Dr. Sejeong Jeong
Korean-born pianist Sejeong Jeong began playing the piano at the age of 5. She graduated with Excellence Award in Piano from Sunhwa Arts High School (2006). She entered as a top student of Sookmyung Women's University, College of Music (2007) where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance with Special Honors in Leadership Program and she graduated at the top of her class in piano performance. After finishing her studies in Korea, Dr. Jeong received full scholarships with graduate assistantship from Illinois State University for her master’s degree and received Graduate Incentive Award for Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) studies from College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. Recently, Dr. Jeong finished her Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in Piano Performance and Chamber Music and she published her doctoral document titled “A Performer’s Guide to the Prepared Piano of John Cage: The 1930s to 1950s.” As an educator, Dr. Jeong's objectivities as a teacher come from the strong statement, “a teacher’s purpose is to help students to find their own vision and image”. She has taught piano to numerous students from beginning to an advanced level over ten years. She successfully prepared students for the music school entrance exam at a college level and national competitions. Additionally, Dr. Jeong volunteered as a Music Theory Instructor at Welfare Foundation, South Korea. At Illinois State University, she assisted giving master classes to undergraduate piano major students of Dr. Russell’s studio. As a selected member of the Global Culture Tour Team which was sponsored by Sookmyung Women's University in Korea, Dr. Jeong participated in the music education research of Musikschulein in German. Now, Dr. Jeong teaches private piano lessons and piano literature courses to students in the west suburb of Chicago.
Education Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Chamber Music (CCM, University of Cincinnati); Master of Music in Piano Performance (Illinois State University); Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance(Sookmyung Women's University)
Awards Winners of American Protege International Piano & Strings Competition, Liszt-Garrison International Competition, Graduate Incentive Awards, Sookmyung Alumni Scholarship, MTNA Alternate Illinois State Winner in Young Artist Competition
Genres & Ages Taught Classical Piano, Church Music, Age 4 to Adult