Question: What motivates your passion for teaching music, and what aspects of teaching music do you find most fulfilling?
I have a deep passion for teaching music because it allows me to witness the growth of my students and their genuine excitement as they develop new musical skills. What truly fulfills me is the opportunity to foster close connections with my students and serve as a positive mentor in their lives. Witnessing them evolve into individuals who approach life’s challenges with confidence and thoughtfulness brings me immense joy.
Question: Can you share some notable achievements of your students who have learned under your guidance?
One of my proudest moments as a music teacher is when a student of mine recently continued her musical journey at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. At her high school graduation, she performed all the pieces she had learned with me and shared heartfelt reflections on the music. It was incredibly touching to see her share how much of a positive impact music had on her life, while surrounded by her friends and family. While her future plans are still taking shape, she may decide to continue her musical journey alongside her college degree.
I’m also thrilled to have prepared a couple of my students for the Bjudu Theater Competition, an all-middle school event. Both of them achieved 1st and 2nd place, which filled me with immense pride.
Question: In your opinion, why is music education important for children?
I strongly believe in the transformative power of sound. Music can heal and shape young minds and hearts for the future. Through piano lessons and the musical environment I create, I aim to instill positive values and mental resilience in my students. Music allows children to be part of something greater and provides them with a profound understanding of their humanity.
I also have experience working with young children, leading a bi-weekly class at the National Fitness Center where I integrate music with movement. In this 30-minute session, I teach children as young as 3 to 5 years old to connect music with physical motion, enhancing their grasp of rhythm. I’m excited to incorporate this concept into my private piano lessons, as I believe movement can greatly aid in understanding and interpreting music, especially in pieces like waltzes, where feeling the rhythm’s “strong, weak, weak” pattern can make a big difference.
Question: Beyond your role as a musician and educator, what are some of your personal interests and activities?
Outside of my music career, I find solace in connecting with nature, especially in the breathtaking setting of the Smoky Mountains. Exploring deep forests and immersing myself in the natural world helps me relax and recharge. I also enjoy teaching my own children piano for the fun of it.