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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RECITAL DATE: MAY 5 – SIGN UP!

Eliana

Eliana should practice 4-5 times per week for 30-45 mins per session.

Marches Militaires

  • Bracketed sections (bottom of 1st page, and second half of 2nd page)

Fur Elise

  • Start practicing and focus only on the 2nd theme of the piece

Song of the Cavalry

  • Practice until the newly marked spot hands separately – be mindful of all the staccato and tenuto markings!

Anastasiya

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

Boogie on the Broadway

  • Great performance this week! Review this piece everyday until the recital!

Russian Sailor Dance

  • Great performance this week! Review this piece everyday until the recital!

Scarecrow

  • Practice the piece hands separately

Theory Book

  • Make sure we bring this book to every lesson!

Vivienne

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

Maple Leaf Rag

  • Keep practicing for fluency – work on the second half of 2nd page without memory first!

Betty Ragtime

  • Work on the R.H. part alone for the first 2 lines

Chantal

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

A Dozen A day

  • New exercises, with steadiness and repeat.

Piano Adventures

  • Keep working on this piece with fluency in playing!

Way in a Manger

  • Work on this piece hands together, for the first half only.

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

Sonatina in F

  • Taking a temporary break

You and I

  • Start practicing hands together for both themes – choose a very slow and steady tempo to give yourself time to look forward and prepare for each chord.

In Church

  • Keep working on this piece hands separately, then try to put hands together!

Maria

Sarasponda

  • Review until the recital!

Can Can

  • Review for the recital! – Remember the “ta ta” in the end!

Stand by Me

  • Work on each hand alone first, and start putting hands together for the first half of 1st page.

Claire

Claire should practice 4-5 times per week at 15 – 30 mins per session.

The Return

  • Review, with dynamic changes and a slower and grand ending at the end of 2nd repeat

The Chocolate Eating Piano Player

  • Review for the recital! – Remember to swing ALL 8th notes!

Canon

  • Practice hands together as written – pay attention and use the suggested fingering!

Anna

Anna should practice 4-5 times per week at 20 – 40 mins per session.

Over the Rainbow

  • Review for the recital!

Summertime

  • Start working on this piece with pedal, dynamic, and voicing

Somewhere Out there

  • voicing – bring out the top notes in chords (2nd and 3rd page)



RECITAL DATE: MAY 5 – TFS STUDENTS CALL IN TO SIGN UP!

Anna

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

Lesson Book

  • Fur Elise – Great performance this week! Keep it up until the day of recital
  • Red River Valley – warm up and practice hands separately first, then try putting hands together!

Technique

  • A flat major scale exercises

 

Sacha

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

La Raspa – Recital

  • Like how we worked on and played in class, try not to have too long of a gap between the groups of 8th notes in each bar, with smooth transition from 1st to second section of the piece

Red Satin Jazz

  • Keep practice both hands separately – be mindful of rhythm and rests!

 

Sabrina

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

Lesson Book

  • Music signs – accent marking

Chopsticks

  • Practice playing happily, playfully, just like how we worked on in class – detach the quarter notes, and staccato ending for each 1 bar phrase of the introduction, and the ending on the C chords.

 





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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