Teaching Artist Statement
Music is an art, as is teaching. Understanding the complexities of both and being able to communicate that in ways that foster and create curiosity, discovery and lifelong appreciation for the arts in students drives my teaching. Each student has his or her own way of learning; using skills-based teaching, I teach for understanding, musicality, and expressivity while at the same time maintaining structured progress with a dose of fun and creativity thrown in. The process is the journey which is itself the reward.
Margaret Li received her performance diploma from the Juilliard School, studying with Jane Carlson. She studied with Lois Shapiro at Wellesley College where she was awarded the Billings Performance Award upon graduation. At Michigan State University, she pursued both her MM and DMA degrees in Piano Performance, where she studied with Yong Hi Moon. She joined SSC in 2000 as part of the piano faculty and then as part of the theory department. She also serves as co-chair to Faculty Council. Recognizing the need for integrated theory and music lessons, she has made it her mission to learn and put into practice theory acquisition and aural skills at all levels. Students ultimately should be able to hear or pick up a piece of music and have the confidence using the tools they have learned to discover the music on their own. Her work through the Advanced Placement program enabled SSC to be officially recognized by The College Board. In addition to teaching piano, she continues to explore ways to make theory an active part of today’s young musician’s lives.
Margaret Li received her performance diploma from the Juilliard School, studying with Jane Carlson. She studied with Lois Shapiro at Wellesley College where she was awarded the Billings Performance Award. At Michigan State University, she pursued both her MM and DMA degrees in Piano Performance, where she studied with Yong Hi Moon. Margaret was an award recipient in the biannual Lansing Matinee Musicale piano competition as well as the Ben and Karlene Salon Memorial Music Scholarship. She has presented her research on the duet music of Franz Schubert in Vienna at a national workshop sponsored by The College Music Society. She continues this interest by actively studying and performing this repertoire with her sister and duo partner, Edwina.