Mannes College of Music (Violin Performance)
The juilliard School (Master's)
Si is an International classical violinist who was born into a musical family in Shenyang, China. Her initial interaction with the violin was introduced as a “toy” at the age of two. Without any training or instructions, Si played her first song, “twinkle little star” shortly after she received the toy. Her parents was in shock, especially her mother, who was a violin professor immediately took her to the most well-known teacher in china, Guan Wang who was left with shock after he hears her play with such clean sound and unbelievable intunenation for a baby who was never trained. Guan Wang decided to teach Si for free of charge and within a couple of years, Si became very well known within the circle and had the name of “child prodigy”.
Si was invited by The Juilliard School Pre-College Division to study abroad under Shirley Givens at the age of 12. She worked with various spectacular both young and mature artists from all around the world. At the age of 15, Si was invited to have her debut with the Dalian Phil harmonic orchestra with an audience of over 2000 audience. Due to the high-ticket sell of the concert, she was offered a contract to tour in China as a soloist but she didn’t want to give up her education so she didn’t take this amazing opportunity and decided to finish her education in United States. Later on, she decided continued to pursue her education at the Mannes School of Music under Shirley Givens. With an outgoing, bright and positive energetic personality, she became friends with many fantastic and unique artists who she also worked and discuss music with. At that moment, she knew she made the right choice by continuing with her education. After received her Bachelor degree, She was invited back to The Juilliard School to presue her Master’s degree with a tiny acceptance rate of 6% under Sally Thomas who was a very well-known respected faculty at The Juiiliard School for over 50 years.
Si was always interested in teaching which was inspire by her parents who were both Music Professors. Coming from a musical family, she had the advantage to have a better understanding between teaching and performing. Her initially teaching experience was at the of 14, when helping one of her mother’s student. She soon discover the essential beauty of teaching and deeply feel in love with it. Si once said to her collalges “watching others improve is much more awarding than master it yourself.” She continued teaching and coaching throughout her college years. Si’s talent for teaching was reconized by her teacher at The Juilliard School, Sally Thomas who offered Si a teaching position at the Meadowmount School of Music as her teaching assistant. Si is currently teaching students both privately and in music schools.
Undergradaute: Mannes Music school
Master degree: The Juilliard School
Si is an International classical violinist who was born into a musical family in Shenyang, China. Her initial interaction with the violin was introduced as a “toy” at the age of two. Without any training or instructions, Si played her first song, “twinkle little star” shortly after she received the toy. Her parents was in shock, especially her
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I recently received my Master’s degree from the Juilliard School in violin performance. I have also taught at several music schools in the New York and Philadelphia regions. With over eight years of teaching experience,
I often hear people say “be musical,” but in my opinion, in order to be musical, there are certain technical standards that must be met. I specialize in violin technique utilizing a variety of different methods specifically tailored to each students needs. In my many years of teaching, I have developed a philosophy that is to improve students’ musicality by first building strong technical foundations. For example, in order to be musical, students must have clear tone, accurate intonation, command of rhythm, and excellent articulation before incorporating expression and emotion into their music.
Also, one of the things I stress to my students is mental preparation. It is important that students not only prepare themselves by perfecting their technique, but by also having mental confidence for their technical studies. They should also prepare by training their minds to focus on the music and to overcome their fears of failure. This is the advice I give to my students; don’t let the stress and anxiety of the moment overwhelm you. If you think about the rewards and the feeling of accomplishment that will come afterwards, it will motivate you to put forth your best effort until the very end.