35-25 29th St, Astoria NY, 11106
Instruments:Ear Training, Piano, Theory

Styles:Classical, Kids, Other
Levels:Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experience:15 years
Rate:$60 / hr

Personal Statement

It is every teacher’s goal to make music lessons fun and enjoyable for the students, but the difficult part is how. From my personal experience, I think it is important for the teacher to have a great relationship with the students and parents first, and be creative and flexible with the teaching methods. When I am teaching my younger students, my goal is to plant the seed of love for music in their early education and nourish it as they become older, so that it will blossom and they will become admirers and advocates for the arts when they grow up.

I usually include technique, reading, musical discussion, and interpretation in the lesson plan for adult students, and do reading, story telling, games, finger exercise, and ear training with my younger students. Every student is unique, and I want to motivate them and make them feel good about playing the piano.

Education / Training

Degrees completed –
2014 Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance, Stony Brook University.
2006 Master of Music in Piano Performance, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
2004 Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
2000 Pre-College Division of Shenyang Conservatory of Music, China.

Private Piano Instructor
Music Director and pianist/organist, Union Church of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY
Rehearsal Pianist, Bronx Opera
Guest Pianist, New World Symphony, Miami, FL

Gilbert Kalish, Eugene Pridonoff, William Black.

Sarasota Chamber Music Festival (2007)
Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival (2008)
Tanglewood Music Center (2010-2012)
Chelsea Music Festival (2012, 2014)
Banff Music Centre (2014)

Henry Kohn Memorial Award for Musical Achievement, Tanglewood Music Festival.
First Prize, Lima Young Artists Competition, Ohio.
First Prize, Three Arts Foundation Music Competition, Ohio.
First Prize, Concerto Competition at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
First Prize, Van Cliburn Scholarship Competition at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Nana Shi