Cicy Chen

Toronto Piano & Keyboard Teacher

Cicy ChenABC Academy of Music2017-10-29T15:32:24-04:00

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B. Mus. Hons. (YorkU)

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City is a recent graduate of York University with a degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in Music. She has played the Piano since the age of 3 and a half, and has completed up to level 10 practical and ARCT theory and history at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Additionally, she has been teaching piano and music theory part-time since 2012, and volunteered to work as a piano accompanist in grade 6 elementary school, and grade 11 and 12 high school.

During her years in York University, Cicy studied with Canadian pianists Christina Quilico, and Catherine Wilson. She has also performed on the piano with York University Wind Symphony Orchestra, and York University Media Music.

Get to know Cicy…Beyond the bio!

Hobbies: Piano, piano accompanying, music composition/improvisation, strolling on city streets, participating and going to city-organized events such as food festivals, culture festivals…etc., cooking

Music Influences: Mostly music of the Romantic and Impressionist era, such as Chopin, and Rachmaninoff, etc., Cage, John Williams, orchestral film music, and video games music

Favourite food: All Asian cuisines, with some French, some Italian, some Mexican… it’s hard to choose, I’m not a picky eater, but I love spicy foods

Least favourite food: Bitter melon (it just tastes…bitter), canned fruits (I LOVE fruits, but canned fruits taste like fake fruits to me because it changes the texture and taste of the natural fruits!)

Favourite music: anything that sounds good to my ears, preferably something instrumental, or in languages I cannot understand, I was just never a fan of lyrics, I listen to music solely for the “sounds”

Favourite song: Similar to asking for what my favourite food is, I can’t choose, there are too many, and sometimes I listen to a song because I like one 10-20seconds section of the song, but not the entire song

Favourite movie: Ratatouille, a lot of fantasy, comedy, and sci-fi movies

Favourite movie music: I have 2 that are my all time favourites – Harry Potter, and Pirates of the Caribbean

Favourite musical theatre/opera: I really like some arias from operas, but not a fan of operas

Best quote from your teacher: Once in my piano accompanying class, one of the TA’s who was also a singer we worked with in class said, and paraphrased: “Do not say “sorry” Saying “sorry” is a Canadian thing, say f#$% and keep going!”

Favourite quote: I often agree and disagree, and question with many quotes, so I have yet to have a favourite one in which I can recall and fully agree with

Favourite book: Laughter in the Dark by Vladimir Nabokov

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Hello Cicy’s Students!

Cicy will be away from March 30th to April 11th.

At present we have Thomas substituting for Wednesday, April 5th.  Thomas has substituted for us before.

Tuesday Substitute is still pending.  We will update you on this shortly.

In all cases, Cicy will specify to the sub what work is being done and needs doing.  You are also able to decline the substitute and take the missed lesson(s) as a make-up.  In order to do this, you must call us ASAP.  Day-of cancellations (less than 24h) are not eligible for make-ups.  Please call with any questions.

Thank you!


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Ellis should practice 4-5 times per week at 10 – 15 mins per session

Lesson book

  • The Haunted Mouse/Classic Dance – practice between legato (smoothly) and staccato (short and detached) playing, with written dynamic (softness/loudness)
  • First line of piece using Treble ‘A’ – hold the tied ‘E’ note when left hand comes in

A Dozen a Day

  • New weekly assigned exercises


Chantal should practice 4-5 times per week at 20 – 30 mins per session


  • Practice and Review C+ and G+ scales and triads


  • Climbing on the elephant – mind the quarter note to eighth note rhythm, counting (1,2 on quarter note before eighth note comes on 3)
  • Swirling Leaves – Keep working on this hands together with more fluency!


Alyssa should practice 4-5 times per week at 45 mins – 1 hr per session.


  • Practice and review everything with the metronome at required tempo

Sunset in Rio

  • Memory – review

Sonatina in C

  • Stay at tempo 120, and start practicing with dynamic changes

Scherzo in C

  • Work up to the required tempo starting around 130 to the eighth note

Allegro in D

  • Section B – Practice with the metronome, get used to staying in tempo

In Church

  • First half – mind the tempo when you begin, it should be no faster than the seconds on the clock. Like how we played during our class, keep on working to improve phrasing and dynamic changes
  • Second half – use una corda pedal from bar 29 to the end


Maria should practice 4-5 times per week for 20-30 mins per session.

Lesson Book

  • La Raspa – Keep working on this with more fluency, and keep the 6/8 (1 2 3 1 2 3) rhythm in mind – make sure to play the pick up note ‘G’ on second (3)
  • Raisins and Almonds – learn each hand separately, and review d harmonic minor scale we learned in class!


Simone should practice 4-5 times per week for 15-20 mins per session.

Lesson Book

  • Dinosaur Stomps – double check which G you place your fingers on before you start! Both hands should be in the same position, but different octaves


  • Weekly assigned pages


Anna should practice 4-5 times per week for 20-30 mins per session.

Lesson Book

  • Red River Valley – Review


  • A flat major scale exercises
  • Ranch Roundup – keep working on this piece hands together, we should aim to perfect this piece by next week!


Sacha should practice 4-5 times per week for 20-30 mins per session.

Red Satin Jazz

  • Focus on this piece this week – be mindful of the rests on the first beat, and practice more in the middle section

The Robot

  • Practice hands together for the first 2 lines, and try to learn further – look for patterns

Preferred Books for Cicy’s Students

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Virtuoso Pianist in 60 Exercises - Complete

Cover of Hanon's The Virtuoso Pianist in 60 Exercises

Since the first release of this classic Schirmer edition over 100 years ago, almost anyone who has taken piano lessons for more than two years has played from The Virtuoso Pianist . Millions of copies have been sold of these progressive exercises which guide a player’s technique, building finger independence and strength. This was the first American edition released of this music, and remains a classic at a remarkably affordable price.

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Czerny Method for Beginners on Piano

Cover of Czerny Method for Beginners on Piano

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Elementary Instruction for the Pianoforte

Cover of Elementary instruction book for piano by Ferdinand Beyer

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Four Star Sight Reading and Ear Tests

Level I

Cover of Four Star Sight Reading and Ear Tests

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RCM Technical Requirements for Piano

Level I

Cover of Technical Requirements for Piano (RCM)

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RCM Piano Repertoire

Level I, Celebration Series (2015)

Cover of Celebration Series Piano Repertoire Level I (RCM)

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RCM Celebration Series Piano Etudes

Level I

Cover of RCM Celebration Series Piano Etudes, Level I

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