Pianist, teacher, faculty of piano for various music schools in the Bay Area. Former member of National Association for Music Education. Member of Music Teachers’ Association of California. Director and Recital Coordinator for Music Teachers Association of California, San Francisco Branch. MM in piano, BM in piano with Distinction, SFSU. Principal teachers include: John McCarthy, Antoinette Perry, Victoria Neve, Anna Poklewski, and Rose Chen.
Kevin Sy has taught piano in San Francisco State University, Northern California Music & Art Culture Center, Potrero Hill School of Music, Keyboard Educators, and half a dozen music schools throughout the SF Bay Area. He has worked with hundreds of students, and has extensive experiences in helping students to pass both CM and ABRSM at intermediate advanced levels, often with honors or merits/distinction. Sy also excels in teaching beginners and teach students from age 6 and up. For newcomers, his lessons are designed to broaden students’ musical experiences and develop students’ ability to properly read, execute, and think about music at a deeper level starting from an early stage. He has a thorough knowledge of the pedagogical repertoire and selects the teaching materials carefully for each student.
In addition to teaching piano, Sy teaches music theory for the Certificate of Merit and ABRSM. Sy studied advanced theory and analysis with composer Richard Festinger, and has done extensive research on sonata theory and Renaissance vocal polyphony under Dr. Paul Ellison. He also studied instrumental conducting, first with conductor Martin Seggelke, and later Brad Hogarth. Because of his experiences in multiple fields, Sy is very analytical in his approach to helping students overcoming persistent problems, and he constantly looks for new ways to teach concepts and technique to his students, incorporating technology and new literature in his lessons. Sy is an active contributor on Quora, where his writings and ideas about his teaching philosophy can be read here (link).
Ms. Liv ( Piano and Voice)
M.M (Masters of Music, music performance).
B.M (undergraduate degree, music performance).
Member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC)
Liv is an energetic, fun love teacher who is very much loved by her students. Liv teaches private lessons for voice and piano for students of all ages and abilities (age 5 and up) and in a variety of styles. She is committed to helping students to build the technical skills of their instrument, giving them a solid foundation for which musical expressions can be projected.
Ms. Liv teaches singing in the genres of Classical, Pop, and musical. As a professional singer, she understands the importance of proper vocal training and musicianship training and uses solfeggio, theory, sight-singing and rhythmic exercise extensively in the lessons. In addition, she also works for the training department of Piedmont Children Choir — teaching theory, vocal performance and assist in conducting. Liv is continuing doing post-graduate study with world class singer-Victoria Livengood.
For piano lessons, Ms. Liv helps students to learn the music fundamental, dynamic balances, reading skill, phrasing, excellent technique, and incorporates melodic singing in piano playing. “My mission is to let my students to understand, love and confident of play music independently.“ said by Ms. Liv. She also helps students preparing for the exam for the Associated Board for the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) and CM. She is especially good with younger students, and has helped many 4/5 years old students making tremendous progress.
In addition to English, Liv is a fluent speaker of Mandarin (國語) and Cantonese (粵語).