Yoon Jae Lee

Yoon Jae L.

New York, NY
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About Yoon Jae L.

I am a highly-skilled professional musician certified as a certified Steinway education partner with over 14 years of teaching experience. I offer lessons in piano, conducting, arranging/orchestration as well as private tutoring in ear training and theory.

My main instrument is piano and I specialize in teaching students who already play the instrument and wish to get a more in-depth experience with piano literature by learning new repertoire and developing their technique. I also teach adult beginners and young beginners whose parents have a dedicated commitment to having their children make music an integral part of their education. For all my students, I emphasize the importance of practicing efficiently and developing critical listening skills. This encourages consistent improvement and whatever your personal piano goals and skill levels are, I will help you improve and enjoy playing the piano more. I am very patient, encouraging and supportive of your desire to play the piano better. In addition to piano, I teach beginner and intermediate violin and viola students.

I encourage all my students to perform once or twice a year but this is entirely optional and based on the student's comfort level.

I am available and willing to travel to your home for an extra fee as long as public transportation is available.

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David Martin Nov 12, 2019
Viola · In studio

I was concerned someone of such abilities to possibly have difficulty dealing with beginner students. Just the opposite is true. Without compromising the highest of standards, his friendliness, patience, and welcoming approach to new students makes it an absolute pleasure to work with him.

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saleena Sep 13, 2018
Classical Piano · In home

Yoon Jae took my requests very much to heart and outlined a system of study which would help me get to the next level. He is very thorough, caring and professional. Also very pleasant to talk to. I highly recommend this excellent teacher!

Carol L. Aug 19, 2017
Classical Piano · In studio

Yoon Jae is a great instructor. He teaches me the proper way to practice and correct my bad habits. He is very patient and professional.

Grant May 6, 2017
Violin · In home

I'm so glad I ended up with Yoon Jae for my very first violin lesson. He took me through the first steps - as basic as holding the violin - really carefully and not at all condescendingly, even though I'm an adult who never even learned to read music. In fact, he couldn't have been more patient. I'd definitely recommend him to anyone who wants to learn violin in a supportive atmosphere!

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Carrie K. Apr 2, 2017
Piano · In home

Yoon is engaging, motivating, kind and easy to work with. I'm an adult beginner and am enjoying the process of learning to read music, playing the instrument and gaining a greater appreciation for music generally. Highly recommend.

ann B. Oct 18, 2016
Piano · In home

Very patient and genuinely helpful

Darrell G. Oct 12, 2016
Classical Piano · Online

Mr. Jae has a serious approach to his teaching style. He stresses doing little things well that will make you a better player.

Lani Oct 6, 2016
Arrangement and Composition · Online

I am learning musical arrangement and composition and I feel very lucky to have found Yoon Jae Lee. During the first lesson I had with him, he said one simple thing that forever changed the way I view how I write music. I like the way he listens carefully and uses his knowledge and understanding of music to point me in whatever direction I need to go. He is thoughtful and respectful of my goals and musical ambitions, helping me to achieve what I am aiming for without inserting himself into my creative process. In addition, he is very patient. I can't imagine a better teacher for me.

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Kilun Sep 14, 2016
Violin · In home

Yoon Jae is patient and creative teacher. Even when I can't understand the material, or am not performing my highest capacity, he patiently teaches me. He never moves too quickly or get angry. He is also creative. Anyone can stand and review a material, but he can explain it in a way that I can easily understand and remember.

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Michael M. Jul 19, 2016
Violin · In studio

Yoon Jae Lee is a very caring music teacher.He really wants you to learn.His passion for teaching is clearly evident in how involved he is with his students going beyond the call of duty to help to develope the proper technique in playing and imparting thorough music knowledge especially as related to the instrument being taught. Certainly qalities that you look for in an excellent teacher.

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Jonathan K. Jun 22, 2016
Piano · In studio

Mr. Jae has been an amazing piano teacher for my son Jonathan who has special needs. His unlimited patience and discipline has proven to be best medicine for Jonathan and his love for music.

Qixiao M. Jun 15, 2016
Ear Training · In studio

Mr. Lee is very nice teacher, he is professional and patient. I am taking his ear training and sight singing lessons. I think what Mr. Lee teaches me is very helpful. I feel so happy and so lucky to learn music with Mr. Lee.

Marisa V. Mar 14, 2016
Piano · In studio

Was really great!! He understood from the beginning what I want ;-)

Carol A. Feb 3, 2016
Piano · In home

My first lesson was quite productive. I hadn't played in many years and Yoon focused in on techniques to help me with my (many) weaknesses. He was patient, encouraging and an excellent teacher.

Tansi U. Dec 19, 2015
Piano · In home

Mr. Lee is a great teacher he is very responsive and polite when instructing with me. He is also very paitent and understanding with me. He uses any feedback from me to point me in the right direction.

Ian Sep 22, 2015
Piano · In studio

A very knowledgeable teacher.

Robin Sep 17, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio

I enjoyed Professor Yoon Jae's lessons fully. As an amateur pianist, I was able to study under Yoon Jae privately for a semester and learn things I wished to learn about. Yoon Jae understands how to teach and tutor to his students needs which varies among musicians at all levels. I believe his knowledge and experience can greatly benefit those who wish to continue learning a musical instrument as a hobby as well as for those studying musical performance.

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Costa Sep 16, 2015
Piano · In home

Yoon Jae Lee is a professional musician who has been teaching my daughter since she was 6 years old. He is very engaging, fun, and patient. My daughter has learned many important concepts from him and it shows it her school work too.

Corrine Sep 15, 2015
Violin · In studio

Mr. Lee tutored me privately in the violin for a very reasonable price, as well as instructed my orchestra. He was very attentive, patient, and drew on a variety of good basic teaching books which, in combination with his instruction, helped me learn a lot.

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Conductor & Artistic Director
Mar 2004 - Present

Ensemble 212

New York-based orchestra featuring and promoting New York-based soloists and composers. Orchestra members comprised of young professional freelancers.

Adjunct Lecturer
Aug 2018 - Dec 2018

Queens College, Aaron Copland School of Music

Instructor of Conducting.

Principal Conductor
Nov 2014 - Nov 2017

Albano Ballet Company

Conduct annual performances of the Nutcracker using my own chamber arrangement.

Adjunct Lecturer
Jan 2008 - Dec 2015

City College of New York

Conductor of the CCNY Symphony Orchestra. Instructor of Conducting, Instrumentation/Arranging, and Piano.

Visiting Instructor of Music
Jan 2014 - May 2014

Haverford College

Conducted the Bi-College Orchestra (Haverford & Bryn Mawr) and coached chamber music along with individual private instruction on the side.

Music Director
Sep 2010 - May 2013

Wyoming Seminary Civic Orchestra

Conducted weekly rehearsals consisting of regional musicians and advanced students from the college preparatory boarding school. Performed two to three concert programs per season.

LIU Post Chamber Music Festival Seminar Orchestra Conductor
Jul 2007 - Jul 2012

Long Island University

Summer program held at Long Island University, NY. Conductor of the seminar chamber orchestra and large ensembles, chamber music coach.

Conductor of the Carnegie Hill Orchestra
Sep 2008 - Mar 2011

InterSchool Orchestras of New York

Conductor of the Carnegie Hill orchestra. Performed two concerts a year and several educational assembly concerts which introduce music to young people.

Resident Conductor
Jun 2004 - Jun 2010

Philadelphia International Music Festival

Summer program held at Bryn Mawr College, PA. Conductor of the student orchestras and chorus, ear training teacher and chamber music coach.

Associate Conductor
Jan 2006 - Aug 2006

Youth Symphony for United Nations (YSUN)


Master of Music, Orchestral Conducting
Sep 2004 - May 2006

Mannes College, The New School for Music

Independent Studies, Orchestral Conducting
Oct 2000 - Jun 2002

University Mozarteum Salzburg

Bachelor of Music, Piano and Orchestral Conducting
Sep 1996 - May 2000

Mannes College, The New School for Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Steinway Education Partner
Sep 2014

Staeinway & Sons

The Steinway Educational Partnership Program has been specifically designed for piano instructors in an effort to develop and enhance our relationships, as well as to further support piano instruction and music education.


Less Haight Scholarship
Jun 2007

Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Music Festival

N.T. Milani Memorial Conducting Fellowship
Jan 2006

Mannes College of Music

Peter M. Gross Award
Oct 2004

Mannes College of Music

Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation Piano Competition, Third Prize
May 1997

Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation

Edward R. Wiener Arts Award, Second Place
May 1996

Hudson Guild Scholarship Committee


Conductor's Guild
Jan 1998
The Conductors Guild is a non-union organization intended for professional conductors based in the USA. The Guild offers services to enhance the training and development of conductors and promises to represent the views of conductors to the larger community of music professionals.

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