Korean piano professor will share creative approach to piano pedagogy at Saint Martin’s University seminar

June 10, 2014

Joy Song

Joy Song, Ph.D., piano professor and director of the Korea Institute of Piano Pedagogy in Seoul, will lead a one-day seminar Friday, June 20, for piano teachers, students and their parents at Saint Martin’s University’s Kreielsheimer Hall.

The seminar, “Sonatine Secrets by Dr. Joy Song,” is sponsored by the University’s Music Program and will focus on Song’s innovative method for helping students learn and practice traditional classical sonatinas, says Hanna Hyekyeong Cho, who teaches piano at Saint Martin’s.

The seminar will be based on her recent book, “Sonatine Secrets: A Creative Approach to Developing Technique and Musicality.” The method uses what she calls “smart icon” stickers representing technical and musical elements to help motivate and teach students to interpret music.

Song has doctorates from the American Conservatory of Music in musical arts and the University of California, Los Angeles, in piano performance. She has an extensive background in piano education at the university level, as well as professional certification in early childhood development. She is the author of several other books on teaching piano, including one on teaching piano to very young children, and on psychological topics.

The seminar costs $45. Master classes also will be available for an additional fee. For online registration, go to www.smartezeducation.com/contact-us.html. For further information, please contact Hannah Cho, 360-878-2745; smartezedu@gmail.com.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.

For additional information:

Darrell Born
Chair, Fine and Performing Arts Department
360-438-4506; dborn@stmartin.edu

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager
360-412-6126; mdwyer@stmartin.edu