Teachers

 

Mr. Cheng

 

Qualifications

  • Sydney Conservatorium of Music-Bachelor of Music in Performance
  • Sydney Conservatorium High School

 

Music Experience &Awards:

  • Award of LmusA and AmusA with Distinction on piano performance
  • Winner of the Classic Piano Concerto section in Sydney Eisteddfod-2016 and 2015
  • 2nd Place of the Australian Piano Section
  • 3rd place of the Classical Sonata section in Sydney Eisteddfod.

 

Mr.Jiaqi(Jack) CHENG is currently studying a bachelor of Music(Performance )at Sydney Conservatorium of Music ,University of Sydney. He started piano at the age of 5, also has performed in public and won countless competitions. He has studied with Clemens  Leske(Usyd),and also cooperated with world famous pianist such as  Ignat Solzhenitsyn(Curtis school of Music USA),Professor Matti Raekallio (Juilliard US A),Professor Alexander Korsantia(New England Conservatory USA) and Dr.Marc Silverman(Dean of Piano Unit of  Manhattan school of Music   USA). As a  piano rising star his performance was commented as powerful and effortless pianism,  excellent and display all the best characteristics of his  playing—artistic maturity, discipline, structure and integrity.

He has taken many private and piano school teaching positions, with years of experience with children and knowledge exchange. With his patience and enthusiasm for students, he is willing to help them achieve their goals and dreams in Music.

 

 

 

Ms. Song

Qualifications

  • Australia Institute of music-- bachelor of performance
  • Sydney Conservatorium of music - bachelor of music study

I studied piano from the age of five and completed grade 10 piano exam in China in 2009. After that I started to teach piano in my free time. The students I taught were mostly of the ages between 5 to 13.

 

According to my personal experience, I believe a good foundation of piano is the basic of study piano.

This means going through basic elements such as note reading, fingering, hand position, rhythm, aural, sight reading & theory. The importance of these elements becomes more and more obvious to me as I gained further experience.

 

The two professors I studied with are Nikolay Evrov (from the Sydney Conservatorium of music) and doctor Wojciech Wisniewski (from the Australian Institute of Music).

 

To parents & students: ‘I have a friendly personality and I am very patient with young students. I love teaching because I love exploring new ways to overcome difficulties for students.’

"Teaching students according to their aptitude" is my motto!

 

 

 

Mr. Lam

Qualifications

  • Master of Teaching (Music, Secondary education), UNSW 2016
  • Master of Music (Research and Piano Performance). Australian Institute of Music 2015
  • Bachelor of Classical Music (Performance - Piano Major), Australian Institute of Music 2013

Teaching Experience

Piano and theory teacher since 2013

Performance Experience

Top 10 Finalists in the Australian international Conservatorium of music competition (2012)

Public Concert Performances: NSW Art Gallery, St Andrew Cathedral, Australian Hall and Sydney Royal Easter Show (2014)

Introduction

Born in Hong Kong, Andrew began studying piano at the age of seven. He completed his Bachelor Degree of Classical Music (Performance, Piano Major) at Australian Institute of Music where he worked under the guidance of Prof. Wojciech Wisniewski. Andrew is currently studying Master Degree of Teaching (Secondary, Music Methods) at University of New South Wales, investigating different educational theories and practices in music teaching. He aims at combining the ideas of educational practices and musical techniques, fostering students’ interest in music, at the same time, building their piano techniques and musical sense. He believes that every student is unique and he endeavors to provide the best learning experience for each student.

 

Language: English, Cantonese, & Mandarin

 

 

 

 

Mr. Cao

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Music Studies -- Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Music Experience/Awards

Xue Hu Cao is currently studying a Bachelor of Music Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Kirill Monorosi. Prior to this, he completed HSC Music 2 and Music EXT with high regards. Xue Hu began playing piano at the young age of 6 years old while also picking up percussion at the age of 11. He has competed in many competitions, most notably the World Association of Marching Show Bands (WAMSB) in Japan (2013) and in Denmark (2015) representing Australia.

Having participated in many public events, mainly performing and teaching, Xue Hu has formed a strong bond within the community resulting in receiving the Young Citizen of the Year for Canterbury Council 2014. These experiences have developed not only his teaching and performing skills but also enables him to communicate effectively with students, may they be young or old, as well as their parents.

“My overall aim is not only to strengthen the students’ technical side of playing, but to also teach them how to put in the hard work and help themselves, which is a quality that can help in many aspects of life.”

 

Language: English &Mandarin

 

 Ms. Oh

Qualifications

  • 1997 - Master of Arts (Music Pedagogy), Western Illinois University, U S A
  • 1995 - Bachelor of Arts (Music Pedagogy), Assistantship, Western Illinois University, U S A

 

Ally is a Piano Teacher with over 25 years of experience in piano pedagogy.  Registered Teacher Teaching experience that focuses on Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM, United Kingdom), Sing-and-play syllabus from The USA, as well as Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) from Australia. 

Ally had teaching exposure to various different cultural environments, thus provided her with strong understanding and flexibility to teach children coming from diverse backgrounds to learn better.  Her past experiences have given her a strong foundation to understand and analyse various type of children behaviours, thus helping them to pick-up music effectively.

She had taught in various classroom setups, including kindergarten, childcare centre, and music school.  She had students aging from 4 years old all the way to adults. 

 

Language: English, Mandarin, Cantonese & Malay

 

 

 

 

 

 Ms. Lai

 Qualifications

 

Yi Ming completed her Bachelor of Music Performance majoring in Piano. She has been teaching piano lessons for two years now. After completing ABRSM Grade 8 in Malaysia, she arrived in Australia in 2010 to study at the Australian International Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of James Muir. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music Performance majoring in Voice.

 

Music Experiences & Awards

  •  Associate of International Music Board (AIMEB) with Distinction
  •  June 2013, Solo Piano Recital- Australian International Conservatorium of Music
  •  Piano accompanist October 2012, Sydney Opera House
  •  Piano duet October 2011, Sydney Opera House
  •  Open Day Piano Performance 2011, Australian International Conservatorium of Music
  •  Highly commended in the Kawai Piano category of Sydney Eisteddfodd 2012
  •  Third Prize in the 20th Young Musician's International Competition Citta di Barletta in Italy 2010

 

Teaching Philosophy

         

            My passion for teaching piano stems from the joy of learning and playing music; which has enriched my life in so many ways. My principal aim in teaching my students is to inspire their inner musicality, in which they will continue to learn independently because of their strong urge to be the best they can be in music. More importantly, I always strive to give my students the proper tools to achieve effective practice, as it is crucial to their musical development. My role as a teacher is not to show my students to do exactly as I think, but to inspire them to trust in themselves and be creative individuals who will then inspire the future generations.

 

Language: English, Mandarin, Cantonese & Malay

 

 

 

 

 

 Ms. Lee

Qualifications

  • George Mason University with a Bachelor of Music in piano performance

 

Hwana Lee is a pianist who started performing on piano at the age of five in Seoul, Korea.  She has been performing since then and has over 14 years of teaching experience.(1999-Current) She taught students in Music Lesson Central Academy in USA. She teaches students ranging from beginners to very advanced. She graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Music in piano performance, Accompanying, Chamber music and Piano Pedagogy in 2009 and received a Full Jean Cook Music Scholarship.

While attending GMU, She studied piano with Dr. Anna Balakerskaia. Dr. Balakerskaia has shared her mastery of the piano around the world, from the great concert halls of her native Russia to the great halls of Europe and the Americas.

Ms. Lee performed in numerous piano recitals while she was attending GMU. She performed Chopin Ballade No.1 in G minor and won the Northern Virginia Community College Performance Competition and received a music scholarship in 2006. She was also selected to perform Beethoven Sonata "Tempest" in All-Steinway Dedication concert at GMU and to perform Chopin Ballade No. 4 in F minor for The Washington Post in 2007. She was selected to be featured in GMU newspaper, Gazette to introduce the All-Steinway School, GMU. She was also selected to perform Beethoven Sonata Opus.109 in the Honors Recital at GMU in 2008. Also she performed Rachmaninoff Piano Second Concerto and won the Virginia Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition in 2009

Her past piano teachers included Dr. Julie Hahn, graduate of Peabody Conservatory, Dr. Anna Balakerskaia, graduate of St. Petersburg Conservatory and piano professor at George Mason University and Darya Gabay, graduate of St. Petersburg Conservatory and piano professor at Levine School of Music.

She is experienced as a solo performer, chamber musician, accompanist, conductor and organist.  She served as an organist and conductor in St. Paul Chung Catholic Church in Fairfax, VA for 3 years.  She conducted for St. Paul Chung Catholic Church Choir in Annual Concert in 2010.

She will be always happy to teach and love to share the joy of playing the piano with her students. She loves toB??&te on learning music and help them to enjoy the music that they perform. She recognizes that every student is different; some students want to learn classical music and play in competitions or festivals while other students just want to play the piano for fun and enjoyment. Because everyone has their own needs and desires, she loves to work towards each individual student and help them achieve their goals and dreams in music.

 

Language: Korean & English

 

Ms. Chen

Qualifications

  •   Bachelor of Music Performance, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (USYD)

 

Ms. Chen started to play piano when she was 4 years old and she started to play violin when she was 11 and participated to play the violin and piano in the orchestra in her hometown. She did complete the 3-year full-time piano performance studies in Xinghai Conservatorium High School in China and she was the piano accompanist of the Orchestra of Xinghai Conservatorium High School. She studied with Norman Lee (from Peabody Conservatory of Music and University of Western Ontario) and Jay Sun (from University of Houston) when she was in high school. In 2014, she started learning piano from an associated professor of the Sydney Conservatorium of music Stephanie McCallum. 

 

Language: English, Mandarin, Cantonese

 

 Ms. Rong 

Qualifications

  • Australian Institute of Music 2011 -(Bachlor of Music in Piano Performance)
  • Australian Institute of Music 2011 -(Bachlor of Music in Piano Performance)

Ms. Rong was born in Shenyang, China and began learning piano at the age of three and half under the tutelage of professor Jing Jing Dong (the piano lecturer at the Shen Yang Conservatorium Of  Music). From the age of 10 Cherry continued her education with Professor Hong Yang at the Shenyang Conservatorium Of Music followed by Professor Yan Kai Yang who is currently the head of the Shenyang Conservatorium of Music High School.

Since she arrival in Sydney in 2007, Jiahui studied with Ms. Lyall Duke (lecturer of keyboard studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music), and entered the Open Academy program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2008. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Music course at the Australian Institute of Music and is studying with Wojciech Wisniewski. She has been participating in numerous eisteddfods and performing around Sydney as a soloist and chamber musician.

 

Achievements

  • Won Shenyang 4th prize of China National piano competition for Youth Musicians.
  • Studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, open Academy (2008). Performed piano solo in various recital chamber mu8sic and duo with ensembles and Bach concerto for four pianos.
  • 2011- present: playing with different opera singers in different venue at Sydney.
  • 2013- recital with opera singers at The Flute Tree, Leichhardt.
  • Won 3rd Prize of 19th century Romantic Section at Wollongong Eisteddfod.
  • Received High Recommended in classical sonata section at Sydney eisteddfod
  • High Recommended  in 19th century  Romantic  section at Sydney Eisteddfod

 

Language: Mandarin & English

 

  

Ms. Ng

Qualifications

  • Australian Institute of Music 2011 - (Bachlor of Music in Piano Performance)
  • Master of Music Studies (Performance) - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
  • Bachelor (Honours ) in Music Studies - Hong Kong Baptist University Music Department ? 2011 -2013

 

Pianist Mandy Ng has been studying piano since the age of three with Professor Xie Geng from South China University. She showed the passions and the talents at an early stage. With the skills and abilities developed over years and years, she got a valuable chance to perform in Saint-Saens?s piano concerto in a large-scale concert held in Xinghai concert hall when she was 17. Under the intensive training, her musicality and collaboration were enhanced. She further strengthened her music interest and abilities after attending various kinds of performance and competitions. She graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University in 2013, studying with well-known musician Dr Cheng Wai. During the years of studies at HKBU, Mandy had numerous opportunities to perform on stage. Her coachers included Professor Chan from Central Conservatory of Music, Professor Enrico Elisi from Eastman School of Music, Dr Helen Cha from HKBU and etc.

Mandy recently performed as a soloist and an accompanist at City Hall Theater. She is also active as a chamber musician. She has performed piano chamber music at different music festival, as accompanist for violinist in competitions etc. She has wide range of repertories for collaborating with violinist and flutiest, as well as Chinese instrument Zeng and Erhu. In 2013, Mandy won the bronze prize of The Prime Golden Bell Music Award of China.

 

Besides performance, Mandy has a rich experiences in piano teaching. She has been teaching student in various ages with different levels since 2009. Her students have always achieved a good result in music examinations and competitions. Mandy is now refining her music ability and knowledge by pursuing her post-graduate study at Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2014, studying with famous Russian pianist Dr Natalie Andreeva.

 

 Language: English, Mandarin, Cantonese

 

 

 

 

Ms. Lu

Qualifications
  • Graduate Diploma in Education University of New England, Armidale, Australia
  • Bachelor of Music Performance (Sydney Conservatorium of Music) Graduated with Honours. 2005-2008
  • Licentiate Diploma of Music Australian Music Examiners Board, Sydney, Australia Passed with Distincation 2003
  • Licentiate Diploma in Music London College of Music and Media, London, England Passed with Distinction 2003
  • Music Teachers Association of NSW Senior Piano Scholarship Senior Division 1st place prize winner.
Lei Na has studied piano from a very young age and has a lot of performance experience. She has studied with teachers Gerard Willems among others at the Sydney Conservatorium. In 2006 she won the Music Teacher's Assocation of NSW Senior Piano Scholarship prize. She has also performed in the Auckland International Piano Festival, where she took master classes with Oleg Stepanov, Tamas Vesmas and Michael Houston. She has also been working as an accompanist for instrumentalists and vocalists alike. Lei Na has experience performing as a soloist as well as in chamber music and is a member of a chamber music group called the Sydney Modern Trio, which is dedicated to performing contemporary art music by American composers such as Eric Ewazen. Lei Na believes that learning piano should be a nurturing learning experience where children not only learn music or how to play the piano but also develop important skills in terms of learning methods, self-motivation as well as confidence through personal achievement.
Language: English/ Manderin
 

 Ms. Shen(Founder)

                    

Qualifications

  • Sydney Conservatorium of music (of University of Sydney): Bachelor of Music Studies
  • Sydney Conservatorium High School
  • AMEB: Licentiate in Muisc (L.Mus.A) In Piano (2004)
  • Associate in Music (A.Mus.A) In Piano (2002)
  • Piano Pedagogy I & II at Sydney Conservatorium (2006)
  • Piano Scholarship at Sydney Conservatorium H.S.C in (1999)

Teaching experience:

Sherry has taught piano for over 10 years. She has various experiences in dealing with different age & grade students. She understands & can grasps the fundamentally important aspects in every step of piano learning from a beginner to above 8th grade students. She can also solver their problems fast and effectively.

Her teachers

Paul Rickard Ford- a leading Australian piano performer (from London's Royal Collage of Music), AMEB examiner and Chair of keyboard unit at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Alexander Vinokurov- Russian pianist, AMEB examiner and teacher of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Elizabeth Powell-Deputy Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition, She won the Premier Prix at the Conservatorie National de Musique in Pairs, teaches at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in the Universy of Sydney, where she too over from Gordon Watson as head of the Keyboard Unit in 1986. To parents and students: ? I aim to give students as much as possible an overall education on music. Learning piano is only an approach towards the understanding of music, and it is the appreciation of music which is important to us. My approach towards piano teaching is so that students understand how to play piano pieces of different styles rather than just knowing how to play one particular piece. I try to make my lessons as fun as possible, and seek to take aim at what each individual student needs.


Alot of students may practice at home, however if their practice approach &


habit is not correct then they will not be getting 70% (approx.) of the results they should be achieving. Thus in my lessons, i would focus on teaching how the student might get the maximum results from their practice. ?

 

Language: English/ Manderin