Friday, August 23, 2019

Piano Pedagogy Seminar for MTAC Santa Clara Branch

It is very exciting to collaborate with MTAC Santa Clara branch to offer a series of Pedagogy Practicum Seminars. This seminar is designed specifically for teachers. It focuses on practical pedagogical approach in a systematic sequence that covers various teaching aspects from beginner-advanced levels. 

The first seminar contains six-week sessions and focuses on beginner to elementary stages. It will include the following contents but not limited to those topics. Teachers can also apply these teaching techniques to intermediate and transferring students.

•    Fundamental techniques that help fix awkward hand position and playing issues 
•    Sight-reading and rhythmic counting
•    Build musicality from the very beginning
•    Understand students' learning behaviors for effective teaching
•    Survey method books and assign performance repertoire 
•    Various teaching approaches (e.g., rote)

Each session includes a lecture following by a group discussion to address individual concerns. It is 90 minutes in length and will meet once a week for a consecutive of six weeks.

The first seminar session: registration is at first come first serve basis
Date: September 17 – October 22, 2019. 
Time: Tuesday at 10:30 am – 12 pm 
Location: Greene Music recital hall, San Jose. 
Enrollment: 10

Registration deadline: Please send in your registration form and payment by 9/4 to Michael Eldridge (his address is on the enrollment form)

Contact me if you have questions regarding the class information

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

My Students' Achievements!

This Sat was our annual studio Spring Spotlight Piano Recital. I was proud to see the students' performances and appreciated how hard they worked all year round!

We had such a rewarding year of students winning US Open Music Competition, RCM Center and State Certificate of Excellence, CAPMT Piano Audition, and American Protege Festival.

When I looked back, I found myself cherishing the most was the preparation process and each lesson that we spent together. It is such a rewarding experience to inspire these young musicians to become the best version of themselves. I look forward to my students' continuing growth in their music study and am glad to be included in this musical chapter of their life!

Check out their wonderful performances on our studio Facebook page!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

My Workshop for MTAC Convention 2019!

The MTAC 2019 convention is coming to Santa Clara on 6/28-7/1! This year is my second time to participate in this convention, and this time, not only as an attendee but also a presenter.  Here is my session "Eight Elementary Techniques that Help Students Build A Solid Foundation For the Future." It will take place on 6/28 Friday, 11:10-12 AM in Grand Ballroom D, Hyatt Regency Santa Clara Hotel and Convention Center.

Please join me for this educational event and meet with many prominent artists and pedagogues. Like the previous year, I will post a blog about each session that I attend. Don't forget to check the upcoming posts. Can't wait to get inspired and exchange ideas with so many dedicated teachers!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

US open music competition winners

It was an exciting week to see that my students who participated in this year's United State Open Music Competition have all won a place in their competing categories!! 

The awards include 1 Outstanding Gold Medal, 3 Gold Medals, 3 Silver Medals, and multiple bronze medals and 4th places! I am very proud of their achievements and am glad that their hard work and dedication are rewarded accordingly. 

This year, the competition has a new judging system that includes preliminary and final rounds. It was interesting to see how the first set of judges select the finalists, and the second set of judges decided the winners' ranks. The gold medalist received a cash prize and performed in the winner concert. Additional "Outstanding Gold Medal" was awarded to the best performance in a group of winners who performed in the winner concert.

My students who have attended the award ceremony shared some of these memorable photos with me. 

Sanyi Yao received the Outstanding Gold Medal and two Gold Medals. 

Esther Kim received Gold, bronze and 4th place medals. 

Logan Song received two Silver Medals. 

Congratulations to these young talented musicians, and thank you for making my teaching such a remarkable journey! 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

2/9 CSUEB Piano Pedagogy Symposium

It is a great pleasure to present a workshop again for the CSUEB 2nd Piano Pedagogy Symposium! This year, the Symposium not only includes prominent pedagogues and performers, but it also extends from a half day to a whole day with four workshops, a panel discussion, and two master classes!

Please join us for this educational event! See detail info in the flyer.