Ivy Gu

Ivy G.

Waltham, MA

About Ivy G.

Background check: Last verified 11/09/2016
Ivy passed a background check on 11/09/2016 that included the following:
  • National Criminal Record Check
  • County/State Criminal Record Check
  • Sex Offender Registry Search
  • SSN Trace & Verification
For more information, please click here.
Ivy teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: 2012
Last sign in: 3 days ago

Overview

Hi! I am Ivy, a passionate piano educator with international background in MA. I've been playing piano professionally for over 17 years and been teaching private class for 5 years. I have students age from 6 to 35, playing classical music or pop music. From preparing for national piano competitions to helping parents to explore their kids' interests in music, from preparing for attending conservatories auditions to teaching college professors to play for fun, I enjoy the process working with all kinds of students with various goals for learning piano.

---About Me---
I am born in a musician family and have been eating/sleeping/doing everything in music. I've been trained professionally since age 4, and I was the top student admitted to Xinghai Conservatory, one of the top conservatories in China. I studied piano with professors from St Petersburg Conservatory (Russia), Brown University and Dartmouth College (US), and I've developed deep insights in music and professional system of learning piano.

Given my own experience, I prefer exploring one's passions and interests in music rather than training strictly, prefer experiencing the beauty of art rather than teaching/learning plain techniques.

---Lesson Details---

As your private instructor, I encourage you to play your favourite music pieces as well as the pieces I choose for you specifically in order to:

* Develop strong fingers
* Expand music expressions
* Better understand tempo and rhythm
* Learn music by ears
* Learn basic music theory

I can also provide the following as long as you want:

* Sight reading
* Aural training

You can tell me your goals and hopes in learning piano, share with me your favourite music, and I will offer you the most encouraging, inspirational, and systematic lessons designed only for you!

I encourage you to give your beautiful performances to others, either online or in public. I encourage you to explore various composers and their music. I can even explain music theory in mathematical and philosophical perspectives for you, because here I open you a door to a new music world!

---Pop Music---
Pop songs / Film music

---Folk Music---
European / Indian / American / Chinese / Japanese / Korean etc.

---Classical Music---
Bach / Beethoven / Mozart / Debussy / Tchaikovsky / Haydn / Rachmaninoff

And there is more...:)

---My Place---
University practice room with Steinway Piano!

---Travel Lesson---
Please provide your piano or digital piano.

Tell me more about your goals and requests and let's rock the music together!

Photos and Videos

Chopin Ballade 1 by Ivy Gu

Education

Psychology & Music

Aug 2013 - Present
Brandeis University

Languages Spoken

Cantonese

Fluent / Native Proficiency

English

Professional Proficiency

Italian

Limited Proficiency

Mandarin

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Second Prize

May 2007
Asia Pacific International Chopin Competition

First Price

Apr 2006
National Teenagers Piano Competition (China)
Write a Review

4 Reviews on Ivy G.

Thumb_583cae2f23c1d_review_IMG_8904
Tony Nov 28, 2016
Piano · In studio
Ivy is very patient and fantastic teacher. one month ago, I wanted to play a song to surprise my fiance at her birthday party, so I reached out Ivy. Even though I didn't have any experience in playing piano before, Ivy helped me set achievable goals. She taught me step by step and how to interpret the music. She has her own method to teaching the beginner. So far, I have been able to perform a song without any pausing. If you are a beginner, I definitely recommend her as a piano teacher.
Silhouette-80
Eve Nov 21, 2016
Piano · In studio
Ivy is really talented and has a good understanding of different genres. She is also very kind, never gets impatient and she is always willing to help. I love her and I highly recommend her to beginners, amateurs and professional pianists!
Silhouette-80
Cecilia Nov 21, 2016
Piano · In home
Very unique method of teaching
Silhouette-80
Celia Nov 21, 2016
Piano · In studio
Ivy is a reliable and excellent piano teacher for learners with all different levels. I have taken her lesson for half a year. She inspired my interests in learning piano by helping me learn in an enjoyable way. She arrived at the lesson in time and prepared the lesson materials pretty well. She also has an amicable and easy-going personality that I feel comfortable with. I enjoy taking her classes, and I would definitely recommend her to anyone who wants to learn piano!
Previously Viewed