REGIONS: Azusa, Duarte, Monrovia, Arcadia, Pasadena, Temple City, San Gabriel, San Marino, South Pasadena, Alhambra
Since my master’s in East Asian studies from UCLA and my bachelor’s — major in religious studies and minor in music — from Occidental College, I substituted in Montebello Unified, had a number of books published in Taiwan in English and Chinese in the topics of religion, philosophy, and poetry, and translated a 100-volume set of classical bilingual children’s stories from Chinese to English. As a native of Taiwan, I began training in music and Taiji since the age of four. During high school and college, I engaged in clarinet and cello playing for band and orchestra, and in my college years I began teaching piano, tutored students in English, and advised high school students in application for colleges and scholarships.
My proud scholastic and musical moments include holding a piano scholarship for five consecutive years from Southern California Conservatory of Music, studying with concert pianist Andrea Anderson and concert organist James Walker, attending Tidewater Music Festival as resident advisor and Aspen Music Festivals as pianist and singer, winning numerous awards including a full 4-year college scholarship, a concerto competition in my freshman year at Occidental, and a graduate fellowship in academic research from the Ford Foundation, being on the recommended teacher’s list with Steinway of Pasadena, singing soprano at Throop Unitarian, and accompanying choirs at Ramona Convent Secondary School.
Aside from my writing, musical, and educational endeavors, I am especially skilled in the art of Taiji Qigong, a meditation in motion through which my students find a heightened sense of mental and physical agility. After homeschooling my three children in their high school years and having them enter college earlier than most, I dedicate myself now to students of all ages in music, writing, Mandarin, and Taiji. I incorporate my understandings of life into my teachings, and subjects like language, music, and Taiji become channels of communication where I take my students into an uplifting experience in life. For me, success in life is beyond the understanding of academic or non-academic subjects. The strength of keeping poised in the ups and downs of life is the skill that I impart to my students in the elated co-creations of our time together. I believe in delivering focused fulfillment in each and every one of my students as I enthrill myself and my students in the passionate minglings with them through teaching.