dam Mayon has been nationally recognized as a leading performer and teacher in piano, and his immense passion for teaching stems from years of instructing students of all ages and backgrounds in various settings. A graduate of both Eastman School of Music and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, he has worked with students ranging from beginner to advanced levels in private lessons and in group piano classes. Dr. Mayon has taught piano at Plymouth State University (New Hampshire) as Coordinator of Piano and Collaborative Piano, and as a piano instructor in Loyola University New Orleans' Preparatory Music Program.
His specialties in piano instruction include teaching not only traditional classical music of any level but also pop tunes and jazz piano basics.
In addition to Dr. Mayon's direct teaching experiences, he has continued to be engaged in local communities and in music research to ensure top-quality teaching and involvement. He has served as the State President of the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association and has presented his research at both local, state, and national MTNA conferences. In terms of research, his passion for both fitness and music led to a publication in the MTNA E-journal entitled "Warming Up for the Warm-Up: A Case for Cardio Before Scales" in its November 2017 issue.
i Liang has been studying and teaching piano for over a decade. Her professional teaching career began during her time as a graduate student at New York University, where she served as a piano adjunct instructor teaching private piano lessons and group classes to music major students. Her supervisor Jon Holden, who was the coordinator in Secondary Piano, appraised her as one of the strongest instructors at NYU Steinhardt School after her teaching evaluation. Upon finishing her graduate studies from departments of Piano Studies and Music Education at NYU, her passion for teaching and to make classical music accessible to all ages had continued to bloom which brought her to pursue her doctoral study in Piano Performance with a secondary research area in Piano Pedagogy at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of, where she served as a piano instructor in teaching keyboard skills classes to music majors, piano group classes to non-music majors, and piano lessons to all majors.
During her studying and teaching experiences at CCM, she realized that being a great teacher is not only a talent but an incredible skill and one of the most rewarding experiences. By applying teaching theories and skills into daily teaching, she has gained insights, established her own strategies, and discovered successes in teaching not only the college students but also the older adults in all disciplines from classes sized with 12 people to one on one lessons. Her specialty is to teach adults as well as the students who have learning disabilities, and she is confident using the method books including not only the traditional curricula such as Alfred’s, RCM, and Hal Leonard, etc. but also online curriculum such as eNovativePiano.
Zi is a member of Music Teachers National Association, through which she regularly attends and participates in presentations, workshops, and conferences. She believes that as a well-rounded teacher, it is essential to continuously share, absorb, and develop with valuable and updated information and knowledge in the field.
Kristie, 13-year-old student
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Ms. Liang is perfect with balancing between having fun and being strict. I've enjoyed taking lessons from her; I am also happy with how much I improved. We picked out performance pieces together, she made learning the pieces enjoyable.
Todd Haydon, Professor at University of Cincinnati
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Zi has a fun method of teaching piano technique and musicianship. Because of her teaching I am able play the pieces I want to.
Haenarie Lee, graduate student major in Organ
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Dr. Mayon's teaching is full understanding of the student. He raised my musicality with delicate and elaborate teaching. He is the teacher who can touch musical sensibility as well as techniques.