Chee-Hwa Tan has a passion for nurturing the art and love of music making in pianists of all ages and levels. She is the author of the internationally acclaimed collections A Child’s Garden of Verses, Circus Sonatinas and Through the Window Pane, published by the Frederick Harris Music Company. Selections of her works are included in the Repertoire and Study series of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada. Chee-Hwa’s compositions encourage students to explore and express sound images at the piano while developing specific technical skills necessary for artistic playing. She believes that it is possible for every student to communicate artistically through music and that making music is a contagious gift that can transform lives.
Chee-Hwa is in demand as a clinician, pianist, educator and composer and has conducted piano workshops and lecture recitals for universities and teachers throughout North America. Over the years, her students have been highly successful as performers, teachers and life-long music makers, with former students receiving the D. H. Baldwin Fellowship in piano pedagogy, a prestigious award in recognition of outstanding pedagogy graduates in the United States. Many of her students 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.
Currently the Head of Piano Pedagogy at the University of Denver Lamont School of Music, Chee-Hwa teaches both graduate and undergraduate piano pedagogy. She loves mentoring pianists and teachers to be nurturers of the next generation of musicians and supporters of the arts. A specialist in curriculum development for pre-college piano and class piano teaching, Ms. Tan has also served on the piano pedagogy faculties at the Oberlin Conservatory and Southern Methodist University. Ms. Tan holds masters’ degrees in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Southern Methodist University, where she was a student of Alfred Mouledous, and a B.A. in Piano Performance and English from Oral Roberts University, where she was a student of Joyce Bridgman. A native of Malaysia, Ms. Tan currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband Christopher and their four musician children.