Anna Yang – Violin Teacher

Violin and Piano
B.M. Crane School of Music
M.M. Columbia University
Classical

violin, piano, lessons, musicI have performed and taught violin for over 20 years in 3 major cities across the East Coast. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from The Crane School of Music, where I was a member of Crane Symphony Orchestra and took Suzuki training courses under Dr. Sarah Hersh. In addition, I earned a Master of Music degree at Columbia University in New York City, where I taught music to undergraduate and graduate students. At Columbia, I was a soloist at the Bach Society Ensemble and the Spirit Jazz Ensemble. I performed a master recital in Milbank Chapel at Columbia University, performing Lalo Symphonie Espagnole and Brahms Violin Sonata No 2 in A major, Op 100. Furthermore, I hold an additional Master of Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, where I wrote a master’s thesis that approved by Dr. Randall Allsup.

Growing up, I was selected as a member of the New York All-State String Orchestra and Long Island Suffolk County All-County Orchestra. My main teacher was Byung-Kook Kwak at Manhattan School of Music, who studied with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School.

I have been a Music Director/String Orchestra teacher at St. Ignatius Loyola School in New York City, Quincy Upper School in Boston, and Cambridge Friends School in Cambridge, MA. I also have musical training in Suzuki, Kodaly, and Dalcroze Eurhythmics, which I have incorporated into my teaching.

Currently, I am a Violin Teaching artist for the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra – Tune Up Philly. I have also served as Violin Faculty at Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts and performed at the C.W. Post Long Island University Chamber Music Festival.

I have performed with the New York Repertory Orchestra, Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, and Tenth Presbyterian Church Chamber Ensemble.

 

When did you begin playing Violin, and why?
I started showing interest in violin when I first heard the music for “The Nutcracker”. The sound of the orchestra captured my curiosity and playing with others was appealing to me.

What other instruments do you play, and what is your experience with them?
I play piano, which is the first instrument I learned. I still enjoy playing it.

What are your personal goals as a musician?
I want to teach students so that they can appreciate music on their own when they get older.

Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked?  Something you’ll remember forever?
I remember watching the video of Joshua Bell playing Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 and how he moved his body in a way that was so melodic and passionate. I will never forget how this demonstrated the vital concept of connecting passionately to the music.

What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?
Practice Smart. Use your time wisely when you practice by tacking problem spots in different tempos, with a metronome.

What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?
When I perform in public, I used to get nervous thinking so much about the audience. Nowdays, I focus more on enjoying the music I am playing and it makes me not worry anymore.

What is your biggest musical achievement?
I was only person in my high school who got invited to the New York All-State Orchestra in my senior year.

Favorite thing about teaching?
I love observing how students make progress and enjoy learning and asking me good questions.

What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?
Do not only focus on the result. Sometimes, process is more important and it is more meaningful.