My goals of teaching are to develop students’ critical hearing and thinking skills in music. Music is an essential element of life. Being able to fully appreciate the beauty of music enhances one’s ability to extend empathy towards all living things. It is unfortunate that many young students give up their music study due to frustration in lessons, lack of sense of achievement, or sometimes just the pure overwhelming stress in their daily routine. In order to maintain students’ interest in their study, our first priority should be developing students’ critical hearing and thinking skills. Through keyboard games, movements, singing, and improvisation, students learn to understand different elements of music (such as melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, phrase, and form etc.). When students can truly comprehend what they are listening to, their study of the instrument will be guided by their curiosity, thus learning will be enjoyable. As a piano teacher, I guide my students towards becoming a complete musician regardless of their level. In the other word, students will learn to understand music, and be equipped with the skills to express their musical understanding through the piano. Thus their piano playing will be meaningful to themselves as well as to the audiences.
Commuting between Rochester NY and Boston, Siu Yan teaches both at college and pre-college levels. She is currently a piano faculty at Roberts Wesleyan College, and Roberts Community Music School in Rochester NY. She joins the Brookline Music School faculty in fall 2018. Graduated from Eastman School of Music with Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature (Piano) and Master of Arts in Music Theory Pedagogy, she previously held adjunct faculty positions at South Shore Conservatory, Rochester Institute of Technology, Opus Ithaca, Hochstein School of Music and Dance in Rochester NY, and Monroe Community College. Siu Yan is a certified Suzuki piano instructor. She recently completed the Piano Professional Development Course, level one, at the Gordon Institute of Music Learning. Apart from teaching piano, Siu Yan is a staff pianist at Boston University and Boston University Tanglewood Institute since 2014.
Siu Yan studied with prestigious teachers such as Barry Snyder, Ann Koscielny, Lillian Kallir, Claude Frank, Ju-Ying Song, and Eva Lue. She has performed in Vienna, Paris, Hong Kong, and various cities in the US, including engagements as piano soloist with the Hong Kong Academy Orchestra in Hong Kong and Eastman Philharmonic in Rochester NY, and premiering compositions for EAMA(European American Musical Alliance) at La Schola Cantorum, Paris. Siu Yan is also a winner of multiple concerto competitions including the Eastman Piano Concerto Competition, and the Hong Kong Academy Concerto Competition. As a collaborative pianist, Siu Yan is a member of the Shuhan-Luk Trio. The Shuhan-Luk trio has been invited to perform in various universities in the United States. They have recently performed in the International Horn Society conference at Coburn School of Music, LA, and National Flute Association in DC. Siu Yan has also held positions as staff accompanist and accompanying assistant at Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Eastman Summer Cello Institute, Suzuki School of Newton, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, Ithaca College, Hochstein School of Music and Dance, Monroe Community College, the International Viola Congress 2012, and 2013 Northeast Regional Tuba & Euphonium Conference.
B.M., Piano Performance, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts; M.A., Theory Pedagogy, Eastman School of Music; M.M., Piano Performance, Mannes College of Music; D.M.A., Piano Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music