Mengqi Lai

Mengqi L.

Cincinnati, OH
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Mengqi delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I love to work with students. I‘m a composer, pianist, conductor, and Chinese-government-certificated teacher. I have been playing piano for 23 years, and have been playing flute for 17 years. I am familiar with music theories and traditional music history from the ancient and medieval to the twenty-first century in details as any other professional composer, so if you are curious to listen to a story or even gossip of someone like Bach, Haydn or Mozart, I can tell you one sometimes. As a performer, I was asked to play as principal flutist in my middle school wind band and was also admitted to Piano Major in the first two years of my Bachelor's Degree. I was one of the best pianists in my undergraduate school and switched to the composition and theory major to learn more knowledge (piano GPA was preferred to be high by most composition professors to accept this switching). I also have a teacher license issued by the Education Community by my country, and this license is required if anyone in my country wants to be hired by the government as a teacher. I was commissioned by Maryland University and Bowdoin College Museum to write music for them, and also cooperated with a director and had written music for two of her movies.

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Music History Tutor
Jul 2019 - Present

My student is about to enroll a Doctor's Degree Program and he needs to pass the music history exam to avoid extra study years. I introduce the eras, musicians and their lives, works, theories in a complete system, so he can remember everything in a shorter time.

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Music Theory Tutor
Apr 2019 - Present

I help my student with her counterpoint study. She is a piano teacher and needs to deal with young composition students in her company, so she came to me. I'm still teaching her and adjust her assignments currently. She is finishing her studies of Fux Species Counterpoint in a month.

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Music Teacher
Sep 2014 - Nov 2014
Tianjiao Public Primary School

I had worked with a public primary school’s students and had some experience to work with 6 classes (each contains 60 students) before I earned a Bachelor's Degree during required practical training. Through explaining music knowledge to children from 6-year-olds to 12-year-olds I learned to communicate with people with patient explanations and the deep understanding of people’s situations. I taught Keyboards, Baroque Harmonicas, Singing and very basic music theory in the school.

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Master of Music in Composition Major
Sep 2015 - May 2017
Mannes School of Music
Bachelor's Degree of Arts in Music Education
Sep 2010 - Jul 2014
South China Normal University


Chinese Mandarin
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Studies Diploma in Composition
May 2019
Mannes School of Music

People 's Republic of China Teacher's Qualification License
May 2014
People's Republic of China National Education Committee

Teacher Certificate is a legal certificate granted by the country to those who are qualified for a teaching position. Teaching personnel in any or all kinds of schools or other educational institutions among the People's Republic of China should hold this certificate.

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Photos & Videos

Conducting my own music "Meditation on the Drifting Stars", commissioned by Bowdoin College Museum

Playing my own piece Field of Flower (Written before I was enrolled into composition major)


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