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Ms Jessica Yuen is an experienced music educator and concert performer who has a deep passion for music and music education. She dedicated herself to contribute to music education with young children since teaching her first piano student at age 15 and has worked with over 1500 students throughout her music education career.

 

Born in Hong Kong, Jessica’s parents had to work hard to provide for the family with 3 kids. Given the choice between learning piano and buying new toys, at age 6, Jessica chose to learn piano with the goal in mind to learn to play one of his dad’s favourite songs as a thank you gift for him. Ever since then, Jessica practiced piano daily to perfect her skills. At age 13, Jessica and her family immigrated to Canada and eventually settled themselves in the beautiful city of Calgary. Upon completing her Royal conservatory Grade 8 exam, Jessica continued her Grade 10 & ARCT piano studies with Mr. Edwin Gnandt from Ambrose University and later started the violin with Mr. Ben Neumman from the Mount Royal Conservatory during her high school year. Her love of music continued to grow as she started learning violin in 1996, guzheng in 2004, and harp in 2008.

 

As a lifelong learner, Jessica obtained her Bachelor of Sociology degree concentrating in crime and deviance in 2004. She completed her Master of Business Administration concentrating on business leadership in 2011 and Master of Research with University of Liverpool, UK in 2017; Post-graduate certificate in Music Strings Teaching Pedagogy in 2018 with University of Chichester, UK. She is also a Certified Music for Young Children teacher, Certified Early Childhood Montessori Teacher, Royal Conservatory of Music Canada Advance Teaching Specialist in Piano, Violin, Theory, music History and Harmony, Post-Graduated Strings (Violin) Teaching Certified (Europe).

 

Jessica started teaching her first piano student since 1995 through private lessons. She also started her piano accompaniment performance since 1994 with choir, violinist, trumpeters & vocalists. Through word of mouth, she soon was driving all over the city to work with piano students of all ages and grades. In 2006, Jessica started her first piano studio, Viva Musica, Academy of Music and Arts in Silver Springs to share her passion for the arts with more students. She and her team of music teachers offer private piano, violin, guitar, harp, voice, and art lessons of all levels. As a certified Music for Young Children teacher, Jessica also offers parented group piano lessons to students from pre-schoolers to teenagers. Students are able to continue in a group-class setting all the way to Royal Conservatory Grade 7, using her uniquely designed curriculum. Later in 2015, Jessica became a certified Early Childhood Montessori teacher and started Viva Musica at a second location in Royal Oak, expanding her music education programs by offering pre-school music programs with Montessori approach and music programs for babies and toddlers and European artistic inspired music curriculum - MuseKids Musica to further enhance and share her music pedagogy knowledge. www.musekids.ca

 

Her love for the sound of resonating strings and oriental music motivated her to learn guzheng after finishing her Bachelor Degree. Since 2007, Jessica has been learning guzheng with Dr. Lun Lun Zou who lives in Hong Kong via Skype lessons. 

 

In addition to her involvement in music education, Jessica is also an international concert Pianist and Guzhengist. As an active music performer, Jessica had produced and performed Piano, Guzheng and Voice at the Resonated String: A Guzheng & Harp Concert in Calgary, MRU Bella Concert Hall, July 24, 2016. Vice –consul General Gao Zhen Ting presented his greetings at the concert as well as Mayor Naheed Nenshi sent in his video greetings for the concert. Jessica was also the Fusion Piano & Guzheng performer at the Enmax Butterfly Conservatory, 6 weeks long lantern event Illuminasia at the Calgary Zoo in the Fall 2016. World renowned Guzheng artist, Dr Lun Lun Zou, along with Master Erhuist Guo Gan invited Jessica as their piano accompanist for their Japan concert tour, Beau Soir Japan 2016.  In addition to her role as a piano accompanist to the Chinese and Japanese traditional and contemporary music, she also took the role of a voice and guzheng coach for the guest performers during the tour.  Attendees of the concert tour included former Japanese Prime Minister Mr & Mrs Yukio Hatoyama, Chinese Ambassador Mr & Mrs Cheng Yonghua, as well as different media group such as CCTV Beijing China, Tazhou Zhoukan, people.cnnews.cn, the mirror.com.cn, etc.

Attendees of the concert tour included former Japanese Prime Minister Mr & Mrs Yukio Hatoyama, Chinese Ambassador Mr & Mrs Cheng Yonghua, as well as different media group such as CCTV Beijing China, Tazhou Zhoukan, people.cn, news.cn, the mirror.com.cn, etc.

 

In addition to her involvement in music education, Jessica is also an international concert Pianist, Violinist and Guzhengist. As an active music performer, Jessica had produced and performed Piano, Guzheng and Voice at the Resonated String: A Guzheng & Harp Concert in Calgary, MRU Bella Concert Hall, July 24, 2016. Vice –consul General Gao Zhen Ting presented his greetings at the concert as well as Mayor Naheed Nenshi sent in his video greetings for the concert. Jessica was also the Fusion Piano & Guzheng performer at the Enmax Butterfly Conservatory, 6 weeks long lantern event Illuminasia at the Calgary Zoo in the Fall 2016. World renowned Guzheng artist, Dr Lun Lun Zou, along with Master Erhuist Guo Gan invited Jessica as their piano accompanist for their Japan concert tour, Beau Soir Japan 2016.

 

In 2017, Jessica will be travelling for numerous music performance events, such as adjudication in Music Festival in Hong Kong, Hong Kong-China 20th year celebration concert on July 1.

 

There are more music involvements coming up in 2018. She will be producing and recording an Erhu (Chinese two strings violin) and Piano Album with a world renowned Musician, Master Guo Gan, who had performed in KungFu Panda 3 and the recipient of ​2015 French Order of Arts and Letters. She will also be producing and performing two concerts with Master Guo in Calgary: May 27, 2018 at the Calgary Zoo – Meet the Pandas & the KungFu Panda Erhu Master Concert Gala, and October 20, 2018, Guo Gan’s New Silk Road Series, Erhu Jazz Harp Piano Concert at the Bella Concert Hall, MRU.

 

Her personal musician website: jessicayuen.ca or Facebook @musicajessica

With her love of music and passion for music education and international music performance, Jessica strives to continue providing excellent music education programs and music inspiration to her students and sets high expectations for them by reflecting and being inspired from her experience as a pianist, violinist, guzhengist and a lifelong learner. Recently in March 2017, she had been appointed as Professor of Music Pedagogy –Western Music, at the International Academy of Musical Arts, Hong Kong, actively working with various music teachers enriching their music teaching experience internationally.

 

Her connection between her research in Business Administration and Music Education benefit the community. Her role as a scholar-practitioner in music allows her to share her analytical thinking to her parents and students everyday in the music classes. She actively shares her passion for Music and Business with her Academy teachers, parents and students at our Music Academy and internationally. 

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