“ Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
Sicily International Piano Festival and Competition, Catania, Sicily, January 12-20
Seoul Arts High School, Seoul, Korea, October 31
International Piano Festival in Poland, Nałęczowski Ośrodek Kultury, Nałęczów, Poland, July 15–23
California State University North Ridge, North Ridge, California, October 18
Lake Superior Music Teachers Association, Michigan Technology University, Houghton, Michigan, December 30
Piano Texas International Academy and Festival, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, June 10–16
Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, November 13
Absolute Music Performing Arts Center (AMPAC) Piano Festival, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June 9
Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, January 22
California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California, November 3
Texas Music Teachers Association, Texas Collegiate Chapters Conference, Arlington Convention Center, Arlington, Texas, June 12
McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana, April 28
A teacher must know both the subject and the students in order to teach effectively. I set attainable goals for each class I teach and have my students do the required. I push my students along to develop their skills while also building self-confidence. I assure my students that they can succeed and give them the chance to try. I receive plenty of student feedback, and I determine what needs to be fixed. I do not assume that all students can be reached by the same teaching technique. I also don't teach the same classes exactly the same way from year to year. I try to find each student's areas of strength or improvement and provide positive feedback as well as constructive advice necessary for the the student's development.
I work with students to improve their knowledge base of music and their skills as a musician. Each student is assigned different pieces according to level, and often I demonstrate the piece at the piano. Demonstration involves being able to explain things clearly at the level of mechanics and intent. I explain stylistic differences, variety of articulations, how to interpret and analyze the piece, and dynamic and timing plans.
As the old proverb goes, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." I am trying to teach students "to fish" in making music. Students learn what to listen for in making music and how to apply their skills to other pieces they will learn in the future. I teach them how to internalize music from the smallest units to the longest phrases, and how to develop an awareness of body movement in technique. I explain and demonstrate sound projection, sound quality, layers of voicing, color creation, articulation, and other techniques. I explain how to interpret and analyze pieces and how to use dynamic and timing plans appropriately. I also give instructions to students how to present themselves professionally in a public stage setting and provide performance opportunities for them to try out.
Music making is not just playing notes. Musicians should disvover and convey the hidden meanings between the music notes. I try to cultivate students' imagination and to fortify characters in music with a variety of emotional levels also. I suggest connections to entitles, such as historical events, personal experiences, stories and scenes from composer's background. I encourage students to develop their own storyline for music that they play.