Piano – Dr. Elizabeth Hsieh

Dr. Elizabeth Hsieh - Piano

Taiwanese pianist, Dr. Elizabeth Hsieh had her orchestral debut at the age of sixteen shortly after moving to the United States, studying under the guidance of Vladimir Khokhlov.

Elizabeth has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships and has won many national and international piano competitions.

Elizabeth continues to give numerous performances, both as a soloist and collaborative pianist. She particularly enjoys performing with her husband, Sam Desmet, who is a Belgium classical guitarist, as a piano-guitar duo throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

www.elizabethpiano.com

  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance – University of Miami
  • Master’s Degree in Piano Pedagogy & Piano Performance
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
  • Over 15 years of performance experience with concerts in US, Asia and Europe
  • Over 15 years of private music instruction
  • Faculty of Music Prep. Program at University of Miami
  • Faculty at CAP Conservatory of the Arts
  • Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
  • Florida State Music Teachers Association (FSMTA)
  • National Piano Guild
  • Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Music Achievement Program
  • National Federation of Music Clubs

Guitar – Dr. Sam Desmet

Dr. Sam Desmet - Classical Guitarist

Currently, Dr Desmet is the Guitar Professor at Valencia College, Orlando where he also teaches Music Theory and Music Appreciation.

As a soloist and chamber music enthusiast, Dr. Desmet performed all over Europe, Asia and the United States. Together with his wife, pianist Dr. Elizabeth Hsieh he formed ‘La Folia’ duo to promote guitar-piano chamber music.

With his first CD “study < > study”, European guitarist Dr. Desmet promoted and recorded guitar etudes and compositions of renowned composers such as Leo Brouwer, Angelo Gilardino and Simone Iannarelli, who praise the cd as an example of his refined musical personality.

www.samdesmet.com

  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Guitar Performance – Florida State University
  • Master’s Degree in Guitar Performance / Music Education – Royal Conservatory Belgium (Europe)
  • Bachelor in Guitar Performance – Royal Conservatory Belgium (Europe)
  • Over 15 years of performance experience with concerts in US, Asia and Europe
  • Over 15 years of private music instruction in Music Academies and Conservatories
  • Faculty of Music Prep. Program at University of Miami
  • Faculty of Valencia College, Orlando
  • Guitar Foundation of America
  • Florida Guitar Foundation
  • Certified Florida Educator
  • Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Music Achievement Program
  • National Federation of Music Clubs

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
(Benjamin Franklin)

Music learning should be curiosity driven and enjoyable rather than just learning where to put which fingers at the right time. Our goal in teaching music is to inspire and grow a love of music no matter what age or level of playing our students have.

We like to point out that learning to play an instrument successfully requires a “triangle” effort made up of parent, teacher and student. All three corners are equally important. If one of the corners of this triangle fails to maintain the structure, the process of student’s learning will become slower and less efficient. It’s all about teamwork and open communication. 

With all instructors having a Ph.D. in Music and over 15 years of teaching experience, we will use all our professional and educational background to offer the best possible ‘personalized’ instruction and guidance throughout the student’s musical journey to prepare for student recitals, performances, auditions, competitions or to simply develop a skill to play an instrument you can enjoy for life.

A student with regularity of practice who is goal-oriented will quickly see results that go beyond just learning music.

Research has shown that when learning an instrument, the brain, muscles, memory and creativity gets stimulated.

A child is more likely to succeed when surrounded by supportive parents. This doesn’t mean drilling them for success, or over-scheduling your child, but depending on the needs and learning level, it may mean going over basic skills such as note reading using flash cards, clapping rhythms together, asking your child to perform for you after a practice session, attending class performances and auditions, …

We believe in the importance of developing a strong and solid foundation of basics such as learning self-discipline and creative thinking, so the students eventually find their own unique voice, making a piece of music truly sound like their own work of art and feel proud of their accomplishment.

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