Dr. Charlotte Piano Studio
Dr. Charlotte Piano Studio

Dr. Charlotte Piano Studio

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Introduction: This contains my short biography, teaching background and philosophy as well as my short CV. For more information please check my personal website which includes my live recordings. Dr. Charlotte Tan has taught at both private studio and collegiate levels. Since 1997 she has been teaching private students at a variety of ages and abilities. The youngest student is at 4; the most senior student is at 70s. She also received a special training and was certified by YAMAHA for teaching the Yamaha Junior Course, which is particular for kids younger than 6 year old. In addition, she taught at Music Academy Programs of schools in Houston (TX) and Cleveland (OH), delivering students private piano instruction. She helped the students for various goals, including school's shows, competitions, as well as grading tests. Moreover, Charlotte worked as Associate Instructor for the University of Houston. She taught undergraduate Class Piano from level I to IV, and helped her class all pass the piano proficiency tests. Recently, she joined Music Teacher National Association (MTNA). Dr. Charlotte Tan employs result-oriented method in her teaching. She customizes lesson for individual student and adapts her teaching approach according to student's age, goal, ability, preference. Her lesson content consists of different components, including repertoire, technique, reading, musical appreciation, theory and history. One of her teaching cores is to develop her students' independent learning ability. To help students having comprehensive understandings of various elements in piano learning becomes one of her teaching strength. In addition she focuses on inspiring students to grow their musical interest while overcoming difficult objects. In addition, she also prepared students for competition and certificate. Regarding method books, Faber, Alfred, Thompson, Bastien are all welcomed to use for beginners with supplemental books like Faber Classical/Fun time series. For students in intermediate and mediate level, Beyer, Czerny 599, 849, Bach Minutes, classical sonatinas, or early Haydn and Mozart sonatas are recommended. Other genres like pop songs are also used as repertoire pieces upon students' desire. Dr. Charlotte Tan has established herself as one of the most versatile recitalist and collaborative pianist in North America. Following her initial studies under G.V. Popova of Odessa Conservatoire, Charlotte continued her studies under Luba-Edlina Dubinsky from Borodin Trio at Indiana University. Later she became the last pupil of the legendary pianist and recording artist Abbey Simon during her doctoral studies at the University of Houston. Recently she finishes her professional studies at Chamber/Collaborative Piano with Anita Pontremoli at Cleveland Institute of Music. Her playing has been praised as “gorgeous sound” by both Philip Setzer and Ayako Yonetani. Her chamber music performances were highly acclaimed by Sharon Robinson, Jamie Laredo, Frank Cohen, Melissa Kraut, as “phenomenal performance”. She was a winner of multiple national and international piano competitions including the second prize at American Protégé piano competition in 2018, other prizes include finalist award at Texas Young artist competition in 2014. She has been the recipient of many awards, including the award from CIM, Wilda Gene Marcus Piano Scholarship at Indiana University, Winifred and Maurice Hirshi scholarship at the University of Houston, Chinese Government-Award Fellowship, Young Artist Fellowship at PianoTexas International Festival, as well as the music fellowship from JCCCA foundation. Her upcoming concert tours including solo and collaborative recitals in Ohio, Florida, as well as Beethoven-series performances in China. She has also been invited by Kindred Spirit Orchestra of Markham to perform Poulenc Double concerto. CV (Education and Occupancy) Staff Pianist at Kent State University 2020 Spring Staff Pianist at University of Central Florida (freelancing) since 2020 Fall and 2017-18 Associate Instructor at Moores School of Music, the University of Houston, 2012-15 Music Academy Piano Instructor, 2013-2020 Houston (TX): Mandarin Immersion Magnet School, Awty International School, Moosic Music School Cleveland (OH): Laurel School Judge for Music Production in National TSA Conference (Orlando, FL), 2017 PROFESSIONAL STUDIES in Collaborative Piano, May 2020 Cleveland Institute of Music. Student of Anita Pontremoli Doctoral of Musical Arts in Piano Performance, May 2017 University of Houston. Student of Abbey Simon. Cognate Field: Collaborative Piano. Advisor: Timothy Hester. Dissertation: Timbre and Texture in Zhou Long’s Spirit of Chimes and Secluded Orchid. Advisor: Barbara Rose Lange. Master of Music in Piano Performance, December 2011 Indiana University at Bloomington. Student of Luba Edlina-Dubinsky. Cognate Field: Early Music. Advisor: Elizabeth Wright. Performance Diploma in Piano Performance, May 2010 Indiana University at Bloomington. Student of Luba Edlina-Dubinsky. Bachelor of Arts in Music (Piano Performance), July 2007 Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory of Music (China). Student of G.V. Popova.

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Grace C.

Charlotte is my son's piano teacher for 5 years. We are fortunate to have her. She not only teaches piano but also emphasizes the articulation in music, fingering techniques and background stories of the composers.
Aug 22, 2018
Joe H.

Charlotte is highly recommended piano teacher. She is very professional, passionate, patient, and very energetic. My son learned piano from her from zero and he excelled his friends at his age. We are really proud of him.
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Thanks Joe! Best luck to you and yr family !
Aug 22, 2018
Matt F.

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My sons very much enjoyed Charlotte. She knows how to keep them engaged.
Oct 13, 2018
James H.

Ms. Charlotte is a well-trained pianist. She is an easygoing girl and interacts with my daughter very well. And eventually, after receiving her 4-years training, my daughter is now an excellent pianist as well. I greatly appreciate it.
Aug 25, 2018
Abbe L.

Charlotte is not only a good pianist but also a good teacher.
Dr. Charlotte Piano Studio's reply
Thanks for your comment! Best luck to Austin's study!
Aug 22, 2018
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