Susan Cheng, Suzuki and Traditional Piano
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Susan Cheng

suzuki and traditional piano

Susan Cheng, Suzuki and Traditional PianoTaiwanese pianist Susan Cheng grew up in Bangkok, Thailand before coming to the United States for her college studies. After completing two undergraduate degrees, in music and biology, at Oberlin College, she continued at The Hartt School, where she completed her Masters in Piano Performance and is currently in the doctoral program, studying with Paul Rutman. Susan has won both the Emerson String Quartet Competition and the 2007 Paranov Concerto Competition, and was a member of Hartt’s honors chamber music program, Performance 20/20. She serves on the faculty at the Hartt School Community Division, Central Connecticut State University, and Choate Rosemary Hall.

Teaching Philosophy

To me, teaching music is very rewarding in terms of the close relationship one develops with the student over time. It is also very exciting to see the spark of light in their eyes when they understand a concept and are excited to learn and progress. My goal with the majority of my students is to introduce them to the beauty, logic, complexity of music through piano playing and hope that they will develop a love and appreciation for music for the rest of their lives. I would like to teach them the tools to become independent to a certain level where they can enjoy music through playing the instrument, listening to performances, and have a general understand of basic theory and musical styles. It is a freeing experience when one can take a piece of music and learn to play the notes and interpret the style and have the technical facility to do so. Of course this varies with each student, but being able to attain any of the above will give each person a sense of accomplishment and enjoyment. I also think that learning a musical instrument is especially important for youngsters because they learn how to have a work ethic and be disciplined, take on challenges, be patient, think critically, and learn what it takes to develop craftsmanship. These are skills that are prevalent in all areas of life, so teaching them how to take on these challenges while receiving the emotional and psychological benefits from the enjoyment of music is invaluable.