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  • Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Southern California (2013)
    Piano Performance Major with minors in Theory and Analysis, College Teaching (Music Education), and Keyboard Collaborative Arts
  • Master of Music, The Juilliard School (2009-2011
    Piano Performance
  • Bachelor of Music, Eastman School of Music (2007-2009)
    Piano Performance, honored with Performer's Certificate
  • Seoul National University (2003)
    Piano Performance, honored as Top 1%

Teaching Experience

  • Assistant Lecturer, USC
  • Piano Instructor, Village School
  • Private Piano Teaching 10 years in Seoul, New York, California, age from 5 to 20
  • All levels/ages are welcome

Teaching Philosophy

I strive to inspire and challenge all the students I teach. My confidence in students help them reach their potential and to believe in their ability to achieve their aspirations. The approach in my teaching is aimed at finding pleasure in learning, enhancing their love of music, and their interest in lifelong achievement in their profession. The teaching contains fundamental music theory, technical skills, aural/oral skills, and the development of musicality. The desire outcome of students is to find appropriate professions along their interests and talents with healthy musical foundation and serve as the ambassador of music and arts, share their enthusiasm and passion in music.


IEJIN RHEE was born in Seoul, Korea, and started playing the piano at the age five. She was selected as a soloist with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in the "Rising Star” series and performed in Eastman Theater. She was also selected as solo performer to have concert tour in Washington State, and scheduled for radio broadcast in Seattle next year.

Ms. Rhee won first prize in numerous competitions including Rochester Philharmonic orchestra competition, LMC Competition, Utah Chamber Competition, Kyung Hee University competition, Chunchu Music Magazine competition, and also won prizes at USC concerto competition, Coeur Symphony Competition, Samik piano competition, etc. Ms. Rhee’s scholarship awards include the USC Dean’s Scholarship, Juilliard Alumni Scholarship, Marie Dring Scholarship, Steurman Memorial Prize, Irena Diamond Graduate Scholarship, Alice Whitney Scholarship, Avis D. Vaughn Scholarship, Howard Hanson Scholarship. She performed in Eastman Theater, Libby-Gardner Hall, Kilbourn Hall, Paul Hall, Howard Hanson Hall, Morse Hall, Alfred Newman Hall, McDonald Hall, Hoam Art Hall, Young San Art Hall throughout Korea and USA.

She studied at Eastman School of Music where she was awarded Performer’s Certificate, The Juilliard School where she achieved her Master of Music degree, and currently pursuing Doctor of Musical Arts in University of Southern California as full scholarship-recipient majoring Piano Performance and three minors ( Theory and Analysis, Music Education-College Teaching, and Keyboard Collaborative Arts), where she is also an Assistant Lecturer.

Her teachers include Norman Krieger, Julian Martin, Thomas Schumacher, Hie-yon Choi, and Kyung ah Cho and Sook Hyun Cho. Also as an active chamber musician, she is member of Trio JIAT, which recently performed in Libby-Gardner Hall, and actively performing in the West area.

Studio Location
Rochester, NY