Xiaole L.

Xiaole L.

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Irvine, CA

About Xiaole L.

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Male Ages Taught: 5 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 5 to 99

Overview

Xiaole, (Shirley) an active pianist, music teacher, and composer, is a member of MTAC-Music Teachers Association California. A member of Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society, she holds a PhD in Music with many awards for academic excellence from the University of Hawaii. She has more than 30 years teaching experience and has taught piano, music theory and history from beginner to advanced levels.

She studied at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, where she polished her artistic spectrum in piano, musicology, and composition. Her teaching uses various sources, including Western classical repertoire, folk, popular music, world music, and Chinese music. She performed piano solo and chamber music in China when she was a pianist in Liaoning Provincial Opera House and on the piano faculty at Sichuan Conservatory of Music, China. She taught piano major students and played accompaniment for voice, dance and various instruments.

Currently she teaches piano and composition in her studios in Irvine, CA and serves as Chair of Senior Graduation Recital in MTAC South Coast Branch. Her students have been prizewinners in MTAC branch festivals, honor recitals, and have performed in Composers Today recitals. She has helped students develop interest and much enjoyment in music. She also can help students enter prestigious universities and become professional musicians.


*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are designed for individual needs and goals. Each lesson can be in flexible ways to meet the student's needs.

For example, for a beginner student, a lesson introduces the basic ideas of hand position, body posture, game-like rhythm drills and simple song-like pieces.

For elementary and intermediate students, lessons start from warm up techniques. Then they play carefully selected pieces according to the student's interest. The favorite pieces may be Christmas Carols, Kuhlau's Sonatinas and Beethoven's Fur Elise. Advanced students learn to play Mozart and Beethoven Sonatas, and Chopin's Waltz and Polonaises. Some students learn to compose their music while applying music theory elements.
Some students like to learn pieces for their school events or community events (church hymns) or download pieces from internet. The teacher is willing to help students play many pieces to enrich their music life.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A Grand Piano in a large room, that can seat 20 more people for
a studio recital or masterclass.

An upright piano for young children or students who like to play in
a comfortable setting.

A board posting studio news and music festival winners' photos.

Chairs and tables for students doing their theory worksheets or
sofas for parents to observe the lesson.

Learning tools, such as writing board for music notes, flash cards, and metronome for counting rhythm. Students like to use the toy-like percussion instruments, such as castanets and bells
to clap and count beats.

Children Piano pedal.

*** Specialties ***
Early childhood piano lessons for 5 to 7 year old children.

Preparing piano performance for recitals, music festivals, Classical/ Romantic Showcases, competitions for intermediate and advanced students.

Teaching composition for MTAC ‘s Composers Today Recital.

Using technology, notation software, iMovie and iTune software, and the internet.

Photos and Videos

Xuelin H. won Gold Medal in the Contemporary Flare 2014 MTACSC Branch.

Experience

Piano Lecturer Jan 1980 - Jun 1991
Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Chengdu, China

Teaching piano major students in intermediate level and college level. Playing accompaniment for instruments for competitions and exams. Played accompaniment for winners in 1982 Shanghai Flute Competition. winner violinists in the 1984 China's National Violin Competition.

Pianist Oct 1969 - Dec 1979
Liaoning Provincial Opera House, China

Performing piano solo and accompaniment for instruments, voice,
and dance.

Education

Masters degree and Ph.D in Music Jun 1993 - Dec 2003
University of Hawaii
Advanced Diploma Sep 1982 - Jul 1984
Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Languages Spoken

English, Mandarin. Professional Proficiency

Certifications

National Piano-Playing Auditions: Honor Roll Certificate of Guild Teachers Aug 2001
National Guild of Piano Teachers, United States of America.

This Certifies that Xiaole L. has successfully prepared piano pupils for entry in the National Piano Playing Auditions and is entitled to receive this certificate from the National Guild of Piano Teachers, United States of America.

Awards

3rd Place in 2014 Composers Today MTAC California State Contest May 2014
MTAC

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association May 2004
MTNA

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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Rebecca N. July 23, 2014
Piano · In studio
I am a retired education professional returning to piano having had some lessons in childhood and, briefly, about 25 years ago. In some ways I am a beginner, but I also had some skills - reading the treble clef, knowing the names of the keys, and singing ability, as well as the smattering of earlier lessons. Shirley is amazing! She takes a very personalized approach which reflects my interests and abilities but also sound principles for teaching piano. I was quite nervous about starting to study piano at my age but she has managed to both challenge me and encourage me. She was quick to realize that my love of singing and vocal skills could be applied to learning piano and moving from technique to musicality and helps me do that. After 4 months of lessons I am determined to succeed and starting to believe that I can - thanks to Shirley!
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Shen J. July 7, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
nice teacher :D
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Sharon T. June 12, 2014
Piano · In studio
I've been Xiao's student for over six years and I’m very grateful for everything she has done to encourage my musical training. Through her technical yet expressive approach to music, she continually pushes me to play like an artist instead of a student. She is always quick to praise your strengths and work with you to fix the weaknesses. Under her teaching, I've grown so much as a musician and I highly recommend this teacher to anyone looking for an incredibly experienced and wonderful mentor.
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C J. February 17, 2014
Piano
Expert Piano Instructor

Dr. Li has expert knowledge in teaching piano, and really devotes a lot of time and energy to improving her students' skills. With our son, she has done a great deal of work improving technique and building his understanding of music theory. She encourages kids to grow, to stretch and achieve higher goals. It's an excellent approach to teaching piano.