"It took me three years to really understand what I was playing, before that, everything was torture from my tiger dad.
And that is the absolute avoidance in my piano teaching.
Everybody likes music, and everybody can appreciate music. With proper training, the enjoyment and apprericiation could be magnified zillions of times. Here are some principles in my teaching:
MUSICALLY, it's very important to develop sense of rhythm, pitch and tone from the beginning of piano lessons. Technique is an essential part of piano lessons too, but never to the excessive or boring extent. Also ear training, sight reading, and collaborative piano (e.g. four hands with the teacher) are integrated in lessons too.
OTHER THINGS, we talk about music. We talk about the composors of the pieces we play, the background the music was written and how we feel about. Then we talk about what we hear every day too, if you like Taylor Swift or Maroon Five. Maybe students want to play a star wars song - I cannot be more thrilled. We need to feel the music in everyday life to be a real musician."
Besides teaching privately, Lesi was thrilled to joined the San Diego Piano Academy in 2020 as an Artistic faculty. Lesi a STEINWAY certified teacher, where at her own studio, she teaches on a golden-era Steinway L.
"Incredible musicians don’t always translate into being amazing teachers (same as doctors, sometimes the greatest test takers have the worst bedside manner and perform poorly clinically). We got extremely lucky to have her teaching our daughter. Lesi's teaching abilities and style match her incredible talent as a pianist - and this makes her uniquely special and incredibly hard to find."
-- Vi B. Parent of an 11-year-old student, 2020
"Lesi is a patient teacher who I'm very fortunate to be taking lessons from. I'm sure any students of hers would say the same. My playing and technique has drastically improved and will continue to do so as I plan on taking lessons with her as long as I can."
-- Caleb R. Adult student, 2017
"We've had Lesi since the beginning of this year and we're seeing a huge improvement in my sons' piano skills! She's very patient and yet, able to keep the boys moving at a good pace in their lessons. The boys enjoy playing and I don't need to push them for practice. That's a big change! We're very happy with Ms. Lesi's lessons."
-- Mei Z. Parent of two 9-year-old students, 2018
"I have been taking lessons from Lesi for about 6 months now. My goal was to improve my technique and musicality as I was restarting to play piano after a long break.
Lesi is patient, easy going, and very supportive. She listens to my concerns and is able to provide great feedback. She has been able to pin-point things in my playing that I was oblivious to. She also was able to give me very specific exercises for improving sections I struggled with in the pieces I was learning. As far as technique goes, I have improved a lot due to Lesi's help.
Lesi is also very attentive to musicality. She has a lot of experience with the different musical styles of the classical era. For many of the pieces I learn, she always explains the background, musical style, historical events around the piece and composer, and points out the important features of the piece. She also describes which techniques should be used to accurately express the musicality intended by the composer.
Lesi is pleasant to talk to. She gives out great analogies when trying to understand specific concepts relating to piano playing. She also has cool personal stories that provide great insights. She is an amazing player and is obviously very passionate about piano playing.
Overall, I've had a very good experience learning from Lesi and I vouch for her."
-- David S. Adult student, 2015
"Lesi is a talented pianist. My two children have been with her for over a year now. She is a great teacher and very patient with the students."
-- Melody G. Parent of 2 students aged 10 and 8 years, 2015