Background

My full-time career in the biotech industry as a sales and marketing professional in combination with my love for the piano allows me to have a well-rounded and unique approach for teaching students. My distinctive approach for teaching the piano combines both analytical and creative training to design effective, individualized programs to assist students in achieving their musical goals. I provide one-on-one, private instruction focusing on piano lessons for children up to adults. I’m very flexible in accommodating lessons to each student’s goals. Therefore, I structure my teaching methodology and lessons entirely with the student’s main priorities and needs in mind.

Whether you are a 7 year-old child learning piano for the first time, a sophomore in high school wishing to continue musical studies at an intermediate level or an adult interested in exploring piano as a hobbyist, my main objective is to teach you the fundamentals of music and build upon basic keyboard skills while experiencing how emotionally gratifying it can be to learn how to play an instrument. I’m very patient and will encourage you to learn at your own comfort level in order to accomplish lesson goals and succeed with my pedagogical instruction.

I have significant experience in classical piano performance instruction, including technique, sight-reading, theory, dynamics and musicianship. The Certificate of Merit (CoM) program that I participated in provides a systematic and comprehensive plan to develop performance skill, technique, ear-training, sight-reading skills and music theory. I also performed at the annual MTAC conventions throughout my high school years. Since college, I have taught piano in Los Angeles, San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area. I am currently a member of PianoTeachers.com. In addition, I perform at weddings, dinner parties, funerals and other engagements upon request. 


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Experience

  • 2005-2013: Member of PianoTeachers.com
  • 2013: Member of MusicTeachersList.com
  • 1996: University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • BS in Biology, Minor in Musicology 3.89 GPA
  • 1985-1992: Advanced Level Certification, Levels 1-9, Certificate of Merit Program, part of Music Teacher’s Association of California (MTAC)
  • 1991: First Place, Division Senior I, Pleasanton Piano Competition
  • 20+ years of piano performing experience
  • 10+ years of piano teaching experience
  • Soong Piano Studio
    801 Mahler Road, Suite #214
    Burlingame, CA 94010
    650.339.2176
    info@soongpianostudio.com

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