Student Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Student Ages: Six and up
“I believe a successful music educator evidences personal qualities of leadership, intellectual curiosity, and social commitment. Music educators approach life, music, and the teaching profession in a positive, imaginative, and enthusiastic way.
To create a respect and desire for musical experiences, my primary goal is to motivate students to cultivate convincing musical expressions and to develop a life-long interest in music. Teaching piano is not only ‘teaching and learning’, but also an opportunity to guide students in planning their musical journey. It is a great joy to see students realizing the beauty of the polishing process. I always feel extremely rewarded when I hear progress and polished musical expression from my students’ playing, regardless of their level and background because I understand how much effort they put forth. I strive to have my students leave every lesson and class motivated and inspired to become a better pianist and musician.”
Ms. Cheng is currently on the piano faculty at the University of the Incarnate Word where she teaches class piano and keyboard skills. She holds a Ph.D. in Music Education with an Emphasis in Piano Pedagogy at Florida State University. Additional degrees include M.M. degrees in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri at Columbia.
Ms. Cheng is a former faculty member at the Clarke University, Loras College, and the University of Illinois Piano Laboratory Program, where she taught applied piano, and group piano to children, college students, and seniors. She has also served on the music staff at FSU Summer Music Camps, Illinois Summer Youth Music, Northeast Iowa School of Music, New York Summer Music Festival, and University of Missouri Community Music Program.
As an active pianist, Ms. Cheng performs as both a piano soloist and collaborative artist throughout the United States and China. She is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda national music honor society, College Music Society, and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).