"Haewon is excellent at giving techniques for overcoming problem spots. She is extremely patient and affirming. I appreciate that she always finds pieces that are closer to my area of interest and encourages my learning in that way."
-Indiana University East Applied Piano Lesson Student, Spring 2020
I believe that teaching should be based around open communication and constant dialogue with my students. My students know me as a nurturer and a guide in their journey on becoming independent and creative musicians. My teaching emphasizes effective practice strategies, and musical inspiration that comes from a deeper knowledge of the music. As I get to know each student, I hope to personalize my approach to accommodate for their interests and abilities, and to find the best method in which they learn the most effectively.
I am experienced in teaching all levels of piano from beginners to advanced, all ages from pre-college to collegiate students, music majors and non-majors, and in a variety of teaching settings, including classroom and private instruction.
I have prepared many students to reach the goals that they have set for themselves in their musical careers. Many of my students have gone on to give excellent performances, successfully passed the keyboard proficiency exams at Indiana University Bloomington, as well as win the gold standing at the ISSMA competition for solo piano.
Starting from 2022, I am teaching music appreciation, music theory, and piano courses as an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos. Previously, I have taught at Indiana University East as the Adjunct Professor of Piano, and at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as the Assistant Instructor in the piano department and faculty of the Young Pianist Program. I also have a minor in music education and a level 1 Kodaly instructor certificate. With these experiences under my belt, I aim to create an exciting and valuable learning environment in each and every teaching situation I come across.
Please contact me for more information on my teaching!
"She was very kind, and really cared about all of the students in the class."
"Fun to learn from and great at teaching."
"She did a great job adjusting to this unusual semester, and was flexible when she needed to instruct via Zoom. She was very approachable, understanding, encouraging, and a great teacher."
"She made learning easy and fun to do and engaged with students. She also provided assistance when asked and often spoke to us if we missed something in our assignments."