I was born as raised in Hebei, China. My musical journey began at the age of six. The first instrument I learned was the keyboard, which I studied for nine years. Even though the keyboard was more so like a “toy” for me, I still learned a lot of musical fundamentals such as, notation, rhythm, intervals, scales, key and time signatures, form, harmony, etc.
I switched to the piano in high school. Although the two instruments don’t look much different from each other, I still had to take my time to adjust to the weighted keys on the piano and many techniques. Many of my major piano competitions also took place in my high school years: Xi Wang Bei Piano Competition in Beijing, Hong Kong-Asia Piano Competition, studio recital competition, etc.
In 2014, I came to Chicago to pursue my bachelor’s degree in Music Education at VanderCook College of Music. During the four years of studying to be a music educator and advocate, I learned more than 17 instruments (flute, clarinet, trumpet, french horn, euphonium, tuba, marimba, viola, cello, guitar, etc.) along with band, choral and orchestra conducting, and music teaching methods.
In 2018, I graduated with my BMEd degree and an Illinois teaching licence that qualifies me to teach K-12 general music, band, choir and orchestra. In my not-too-long (yet) teaching experience, I have taught high school choir, elementary general music, beginning band, and instrumental lessons in group and one-on-one settings.
As a private lesson instructor, I have shared musical journeys with many people from all ages. Many of my adult students mentioned how regretful they were for not learning or giving up on an instrument at a young age, and how excited they are when they know it’s never too late to start (or pick up) learning music. In my opinion, music must entertain yourself first to entertain others. I would love to lead anyone who has an interest in learning music to this wonderland, and enjoy the process of music making together through an instrument or music theory.
Besides private music teaching, I also play piano accompaniment for chorus, and provide live piano music to weddings, parties, and other events.