Amy Wang-Hiller
Denton, TX
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Amy Wang-Hiller

Amy W.

Denton, TX
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Hi! I'm a professional violinist and passionate educator with 12 years of experience teaching students of all levels and ages. I'm classically trained but also have a wide range of repertoire from Early Baroque to 20th century music. I'm a compassionate and encouraging teacher who loves to bring joy to each lesson. My focus is to help each student achieve their personal goals while retaining curiosity as well as excitement through their musical journey.
For beginners, I teach mainly out of Essential Elements and Suzuki Method books in addition to other materials as needed. We will start our journey from looking at our posture, bow hold, open strings, and music reading skills. Then we will progress to playing our first songs and cultivate our practice regiments. I aim to maintain a balance between challenges and enjoyment in my lesson planning. We will acquire a solid foundation for progressively learning all of your desired repertoires.

About Amy W.

Hi everyone! My name is Amy and I'm currently pursuing my doctorate degree in Violin Performance at University of North Texas. I started the violin at age of three and have been teaching private lessons since 2008. Besides teaching, I actively participate in competitions, music festivals, orchestra performance, and other performance collaborations. I have my Bachelor's degree from East China Normal University, School of Music in 2012; and a Master's degree in Violin Performance from LSU School of Music in 2014. I had been teaching collegiate level students at UNT as a teaching fellow from 2016-2018.

For beginners, I teach mainly out of Essential Elements and Suzuki Method books in addition to other materials as needed. We will start our journey from looking at our posture, bow hold, open strings, and music reading skills. Then we will progress to playing our first songs and cultivate our practice regiments. I aim to maintain a balance between challenges and enjoyment in my lesson planning. We will acquire a solid foundation for progressively learning all of your desired repertoires.
To intermediate students, we improve upon the overall skills by making necessary corrections in the setup of both hands, increasing the accuracy in intonation, creating smooth shifting skills, learning a relaxed vibrato, and building a beautiful tone quality. I wholly believe that transformative learning among students happens when the proper postures and hand setup have been established. We will implement our techniques into exploring more solo repertoires from Suzuki book IV and onward. I will also help with any school audition music, preparing all-region audition or UIL solo ensemble, and possibly songs upon the your request.
To advanced students, we will continue the mastery of our techniques and choosing repertoire upon your interests or needs. For each repertoire of our choice, we will dive deeper into the interpretation and understanding of each work. I will supplement studies and etudes as a way to build your capacity towards expressing music with accurate musicality and mastering technically demanding repertoires.
For every level of students, I emphasize the efficient practicing method to develop their problem solving skills and thoughtfulness in music playing. I believe a good method of practicing will lead to a more enjoyable and motivated learning experience. I also offer techniques for overcome stage fright to boost their confidence in performance and auditions.
I can't wait to meet you in our lesson!

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Jasmine
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I am very grateful for the time I studied with Amy Wang. I studied with her for one year. She helped me immensely with my technique, and helped me to play and perform my first class I solo. I would definitely recommend her!

Posted May 11, 2020
Kimberly
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As an adult, rusty at the violin, but wanting to get back into playing and serve as a basic violin instructor , Amy really helped me with my basics. Position, bow handling, and sound production, are all very important to getting back into the routine of playing and Amy gave me a well explained, approachable, and thorough set of lessons, that I refer to often .

Posted May 10, 2020

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Experience

Violin/Viola Private Instructor
May 2019 - Present

Accent Music Academy

Violinist
Feb 2019 - Present

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra

Violin Private Instructor
Aug 2018 - Present

Creekview High School

Violin/Viola Private Instructor
Aug 2014 - Present

McKinney Boyd High School

Violin Teaching Fellow
Aug 2016 - May 2018

University of North Texas

Education

Doctorate of Musical Arts, Violin Performance
Aug 2014 - Present

University of North Texas, College of Music

Masters of Music, Violin Performance
Aug 2012 - May 2014

Louisiana State University, School of Music

Bachelors of Music, Violin Performance
Aug 2008 - Jun 2012

East China Normal University, School of Music

Languages

Chinese/Shanghainese

Professional Proficiency

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Third Prize winner
Jul 2016

Enkor International Competition

College of Music Violin Teaching Fellow
Apr 2016

University of North Texas

Academic Achievement Scholarship
Aug 2014

University of North Texas

College of Music Violin Scholarship
Aug 2014

University of North Texas

Winner of Strings in Young Adult Division
Jan 2014

Monroe Symphony League Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artists competition

Graduate Teaching Assistantship
Jul 2012

Louisiana State University, School of Music

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