Sharon Wu | Piano Studio

Sharon Wu | Piano Studio

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14 years in business

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Sharon Hsuan-Yu Wu has more than 10 years experience in teaching piano, music theory and aural training. She teaches all levels of students from beginners, examinees for RCM and ABRSM, to advanced students. As a professionally trained pianist, she believes the relationship between teacher and student is the key to determining how much joy and improvement student will receive. 

Sharon constantly performs in the United State, Prague, and Taiwan. She is currently giving piano lessons in California and New York. Sharon is also an active member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) of United States.

2014- now: Doctoral candidate at Stony Brook University, NY
2012-2014: Master degree in Piano at University of Kansas
2006- 2010: Bachelor degree in Piano at TH University, Taiwan

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Mountain View, CA 94040
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I believe the relationship between teacher and students is the key to determining how much improvement student will get. I would like to know more about my students via the free trial lesson I provided. Students therefore will have a chance to know me, see how he/she feels. It's especially important to the young beginners and introverted students. 

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

Besides the degrees I've received, I'd like to mentioned that our graduate school programs require us to be trained not only a performer, but also a teacher who possesses a practical training and knowledge via Piano Pedagogy (Piano Education), Piano Technique, and Piano Literature courses.  

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

I offer a free trial lesson to the new student. Based on how the student performs in the trial, student/parents and I will determine the length of the lessons together. I provide 30/45/60 minutes lessons with different rates.

How did you get started teaching?

I am a professionally trained pianist, teaching is always what I am interested in doing. I am happy to help students to achieve their goals, meanwhile, I've learned so much from my students as well! My mother is also a music educator, so I am very familiar with this environment.

What types of students have you worked with?

I usually teach 6 year old and up. The youngest student I had was 5 and half, and the oldest was about 45. I teach from beginners to advanced students.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I was a piano teacher and accompanist in Port Jefferson Music Academy NY, and TakeLesson. Levels of my students were from beginner, casual learner, to ABRSM examinee and advanced students. One of the REVIEWS from TakeLesson:

“My son started taking lessons with Ms. Sharon about four months ago. I was searching for a piano teacher with classical background because I know that classical background is very important in basics of piano. I was looking for a serious teacher who was able to keep my son focused and learn well because I want piano to be a big part of my son. Sharon not only can keep my son, who is only 7, focused for 60 minutes, but he is truly enjoying his time with her. He loves taking lessons with her, enjoys practicing at home, and eager to go back to the lesson every week. I thought, at first, 60 minute lesson may be too long for 7 year old boy. However, Sharon keeps him interested, and he is learning basics of piano very well. I searched for a good piano teacher for almost a year, and I am very glad that we met Ms. Sharon.” --- Yuna, Jun. 22, 2016

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

There are many music educators in this area, and I believe many of them are very good pianists. But if you are looking for a professional trained pianist and educator, DMA degree (Doctoral of Musical Art) is the highest level in the musical field. We've been trained by constantly giving recitals and taking piano pedagogy course, we are required to learn the skills of teaching various kinds of students, and give them the correct information like healthy hand position, gestures, and how to practice efficiently. Especially for young students, beginning is very important!

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

For casual learners, and beginners, we can adjust the speed of learning according to your schedule and how we process things in the lessons. But for advanced students, learning music is like learning a language, students DO need to make an effort— Practice! With good instruction and careful work, progress is guaranteed!