Time has gone by so quickly. We celebrated our 10-year anniversary in August 2017, and we are going stronger in the season 2018-19! It has been an AMAZING journey, and the best part of it has been the sense of community we felt in every event and recital we hosted. There was absolutely no other feeling quite like it—especially living in a busy city like NYC. We want to thank all of you who have been so supportive. Here is a video clip of our journey from 2007 to 2017:
During my first year of graduate school at New York University in late August of 2007, I received an email sent from the NYU Music Department about a parent seeking a piano instructor who would come to her home to give her twin daughters piano lessons. I accepted the invitation, and we began lessons the following week. Since then, my piano studio has been growing steadily in number and quality each year, generated entirely by word of mouth among students and their families in New York City.
The studio's very first recital took place in June 2008. We rented a dance studio in Midtown Manhattan. Five piano students and a young cello student performed that evening. The concert was a success, and since then studio recitals have taken place twice each year, a holiday recital in December and a year-end recital in June. I am very proud to say that the level of students’ playing has grown remarkably over the years.
Last June there were over 40 students who participated in two separate recitals! Classical masterpieces by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Mendelssohn, and Brahms were performed by young pianists as well as some late 19th century pieces such as Gymnopedie and Gnossiennes by Satie. There were also a few jazz compositions. Several students arranged their version of their favorite Broadway songs.
One high school student sang a song by her favorite pop artist while accompanying herself on the piano. The recital also included a four-hand duo performance by two elementary school students, both of whom had already completed demanding solo pieces earlier in the program. Eight of our students were honored at the end of the recital for their achievements in the 2017 New York State School Music Association piano evaluations, and all students made their performances special by selecting songs that were meaningful to them.
A unique aspect of YSS is that students’ homes become an extension of our teaching studio. We travel to their homes throughout the year, rain or shine. We get to know our students on a deeper level, which helps us to find a way to make piano playing fun for everyone, regardless of level. Another fun feature of the studio is that every year, a few families offer to host our biannual recitals at their homes, which always turns out to be a special and memorable event. We strongly feel that music played on a regular basis at home—either as practice, a lesson, or a recital— is a vital part of piano students' lives.
Director/Instructor at Yukimi Song Studio