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Hye-Yun Chung Bennett

Chesapeake, VA 23321 (map)


Lessons Offered

Harp, Piano

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home


About Me

I started piano at age 4 in Seoul, Korea. By the time I was 8, I performed Chopin Waltz in C sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2. I majored in piano at Seoul High School of Music & Arts. Very active performer on both piano and harp at Ewha Woman's college. I was acted principal harpist with Korean National Symphony Orchestra during my college years. I was a professional pianist with Kim Ja-Kyung Opera Company in college. I have been teaching piano since I was in freshman year in college. I was a scholarship student for Robert Pace piano pedagogy course at Columbia University in NYC and studied harp at Juilliard School. I taught piano at Los Angeles Music School, Woodside School of Music in Queens, NY, Louisiana State University. Currently I am an Adjunct Associate Professor at Old Dominion University in Norfork, VA teaching piano and harp. I have been a pianist at many different churches throughout my musician's career. I also teach piano at Virginia Beach Music Academy and at my home music studio. I am a pianist at Calvary Baptist Church in Portsmouth, VA. Teaching and performing my harp and piano is my number one passion and love of my life.

My Musical Education Background

Started private piano lessons when I was 4 yrs old.
Gifted music kindergarten.
Continued study piano privately from top notch piano teachers in Seoul, Korea.
Enter Ewha Middle School as one of the most gifted pre-selected piano student. Therefore I was exempt from entrance exam.
Seoul Ye-ko ( equivalent to Juilliard pre college) piano major. One of the top piano students.
Ewha Womans University (most prestigeous womans college in Korea): majored in music - harp and piano.
California State University at Los Angeles: Master of Arts degree in harp.
Columbia University: piano pedagogy class with Rober Pace in New York
Juilliard School in New York: Professional Study Plan completed
University of Arizona: Doctor of Musical Arts degree candidate as Teaching Assistant

Genres and Subjects Taught

I do not believe in discriminating whatsoever! I was classically trained musician but I love just about any kind of music therefore I like to teach not only classical music but also semiclassical, touch of jazz, pops, broadway music, movie music. No matter what type of music you want to learn, you must willing to learn how to read music first. I will be happy and willing to teach from the very basic. I take very beginner to advance students.

Lesson Rates

PIANO; $30 per 30 min. $40 per 45 min. and $50 per an hour lesson.
HARP; $35 per 30 min. $45 per 45 min. and $60 per an hour lesson.

I would prefer to teach only serious students who wil commit to certain levels and stick with the piano and harp long enough to be able to enjoy reading music and performing if they choose to.

'MUSIC IS A DEFENSE AGAINST FEAR AND ALONENESS".
MUSIC BRINGS STABILITY, SOCIABILITY AND TRANQUILITY.

TEACHING MUSIC AND PERFORMING IS LOVE AND PASSION.

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

4 years old up to any healthy living age that might be! Because it is never too late to learn what you have love for.

My Certifications and Awards

Scholarships from: Los Angeles Korean Community music scholarship.
Juilliard School in New York City, Teaching Assistantship at University of Arizona, Moneytary award from the Fifth Internationa Harp Contest in Jerusalem, Israel.
Master of Musical Arts degree from California State University at Los Angeles.
Completed Professional Study Plan program at Juilliard School in New York City.
A prize winner at the Fifth International Harp Contest in Jerusalem, Israel.
Invitations to perform and judge the following:
American Harp Society National Harp Competitions at: Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and St. Paul, Minn.
Performed at the World Harp Congress in Netherland, Seattle and Jerusalem, Israel

My Musical Influences

I have a few successful students who I am very proud of as music teacher, performer, Medical docotor, lawyer and in musical theatre field: Jessica Frost-Ballas, Hagana Kim, Peggy Battalora, Judy Seghers, Caroline Lambert, Trenise Gautier, to name a few.


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