Sean Tang-Wang Piano

Sean Tang-Wang Piano

5.0 (4)
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8 years in business

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Foster City, CA 94404
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  • Jonathan C

    I took lessons with Sean for almost 3 years before moving out of the area, and I would highly recommend him to students of all ages and skill levels. I came in with about 10 years of experience taking piano lessons with 4 teachers before him. Although he hasn't been teaching as long as others, his level of skill and understanding of the music was no less and in many cases even greater than other teachers I've had. He has a very impressive repertoire and was easily able to teach any and all challenging pieces I wanted to learn by composers like Chopin, Liszt, and Beethoven. One thing that sets him apart is his very recent experience as a student himself, performing in various settings and competing. Sean knows what it's like to learn and teach piano in a modern setting. I have no doubt that you (or your child) would be in great hands studying with Sean. It was worth every penny.

  • Daniel

    (Background: college student, 12 years piano) Sean helped me pick new pieces I enjoyed, as well as improve tone and technical skills. His lessons were engaging - specific with tips and recommendations, and he's super friendly in general

  • -B.Z.

    Sean is excellent in pinpointing precise issues that need to be addressed in your playing and offering direct, practical advice for how to solve them. I appreciate that he gives clear technical solutions for tackling musical problems.

  • Michael F.

    I have had the pleasure of taking piano lessons with Sean for several months now. He is an extremely knowledgeable teacher both in performance and music theory. I have made vast improvements in a very short time due to his guidance and expertise. It has been a very enjoyable experience. If you want to improve quickly and have a lot of fun doing it; I highly recommend reaching out to him. You will not be disappointed!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I would like to first assess the students' skill level, and quickly come up with a blueprint on the best and most efficient way to improve and grow as an artist. Most importantly, I ask the student what genres of piano repertoire they would like to tackle, and from there, we delve into different techniques in that specific genre that will help the student become a better artist and musician. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am currently a graduate piano performance major studying at University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to my study, I have won over 60 local, national, and international piano festivals and competitions. I have also performed concerts throughout Europe, and also served as a guest artist on many summer music programs and festivals. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I charge $60/hour and $30/half hour, though I always urge students to take the hour option. 

How did you get started teaching?

My mom's a piano teacher so naturally I carried on what she taught me! I love teaching, and I love seeing my students grow into fine, outstanding musicians. 

What types of students have you worked with?

Students of all levels. I've worked with the Royal ABRSM system, and CM as well. I've taught students as young as 5 years old and as old as 35. I also work with a variety of genres. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I went to Italy to perform a series of piano concerts! It was in the summer of 2019 and one of the most exciting and once-in-a-lifetime experiences I've ever had. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

In my twenty years and counting years of being a student, too often do teachers neglect the invaluable skill set that is aural training. I integrate various forms of aural training in my students’ curriculum in an effort to enhance their abilities of listening to their quality of tone and sound.

Aside from aural training and development, it is important, especially for younger or beginner students, to learn certain exercises and etudes that will prepare them for the demands of the repertoire.

As a teacher, I find this to be one of the most difficult parts of teaching. How does one tell any student to practice the monotonous and repetitive exercises written by Hanon and Czerny?

Answer: DIVERSIFY. Sure, play these Hanon and Czerny exercises, but only for five minutes. Let’s then quickly move onto note reading or playing something by ear or use some sort of visual aid (e.g charts/tables). For children, the trick is to quickly jump into another activity and not have them fall into the dull, repetitive nature of any piano exercise

For my older, more experienced students, tone is the one of the most important aspects of music-making.

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