I was born in Seoul Korea. I started playing piano at the age of 8. My family immigrated to the United States and settled down in San Francisco, California. I started my music program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Preparatory Division and soon found out that music education was quite different from what I had experienced in Korea. Teachers put much more emphasis on performance, where as in the US, teachers put emphasis on musicianship (sight-reading, aural, singing) and theory classes along with performance. At the university, I was exposed to music theory, history, and harmony which helped me raise the level of performance in interpretation, style, touch, and expression profoundly.
I have been teaching piano for more than 20 years applying music knowledge to students for effective lessons. I believe that students should be exposed to integrated music, which includes sight-reading, theory, and musicianship, so that they acquire a broader range of skills. In my experience, this method of teaching not only enhances the student’s performance quality, but also allows them to enjoy practicing music. My students participated in the Certificate of Merit, which is provided by The Music Teachers’ Association of California, and ABRSM graded exams.
ABRSM graded exams are music making exams rather than instrumental exams, to which my direction of teaching, perfectly compliments.
• I am recruiting students that are attending SIS, SFS, KIS, or NLCS, and need piano
performance, sight-reading, aural test,
theory, or musicianship lessons for ABRSM
graded exam requirements.
• I am also recruiting students who are just interested in Integrated Music and want to
participate in ABRSM graded exams.
Performance and Teaching Experience
Dr. Minsun Kang is an active violinist in chamber music and orchestra, as well as a violin instructor. She had solo recitals at Kumho Art Hall and Sejong center for the performing arts in Seoul. Previously, she had played in the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and Washington Chamber Orchestra in the Washington DC metropolitan area. In Maryland, she played as an associate concertmaster at the Concert Artists of Baltimore and the 2nd violin principal at the Bel Cantanti chamber opera orchestra, and many others. She was invited to perform in renowned venues such as the Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (NY), the National Art of Gallery (DC), the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater (DC), and Woodruff Arts Center (GA). When she taught violins in the states, her students won auditions of the highest level of AYPO (http://www.aypo.org), DC Youth Orchestra, and so on. She received the Bachelor of Music at the Georgia State University School of Music with Out-of-State Tuition Waiver, Alfredo Barili String Scholarship, and University Scholarship. She continued Master of Music at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with University Graduate Scholarship and Starling Scholarship. She completed Doctor of Musical Arts at Catholic University of America with full scholarship.
Performance and Teaching Experience
Cellist Kim Seung Sei approached the audience with warm sensibility and sincere performance. Earlier in his career, by winning the Gold Prize at the Wonju University Music Competition, the Gold Prize at the Kaywon Chamber Music Competition, and the second place at the Bethesda Sports Today Competition, he established himself as a professional player. He performed with the KNUA cello ensemble, the NEC Cello Ensemble, and also at the NEC Chamber Gala Concert, the chamber music at the NEC Commencement. The Charis Trio's performance was played live on KMFA radio broadcasts and was well received by the audience.
After recitals at Knua Hall, Pierce Hall, Jessen Auditorium, and Bass Hall, with Robert Hatten he presented Research on trill by J.S. Bach in 2018 at Lecturer Recital, Arona Music Festival. He participated in Courchevel Music Festival, Asian Youth Orchestra, the Busan International Music Festival and invited to play at the ACL Contemporary International Music Festival, and performed for many different audiences in diverse projects. He played in the Lindenbaum Orchestra, United Orchestra, Beha Philharmonic as a concertmaster, Police Symphony Orchestra as an associate concertmaster, Philharmonia Korea Orchestra as an associate concertmaster, Hankyung Philharmonic, Symphony Song as a guest and showed his various experiences as an orchestra player.
By participating in master classes of Peter Wispelwey, Paul Katz, Natasha Brofsky, Brinten Smith, Dover String Quartet, and Borromeo String Quartet, he improved his musical talents. Cellist Kim Seung-sei, studied with Kim Min-ji, Kim Yi-sun, and Bion Tsang. He is a member of the Erato Ensemble and the Myeong Ensemble and at the same time, he teaches at the Lindenbaum-pre-College and wishes to continuously perform on various stages through recitals.
Education and Teaching Experience
In my childhood, I remember being a quiet child who loved to play the piano, sing songs, and draw pictures. To compliment my passion for music and the arts, I studied at Sunwha Arts High School and graduated from Sangmyung University with a major in composition.
I have been teaching for a total of twenty years. While I was a student in the university, I started teaching Music Theory and Musicianship, gave piano lessons to students, and also coached children's choir. I taught middle and high school students from Yewon Art School, Sunwha Art School, and Kaywon Art School in their major studies with theory, sightsinging and listening, harmony, and analysis. Through the teaching, I was able to find their most practical needs and guide them. For students who were interested in Korean Classical Music, I helped them enroll in Gugak (Korean Classical Music) National Middle and High School majoring in instruments or composition.
I have taught students from NLCS (North London Collegiate School in Jeju) and guided them through the ABRSM Program since 2012. While teaching students from many different schools, I was able to guide their music studies by interrelating and tying together all the other fundamentals of music.
I truly believe that art is the abstract expression of one's thought, and not something that is expressed through words or language. To this day, this is what draws me in to the arts, and I cannot see myself ever compromising these values for anything.
My educational value is to accept the individual’s character and guide them in maximizing their strong points while raising the level of their weak points to find a balance. To me, skill and knowledge are not the only things required in becoming an artist, but rather, an artist should be someone who lives and breathes the arts in everything they do. In my opinion, this will be very apparent in the performance of an artist who holds these values.
I feel that finding creativity by attempting new things should be a top priority, followed by the process of repeated practice in order to achieve the next level of one's performance. I strongly believe that not applying the musical aspects of theory, listening, and musical perception to one's performance only keeps them behind. My goal is to teach students in applying what they have learned in these musical aspects and widen their views of music.