Hsin-Jung Tsai

Hsin-Jung T.

Houston, TX
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About

Hsin-Jung delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
July 2008

Hsin-Jung has been teaching and performing in both Taiwan and the U.S. for 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

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

Photos & Videos

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32 Reviews

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Angelina P. Sep 29, 2016
Classical Piano · In home

Ms. Tsai is very sweet and patient towards my children. She teaches their ways to bring up their personal interests in music. I truly appreciate her very much!

Angelina P. Sep 29, 2016
Classical Piano · In home

Ms. Tsai is very sweet and patient towards my children. She teaches their ways to bring up their personal interests in music. I truly appreciate her very much!

Maria Reyna Sep 29, 2015
Piano · In studio

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.

Sandra U. Aug 31, 2015
Piano · In studio

I like everything. She is very good with my son. Recommend!

Judah T. Aug 26, 2015
Piano · In studio

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.

Azure Y. Jul 20, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio

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!

Alex U. Jul 2, 2015
Piano · In studio

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

Alex U. Jul 2, 2015
Piano · In studio

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

Andre C. Jun 10, 2015
Piano · In studio

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!"

mike S. Nov 25, 2014
Classical Piano · In studio

She was very good in working with my grandson and getting his skills on track.

Michael H. Apr 27, 2014
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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 ·

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

Thien H. Nov 4, 2013
Piano ·

The best piano teacher I've ever had!

I have been a piano student of Ms. Tsai for almost 1 year now, and she has been the most gracious, professional and wonderful piano teacher I have ever had. Not only she is an encouraging and patient teacher, she is also very considerate and thoughtful about my learning ability as well as my current hectic schedule. I really enjoy our little talks from time to time before class from which she taught me invaluable things beyond the scope of piano and music. Each time I leave her studio, I just wish to come back soon to learn more from her.

Thank you so much for teaching me all this time! I really appreciate your help and kindness, Ms. Tsai.

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Michael H. Oct 30, 2013
Music Theory ·

GREATEST TEACHER EVER

Hsin-Jung is an amazing instructor who is super nice, patient, and definitely knows her stuff! She has spent her whole life studying music and is a phenomenal instructor. She explains complicated theoretical concepts in an easy to understand manner. I feel that my music has dramatically increased since the few months we have been working together. I highly recommend her for any student who is interested in improving in music.

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AliceL May 28, 2012
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Ver patient and observant teacher!

I take lesson from Hsin-Jung since August 2010. I am an adult student and I played some piano when I was young but did not continue because I couldn't play well and none of teachers could give good advice what to do next. Hsin-Jung is an excellent teacher. Not only is she patient but also she is extremely observant about issues so that her advice for improvement is constructive. I now can play much better and feel encouraged to contine. If she were my teacher back then, perhaps I wouldn't give up piano so fast....:)I highly recommend her to any student! Thank you very much!

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StephanieC Sep 16, 2010
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Very patient teacher

Hsin-Jung is a wonderful teacher and very patient. I'm an adult student, and she breaks down the difficult task of learning the piano into something that is easy to learn piece by piece. She is also very flexible to work with your busy schedule. Highly recommend!!

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saadetk Jul 4, 2010
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PhD student

She is a great teacher. She is very helpful and very professional.It's a great oppurtunity to be taught by her.

StevenL1 Jan 7, 2010
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Wonderful!!!

I would like to say thank you for having Hsin-Jung T. teach my Daughter Teena.She love Hsin-Jung T. She is patient and love to make jokes making it so much fun to learn.She is encouraging and makes my Daughter want to play the piano.

LynnC Oct 8, 2009
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I Wish She Was My First Piano Teacher

I've gone through a few piano teachers and gave up. I decided to give it one more try. I'm very happy with Hsin-Jung. She's patient and funny. She's very encouraging and very organized. I've taken 4 lessons with her so far with a huge improvement. I wish she was my first teacher.

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DianeH Sep 8, 2009
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Hsin-Jung is a FABULOUS piano instructor! She is very professional and SUPER nice to the kids. It definitely makes it easier for my daughter to go to her lessons weekly. Gracie is really enjoying her lessons with Hsin-Jung. I would refer her in a heartbeat! Thank you. Diane

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SusanK1 Aug 28, 2009
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Ms Tsai is definitely well deserved a 5-star rating. Frankly, she's my 5 year old boy's 3rd piano teacher, and she's the BEST! I like her teaching style the most. In her class, there is a good balance between "fun" and "strict". Secondly, Ms Tsai lays stress on basic training. That's very important to me. My son's previous teacher taught him many songs, but never required him to position his hands and fingers properly. I am glad Ms Tsai is willing to correct my son's bad habits. (it's not easy.) Last, I need to everyone that Ms Tsai is a very considerate person and always willing to work with us. My son goes to school in Katy and I work in Houston. When we have a class, I have to rush back home from Houston to pick up my son (in Katy) and then travel back to Ms Tsai's home studio. It is not that easy to always be punctual. Ms Tsai is not rigid about the schedule at all. On top of that, Ms Tsai does not mind to spend some extra time to play with my son and communicate with me before/after the class. The effort itself is small, but the impact is great! It helped develop a bond and trust between us. What else can I ask for?

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annid Aug 13, 2009
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She is very clear and patient I like her

RohitK Jun 6, 2009
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She is a very good teacher. loads of music knowledge and experience and exactly knows how to give it to the students. Has tremendous patience.

ScotB May 19, 2009
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Hsin-Jung picked up on my ability very quickly and give a very good amount of "homework" when I am not in a lesson. During the lesson, she does not allow me to get away with poor technique, lack of expression, etc., she has my overall performance in mind.

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roselinec Mar 23, 2009
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You Are Excellent

Ms.Hsin-Jung is a very talented instructor.Very understanding,very good with Kids.She is very excellent.

AshishP Mar 21, 2009
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Hsin Jung is a very good instructor with lot's of knowledge. She is very patient, understanding and easy going.

JohnS2 Mar 5, 2009
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Thanks.

Thanks for being patient!

SubaA Jan 25, 2009
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Wonderful, patient and knowledgeable

I was blown over by her patience towards a real beginner like me. She helps and motivates you to learn at a steady pace. She is very cheerful and encourages any kind of question regarding the subject, however stupid it might be. I recommend her strongly

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TerrilynL Jan 14, 2009
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Hsin-Jung is a wonderful teacher and I enjoy taking lessons from her.

ThomasA Nov 28, 2008
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Great teacher! I will recommend to my family and friends.

AlejandraU Aug 14, 2008
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Excellent instructor!

Hsin-Jung teaches fit-for-purposes. This is the first time I take piano lessons and it is so much fun! It is very relaxing. she is very encouraging. I enjoy the way I am learning!

RahelG Aug 13, 2008
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An experienced, patient teacher!

Hsin-Jung is a very patient, friendly and affirmative teacher. She has incredible piano skills and is always open minded about the student's ideas. In teaching me (an adult beginner), she has just the right speed and explains the complicated language of music in a way I understand it.

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