Teacher Juju is a new face at Opus 1 and we're proud and excited to have her teaching piano with us. In addition to private teaching experience, she has also prepared students for the ABRSM exams and performances. She earned her B.A. in Piano Performance from Wuhan University and M.M in Piano Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Read below to learn more about Teacher Juju!
We're excited to have you joining us at Opus 1. Can you share briefly where you are from originally and what inspired you to pursue music and teaching?
I am originally from China and fell in love with music as a young kid. I chose to pursue music so that I could share the beauty and my own passion with others.
You've worked a lot preparing students for the ABRSM exams. Do you have any tips for our Opus 1 students as they prepare for the next round of exams?
A few good tips are to never wait to start preparing - always prepare well in advance. Also, take time to polish the piece and learn it accurately from the beginning. It's much easier to build a piece well from the start than to have to spend extra time trying to fix mistakes later on.
Can you share your most memorable performance experience?
It's always a pianists dream to play a piano concerto with an orchestra - it's as difficult as it comes for a musician. I'm fortunate to have played Prokofiev's difficult Piano Concerto No. 3 with an orchestra. It felt bump at times but it was an experience I'll never forget.
Aside, from music, what do you enjoy doing in your free time？
Music inspires a lot of creativity and that creativity reaches into other interests of mine. In my free time, I really enjoy studying and learning about interior design.
What is one suggestion for all of our students that you believe will help them as they continue their music education?
One suggestion I have is to have close supervision from parents. Having help from someone who is making sure you're doing work and is around all the time helps to keep you on track.