I am currently the president of the Honolulu Piano teachers' Assoc. I moved from South Korea to Honolulu 6 years ago, and have maintained a successful
professional studio, teaching mostly young and gifted pianists, for the past 40 years.
I have successfully prepared students for audition and acceptance at the Juillard School, Manhattan School, Chopin Academy, in Warsaw, Poland, as well as to other fine schools.I have a degree not only from Boston University in piano performance, but also a Masters in performance and Piano Pedagogy from Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX. where I was also Assistant to the Chair of the dept. from 1987 to 1990. During that time I was selected as Graduate Performance Student of the Year in 1988.
During a two year visit ( 1980-82) I studied music Therapy, taking most of the core courses,
while my husband began his doctorate in performance at the University of North Texas.I was invited to teach and perform at the Schlern International Music festival in Italy,
Was invited to present as a panelist for the MTNA conference in Toronto, Canada,
and have lectured and presented video presentations of my students at the Fort Worth Piano Teachers Forum , and at Texas Christian University, pedagogy dept.In South Korea I also directed an adult choir for more than 15 years,
While in Korea I was the Music Director for the Daegu American School from 1993 to 1995,
and organized and taught more than 800 students from grades 1 through 12My background and musical experiences are varied, but my strength is teaching gifted young people.
I also find it most enjoyable.Currently I enjoy several gifted students, and also teach other young people who though not as naturally gifted, seem to benefit from the same approach, which is focused on a broad range of repertoire, even from early studies, not so much focus on traditional lesson books: though I do use some Faber and Bastien and Alfred series books to supplement .Performance readiness is a major focus, and I am always thrilled to help prepare a pianist for performance or audition.
I am demanding but specific about practice, so the student knows exactly how to practice, whether it be a technical or music requirement.
I also stress listening on the part of the student and understanding of history, composers and style .Personally I enjoy a simple life with my pianist husband, Dr. Chung H Lee, a Korean professor, recently retired from University in S. Korea.
Thus my stay in South Korea for many years.
We have performed together as well over the years .
I also speak Korean and taught in Korean while living there.