Chee-Hwa Tan has a passion for nurturing the art and love of music making in pianists of all ages and levels. She believes in the importance of mentoring pianists and teachers as nurturers of the next generation of musicians and supporters of the Arts. Ms. Tan has served as the Head of Piano Pedagogy at the University of Denver Lamont School of Music, as well as on the piano pedagogy faculties at the Oberlin Conservatory and Southern Methodist University. During her tenure at DU, she created the Lamont Piano Preparatory Program, a cutting-edge 21st century teaching laboratory for group and private piano teaching. Ms.Tan is the author of internationally acclaimed A Child’s Garden of Verses and other piano collections. Her music is published by Piano Safari; with selections included in the Repertoire and Study series of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada, and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London. Over the years, her students have been highly successful as performers, teachers and life-long music makers. Many of them have gone on to distinguished careers at universities, music schools and private studios across the country, while establishing themselves as influential leaders in their musical communities.
Ms. Tan holds Masters’ degrees in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Southern Methodist University and a B.A. in Piano Performance and English from Oral Roberts University. Her teachers include Alfred Mouledous, Joaquin Achucarro, E. Gregory Nagode, and Joyce Bridgman. A native of Malaysia, Ms. Tan resides in Colorado, with her husband Christopher and their four musician children.