Emily Lau maintains an independent teaching studio at her home in Metuchen, NJ. She also teaches on the faculty of the New School for Music Study, which is the laboratory school of The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy.
Her students regularly participate in performance events both inside and outside of her studio. In 2015, one of her students performed in an honors recital at Carnegie Hall for receiving the State Certificate of Excellence from the Royal Conservatory Examinations Program.
My goal as a piano teacher is to equip my students with the necessary musical tools that enable them to play the piano with ease, expressivity, and pleasure, so that they can always be readily able to share their love of music with friends and family.
I aim to teach my students to become independent musical thinkers, who will eventually be able to approach unfamiliar music on their own. I hope that the knowledge I share with my students will help them become confidently independent musicians, who will be able to continue to play and love music long after they stop taking lessons.
Piano skills require a long-term investment of dedication, discipline, and love. Talent helps a little, but success mostly comes from persistent hard work.
As a general guideline, one to three years of dedicated study are needed to achieve a beginning level of piano playing. Two to four years are needed for the intermediate levels. Exceptionally hardworking students may progress faster, and less dedicated students may take up to many years longer.
Early advanced technique and repertoire may require a few additional years to be introduced to the especially studious students. After that, higher levels of musical artistry may take up to a lifetime to polish, refine, and enjoy for amateurs and professionals alike.
Qualifications in piano performance
- Master of Music – Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University
- Bachelor of Musical Arts – University of Michigan
- Graduate studies – Longy School of Music
- Independent piano studio instructor (2009-present)
- Faculty, New School for Music Study, Kingston, NJ (2013-present)
- Faculty, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Twin Lake, MI (2015)
- Teaching Assistant, New York Summer Music Festival, Oneonta, NY (2011)
- Music Teachers National Association
- New Jersey Music Teachers Association
- Commissioned Composer Competition Chair
- Intermediate Piano Master Class Chair
- Piano Teachers Forum of Central New Jersey
- The Royal Conservatory Examinations Program
- Founding Teacher
- Certified Specialist for Elementary, Intermediate, & Advanced Piano
- Apprentice examiner
- Member of the Year, Chicago Area Music Teacher Association (2013)
- Graduate assistantship in music theory,Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University (2010-2011)
- Scholarship fellow, Chamber Music Institute with the Chiara String Quartet, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2007, 2008)