Jialiang is a passionate educator. She believes that everyone can enjoy music and can build important life skills through learning music. Witnessing the students' growth in their individual ways is one of the most rewarding experiences for her. She has taught the Keyboard Skills Class undergraduate non-keyboard major students at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music and has given applied lessons to U of T Engineering Major-Music Minor students. She is an executive member of the U of T Piano Pedagogy Group and helps organize a variety of events that promote mutual learning between the graduate students majoring in Piano Pedagogy and their piano students. Previously, she taught private lessons and group classes in the U of T Piano Pedagogy Program and WizzKidz Yamaha Music School. She adjudicated the piano entrance auditions at the Claude Watson Music Program of Earl Haig Secondary School.
No matter what a student' age or background is, Jialiang always strives to help them build a solid technical foundation, with which they can express their musical ideas and feelings. She is well-versed in guiding students in how to interpret the music through integrating the knowledge of harmony, form, history, and stylistic features. Many of her students have achieved first-class honours in RCM and ARSM exams and received awards in local music competitions and festivals. Besides private teaching, she has extensive experience in group music teaching. During her work at the U of T Piano Pedagogy Program and WizzKidz School, she taught solfege singing, sight-reading, ensemble playing, keyboard harmony, composition, and improvisation. In 2014, she led workshops on visual art-inspired keyboard improvisation at the Yamaha Junior Original Concert Music Camp in Whistler, BC. As a coach, she regularly works with undergraduate instrumental and vocal students to help them prepare for recitals and juries.
Jialiang believes that it is never too early or too late to start learning music. She wants to help each student develop their unique potential and discover more joy in music. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact her HERE.