Ages 8 – Adult, Intermediate – Advanced
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Missouri State University
Master of Music in Piano Performance, Northwestern University
Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance, University of Houston
As a teacher, my ultimate goal is to teach myself out of a job. At the end of the day, I would like for my students to achieve a high level of musicianship and technical mastery on their own, with minimal or no help from the teacher. For me, it is necessary that my students understand the musical interpretation as much as they are able to play the piece technically. Whether they are an advanced, intermediate, or a beginner student, the main goal should be the music.
Piano lessons were always enjoyable for me and so I strive to cultivate the appreciation and enjoyment of music in my teaching. In a private one-to-one lesson, the teacher has much more flexibility to cater to each student’s individual need. I value the unique quality each student brings and cherish the opportunity to work with the student at a comfortable pace.
I believe that a solid foundation is an essential part of playing the piano. In addition to working on repertoire of various styles and genres, I stress the importance of doing technical exercises such as scales and arpeggios (etudes for advanced students) to have a better command of the keyboard. I also incorporate music theory and musicology in my teaching, as it is an important element in understanding the music that we play.
Dr. Ong has performed recitals in China, France, Malaysia, United States, and Vietnam, including a debut at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC. She specializes in 19th/20th century French music, in particular, the piano works of composer Maurice Ravel.
A sought-after educator and clinician, Dr. Ong has conducted masterclasses at colleges, universities, and music schools all around the world. As a clinician, she has presented at North Dakota Music Teachers Association State Conferences, Fargo-Moorhead Music Teachers Association, and Bismarck-Mandan Music Teacher Association. In addition, Dr. Ong has adjudicated many local and national competitions, such as Music Teachers National Association Division and State Competitions, Texas Music Teachers Association Performance Competitions, and JK Hodges Piano Competition.
In addition to performing solo and chamber recitals, she has performed Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Houston Symphony under the baton of Robert Franz and Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra (NUSO) under Victor Yampolsky. She has also performed Ravel’s Left-Hand Concerto with the Houston Civic Symphony and Symphony North of Houston. Her performances have been featured on Fox Television Network KRIV Channel-26, Chicago’s WFMT 98.7 FM – Chicago’s Classical and Folk Music radio, and Houston’s KUHA 91.7 FM radio The Front Row.