Piano Studio Recital at Occidental College 12/8/09

December 8, 2009

We had a piano studio recital at Occidental College last night, and I was so happy to hear everyone playing wonderfully! I have 16 students this semester(Please see a photo from last night. One student could not stay til the end, and one student could not participate because of her father’s illness.), and I enjoy working with each student, and seeing their progress. Occidental College is a liberal arts college, not a conservatory. So music study is not competitive. It is to express and to explore their music. Of course if students choose to major in music the situation gets serious, but it won’t be like a conservatory! Our program last night was diverse, from classic composers like Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Mozart, Granados, Burgmuller, to Tenmon, Spektor, Kahn, Argent, Winston, and Rosenburg (his own jazz composition). One of students sang and played piano. She has a beautiful voice.  Compare to my education, going to an performing arts high school, to B.M., M.M., and D.M.A. , majoring all piano performance, the students at Occidental College explore many areas in their lives during these 4 years, including MUSIC! We have a wonderful “Study Abroad Program”. Some of my students have gone to different countries for a semester or a year. But under this program they don’t n need to delay their graduation. I feel very rewarding to teach students and to discuss about the music and their lives at Occidental College.

Have a wonderful holiday to all of my students and to you!

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