Cindy, a solo and chamber pianist, combines her performance experiences with her strong academic understanding of music into her teachings.
She started playing piano at age 5 and placed in Korean New Daily Competition at the age of 9. She went on to one of the most prestigious music education course in Korea, through Sunhwa Junior and High School as a piano major. She studied Music Composition at Yonsei University to earn her Bachelor of Music degree and received her Master's degree from Manhattan School of Music as an Accompanying Pianist with scholarship and dean's award.
Cindy played at various recitals and chamber music performances at prestigious concert halls in the US and Korea including the Carnegie Hall, KBS Hall, and the Seoul Arts Center. She performed with Prime Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008 and with Insiem Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011.
She has been teaching piano to musicians from kindergarten to graduate school students from her personal private studio and at many conservatories, universities and art middle/high school in NYC and Seoul Korea. She also has been judging for many art schools and piano competitions, such as Joongang Daily News Junior Competition. In addition, she taught music composition, ear training (dictation), and harmonics to her private music composition students. Many of her private students went to prestigious music schools such as Seoul National Univerisity and Manhattan School of Music.
Cindy is a Bushell Competition Piano Enmsenble chairman. Also, as a member of National Music Teachers Association, Las Vegas Music Teachers Association, and National Federation of Music Clubs, she is actively involved to important music festivals by performing and judging. Her students have plenty of opportunity to play for competitions, and perform at music festivals and recitals. Every year, many of her students get awards from competitions and receive 'honor's from music festivals.
She is an author of "Accompanying Literature for Pianists" 2011 - (Korean, used as a College textbook)
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2016- present: Bushell Competition Piano Ensemble Chairman
2015- present: teaching Faculty and Accompanying Staff at Nevad School of Arts
2013-2016 : Teaching faculty at Nevada School of The Arts
2006 - 2011: Taught piano, accompanying piano, and harmonics at various universities and conservatories in Korea: Myunggi Conservatory, Jangwon University, Kyungwon University, Mokwon University.
2002 - 2006: Accompanying, Coaching Staff at Manhattan School of Music (NYC)
2005 - 2006: Piano Teaching Staff at Musika Music School (NYC)
2006-2011: Chief Accompanist, Seoul Grand Opera
Chief Accompanist, Seoul Grand Choir
2005: MM at Manhattan School of Music
2001: BM at Yeonsei University
Offer lessons to beginning, intermediate and advanced level students. All lessons vary by level, age, time and students' interest. But commonly covered areas are as follows:
Piano: Technique, Performance (music pieces), Sight reading, Ear training, and Theory
Offer studio student recitals so that students can have performing experiences. Qualified students will also have chances to participate Junior Music Festival, Ensemble Festival and Musicianship Exam.
Accompanying piano: Teach accompanying skills such as reading/listening other instruments, cooperating playing, balancing, sounding. classical/ non-classical music
Music Performance: chamber music/ voice coaching
Composition: Vary by level and purpose of learning. Base on harmonics. For advanced students, focus on good structure and right usage of the style of composition skills.
Music Theory: Use various teaching methods depends on student's levels.
sight reading and ear training
See the pricing chart
Prep students preparing for music college/conservatory are subject to different fee schedule. Additional traveling fee for in home lessons. Contact for details.
Kawai Grand Piano
5 pianos ensemble annually at UNLV Beam Music center.
teaching piano performance, piano ensemble
Piano Teaching Staff at Musika Music School (NYC)
2006 - 2011: Taught piano, accompanying piano, and harmonics at various universities and conservatories in Korea.
accompanying pianist staff in voice department
taught piano accompanying literature to piano majoring students
teaching piano accompanying department- performing
Accompanying, Coaching Staff at Manhattan School of Music (NYC)
played for members concert, advisor of education division
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· Piano · In studio
· Piano · In studio
· Piano · In home
· Piano · In home
· Classical Piano · In home
Her first performance (recital), she got a superior rating and was highly encouraged to continue. This performance was held at UNLV and she received no points, I think because she wasn't yet eligible for points. She had not been playing very long.
Her second was held at same location was the NFMC Junior Festival on 3/07/15. She again received a superior rating, with more encouragement. This one, she did receive points. I'm still not sure how that works. I'm always just so happy to hear her and Miss Cindy play together!
I attribute all of this to Miss Cindy and her wonderful understanding not only of the piano, but of how to teach young children. And I believe she tailors all lessons to that particular child's needs and wants. Miss Cindy makes the lessons incredibly fun and is so very gentle with constructive criticism, that my granddaughter really wants to do her very best every time. And, she understands how very important it is to practice because she aspires to play as well as her teacher!
She can't wait to go to her lessons, and can't wait to show the family what she has learned.
Honestly (I play myself), if you are looking for a classical piano teacher, Cindy Jihyun L. should be your first choice. Even if it's a bit more of a drive than you want, Miss Cindy is the epitome of a Classical Pianist! She is well worth the time, and so worth the cost of lessons.
Here's the trick. Make sure your child practices, and that it isn't drudgery. Don't choose the piano for your child. Let your child choose the piano. And choose this teacher. I promise, you'll be glad you did.
· Piano · In studio
She is excellent and teaching a student how to "feel" the music and make it meaningful. I get so much more joy and satisfaction from my playing than I ever have before.
· Classical Piano · In studio
She is showing me new things so quickly which are making a huge difference in how my pieces sound, so that is very motivating. She is able to explain very clearly exactly how I can do something differently and then show me how.
Her knowledge of classical music is amazing. She is also able to play anything and use her own playing to demonstrate not only what I should do, but the different sounds one can produce by using different techniques.
She is truly a master, and I feel so lucky to have found her! I am having a wonderful time, and enjoying my piano so much more with her lessons.
---an older student
· Piano · In home
I highly recommend her both for piano and voice lessons.
It is hard to describe how wonderful she was in this small space. She was nice and sweet, but she never was easy on teaching.
Cindy's explanation was clear and full of information. She will breakdown the theory into easy terms so that young children can understand, with a lot of examples. You can tell from that that she has firm background and knowledge in the area. She explained to Mai, who was only 6 and was a English-learner, with patience over and over. She would answer to any small question from Mai or even from me (have no musical experience) which was very helpful.
Her instruction was in detail and precise, will carefully go over step by step. She will take plenty of time to master each part. She gives a lot of hints for interpretation too. Those small stories of the pieces or the composers that Cindy would tell was very interesting, and helped Mai's imagination to expand.
Sometimes she drew on her notebook to explain the idea and that visualization would help Mai's understanding greatly.
Also she gave many advice and correction to the physical movement. Again with good explanation and demonstration.
Taking piano lesson is not easy and it sure do involve a lot of commitment, but I have to say it was worth doing it with Cindy. I would highly recommend her for any future pianists!!