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Hyae-jin Hwang

OAC B008

Hyae-jin Hwang

Lecturer in Piano Pedagogy

Hyae-jin Hwang, a native of South Korea, maintains an active profile across the United States, Europe and Asia as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician in venues such as Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall; Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, Mich.; The Ringling’s The Historic Asolo Theater in Sarasota, Fla.; and the Royal Palace of Caserta, Italy. Hwang recently recorded William Horne's Bagatelles for Alto Saxophone and Piano for Blue Griffin Records, scheduled for release in 2018.

Hwang has won many competitions including top prizes in the Los Angeles Liszt International Competition, the Artist Series of the Sarasota Music Competition, the Byrd Memorial Ensemble Competition and multiple awards from the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist.

Her passion for teaching has led her to serve as a graduate instructor at the University of Michigan during her M.M. and D.M.A. studies, teaching class piano to university music majors, and private lessons for music and non-music majors. She has served in the Piano Preparatory Laboratory Program at the University of Michigan, teaching pre-collegiate private students, group classes and masterclasses. Hwang has also taught at the Piano Academy of Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Mich., as an instructor of group piano classes and masterclasses for pre-collegiate students. She has served as adjudicator for the Steinway Piano Society Young Artist Piano Competition, and National Federation of Music Clubs.

Hwang received both master’s and doctoral degrees in piano pedagogy and performance from the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Logan Skelton and John Ellis. While pursuing her graduate studies she received full tuition scholarships as well as the Joanne Smith Pedagogy Award. Hwang holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Florida Gulf Coast University, where she studied applied piano with Michael Baron and pedagogy with Joanne Smith. During this time, she was a recipient of the Hans and Erna Siebert Excellence Scholarship and the Steinway Society Scholarship. Her additional studies include masterclasses of Ralph Votapek, Joseph Kalichstein, Jon Kimura Parker and Yoshikazu Nagai, among many others.


D.M.A., University of Michigan
M.M., University of Michigan
B.A., Florida Gulf Coast University

Professional Experience

Private and group instructor in the Piano Preparatory Laboratory Program at the University of Michigan, five years, and Schoolcraft College, one year.

Class piano instructor at University of Michigan, five years.

Adjudicator for Steinway Piano Society/Florida Gulf Coast University Young Artist Piano Competition, and for National Federation of Music Clubs.


Piano Pedagogy Practicum (MUPD 4125)
Internship/Assistantship in Piano Pedagogy (MUPD 6021)

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