Teaching Philosophy "Music is an art that communicates beyond generations, countries and languages. Music has a magic power that can enhance peopleНs perseverance, intellectual thinking, aesthetics, and qualities needed in their future success. I am enthusiastic to devote my skills and passion to students of any level, any age. By combining both Asian, Russian and American piano pedagogic tradition and philosophy, my goal is to inspire and to encourage my students to achieve their highest potential in piano playing and musicianship. My lessons emphasize on constructing and improving pianistic techniques, developing musicianship and the joy of music making, through imagination, improvisation, sing-along-playing, ear-training and sight-reading, performance and music appreciation. I teach with great patience, encouragement, principles and passion about music! Demonstration (myself and recommended recordings) is necessary and essential in my teaching, which helps students to understand more efficiently. Cong Ji has been invited to judicate the NYSSMA Piano Test in New York City. She is willing to pass her experience and tips to advanced students who want to challenge themselves of participating piano tests and competitions. Previously taught at New York University Steinhardt School as Adjunct Faculty, she has experiences in teaching young adults from beginning to advanced levels. Bi-annual studio recitals will be held at the prestige Steinway Hall in New York city (current location: 1155 Avenue of the Americas at 45th Street).
Education Doctor of Musical Arts Candidate, City University of New York--Graduate Center under full scholarship Professional Studies, Manhattan School of Music Master of Music, New York University BM, University of Northern Colorado and Tianjin Conservatory
Awards First Prizewinner, Pittsburgh International Competition, Young Artist, 2017 Full Tuition Fellowship, CUNY--GC NYU Music Talent Scholarship First Prizewinner MTNA Colorado Competition, Young Artist, 2009 Summa Cum Laude, 2010; Pi Kappa Lambda 2009
Associations Music Teachers National Association College Music Society The Piano Teachers Congress in New York Society of Music Theory
Genres & Ages Taught Piano & Any age