“ Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
– Plato

Master Class Teaching

2020

Sicily International Piano Festival and Competition, Catania, Sicily, January 12-20

Concert Program

2019

Seoul Arts High School, Seoul, Korea, October 31

Concert Program

Dankook University, Seoul, Korea, October 30

Concert Program

Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, October 28

Concert Program

International Piano Festival in Poland, Nałęczowski Ośrodek Kultury, Nałęczów, Poland, July 15–23

Concert Program

Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea, May 13

Concert Program

Capital Area Music Teachers Association, East Lansing, Michigan, March 5

Concert Program

2018

California State University North Ridge, North Ridge, California, October 18

Concert Program

California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California, October 16

Concert Program

Busan National University, Busan, Korea, May 30

Concert Program

Jeonju University, Jeonju, Korea, May 23

Concert Program

Mokwon University, Daejeon, Korea, May 23

Concert Program

Daejeon Arts High School, Daejeon, Korea, May 23

Concert Program

Honam Theological University and Seminary, Kwangju, Korea, May 18

Concert Program

Chosun University, Kwangju, Korea, May 18

Concert Program

Sookmyung Womens University, Seoul, Korea, May 17

Concert Program

Chonnam National University, Kwangju, Korea, May 16

Concert Program

Sunchon University, Sunchon, Korea, May 16

Concert Program

2015

Lake Superior Music Teachers Association, Michigan Technology University, Houghton, Michigan, December 30

Concert Program

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, October 18

Concert Program

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, October 16

Concert Program

2013

Piano Texas International Academy and Festival, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, June 10–16

Concert Program

Baylor University, Waco, Texas, February 18

Concert Program

2012

Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, November 13

Concert Program

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, November 8

Concert Program

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, October 29

Concert Program

Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, October 21

Concert Program

Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, October 16

Concert Program

Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, September 28

Concert Program

University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, September 14

Concert Program

Absolute Music Performing Arts Center (AMPAC) Piano Festival, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June 9

Concert Program

University-College Sedaya International (UCSI), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June 8

Concert Program

Silom Performing Arts Center, Bangkok, Thailand, May 19

Concert Program

Yamaha School, Bangkok, Thailand, May 17

Concert Program

Pitta Music School, Chiang Mai, Thailand, May 15

Concert Program

South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, South Carolina, April 27

Concert Program

Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, February 25

Concert Program

Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa, February 24

Concert Program

2011

Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, January 22

Concert Program

2010

California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California, November 3

Concert Program

Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, October 30

Concert Program

Texas Music Teachers Association, Texas Collegiate Chapters Conference, Arlington Convention Center, Arlington, Texas, June 12

Concert Program

Levine School of Music, Washington, District of Columbia, May 26

Concert Program

West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas, May 25

Concert Program

Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, March 15

Concert Program

Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, March 5

Concert Program

High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston, Texas, January 13

Concert Program

2009

McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana, April 28

Concert Program

Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, March 24

Concert Program

Students' Comments

“ Dr. Young-Hyun Cho is among the finest musicians that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. She has transformed the way I play piano and the way that I approach and interpret musical ideas.  In addition to being an excellent musician of the highest order, she takes personal interest in her students, inspires them and helps them to achieve a superior level of musicianship.  My lessons with Dr. Cho are among the most influential and educational experiences that I have ever had in my academic career and the lessons I have learned from her is something I will never forget.”
“ The professor was very knowledgeable about the material and very interested in the success of the students.”
“ The professor was always ready for a lesson and was encouraging, and still provided plenty of constructive criticism...”
“ Dr. Cho has opened my eyes to the different aspects of piano playing.  It is not simply playing notes in a tempo.  She brought out my love for piano by after deconstructing a piece and later putting the parts together to make beautiful music.”
“ Dr. Cho is very knowledgeable about her expertise.  She has taught me to really bring out musical moments in pieces. I am not just playing notes.”
“ Dr. Cho is a wonderful teacher who is able to explain concepts in a simple way that makes them understandable.  She has been very encouraging and supportive.”
“ Dr. Cho is very good at targeting specific problem areas and fixing them.  My ear has been improving significantly this semester.”
“ My piano technique has increased ten-fold since taking with Dr. Cho. She pushed me to be better and strive for excellence.”
“ Dr. Cho is always very involved in the lesson.  She is aware and is quickly able to identify errors made. This was efficient and very helpful for my learning.  I appreciated her always being active and aware in my lessons.”

– From anonymous University-wide student feedback

Teaching Philosophy

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.