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About JIE YING

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BIOGRAPHY

Local pianist Jie Ying currently holds a Masters Degree with Distinction from University of Otago, Bachelors Degree with First Class from RCM, Diploma in Music Performance with Distinction from NAFA along with a Distinction for both her ATCL and LTCL Trinity Guildhall. She started learning the piano at the age of 5 with her father and transferred to Ms Alice Yap (Pedagogue and Author of FingersGym Book Series) and Mr James Yap (Lecturer in NAFA) of Musikinder Artskool. She was involved in many solos and performances with the Musikinder Ensemble by the time she was 7.  

During her studies in NAFA, her mentors included Dr Paul Liang and Prof Boris Kraljevic. Other mentors include Ms Rena Phua, Toh Chee Hung, Dennis Lee, Yaron Kohlberg, Julian Jacobson, Dina Parakhina, Tong-II Han, Gordon Fergus Thompson and John Blakely. 

She continued to further her Masters of Music studies with Prof Terence Dennis, one of the most well- sought pianists in New Zealand.

Jie Ying performs actively as a soloist. She has received multiple awards and won various competitions both locally and abroad, most recently in New Zealand. Recent highlights from Jie Ying's extensive list of performances include performances of Beethoven's Concerto no. 3 with the Central Otago Orchestra, Mozart's Piano Concerto K488 with the Colleagiate Orchestra and various Marama Hall Concerts. She has collaborated with lecturers from the University of Otago including Heleen Du Plessis, Peter Adams and Terence Dennis - all internationally acclaimed instrumental soloists. Jie Ying also had the honour of performing Dvorak's Solvanic Dance Op. 46 no. 5 for Four Hands with her Piano Professor Terence Dennis at the second ceremony just after her Masters Graduation.

Jie Ying is a recipient of the Ngee Ann Kongsi Merit Award, Yamaha Scholarship and Ida G White Memorial Prize in Music. She also clinched Third place in the NAFA Essential Competition Piano Category, while placing both First and Second place in the Dunedin Performing Arts Society Music Competition Recital Classes in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Jie Ying was invited to perform for the NAFA BMus High Scorers Concert in Aug 2013 and was the official piano accompanist from 2013-2014. During her time in New Zealand, she played for The Melrose Singers and taught at Able Music Studio, Auckland's largest music academy. Besides being an experienced performer, Jie Ying is also an active accompanist and teacher.

 

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS & TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Master of Music with Distinction from University of Otago (New Zealand)

  • Bachelor of Music (Hons) First class from NAFA in collaboration with Royal College of Music London

  • Diploma in Music Performance NAFA Distinction

  • ATCL, LTCL Trinity College London Distinction

  • Won Piano Competitions locally and overseas

  • Collaborated with internationally acclaimed instrumental soloists such as Pianist Terence Dennis, Clarinetist Peter Adams and Cellist Heleen Du Plessis among others

  • Certified MOE AMIS instructor

  • Recipient of Ngee Ann Kongsi Merit Award, Yamaha Scholarship and Ida G White Memorial Prize in Music

  • Students 100% passing rate: Merits to Distinctions

  • Teaching both privately and in music schools (Singapore and New Zealand)

  • Taught in music schools such as Methodist School of Music, Able Piano Studio (one of the biggest schools in Auckland) and The Music Suite 

  • 12 years experience (Since 2008)

  • Played for church choir and worship

  • Accompanied primary/secondary school choirs for SYF

  • Has experience in conducting keyboard and ukulele enrichment programmes in primary schools 

  • Taught Music Elective Programme and O level Music students to help them prepare for their exams

 

 

WHAT IS YOUR TEACHING PHILOSOPHY?

  • To motivate students to achieve their goals in a more fun and rewarding way (young kids)

  • I’m patient and dedicated, I believe in nurturing the potential of each student. 

  • To teach good practice methods to progress fast, knowing how to practise, rather than just correcting the student. I teach them how to practise efficiently. 

  • Long term I believe in building a good foundation and technique right from the start, and an extensive repertoire

  • To provide a chance for students to have performing opportunities and to share their music with others

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What Some Happy Students Say:  

"Teacher Jie Ying had taught my elder child when she was 7 years old. She enjoyed the piano lessons with Teacher Jie Ying, and had learnt good seating posture and piano playing skills from her. She encourages my girl to continue playing the piano even after she completed her Grade 8 examination. My younger child has been learning to play the piano with Teacher Jie Ying since 4 years old. She looks forward to piano lesson each week. Teacher Jie Ying is a patient, dedicated, experienced and accomplished pianist. She motivated my children to play well. I highly recommend her. I’d like to thank Teacher Jie Ying for inspiring my children in learning the piano."

 

- Alice Ng

"Jie Ying is a very accommodative teacher. She is patient to my son when she was his piano accompanist for violin test preparation. She tailored lessons to fit my son’s needs and flexible to travel to different places for the practices and test. On the examination day, she assured my son that he will be alright. That is an important part to change a worried kid to a confident one. Thank you!"

 

- Hui Fung Teoh 

"Recently had Ms Jie Ying as my piano accompaniment for my Violin ABRSM exam. The 2 weeks of practice with her was enjoyable and eye-opening.

Enjoyable; Ms Jie Ying was very VERY accommodative! During this short period, I tried to squeeze in as many practices as I could and she tried her best to accommodate to my tight schedule. I sent her the scores (10pages per piece) only 2 days prior to the practice, and she was able to play perfectly every time! She made practice very easy for me. Other than that, she is someone who you can communicate easily with — like a friend!

Eye-opening; I was able to learn so much during these 2 weeks! I did not have much experience with accompanists but Ms Jie Ying made the practice seem so natural which helped boost my confidence in my playing. She has good ears that were able to spot off beats and inaccurate notes.

If anything, I am grateful for her readiness and support through this stressful time. I live an hour away from her house. But I guarantee that her lessons are worth the travel! She is a great teacher that can also be a good friend. Jiayous, Ms Jie Ying!!💪💪😊"

 

- Eunice Zhou

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