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I am a classically trained saxophonist and pianist with 10 years of teaching experience.
I have a strong passion for teaching students of all ages. I am able to teach students to see music on a whole new level, enjoying, loving and sharing their experience with others. I believe in well roundedness and setting strong fundamental instrument technique, musicianship, and music theory so that they can learn and understand music. My goal is to instill in my students a lasting appreciation, love and joy for understanding the art and beauty of music. I believe that learning how to practice smart is the paramount to success and happiness in musical pursuits. Each student has different needs, learning approach and capabilities. As a teacher, being able to understand students fully and to teach them to the best of their abilities helps them to become a better musician. At the same time, I also grow as a teacher, which is key to teaching students better. As they learn, they explore their interest in different music styles and/or certain songs to keeping their interest going.
I have worked with many students in preparation for school concert band or jazz band, preparing for RCM examinations, music festivals (such as Vancouver Kiwanis, Richmond music festival, Canadian Music Competition, etc) or giving adult students a start on a new hobby in music.
My elite students have achieved high honors in their examination marks as well as obtaining music scholarships & awards presented by their elementary/high school. They are given performance opportunities and have achieved acceptances into music summer camps such as the Boston Tanglewood summer institute.
University of British Columbia: Secondary Education in Saxophone
Tina completed her studies at the UBC School of music with a focus in Secondary Music Education. She is a passionate musician and teacher who hope to pursue a future in teaching and performing music. She has been studying piano at the age of four and completed her piano studies during high school with several awards and distinction. Between 1999 and 2004 she completed her RCM examiniation levels up to ARCT performance with high honurs and distinction. During her piano playing years, she also participated in several competitions at Kiwanis music festival as well as the Canadian Music Competition (CMC) and went home with several awards in the top 3.
Gradually, Tina developed a strong interest in the saxophone. She picked up the saxophone at the age of 11 and was asked to perform piano & saxophone solos at school assemblies. Starting late 2005, Tina started her saxophone studies with Canadian renown saxophonist, Julia Nolan. They worked together for 7 years. Tina graduated from high school with several music awards as well as district music scholarships. Tina was actively playing in both jazz and classical ensembles throughout high school and her studies at UBC music. She was part of the Vancouver Pacific Wind Ensemble for a short period of time in 2010 and also played in the UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the UBC Jazz Ensemble during her studies at UBC.
In 2011, Tina studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with a one year full scholarship given by the Chinese government. Though she pursued studies there in piano & saxophone for such a short time, she still learned a lot and is applying those newfound skills to her teachings. Tina loves working with children and adults of all ages and has experience teaching piano and saxophone for several years. Tina has good communication skills with students and parents and hopes to develop and share her love of music. She also has experience working with children of all ages in classroom settings. She has a strong passion for teaching and hopes to encourage children to be more motivated learning and playing music.
Aside from teaching privately, Tina had been a music teacher at Long & McQuade Richmond as a saxophone & clarinet teacher from 2009-11 and is currently teaching at UBC's Mozart School of music as a saxophone teacher (2010-). She has strong leadership ability and hopes to work her students to become the best they can be. She is a registered RCM piano & saxophone teacher. Several of her students who have taken part in the RCM examinations passed with first and second class honors and with distinction.
Aside from teaching saxophone, clarinet, piano & theory, Tina is also an experience soloist on the saxophone & piano. She performs at weddings and other social functions.
Her Current projects:
- plays suona in BCCMA
- pianist/saxophonist of anime ensemble Flying tonkatsu (founded 2014)
When she is not active with her focus on music, she works as a swim program coordinator and on the management team at Wayland Sports.
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