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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Vivienne

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

Betty Ragtime

  • Great job on the memory work of first page! Keep practicing and review
  • Next 4 bars, hands separately, and try hands together

Lesson book

  • C, G, and D major scale in contrary motion – play each scale smoothly connected on your finger tips, not “punching” the keys on flat fingers

Ellis

  • Play and say each note on the piano starting from middle C, going up and down

Lesson book

  • Play and review the pieces we played in class
  • Practicing drawing note C, G, D, and F

A Dozen a Day

  • Review the first 2 exercises

Chantal

Chantal should practice 4-5 times per week at 15 – 20 mins per session

A Dozen A day

  • Weekly assigned exercises

Minuet

  • Practice and review this piece with a steady rhythm of ta’s and titi’s

Ice Cream

  • Play this piece in the written C and G position, and challenge yourself to try it in the B position

Alyssa

Alyssa should practice 4-5 times per week at 30 mins – 1 hr per session.

Technique

  • Use the correct fingering, play with accuracy, and clarity on everything with the metronome
  • Keep your knuckles and fingers up

Sunset in Rio

  • Practice the whole piece hands together, in 2-line phrase at a time
  • Play with lots of energy, notice the accented notes, slurs and staccato ending of some phrases

Sonatina in C

  • Practice the whole piece hands together

Maria

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

Red River Valley

  • Practice and review the R.H. part (count 2 beats on the half notes), and start learning the L.H. part

Simone

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

Lesson Book

  • Practice and review Li’l Liza Jane, and Mozart’s Five Names

Theory

  • Complete page 14-15

David

David should practice 4-5 times per week for 30 mins – 1hour per session.

Pathetique 2nd movement

  • Look and think about the piece in a horizontal singing line (look at the direction of the melody), and phrase the piece with written dynamic changes
  • Change the pedal more often, for each harmony change

Rialto Ripple

  • Keep working on learning the notes
  • Detach the quarter notes (except the slurred ones), play the accented notes (syncopation), march-like, playful character, the opposite of Pathetique

Theory

  • Assigned exercises
  • Analyze the Sonatina in harmony changes/chords

Eliana

Eliana should practice 4-5 times per week for 30 mins – 1hour per session.

Sonatina in F

  • Practice with articulation details (staccatissimos, accents, slurs)

Happy Time Jazz

  • Start practicing this piece hands together



Anna

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

Lesson Book

  • Red River Valley – Review

Technique

  • 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

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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Hanon

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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