April Sun

April Sun

April Sun

Teaching Philosophy

"Music might be defined as a system of proportions in the service of a spiritual impulse."
George Crumb

Teasing out Crumb's description, my intent as a teacher is first to nurture my students' spiritual impulses and then to help them realize and satisfy those expressive cravings. This process—translating vivid aural imaginations into perceivable, communicative, and beautiful sounds—involves the development of both intellectual and physical fluency. The mind deals with the language of music (and its system of proportions), and the body negotiates the act of piano playing. My students build healthy, strong, and flexible techniques for one purpose: ease of expression. Musical meaning should never be lost in mechanics. To convey the infinitely nuanced and evocative nature of music, I hold metaphor at the core of my teaching. I also emphasize the importance of exploration and play in the creative experience. As with anything worth loving, the journey of learning piano is fun, challenging, humbling, and deeply rewarding.

Teaching Biography

A passionate and multi-faceted teacher, April completed graduate studies in both collaborative and solo piano, with a pedagogy certificate, at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she is currently a doctoral candidate. Her own mentors have included Daniel Shapiro, Anita Pontremoli, Paul Barnes, and members of the Chiara and Cleveland quartets. April has given groups lessons, private lessons, and chamber music coachings, to students of all levels in schools, studios, music festivals, and fine arts centers. In the 2018-19 school year, her piano trio will present a series of coachings and masterclasses at the Rivers School in Weston, MA.

Performance Biography

Pianist April Sun tells stories with heart (-felt hammers and strings). Her collaborative projects have included performances with members of the Chiara Quartet, Escher Quartet, Cleveland Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Festival appearances included: Toronto Summer Music, St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, Avaloch Farm Residency, Caroga Lake Music, Garth Newel Music Center, and Orford Center for the Arts. Most recently, April received the 2018 Bennett Levine Chamber Music Award from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Passionate about music outreach, April has played in schools, nursing homes, and community centers throughout the nation. She is a founding member of the Meadowlark Trio, a recent semifinalist in the Fischoff competition, and the ensemble-fellow for Music For Food‘s 2018-19 season. From 2016-18, April was an Artist-in-Residence at Judson Park, where she presented regular recitals and engaged with the retirement community as part of an inter-generational living initiative.


B.A. Music, with minors in Art History and English, University of Nebraska; M.M. Piano Performance, Graduate Pedagogy Certificate, D.M.A. Collaborative Piano, Cleveland Institute of Music