soloist performers (both domestic and international).
During this time, she won ‘The Best Accompanist’ at the First Voila National Competition in China and she won the ‘Gold Cup (1st Prize)’ at the International Folk Music Invitational Competition in Hong Kong.
Since Ms. W. arrived in the US, she has performed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, ABC’s “Good morning America”, Yankee Stadium for Pope Benedict XVI, Westminster Choir College, Princeton Richardson Auditorium and many other venues.
Ms. W. received a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Westminster Choir College. In the year 2010, she performed the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 Op.18 as a soloist with the Princeton Sinfonia Orchestra. In the year 2011, she received an invitation from the World Piano Conference to perform a recital in the year 2012.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have been teaching piano to students of all skill and experience levels, from basic beginners to conservatory level performers for more than 15 years. My style is personable and friendly but serious. Part of the joy of playing a musical instrument is seeing continual progress on a weekly basis. Such progress requires both a committed student and an experienced and highly trained instructor.
I approach instruction according to the individual goals and preferences of each student. However, reading music, training the ear, understanding theory, and having the proper technique make a pianist into a strong and versatile performer.
I have provided the curriculum for and coached dozens of my students through all eight levels of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, almost every one of my students have passed their levels with ‘distinction’.
With my flexible weekday, evening, and weekend hours, I can accommodate most students, young and old. My studio is conveniently located near Union Square in Manhattan.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano in music room w/ seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I teach piano to students of all skill levels and experience, from basic beginners to conservatory level performers.and I have provided the curriculum for and coached dozens of my students through all eight levels of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

Photos and Videos

This is my live performance of Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 with the Westminster Community Orchestra. This performance was at the PlayHouse of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ in year 2010. I'll upload the entire piano concerto with Princeton Sinfonia Orchestra later once I figure it out how to re-format my sd card. Please subscribe or comment if you like it:) Thank you very much! My goal is to reach 200 subscribers!!! Your help means a lot to me! :) This orchestra is filled with non-professional musicians who love music just as much as the professionals do if not more. They are great people!


Master of Music in Piano Performance Sep 2009 - Present
Westminster Choir College of Rider University

Languages Spoken

English, Chinese, Mandarin Chinese Fluent / Native Proficiency

Student Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by 10 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by She must be you teacher! Cassandra is an incredibly good teacher and performer. She is very patient, which is a great quality when you just start leaning to play the piano (I am sure her ears must suffer). She has a good sense of humor and is very open minded, which helps create a relaxing environment. And yet, she also manages to push you and progress. I can only recommend her. December 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by A musical journey Cassandra has a seemingly endless reserve of patience that allows her to build each lesson as a musical journey. She has guided me to concentrate on my relaxation, sightreading, proper form, and musical interpretation. It has been my pleasure to explore music with her. September 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent. An excellent musician and piano teacher, sensitive to every nuance of how a piece of music should be played, but not at all intimidating; very personable and friendly. Highly recommend! January 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent teacher - incredibly skilled I highly recommend Cassandra as a piano teacher. In just a few short weeks, I've become a much better player. She's extremely patient and very kind. November 20, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by The Perfect Teacher Cassandra quickly determined what I needed concentration on and my capabilities. She focuses a lot on my fundamentals (which are weak) but her lessons are still progressive enough that I can see fun results (like playing a song). This keeps me motivated and excited to continue. Perfect teacher for an adult student. July 27, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Highly Recommended I have been taking classes with Cassandra for a month now, and I can say that even though I had no exposure with any instrument in my whole life, she really makes the learning process an easy, not to mention an entertaining one. She is extremely patient and she can really see where my weaknesses are so I can put my effort there and see improvements class after class. All in all, you can see that she is not only a very talented musician (which she undoubtedly is) but most important, a very well-trained and dedicated teacher who takes her classes as seriously as her music. June 2, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Instructor! I've been taking piano lessons from Cassandra for little over a month now, and till now its been great! She's very skilled and has great depth of knowledge. As a teacher, she is patient, calm and can break things down into pieces that are manageable and make learning easier and fun. I would highly recommend her! May 25, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Feedback Honestly I realized that it is hard to start taking piano lessons during college but Cassandra, who was a talented and friendly teacher, encouraged and helped me to improve my level. Especially if you're an international, you will not feel under pressure while taking lesson from her but you also have to practice regularly based on her assignments to get benefit from her classes. April 20, 2012