“Music gives a soul meaning”

Hi my name is Evelyn. I came to Australia when I was 17 and have lived in most Australian cities. I am very proud to call Ballarat my home at this stage of my life. I feel Ballarat is one of the most beautiful Australian city. My music studio is located in Wendouree, 5 minutes drive from the Wendouree shopping centre. The music subjects I teach are piano/ keyboard, guitar, violin, singing and music theory.

I have 2 music degrees from 2 major Australian universities and with more than 20 years’ teaching experience my past students (in Sydney and Melbourne) often won Eisteddfods and achieved good results in AMEB and ABRSM exams. As an accompanist I have helped exam candidates, eisteddfod winners. I have also performed as a soloist and with other professional singers/ instrumentalists.

I believe in the potential of each student whether young or old. It is never too late to enjoy music and enjoy playing. Music is also a wonderful tool for stimulating the brain at any age. It is often the best tool to express the unspoken emotion too. As essence of human experience, music relates to many parts of our lives. This is why i don’t hesitate to explain it in many other forms to my students such as nature, painting, dance, architecture and even mathematics. This world will be very dull without music.

I hold a strong belief that performance practise is an extremely important part of a students development as a musician and performer. Being a committee member of Music Society of Victoria students are encouraged to join and take part in the musical concert which takes place 4 times a year. This will give students an opportunity  to share the pieces they have been working on and to perform in front of their family and friends.  This helps student develop their confidence and presentation skills.

Although performing can be challenging for some adult learners I still encourage them to join the workshop I organise. Music is often about sharing our lovely experience with others, not so much about comparing oneself with others. A good teacher will help the students feel comfortable about themselves and affirm their achievement as good musician, at any age.

Evelyn Liu – Bio

Evelyn Liu was awarded distinction for A.Mus.A. (Associate of Music, Australia) in 1991, before she commenced bachelor of music degree at Queensland University where she studied piano performance with Pamela Page and Bevan Crabtree. She also studied composition with Dr.Phillip Bracânin and was the French horn player of the brass ensemble of the music department.

In 2004, Evelyn Liu participated the Oxfordmusica Festival in Oxford and studied with Piers Lane and Gerard Robbins. Evelyn has also taken Post- graduate course at Australian Institute and received a Graduate Diploma on Classical Piano Performance. In 2008 Evelyn Liu completed a Master of Music Studies degree at Melbourne University .

Evelyn Liu was a piano/ music teacher for ‘ the selected music talents’ class in primary and high schools in Taiwan. Her students have demonstrated top results in exams. Her Classroom teaching experience has covered the subjects of Theory, Aural training, Sight singing & Music appreciation. She also had 2 years’ experience teaching children of 3 to 7 years old using Orff and Kodály methods.

In Sydney, Evelyn’s students has performed well in exams (AMEB, ABRSM, Trinity etc ) , eisteddfods and festivals. Due to her teaching success, Evelyn was referred by ABRSM as suitable for teaching Grade 8 piano. In Sydney, from 2001 to 2006, Evelyn’s student were prize winners of festivals and Eisteddfods .( photos are in website: missliu.net.) In 2001 two students were awarded the third prize of  “2001 Junior Music Festival” conducted by NSW Music Teachers’ Association. In 2002, two students were the prizewinners of Ryde Eisteddfod, NSW. Evelyn was also an accomplished and experienced accompanist , violinists accompanied by Evelyn Liu won the first prizes of Eisteddfods in NSW e.g. Parramatte Eisteddfod in 2002, Ryde Eisteddfod in 2005, 2006.

As a pianist, Evelyn has been involved with concerts performing as a soloist (e.g. for ‘ Australian Musicians’ Academy ‘) and as an accompanist for singers of  ‘Opera Australia‘. She has performed for the “Young Artists Concert” in Brisbane City Hall. In 2006 she and her students gave a concert in the Dougherty Community Centre in Chatswood, NSW.

Evelyn has sung in Melbourne Chamber Choir and Geelong Chorale.