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Esther Chung Marks

Port Jefferson Station NY | 11776

About me

Esther Chung Marks received a Rotary Foundation Scholarship to study at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria. She holds a Master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor's degree with distinction from the University of Redlands in California, both in piano performance. She has performed in masterclasses with Oleg Maisenberg, Oxana Yablonskaya, Jose Feghali, John Perry and Emanuel Ax. Ms. Marks studied privately with Edna Golandsky, the leading exponent of the work of Dorothy Taubman, founder of an approach to piano technique that gives pianists tools to solve technical problems and avoid injury, requirements for unleashing one's musical potential.

Some of Ms. Marks' numerous honors include prizes in the Fresno Philharmonic Young Artists Awards, Oklahoma Symphony Concerto Competition, Peninsula Symphony Young Artists Awards, and membership in Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Kappa Phi. She has appeared in solo and chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and in New York at Lincoln Center, Staller Center for the Arts, Oyster Bay Distinguished Artists Series, Federal Hall National Memorial, and many concert series on Long Island.

Ms. Marks was the pianist for the North Shore Pro Musica chamber ensemble for 11 concert seasons. She remains very active as a soloist and versatile collaborative pianist for instrumental and vocal performances, auditions, recordings and musicals. In 2013, she had the privilege of accompanying a master class presented by world-renowned violinist Midori. In 2014 she was invited to perform solo recitals for the Triad Concert Series in Stony Brook and the Shigeru Concert Series at Frank and Camille's Pianos in Huntington, New York. Her recitals featured works by Beethoven, Muczynski, Debussy, Diemer and Khachaturian.

Ms. Marks is an experienced and dedicated teacher and has been on the faculty of Usdan Center for Creative and Performing Arts and the Pre-College Chamber Music Program at the University at Stony Brook. Many of her students have been top prizewinners in competitions, and consistently receive the highest ratings in National Guild Auditions (Superior and Superior+), The Royal Conservatory Music (RCM) Assessments (High Honors with Distinction, Center and State Awards), and New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Auditions. Ms. Marks' students have performed in solo recitals, concerti with orchestra, master classes with prominent teachers, and have been accepted to well-known music festivals and conservatories, including the Juilliard School, Eastman, and the Manhattan School of Music.

Over the last several years, over a dozen of her students have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space and the Baruch Concert Hall in New York City as winners of the Concert Festival International Competition in solo performances, solo recitals and concerto performances with orchestra. Students have received Honorable Mention in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, and were chosen by audition to perform with pianist Lang Lang at the Tillis Center in October 2014 as part of his "101 Pianists" Program.

Ms. Marks serves as an adjudicator for the National Piano Guild and Chairperson of the Eastern Suffolk audition center. She has served as President, Vice President and librarian of the Suffolk Piano Teachers Foundation. As a clinician, she has made well-received presentations on topics such as "Technique for Beginners" and "Artistry and Expression". Ms. Marks maintains a highly sought-after studio of private students on the north shore of Long Island, New York.

Specialties

I feel one of the most important motivational and strategic tools in teaching is choice of repertoire. If a student is captivated by the music, their willingness to work will be sustained by their interest. I believe I have good instincts for finding the kinds of pieces that motivate my students while allowing them to blossom and shine.

I offer my students multiple opportunities for public performance in recitals, masterclasses and competitions. Many of my students' parents through the years have been musicians themselves, and I arrange ensemble playing within the family and the studio through duets and trios. Every spring, my students perform their repertoire for senior residents in an assisted living center. It is a wonderful experience for the audience to enjoy young people sharing their gifts of music, and a valuable opportunity for my students to gain performance experience. It teaches them how to focus in a different environment despite various distractions, and that playing can bring others much encouragement, healing and joy.

I feel I have an insider's understanding of studying the piano, because I also instruct my own two children.

Lesson details

I believe that studying music is essential to a well-rounded education, developing the intellect, emotions, physical coordination and self-discipline. In particular, I think that piano study is among the finest extracurricular activities parents can provide for their children, and that adults can pursue for themselves.

Piano students learn to use their small muscles to execute precise, intricate movements. Through careful study of music, attention to details and preparation for performance, students develop concentration, perseverance, poise, the ability to perform under pressure, and many other personal qualities that benefit them for years to come, no matter their eventual vocation. Piano study is an investment in the future, as students develop a skill that will provide them with personal fulfillment and enjoyment for the rest of their lives.

Though my goal isn’t to produce concert pianists, some of my students have gone on to professional careers in music, and have been prizewinners in local and international competitions. Most continue to play recreationally.

I am interested in giving my students comprehensive skills to play the piano with inspiration, enjoyment, musical understanding, independence, physical ease and confidence. I try to engage and maintain my students’ interest with a variety of repertoire and musical styles, building on their strengths while challenging them to reach their full potential through thoughtful and disciplined practice. As a pianist who performs professionally, I share with my students firsthand knowledge of effective practice, rehearsal and performing techniques.

Private lessons are supplemented with fun, game-based group classes offered at no additional cost on topics such as "Artistry and Expression", "Practice Strategies", "Technique: Dos and Don'ts", "Musical Terms and Key Signatures". My younger students in particular look forward to the music games we play, and eagerly ask about the next group classes!

I am passionate about teaching and enjoy seeing my students grow as musicians and individuals! One of the greatest compliments a colleague gave me years ago was that I had given their former student, who had lost interest in piano, a true gift, which was a love of music.

I am thankful for the gift of music, and I feel privileged to impart that gift through piano lessons.

Skills taught:

Musicianship, Interpretation, Technique, Music Theory, Sight Reading, Ear Training, Harmonization, Analysis, Transposition, Improvisation, Ensemble Playing and Memorization.
Preparation for performance in public recitals, competitions, auditions, festivals, NYSSMA, Royal Conservatory Music (RCM) Assessments and ​National Guild Auditions.

Education and Accreditation

Bachelor and Master of Music in Piano Performance with Distinction (University of Redlands, CA, University of Texas at Austin, TX)
Rotary Scholar to the Hochschule fur Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria
Study at Aspen Music Festival
Private study with Edna Golandsky, the Taubman Technique, Miyoko Lotto
Masterclasses with Oleg Maisenberg, Jose Feghali, John Perry, Oxana Yablonskaya, Emanuel Ax

Member, Adjudicator, Chairperson for American College of Musicians, National Piano Guild
Founding Member, Royal Conservatory Music Development Program
Certified in Yamaha Music Education System

Member, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society
Member, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Testimonials

“I can honestly say you seem to be one of the finest teachers using this audition center and would rank near the top...

Experience

more than 20 years

Rates

$60 & up

Availability

Monday 9am - 9pm
Tuesday 9am - 9pm
Wednesday 9am - 9pm
Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday 9am - 9pm
Saturday N/A - N/A
Sunday N/A - N/A

Teaching location

Teachers Studio

Genre

Chamber Music
Classical
Contemporary
Improvisation
Modern
Performance

Methods

Royal Conservatory of Music
Rote Method
Yamaha Method

Instruments and Subjects

pedagogy
piano
theory – analysis
theory – harmony
theory – rudiments

Levels taught

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Type of students

Children
Young Adults
Adults

Languages

English
German

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