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"ONE OF THE BEST PIANO TEACHERS IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY"

"I just want to thank you for giving Chris such a great foundation in piano that he is able to make head ways with other instruments that he has played"  Noel Burroughs, Scottsdale, AZ.

"Your approach to teaching piano is like a breeze of fresh air from what my girls had before....."  Lucia Pesce, Pelham, NY.

"In my personal experience as a professor of piano since 1982, I have not seen a piano major who has possessed a commensurate level of artistry and inventiveness in teaching like Ms Sung..."    Neal Larrabee, Prof. of Piano, University of Connecticut.

"Chia-Li Sung excels at the piano..........Linking this musical recital to the creature in the natural world was a wonderful way to link the making of music to the observation of wildlife......"   on the "Red-Tailed Hawk" project; The Record Review, Bedford, NY.

"I wasn't sure if my son would even like piano, Chia-Li has kept him interested from the start..." Debbie Schiro, Bedford Hills, NY.

As a teacher, I believe that regardless of the student's talent or age, all piano students deserve a musically well-rounded, ergonomically sound piano instruction.

In my teaching, I provide students with individualized attention to bring out the best from them while making sure that they are equipped with solid musical and technical skills.

In order to broaden the student's knowledge in piano playing and music in general, I always bring pieces of various music styles for them to learn and enjoy.  So it is not unusual to  see my students playing Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Debussy, Bartok, Rachmaninoff, .... etc  along with Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Chris Martin, Aerosmith, Sting , Norah Jones.

MY APPROACH TO TEACHING PIANO 

Students who are serious-minded in playing piano and classical music will receive instruction that's of rigorous standard and discipline in the following:

  • Musicianship(theory/ear-training/music history/ composition/ music appreciation)
  • Technique(general and injury-preventing)
  • Ensemble(duet/two piano)
  • Performance/audition preparation(for regional concerts, festivals or music school admissions)   

Students who would like to play the piano as a hobby are to enjoy instruction of less intensity yet still high quality in:

  • General piano repertoire in all classical styles( baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary)
  • Introduction to musicianship
  • Introduction and repertoire in Jazz / Popular / Rock'n Roll /Folk music or any kind of music that can be played on the piano.
  • Recital preparation

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor's degree in English, Tamkang University, Taipei
  • Master's degree in piano performance, University of Connecticut
  • Master's degree in piano performance/pedagogy, Arizona State University
  • Artist Diploma in piano performance, Conservatory of music at SUNY Purchase

TRAINING IN INJURY PREVENTION AND MOVEMENT AWARENESS:

  • The Taubeman method for pianists(under Liz Tobias)
  • The Feldenkrais method/awareness of movements (under Aliza Stewart

EXPERIENCES:

  • Director of music/organist, Bethel United Methodist Church(2006-present)
  • Director/Faculty member,  Studio West musicians and music teachers (present)
  • Faculty member (piano), Creative music center, Monroe, CT(2006-present)
  • Pianist/Coordinator, The annual Christmas Sing-A-Long/Music program at John Jay Homestead, NY(2003-present) 
  • Fellowship pianist for the award-winning Opera/voice program at  Conservatory of Music, SUNY Purchase,NY(2002-2003) 
  • Faculty member, piano department of the Blue-Ribboned Charter School-Arizona School for the Arts,Phoenix,AZ(1999-2002) 
  • Private Piano Studio, with students aged from 5-75, Phoenix, AZ. (1996-2002)
  • Staff pianist for the Voice/String/Woodwind Departments, University of Connecticut(1991-1994)
  • Student teacher for the renowned "Piano Prep Program" at Arizona State University(1994-1995)

Honors:

  • UCONN Foundation Scholarship
  • University of Connecticut international student scholarship
  • Winner of concerto competition, University of Connecticut
  • Regent's scholarship, Arizona state University
  • Scholarship recipient for summer study at the Admant Piano School, Vermont
  • Scholarship recipient for summer study of chamber music at Colorado College, Colorado Springs
  • Elected life-time member of the  Pi Kappa Lambda music society, University of Connecticut Chapter.  Pi Kappa Lambda is a national honor society which recognizes music students around the country for their outstanding achievement in the academics and musicianship. 

PAST/CURRENT/FUTURE PROJECTS WITH STUDENTS

Past:

"Full of Music", a summer music program incorporating music theory, music history, music appreciation, history of keyboard instruments, ear-training, rhythm training for young pianists aged 6-8(created by Chia-Li Sung). 2003-2004

"THE RED TAILED HAWKS IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY", an Innovative, multi-genre(original piano music by Ms Sung and her students/poetry/narration/photography) musical presentation premiered in June, 2006.

"THE SONGS OF OUR LIVES", a retrospective piano/popular music recital, Feb. 2007

Current:

"THE WETLAND SERENADE", a piano recital with original pieces about the lives on the wetlands. 

Future:

" OUR BELOVED PETS",  a musical portrait of our furry/feathery/scaly family members.

Lesson (at my studio) Fee:

$40 per ½ hour
$60 per 45 minutes
$80 per hour

  • For lessons at your home please add $10 travel cost each lesson, per
    family.
  • Fees are charged monthly (4 or 5 lessons depending on the calendar)and
    due on the first lesson of each month.

Recital Fee:
All students are encouraged to participate in our winter and summer recitals (Jan.& June) each year. For those who take part in the recital, an extra lesson will be charged for the month in which the recital takes place. The recitals are held at the Fellowship Room of St. Matthew’s Church, Bedford, NY. This facility is one of North Westchester county’s best for concerts and recording sessions.

Semester Fee:
(Does not apply to parents who wish to go to music stores themselves)
Every 6 months (Feb.& Aug), an extra lesson fee will be charged for the time and gasoline that the instructor spends to purchase method books for students at music stores (Music Source in CT and Bramsons in NY).

Scheduling and Cancellation:

  • Please double check your schedule before signing up for a certain time slot. Once the schedule is set, it is very difficult to change during the semester.
  • Lesson cancellation has to be made 24 hours prior to the scheduled lesson time in order to have make-up lesson or refund.
  • Students who wish to have a lesson in the same week after a same-day cancellation will pay the regular fee for the additional lesson.
  • 3 snow/sickness related, same-day cancellations are allowed each semester for make-up lessons or refund.
  • If a student wish to stop the lessons, no refund will be given for the un-used lessons.
 
Studio Location
Harrison, New York
 
Phone
(914) 777-0049
 
 
Website
pianoteachers.com/clsung