Hsin-Jung Tsai

Hsin-Jung T.

Houston, TX

About Hsin-Jung T.

Hsin-Jung teaches: Ages 5 and up
Last sign in: 4 days ago

Overview

Hsin-Jung has been teaching in both Taiwan and the U.S. for 20 years. She is a patient, professional music instructor, and would like to bring the joy of classical music to all students.


[Biography]

Hsin-Jung T., a native of Taipei, Taiwan began her piano studies at the age of five, and composition studies at 18. She attended the Hua-Kang Art School in Taipei, where she majored in piano performance. In 1996 she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Music Theory and Composition from the Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan, where she studied with Nan-Chang Chien. Hsin-Jung then came to the United States in the fall of 1997 to study at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College of City University of New York (CUNY), where she received her Master of Music Degree in 1999 while studying with Bruce Saylor. In 2000, she studied at the PhD-DMA program in music composition at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she is studying with Tania Leon and Bernadette Speech.

Through her involvement in programs such as the Taiwan-Japan Exchange Concert “Euterpe Spring ‘99”, conductors Sung Su Jeong, Chun-Fung Lee, and Lance Inouye as well as the Juilliard String Ensemble, the Contemporary Chamber Orchestra of Taipei, and others have performed Hsin-Jung's compositions in Japan, Taiwan, and the United States. In May 2000 Hsin-Jung held a program of her chamber music at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall. Among her recent works are two film collaborations, Poetry of A Painter, a clarinet solo piece composed for a short film on the life of the artist Fernando Gerassi; the score for Allatonceness, a multimedia performance where the composer also conducted; music design and improvisation for a documentary film Turning Japanese; music for Palace of Loneliness, a play by Dorothy Tan, produced by MultiStages, Inc. and HERE Theatre for the Performing Arts in New York; The Music Composition Award for Capturing The Spirit of the promotive film from Asian American/ Asian Research Institute in New York (2002); and the score for a documentary film Ocean and People produced by Civilization Explorer Association [CEA] (2005). In 2006 Hsin-Jung was invited as a guest composer and held a solo composition recital at Tarrant County College South Campus, Fort Worth, Texas.

In 2008, Hsin-Jung relocated to Houston, where she has been actively contributing her compositions, as well as performing as an improvisational artist.


*** Lesson Details ***
I am patient, and detailed. High concentration and certain skills are necessary in learning classical music; thus, I will be focus on build up student's concentration, fingering skill (writing skill in composition), and understanding of music. Students will learn how to play in a beautiful tune, how to "listen" with both ears and heart, and how to concentrate on what they are doing, and most important -- enjoy what they are playing, and what they are composing!

*** Specialties ***

*Teachers
music, Theory, Composition, Piano
Theory: I am experienced in helping students to prepare the ABRSM exam.

Composition: Start with harmony, counterpoint with analysis of master composer's music; then, encourage students to develop and create their musical ideas.

Piano: any kind of music scores and books are suitable for my teaching.

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Experience

Composer, Pianist, Secretary

Jun 2012 - Present
Houston Composers Salon

Education

Master of Music; Diploma of Doctor of Music Art

Aug 2000 - Present
Graduate Center, City University of New York

DMA in Composition

Aug 1997 - Jun 2002
Graduate Center at City University of New York

Languages Spoken

English, Taiwanese, Mandarin

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Master of Music Art/DMA Level II

May 2002
Graduate Center, City University of New York

Awards

Grant for "Precipitation," Solo Piano Piece

Mar 2011
City University of New York

Music Composition Award

Oct 2002
Asian American/Asian Research Institute in New York
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30 Reviews on Hsin-Jung T.

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Maria Reyna Sep 29, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
One of the best instructors we have worked with so far! My daughter looks forward to the lessons each week and she has learned a lot from her time with Hsin-Jung.
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Sandra U. Aug 31, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I like everything. She is very good with my son. Recommend!
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Judah T. Aug 26, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Our first lesson was awesome! She Is very kind and easy to understand. She works well with childrenand she uses easy to understand concepts. We hope to be students for a long time.
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Azure Y. Jul 20, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I really enjoyed my first lesson and can't wait for the next one! Hsin-Jung is very knowledgeable and patient. She also made the lesson a very fun experience!
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Alex U. Jul 2, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Wonderful teacher my son is very shy but when we walked out said,, mom I did like her and want to come back..
I thank you so much very nice class
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Alex U. Jul 2, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Wonderful teacher my son is very shy but when we walked out said,, mom I did like her and want to come back..
I thank you so much very nice class
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Andre C. Jun 10, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Andre was nervous to start piano lessons today, but when he got in the car afterwards, he said, "I didn't expect piano to be fun!"
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mike S. Nov 25, 2014
Classical Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She was very good in working with my grandson and getting his skills on track.
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Michael H. Apr 27, 2014
Verified Student
The most amazing teacher

Hsin Jung is absolutely amazing! She thought me multiple semesters worth of composition/theory in just a few months. She is an amazing teacher who is super patient and kind! She is an amazing pianist and composer..so you know you are in good hands. I cannot say enough positive things about Hsin Jung. She really is the best!
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Hang N. Jan 18, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Great piano teacher

She is my daughter's piano teacher. My daughter loves her teacher and really likes music lessons. She is so nice, patient and professional