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.
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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.
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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.