Piano Master Class
with Celine You
Sunday, March 20th
1 pm PST on Zoom
WePlay Music is proud to present our Master Class Series, conducted by our Master Level teachers on the first Saturday of each month. Master Classes are an excellent way for students to explore new concepts provided by a highly qualified educator. It can also serve as reinforcement of ideas of a student's own choices or from their current teacher. In essence, master classes are reserved for students that have prepared their music to the full extent of their abilities and are looking for new methods of enhancing their performance to the next level.
About Celine You
Celine You began her University studies at Yonsei University, where she completed her Bachelor of Music. Although starting with a Classical background, Celine decided to pursue American jazz, later graduating from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Piano Performance. She subsequently completed a Master's degree in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, being the first South Korean to do so.
After being immersed in the New York City jazz scene, she returned to South Korea and for 13 years, was a Professor of Piano at JEI University. She has performed at many festivals including Jarasum International Jazz Festival, Jeonju Sound Festival, and Ulsan Jazz Festival. She has also appeared on EBS Space and with the KBS Symphony Orchestra.
"I believe that music should be like a river - a provider of life and energy that is available to us all. Over the course of my career I have helped students of all ages, from kindergarteners through senior citizens, discover the joy and purpose that comes from studying music. With regards to the piano, I believe that no age is too late, and that all can learn to make satisfying music, no matter their level of proficiency. As students explore music that is engaging to them, they will naturally spend time with their piano keyboard and experience the fruits of their efforts. Technique is built up slowly and naturally, so that over time students find themselves able to play more complex works. Although a music sheet provides notes, the ear should always be the guide. As such, I encourage students to explore the sounds that they can make on their instrument, as this leads naturally toward an understanding of music theory and into composing. When students internally hear the music they are playing, they will be able to express themselves with more sensitivity and musical nuance. It is my goal that all students develop a love of music that will inspire them to develop their musical personalities so that they can, in turn, share the river of music with others."