Jihye Lee
San Gabriel, CA
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Jihye Lee

Jihye L.

San Gabriel, CA
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This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Hello! I am a certified and experienced piano teacher. I have a master degree of music and also have a certificate of Yamaha Music Association. I've been working with all ages of students at schools and studios. Currently, I offer private lessons at my home studio and online.

About Jihye L.

Hello, future students!

My name is Jihye and I teach Piano and Korean language. I grew up in Seoul, Korea and currently living in LA, California. I graduated from Kyung Hee University and earned a Master's degree at the California Institute of the Arts.

I have been teaching piano for 20 years and Korean at Korean language schools. In the past, I have met many K pop and K drama lovers so I decided to share my culture and language with them.

So far I have met many passionate and enthusiastic students whom I feel very lucky to work with. I offer personalized curriculum to each of my Korean and piano students. Also, help students who prepare piano level exams such as CM, ABRSM, and SATII for the Korean language. I sometimes use clips of songs and dramas to help students who learn Korean.

Are you ready to learn?? Let's begin taking lessons!!

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Emily-Jane C.
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Jihye is an amazing teacher, I am a slow learner who has dyslexia, and she is so patient and kind. She is helping with pronunciation and cares for her students very much. If you take a class, I recommend her very much, she wants to make sure all her students feel confident in themselves while taking this.

Posted Jun 2, 2020
Dexter R.
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Today was my 105th lesson with Jihye. I started in Oct. 2017. I went back and watched the recordings of my first few lessons. OMG, she has brought me a long way. Over two years of lessons and her enthusiasm and patience has not diminished a single iota. Any questions I have while practicing outside of our sessions, she will take the time to reply and help me.
If a busy person like me is still here after 2 1/2 years, she is doing something right! I highly recommend her.

Posted May 12, 2020
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Posted May 1, 2020
Mariel Villaluz
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Ms. Jihye is a great teacher! She organizes her lesson plans very well and not a minute is wasted during our session. She gives a lot of examples and ensures her students understand the lesson completely. I'm really looking forward to our next session!

Posted Apr 29, 2020
Wendy
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Posted Apr 8, 2020
Avery R.
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Great teacher. Used great examples to help me understand. Very sweet person! Looking forward to my next lesson.

Posted Mar 28, 2020
Jeremy S.
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Posted Mar 25, 2020
Tina
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I really enjoy taking Korean lessons with Jihye. For each class, we spent around 30mins to study grammars and vocabulary from text books, and for the last 15-20 minuets we would do conversations in Korean, so I get to practice my Korean speaking skills. We would talk about Korean dramas, Korean cultures, food and she would teach me recent slangs in Korea! It was super fun!! Jihye is very professional in teaching Korean. I would recommend her to anyone who loves Korean cultures and would like to have great improvement in Korean.

Posted Mar 18, 2020
Dexter R.
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She makes learning fun. Great class today, as usual!!

Posted Mar 10, 2020
Eva Reid

Excellent first lesson

Posted Feb 10, 2020
Eva Reid
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Posted Feb 10, 2020
Kira B.

You are amazing and a great teacher thank you.

Posted Jan 15, 2020
Nicole
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Jihye is a wonderful teacher. She is very serious and detail oriented. She stays on topic and focused throughout the lesson. In a 30min lesson not a moment is wasted. Excellent teacher! Thank you!

Posted Dec 26, 2019
Nana K.
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Posted Nov 18, 2019
Ka
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Lessons are fast pace and Jihye is very knowledgeable on the subject to answer any questions.

Posted Oct 1, 2019
Allie
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My first lesson with Jihye was great! She really took the time to get to know me, my interests and goals, which really helped me feel relaxed and comfortable. I can’t wait to continue working with her and keep learning!

Posted Sep 26, 2019
Jay
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Very informative and patient

Posted Aug 4, 2019
Jay
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감사합니다

Translated using Google.

"Thank you"

Posted Jul 31, 2019
Jay
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Great experience learning some basic about Korean words. The teacher was very informative tho the connection wasn't very smooth. Overall a great experience.

Posted Jul 28, 2019
Kiana
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Jihye was great! Our first session was relaxed and she got to know a lot about me as a student before proceeding to what we were going to learn that day.

Posted Jul 11, 2019
ro
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Jihye was an amazing teacher. My kids were very comfortable with her and she met them at their level. They had fun and want to go back. We will be booking our next session with her soon. Thank you!

Posted Jul 9, 2019
Dexter R.
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Posted Jun 25, 2019
Sunny S.
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Posted Jun 15, 2019
Maya H.
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Jihye was patient, clear, structured for our intro lesson. Excited and looking forward to future lessons!

Posted Apr 27, 2019
Zayah
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Jihye is very accommodating. I appreciate the care with which she teaches my daughter. Highly recommend her teaching services for anyone under 5. She’s the best.

Posted Mar 15, 2019
Emily
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She is very patient with me and explains different usages very clearly.

Posted Mar 15, 2019
Emily
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She helps with my pronunciation and gives context for phrases and vocabulary that makes sense for me.

Posted Mar 6, 2019
Daniel
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Great first lesson! Will definitely continue with Jihye!

Posted Feb 27, 2019
Randy
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Very personable! One of the best teachers I’ve ever had. Always encourages me to do better!

Posted Feb 8, 2019
Sherika R.
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Posted Feb 1, 2019
Kenny
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Posted Jan 8, 2019
Dexter R.
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My reading comprehension on par with where we are on lessons, but my struggle is listening comprehension. I am listening and repeating playback of workbook audio files over and over trying to get it. They speak so fast for beginner like me. Jihye not only helped me with this on her own time, but on our next lesson she made a change. We did the textbook lesson as planned but she reserved a small portion of our time to dictating workbook narrative at a pace I could keep up with. Noted difference on the first go. I am grateful and know I will only get better!! Thank you.

Posted Dec 18, 2018
Samantha G.
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Jihye is so personable and very accommodating. She has helped me tremendously with my upcoming trip to South Korea. Her insights and guidance have been truly wonderful. If you want a teacher who is patient and able to work at your pace, look no further. If you are interested in learning Korean, she is a very good teacher.

Posted Dec 7, 2018
Kenny
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Jihye caters to your needs at whatever level you are currently. She is very patient and takes a great bottom up approach to teaching. She also offers more casual and conversational teaching

Posted Nov 28, 2018
Allison
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Posted Sep 28, 2018
Catrina
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Jihye is one of the best Korean teachers ever! My mother and I are learning Korean and we needed an expert and that could teach us the basics. We were total beginners until we met her. She taught us the alphabet and phrases. We are currently still taking lessons, and without doubt we will be fluent as well. She is very nice and also cares very much about our learning. She is overall a great Korean teacher and we would recommend her to everyone we know!

Posted Sep 26, 2018
Jae
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Jihye is good at explaining the parts of speech and gets you talking right away.

Posted Sep 12, 2018
David
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Jihye is an amazing teacher! She is extremely patient and I am so thankful for her.

Posted Aug 31, 2018
Kim
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She has been a fantastic teacher and I always look forward to the lessons. Would definitely recommend.

Posted Jul 31, 2018
Irene (Haejin) S.
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Jihye is very personable and easy to talk to. She is an experienced teacher and does a great job at making you feel comfortable from the very first lesson. My primary purpose was to learn Korean for work and she was able to customize a plan specific to my needs. Would highly recommend Jihye for future students!

A side note: the lessons go by very quickly and in order to maximize your time, I would recommend purchasing lessons by the hour.

Posted Jul 13, 2018
Carol
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Posted Jul 6, 2018
Maggie W.
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Jihye is a fantastic teacher - Super personable and professional. I would recommend her to anyone wishing to learn Korean.

Posted Jun 19, 2018
Nataly
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very nice! good first lesson really enjoyed it :)

Posted Jun 14, 2018
Dexter R.
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Posted May 18, 2018
Willie
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I took piano lesson from Jihye 선생님. I'm a total beginner so I make a lot of mistakes, but she's very patient and constantly reminds me to fix my bad habits while playing piano. Totally recommended!

Posted May 5, 2018
Anna
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Jihye is very knowledgeable and very sweet! I'm excited to keep taking Korean lessons from her!

Posted Apr 27, 2018
ANGIE S.
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Posted Mar 16, 2018
Izzy
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Jihye was really fun and easy to talk to, and learning and progressing came easily. She was great!

Posted Mar 12, 2018
Mia D.
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Jihye is great language teacher on TakeLessons. She takes on topic and gives us advice on how to sound more natural. Her classes are always welcoming and interactive!

Posted Mar 3, 2018
Charles
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Jihye is a great teacher. She has good material (vocab/grammar), checks your pronunciation, etc. She helps me understand the language when I ask questions about it. She goes above and beyond to relate the material to what you're using Korean for and what you're interested in. 5 stars!

Posted Feb 12, 2018
Hannah B.
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Posted Jan 9, 2018
Vilina
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It was good experience, The teacher was warm and kept to subject matter

Posted Jan 4, 2018
Steven
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Very nice start to learning Korean. Glad to know that Jihye understands where you're at and adapts based on where you are with the language. She was welcoming and I can't wait to improve my knowledge with her guidance.

Posted Jan 4, 2018
Sophia C.
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Super friendly and nice!! Actually wants to get to know her students and see where they're at so she can help them the best way possible :)

Posted Dec 26, 2017
Dexter R.
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It's official. Best instructor ever. Today was the end of my initial prepaid classes. I have already set up for another month. Jihye teaches at my pace. Is still very patient and reviews sections until I "get it". Sections that I get quickly, she moves on and then ties everything together.
She has a wonderful personality and literally makes learning the Korean language fun. She has me read, write, speak and laugh all while teaching. She always greets my family members if they happen walk by in the background.
I am making progress and look forward to my classes. Another plus is that she uses a textbook. So even though this is a holiday break, I can peek to future lessons and continue to practice.
A+++ to Jihye.

Posted Nov 17, 2017
Dexter R.
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Excellent teacher. I had a great first class. I look forward to continuing.

Posted Oct 22, 2017
Mariano
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Jihye has helped me improve my piano playing skills and has been very encouraging to improve my piano technique. She has given me suggestions on how to overcome difficulties playing certain parts of a piano piece. Challenges me to excel. I highly recommend.

Posted Oct 10, 2017
Kendra H.
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Posted Oct 6, 2017
Chris
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My first lesson was stellar! I will keep going with JiHye.

Posted Sep 28, 2017
Athena G.
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Posted Sep 27, 2017
Juan T.
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Great listener. Better teacher. I am so lucky, thank you.

Posted Aug 29, 2017
Tim
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She is a great teacher and makes things easy to understand. She's also very kind and funny! I highly recommend her if you're interested in learning Korean.
감사합니다!

Posted Aug 8, 2017
Chris L.
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She is easy to have a conversation with and lessons aren't so formal so it makes it more comfortable to learn.

Posted Jul 20, 2017
Clarissa
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My first class was great! Jihye is very friendly, patient, and understanding, and I really look forward to more classes with her!

Posted Jul 19, 2017
David J.
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I have attended 4 classes in Korean for Beginners and 1 Intro to Korean conversation class. Ms. Jihye L. has a easy style and natural ability for managing a group lesson of students at different levels. She is not overly formal, and when we are lost or confused, she is in no rush but helps us get through the topic at our own speed. She explains well the details regarding grammar, verb forms, and the levels of formality or politeness, as she writes the needed words on the whiteboard behind her. I think she understands that we will not and cannot learn something new in one shot, but only through patient trial and error.

Posted Jul 18, 2017
Layla
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First lesson was great! I look forward to more!!

Posted Jun 13, 2017
Carolyn
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My daughter rushes home twice a week for her lessons with Jihye. She's wonderful!

Posted May 25, 2017
Henry
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Posted May 18, 2017
Bleu
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Posted May 16, 2017
Russell
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Posted Apr 28, 2017
Ariana
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I enjoyed the first lesson and getting acquainted with my intructor very much.

Posted Mar 30, 2017
Janina
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I'm hopeless when it comes to new people, but if they're nice, I automatically warm up. Jihye takes her time with me and I feel a bit more confident. She's perfect for people who need time to get out of their shell

Posted Mar 1, 2017
Artemis H.
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Jihye is very patient with me in learning Korean! I enjoy my lessons and I highly recommend her as a tutor! She can work with different paces of learning very nicely. Thank you, Jihye!

Posted Feb 22, 2017
Athena G.
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Jihye is super easy to work with and talk to. If you feel shy about your pronunciation you don't have to worry with this class because she will work with you and explain things very well.

Posted Jan 25, 2017
Donna Q.
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Jihye is great! Just finished our first lesson and had a lot of fun. She's very patient and understanding. She explained concepts and pronunciations thoroughly. The material covered was on par for my level so that was great! Definitely looking forward to future lessons!

Posted Dec 23, 2016
Donna Q.
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Posted Dec 23, 2016
Cora S.
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Our first lesson was great! Very organized and patient. We're looking forward to our next lesson!

Posted Dec 20, 2016
Hebe
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Really good start.

Posted Dec 7, 2016
Susan K.
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Posted Nov 22, 2016
Artemis H.
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Best instructor ever! So nice, helpful, and informative!! Love my lessons!

Posted Nov 18, 2016
Christy
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Super nice and patient. (I have take another piano class long time age and that guy was not patient at all and it makes me nervous so PATIENT is important!!!!!). Will make the best to arrange the time. It is important specially for me who is taking college classes. She makes it easier by showing you some technique. Will definitely recommend her for piano teacher.

Posted Nov 16, 2016
Artemis H.
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Lesson went great! I really love that the lessons are personalized and that we can stop and try again with anything that comes more slowly to me personally, and that we can go faster with the things that I get more quickly. Today we learned the colors, the consonants, and the basic vowels as well as reviewing some basic Korean phrases from last week. Jihye is so nice and very pleasant. Thank you, Jihye! See you next week!!

Posted Nov 11, 2016
Carol
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Very helpful and personable. Looking forward to next week.

Posted Oct 28, 2016
Michael C.
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Jihye is an excellent instructor. She's very encouraging and helpful.

Posted Sep 30, 2016
Isabel K.
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Jihye is very patient with my 6 yr old daughter and she has learned so much in just a few lessons.

Posted Sep 3, 2016
Sharon
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Ms Lee is very patience and nice. I like her class very well.

Posted Sep 2, 2016
Guillaume
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Nice lesson adapted to my level!

Posted Sep 1, 2016
Michael C.
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Very helpful. Looking forward to the next one!!

Posted Aug 31, 2016
Stephanie
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I have been learning from her for almost five months now and I really enjoy our lessons. She is very kind and very fun. I'm going to visit Korea soon and she has helped me learn a lot of Korean, so I feel very ready.

Posted Aug 18, 2016
Natalie
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Jihye is always there ready to answer any question I may have. She is fun and current in dramas and music and very encouraging to new students.

Posted Jul 16, 2016
Phoebe
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Jihye is friendly and polite. She got me started on the right track. Always look forward for my lession every week.

Posted Jul 13, 2016
Qiao
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Well organized classes and very nice teacher.

Posted Jun 28, 2016
Sewon
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I've only had one lesson with her but so far she has been great. Very friendly and helpful.

Posted Jun 23, 2016
Ariel
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Jihye is a teacher with great skills and patience. She makes learning Korean become interesting, but you can still feel the progress. Strongly recommend!

Posted May 24, 2016
NI HAN
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i am really enjoy learning korean with Jihye선생님. she makes the class well-organized and funny. I could learn both skills and culture from her.

Posted May 24, 2016
Katelyn T.
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Extremely patient and motivating!

Posted Mar 22, 2016
Katelyn T.
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Extremely patient and motivating!

Posted Mar 22, 2016
Tatiana
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I am having a wonderful time. Jihye is really helpful in learning the Korean language! She is patient and encouraging. I can't wait for next week's class.

Posted Mar 8, 2016
Yuanita
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Love taking class with Ms.Lee.
She's very patient and explain everything clearly.

Posted Jan 26, 2016
Tee L.
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Jihye is great to work with. She's very accommodating of my schedule if I need a change. She's very patient and kind, and she teaches me Korean in a way that I will understand and would be most helpful to me.

Posted Jan 7, 2016
Veronica Brice
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Jihye is very patient, helpful, and overall an encouraging instructor. I look forward to my lessons with her every week! :)

Posted Oct 7, 2015
Michelle C.
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Jihye is an awesome teacher who makes the lesson entertaining and definitely productive. Always willing to answer questions and repeat things if needed.

Posted Oct 5, 2015
Dylan B.
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Fantastic teacher!

Posted Sep 19, 2015
Jeanette Hernandez
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Jihye is the best instructor ever! Jihye is patient and able to listen to the client and make adjustments as needed. I highly recommend Jihye for precise and patient instruction in Korean language - hanguel. Good luck on your journey of Korean language.

Posted Sep 4, 2015
Celeste Ferraris
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Jihye is very patient and she makes me feel comfortable to ask questions and clarifications. I'm glad I was able to book her time to teach me Korean =)

Posted Jul 18, 2015
Katie R.
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Katie enjoyed the lesson

Posted Jul 9, 2015
Jeanette Hernandez
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Jihye is friendly and easy to work with. She is gentle for beginners but also expects homework.

Posted Jul 4, 2015
Sojourn W.
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Jihye is perfect! Kind, patient and humorous. Great teacher!

Posted Jun 29, 2015
Balbina T.
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I really thought the instructor was great.. At first you think you will have a strict one but it turned out very well for the first day.Very great instructor.

Posted Jun 18, 2015
Grace
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I just finished my first Korean lesson! It was informative and fun! She taught me the pronunciations, was encouraging, and a good teacher! Five stars!

Posted May 7, 2015
Andrea B.
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Jihye is an awesome teacher! My daughter has learned so much in the past few months. Jihye has really taken my daughter's ability to a new level. Jihye is always patient, positive, and motivating! I highly recommend Jihye as a piano teacher!!

Posted Apr 30, 2015
Ryan L.
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I've been taking piano lessons from Ms. Lee for 2 years. She made it easy to learn and fun too. I really enjoy learning from her and I am thankful that I met her.

Posted Apr 28, 2015
Jung K.
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Jihye is a nice teacher. She work with my kids over a year now.
My kids always love to work with her.
I will highly recommend Jihye to other students who like to learn piano!

Posted Sep 25, 2014
Mayra H.

Wonderful teacher!

Jihye taught piano to our children for 4 years. She is organized, reliable and flexible. She takes pride on her students' success and encourages progress in a fun way. With her teaching, she helped our son to be fully prepared to transition into playing percussion at school.

Posted Feb 20, 2014
oh K.

great music experiences

Jihye is a great teacher. I have been studied with her 3years.
She has a passion through her entire teaching.
I am a lucky student who have a teacher like her.

Posted Feb 15, 2014

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Experience

Korean Instructor
Sep 2014 - Present

Takelessons

Teach Korean to all ages and levels. Teach private and group lessons.

Piano instructor
Dec 2013 - Present

Arcadia Yamaha Music School

Music teacher for piano, voice and music theory. Teach private and group lessons.

Korean Instructor
May 2017 - Apr 2019

Pasadena Language Center

Teach group lessons to all levels.

Piano accompanist
Sep 2013 - Mar 2016

Hope international Church

Play piano for worship service.

Accompanist
Sep 2008 - May 2013

Calvin College

Worked as an accompanist with Choir groups and instrumentalists.

Accompanist
Dec 2006 - Jun 2008

Montebello High School

Choir Accompanist

Education

Master of Fine Arts
Sep 2001 - May 2005

California Institute of the Arts

Bachelor of Music
Mar 1995 - Dec 1999

Kyung Hee University

Languages

English and Korean

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Korean Language Teachers
Nov 2016

Korean Education Center in Los Angeles

This is to certify that I has completed Korean Language Teachers Professional Development Program.
Yamaha Music Teacher
Jul 2015

Yamaha Music Foundation

Certificate for Yamaha Music Education.

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association
Jun 2012
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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