Liz Soetedjo – Piano

Liz Soetedjo started playing piano at the age of four at Yayasan Pendidikan Musik (YPM) in Jakarta, Indonesia. She received several awards from YPM, including one that was for “outstanding performance for etude.” Liz joined Yamaha Music School when she was six, which lead her to become one of the members of JOC (Junior Original Concert) four years later. Through JOC, she has an opportunity to represent Indonesia through and ensemble concert in Malaysia in the year 2001. In 2004, Liz got accepted by Towson University, majoring in piano performance with Prof. Reynaldo Reyes. During her sophomore year, she won the “Henry Sanborn Piano Competition” playing Well Tempered Clavier by Bach, Sonata by Haydn, Etude by Moszkowski, and Hungarian Rhapsody by Liszt. After graduating in 2007, she moved to Chicago to explore new possibilities. Currently she is teaching piano at the American Music Institute in Hinsdale, IL.

Personal Statement
I teach private piano lessons to all ages and levels. That way, I can study each of my student’s personality and work individually with them. Acknowledging the character in each and every student, I create a specific lesson plan for them weekly, adapting it to their learning process.

I like to use a variety of piano books and curriculum in my lessons. Additionally, I incorporate ear training, sight reading, solfeggio, music theory and performance techniques into my teaching. Throughout each lesson I pay close attention to my student to ensure that what we are doing is understandable and clear. Nevertheless, I try to make every lesson encouraging and enjoyable, so the students can go back home feeling motivated to practice on their own.

For a beginner, after a few lessons the student should expect to have some general knowledge of basic note reading, proper hand placement, dynamics and basic rhythms. For an intermediate or advanced player, I will continue to work on and sharpen the student’s skills and musicality as a pianist. Nonetheless, collaborating with parents is another thing that I enjoy doing as it brings together a sense partnership in attaining their child’s musical goals.

I have been inspired by many teachers/mentors and have learned that teaching piano is not only about learning music. It is an opportunity to develop other life skills such as patience, confidence, and many others. Moreover, I give students the opportunity to enjoy making music as I have, and to obtain the benefits of increased academic performance, oral and memory skills.

Ultimately, I want my students to aspire to be their best in achieving their goals. I do my best to make sure every student has complete confidence in themselves and their musical abilities.

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