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Ya-Liang Chang, D.M.A./NCTM, is an active pedagogue, adjudicator, and concert pianist. Dr. Chang has received invitations from and presented pedagogical sessions and lecture-recitals at both national and international conferences that include various Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) State Conferences, University Pedagogy Symposiums, Music Teachers' Association of  California (MTAC) Branches Programs, and Convention, as well as International Society for Music Education 31st World Conference. 

As an avid pedagogue, Dr. Chang's innovative teaching practice emphasized tension-free techniques that not only help students to move freely on the piano but also enhance their musicality. Her most well-known Fundamental Techniques workshop, which has three sequences that cover from elementary to advanced levels, has been featured frequently in both national and regional conferences and pedagogy seminars. Dr. Chang teaches pedagogy seminars regularly for teacher organizations that include a three-year piano pedagogy sequence program for the MTAC Santa Clara Branch starting 2019. She has contributed ideas and presented for California State University East Bay Pedagogy Symposium since 2017. 

As an avid pedagogue, Dr. Chang teaches pedagogy seminars regularly for teachers’ organizations that include a three-year piano pedagogy program for the MTAC Santa Clara Branch starting 2019. She has contributed pedagogy ideas and presented for California State University East Bay Pedagogy Symposium since 2017. 

Enjoying the privilege of teaching students at all levels, Dr. Chang has received distinguished teaching awards such as the Northern Kentucky University Faculty Special Recognition and RCM Founding Teacher Award, and the Teacher of the Award Winners. Her students have won numerous prizes including the Pelican International Music Competition, US Open Music Competition, the RCM Certificate Program State and Center Certificates of Excellence, MTNA/CaliforniaAssociation Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT) State Honors Competition, the Bay Area Piano Competition, the OhioMTA State Competition, and the Kentucky Greaves Governor’s School for the Arts Scholarship. 

Dr. Chang is frequently invited to adjudicate at various competitions that included the OMTA/Graves collegiate piano competition, Miami University Music Department concerto competition, Tr-Stae Piano Concerto competition and OMTA/SW Buckeye pre-college piano competition, as well as MTNA affiliated States Collegiate and pre-college competitions, piano auditions, and students evaluations. 

As a concert pianist, Dr. Chang has a passion for playing chamber music and is equally at home in solo recitals. She has performed in a variety of ensemble settings that included piano duo, duet, trio, quartet, and quintet with string, woodwind, and singers. The Chang-Park piano duo (with Dr. Min-sun Park) has performed and recorded duet music that included French duet music of Ravel, Saint-Saen, and Poulenc as well as duet teaching repertoires composed after 1980.  

Dr. Chang is specializing in 20th century piano repertoires, particularly with Bela Bartok’s compositions. She was the winner and recipient of the IBLA International Piano Competition in Italy and the Bayreuth Summer Festival in Germany. Her solo concert appearances included International Bartók-Prokofiev-Kabalevsky Competition and Festival in Italy, Steinway & Sons Premier Piano Artist Concert Series, and OMTA/SW district Fall Conference Concert.

Dr. Chang relocated to the South Bay Area in 2016 and is currently serving as a piano faculty at Cal State University East Bay, additionally, she teaches and performs as an independent artist and a pedagogy consultant.  She is very active with local organizations and serves as a director for the MTAC Santa Clara Branch She was a piano faculty at the Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts Music Program from 2002-15 and taught applied piano, class piano, keyboard literature, and piano pedagogy. She also served as a chamber music chairperson and piano faculty at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department. 

Dr. Chang holds a D.M.A. degree in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and an M.M. degree in Piano Performance from the Boston Conservatory. She has received conservatory training and studied piano from master teachers of both German and Russian schools. Her teachers include Elizabeth and Eugene Pridonoff, whose teacher was Rudolf Serkin, and Sergei Polusmiak, whose teacher was Regina Horowitz.