Mrs. Eiki Paik Worcester studied under internationally acclaimed pianist Daniel Pollack at the University of Southern California (USC Thornton School of Music) where she received her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance. Mrs. Worcester has also served as adjunct faculty at both UC Irvine and Vanguard University but now limits her teaching to her private studio where she has developed many fine young pianists and musicians, sharing the joy of music for a lifetime from the earliest ages to and including adults.
Eiki Worcester's musical roots reach back to Japan where she studied as a child. Her father, the Rev. Namchul Paik (1912-2012) was a Korean Presbyterian minister who started her on the piano at an early age. Her study of pedagogy includes the Suzuki Method and the Dorothy Taubman Technique. Mrs. Paik Worcester is a member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC), has served in various officer capacities and as chairperson for competitions in her branch and is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. In addition to her studio teaching, Mrs. Paik Worcester serves as an adjudicator of both piano performance and music theory, and she tutors students studying AP Music Theory.
One of her daughters, Dr. Lynn Worcester, teaches Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Northern Iowa. Dr. Lynn Worcester has a DMA degree from University of Oklahoma, an MM degree from Baylor University, and both MM and BM degrees from the California State University (Fullerton). Prior to joining the faculty at UNI, she served as Assistant Professor of Music in Piano and Director of Piano Pedagogy at Shorter University in Georgia where she taught applied piano, piano pedagogy, accompanying and more. When Dr. Worcester is in California she often participates in Studio events and adds her expertise to the Studio.
Her private students participate in piano competitions where appropriate and in the MTAC CERTIFICATE OF MERIT program where students are tested annually in music theory as well as sight-reading and performance. Mrs. Paik-Worcester also serves regularly as an adjudicator at piano competitions and as a Certificate of Merit performance adjudicator outside of her MTAC Branch area. She also hosts regular recitals for her students and their families.
During her music studies Mrs. Paik Worcester received numerous scholarships and awards, including the coveted Daniel Aldrich Chancellor’s Scholarship for Music at UCI. She was also a winner at numerous piano competitions including the Joanna Hodges Piano Concerto Competition and the Ventura College Piano Competition and later concertized, performing solo concerti with symphony orchestras in Southern California. In addition to distinguishing herself as a soloist, she went on to perform extensively in chamber ensembles and in performance recitals for flute and piano for Doctoral candidates at USC.
I've been taking lessons from Ms. Worcester for over six years and would highly recommend her to anyone who really wants to not only learn to play piano but develop a true appreciation for the theory and subtle touches that make music beautiful. Ms. Worcester really cares about her students and knows when and how to "push" a little harder and keep you motivated. There are plenty of piano teachers in this area but Eiki is someone who is a true professional who really wants her students to excel and be proud of their efforts.
Eiki is not only the best music teacher I've had, but also one of the best teachers I've had in general. She has a lot of experience under her belt and you can tell she knows what she is doing when you sit down at a lesson with her (regardless of your level of piano competency). She brings a lot of energy with her and is flexible and very present with you at every lesson. I would recommend her to anyone looking for fun and very effective piano lessons.
I brought my 5 year-old son to meet Eiki Worcester more than 20 years ago and my family has been with her ever since. She taught Anthony for 13 years until he went away to UC Berkeley. What an incredible journey for Anthony! Eiki is an excellent teacher and loves to teach children of all ages. She is able to evaluate students and set a standard of learning and performance that challenges them. She also teaches them to play the piano with much feeling and expression. Anthony was well prepared for every competition that he participated in. Because of Eiki, my son still loves to sit down and play piano for enjoyment even long after the lessons ended. That is what makes me happy. My second son, Tyler, has been taking lessons now for 11 years. He is not as "serious" of a student as his older brother but Eiki has been patient with him and he is now really progressing well and loving his lessons. I love to see him sit down by choice now and practice. I feel piano lessons have greatly enriched my two sons lives and enhanced their overall education. They both have done Certificate of Merit with Eiki through the highest level and therefore have a thorough knowledge of music theory. I recommend starting lessons with Eiki as young as 3-5 years old.
My name is John Hernandez, and I was privileged to have Mrs. Eiki Worcester as my university professor of piano at UC Irvine. Mrs. Worcester competently and effectively instructed me, and now, as a piano teacher myself, I utilize several of the same concepts I learned from her with my own students! Her careful integration of the fundamentals of keyboarding, drills in scales and cadences, and proper finger technique, along with an engaging repertoire, provided a dependable model of pedagogy for me to use. In addition to her superior level of instruction, I will never forget her patient and nurturing manner, which was a blessing to me during the rigors and difficulties of a university level piano course. I highly recommend Eiki Worcester to anyone looking for a piano teacher capable of bringing out the best from any pupil.
"Everyone deserves to feel the joy of playing the piano. I have taught every age and every type of student... autistic, blind, young, old; everyone can enjoy music."
I will meet the student and at least one parent for a short audition and I will provide suggestions and an evaluation at that time.