“To give joy to students as they learn would be one of the most important tasks to me as a teacher. Performing piano requires self-discipline because practice is the only way to improve the piano skills and the self-discipline is the motivation and the energy for the practices. Those necessary practices are often not that interesting especially technical studies. However, by teaching music theories and histories, I help students understand more. By guiding the proper techniques, I minimize the unnecessary repetitions. Most of all, by revealing the wonderful music to them and show them how exciting it is to play and enjoy the music, students seem to experience the music from their heart. Opening the students’ new horizon in piano music is my primary teaching goal.”
B.M., University of Hawaii
Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, HMTA, Honolulu Piano Teachers Association
Christine Lee (BM in Piano Performance, University of Hawaii at Manoa) has taught for 30 years and is the owner of Young’s Piano Studio in Honolulu. I studied at the University of Hawaii of Manoa where I studied with Peter Corragio, Beebe Freitas and Paul Lyddon. Since 2006, I have been a nationally certified teacher of music in piano through the Music Teachers National Association and have been a member of Hawaii Music Teachers Association for 20 years. I also taught at the School of Performing Arts for three years.
My students have placed many times in the HMTA Junior Artist competitions. My students also perform at senior citizen communities as a public service.
In addition to teaching, I was a piano accompanist at the Korean Central Union Church for seven years and at the Korean Catholic Church for five years. I have written the music columns “Introduction to Classical Music” for the Korean Central Daily Newspaper, “A Tour of Popular Classical Music” for the Korea Times and has also written for “Weekly Hawaii” Magazine. I have been also broadcast radio shows on music history and pedagogy for Radio Seoul and for three months by invitation of Radio Korea Hawaii (AM 1460). I have been served as an adjudicator for the Korean Festival Singing Contest and for many years for the Korean Language Singing Contest.
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