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Hillary S.
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RCM-distinguished students, University of Michigan faculty teacher & more fun than you can imagine!
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Hello! I am a professional musician and a pre-candidate of the Doctoral of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Michigan. I have taught piano for over 10 years, with experience ranging from instructing college music courses to working privately with students of different ages, levels, learning disabilities, and backgrounds. I provide students with practice strategies and problem-solving skills during the lesson, so they can experience progress and enjoyment from mastering challenges. I want students to leave the lesson thinking: "I can do it!" I am always communicating and setting individual goals and expectations. I promote proper technique to support healthy practice and greater expressive ability. All the while, I strive to develop a student's critical listening skills and self-awareness. I aim to introduce students to a variety of the best piano literature so they can discover the excitement, beauty and enjoyment of playing music. My ultimate goal is to peak my students' curiosities and their desires to learn with each new piece we study. In short, I want my students to fall in love with the learning process, through music. Lessons take place either remotely via Zoom or Google Meet. I also teach music theory. I currently teach full-time with a studio of adult beginners, intermediates, young beginners, and pre-college students. Let's discuss what would be the best lesson length option for you/your child. I offer student recitals for all ages every month, and examinations with ABRSM and RCM. I have prepared my students for CM, RCM, ABRSM exams, high school auditions, pre-college programs, and college auditions (to major in music). Tell me what your interests are, and together we will craft a progression that will take you to your goals. If you are a beginner and/or don't know how to read sheet music, I can definitely help you! If you already know how to play piano and would like to develop yourself further, I can definitely help you as well.. Ready to learn how to play the piano? Contact me and let’s start! Please feel free to send me a message with any questions you might have. I am genuinely passionate about teaching music and sincerely care about each of my students and their well-being in addition to their musical progress. And if you are a part of my studio, you will find that I am very responsive and willing to help however I can. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals. Thank you for reading. Happy music making!
About Hillary S.

Hillary Santoso has earned recognition in numerous competitions. She was recipient of the “Judges’ Award” for the American Protégé International Concerto Competition and was subsequently invited to perform in Carnegie Hall for the Gala Winners’ Concert. She was also a finalist of the National YoungArts Foundation and International Washington D.C. Competition. She received second prize in the 14th Biennial Los Angeles International Liszt Competition and a cash award, which led to a performance in the 2017 American Liszt Society Festival. She has starred as a soloist with numerous orchestras in the United States and Europe. Her most notable concerto performance was with the Glendale Youth Orchestra, which led to a debut at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, after an audition with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Mentorship Partners. Hillary is Co-founder of 5pm Series, a a charitable nonprofit organization that has aimed to provide financial support to musicians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this online concert series, she has helped organize over 150 concerts from across the world and crowdsourced nearly $15,000, most of which has been directed towards the musicians who performed on the series. This entrepreneurial endeavor was awarded $5,000 from the EXCELerator initiative, a program that supports promising student-led ventures. Hillary has presented a solo benefit recital performing piano and violin to raise a total of $3,500 in funds to benefit the American Red Cross and Tzu Chi Foundation for the Tsunami Relief Effort. Additionally, she has provided voluntary piano lessons to children with various forms of autism. She has worked with students with a wide range of learning disabilities. She is a passionate and active teacher, having taught university piano courses, toddler group piano classes, and actively maintaining her private studio of students of all ages. She has presented her research topics at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) conferences at the national and collegiate level. Additionally, her students have achieved distinguished marks at the Royal Conservatory of Music and ABRSM exams.

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Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2012

Education

Doctoral of Musical Arts in Pedagogy and Piano Performance

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Teaches ages 4+

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Speaks English

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Hillary S.
Teaches Online
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RCM-distinguished students, University of Michigan faculty teacher & more fun than you can imagine!
Student Favorite
Student Favorite
Hello! I am a professional musician and a pre-candidate of the Doctoral of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Michigan. I have taught piano for over 10 years, with experience ranging from instructing college music courses to working privately with students of different ages, levels, learning disabilities, and backgrounds. I provide students with practice strategies and problem-solving skills during the lesson, so they can experience progress and enjoyment from mastering challenges. I want students to leave the lesson thinking: "I can do it!" I am always communicating and setting individual goals and expectations. I promote proper technique to support healthy practice and greater expressive ability. All the while, I strive to develop a student's critical listening skills and self-awareness. I aim to introduce students to a variety of the best piano literature so they can discover the excitement, beauty and enjoyment of playing music. My ultimate goal is to peak my students' curiosities and their desires to learn with each new piece we study. In short, I want my students to fall in love with the learning process, through music. Lessons take place either remotely via Zoom or Google Meet. I also teach music theory. I currently teach full-time with a studio of adult beginners, intermediates, young beginners, and pre-college students. Let's discuss what would be the best lesson length option for you/your child. I offer student recitals for all ages every month, and examinations with ABRSM and RCM. I have prepared my students for CM, RCM, ABRSM exams, high school auditions, pre-college programs, and college auditions (to major in music). Tell me what your interests are, and together we will craft a progression that will take you to your goals. If you are a beginner and/or don't know how to read sheet music, I can definitely help you! If you already know how to play piano and would like to develop yourself further, I can definitely help you as well.. Ready to learn how to play the piano? Contact me and let’s start! Please feel free to send me a message with any questions you might have. I am genuinely passionate about teaching music and sincerely care about each of my students and their well-being in addition to their musical progress. And if you are a part of my studio, you will find that I am very responsive and willing to help however I can. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals. Thank you for reading. Happy music making!
About Hillary S.

Hillary Santoso has earned recognition in numerous competitions. She was recipient of the “Judges’ Award” for the American Protégé International Concerto Competition and was subsequently invited to perform in Carnegie Hall for the Gala Winners’ Concert. She was also a finalist of the National YoungArts Foundation and International Washington D.C. Competition. She received second prize in the 14th Biennial Los Angeles International Liszt Competition and a cash award, which led to a performance in the 2017 American Liszt Society Festival. She has starred as a soloist with numerous orchestras in the United States and Europe. Her most notable concerto performance was with the Glendale Youth Orchestra, which led to a debut at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, after an audition with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Mentorship Partners. Hillary is Co-founder of 5pm Series, a a charitable nonprofit organization that has aimed to provide financial support to musicians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this online concert series, she has helped organize over 150 concerts from across the world and crowdsourced nearly $15,000, most of which has been directed towards the musicians who performed on the series. This entrepreneurial endeavor was awarded $5,000 from the EXCELerator initiative, a program that supports promising student-led ventures. Hillary has presented a solo benefit recital performing piano and violin to raise a total of $3,500 in funds to benefit the American Red Cross and Tzu Chi Foundation for the Tsunami Relief Effort. Additionally, she has provided voluntary piano lessons to children with various forms of autism. She has worked with students with a wide range of learning disabilities. She is a passionate and active teacher, having taught university piano courses, toddler group piano classes, and actively maintaining her private studio of students of all ages. She has presented her research topics at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) conferences at the national and collegiate level. Additionally, her students have achieved distinguished marks at the Royal Conservatory of Music and ABRSM exams.

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2012

Education

Doctoral of Musical Arts in Pedagogy and Piano Performance

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 4+

Speaks

Speaks English

Speaks

Has background check

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very enjoyable lesson

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Thank you so much for a great lesson! I really enjoyed it!

Posted May 26, 2022
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I was never a fan of online teaching, but I must confess, Hillary has made the process so engaging and fun! I have two of my kids taking lessons with her, and they both have improved tremendously from when they first started. She also prepares your kids with public performances as she organizes quarterly recitals with all her online students. Thank you for all your help Hillary!

Posted May 25, 2022
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Graduate Student Instuctor
Aug 2018 - Present
University of Michigan
-Teaching class piano and keyboard skills to undergraduate college students in classes setting at University of Michigan -Collaborating with faculty to develop lesson plans for students Lesson planning, class structuring, grading, office hours, public speaking, group teaching -Developing proficiency of basic keyboard technique, score reading and performance, sight-reading, harmonization, rhythm, and transposition for undergraduate non-piano majors -Ensuring success in course exams -Aiding each student through a comprehensive study of the art of keyboard performance, starting from the beginning level to late intermediate -Teaching private piano lessons with pre-college students (Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program) -Preparing students for Royal Conservatory of Music examinations -Presenting masterclasses, recitals, organizing concerts
Piano Teacher
Dec 2016 - Apr 2018
Russo Music School
Teaching piano lessons to students (toddlers to late adults,) of levels ranging from beginning to advanced, organized student recitals, programs
Doctoral of Musical Arts in Pedagogy and Piano Performance
Aug 2020 - Apr 2022
University of MIchigan
Masters of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy
Aug 2018 - Apr 2020
University of Michigan
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
Aug 2014 - May 2018
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Finalist
Mar 2017
Los Angeles International Liszt Competition
Finalist
May 2014
National YoungArts
Finalist
May 2013
Los Angeles Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Partnership Competition
Judge's Award
Apr 2012
American Protégé International Concerto Competition
Royal Conservatory of Music of Canada Music Development Program
Aug 2018
The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (Music Development Program) provides a recognized national standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels.
Music Teachers National Association
Aug 2018
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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