Xiaole L. offers Piano Lessons

Tutor in Irvine, CA 92614

Irvine, CA 92614


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Price starts at: $30.00

Subjects: Composition, Music Theory, Piano

Xiaole, (Shirley) an active pianist, music teacher, and composer, is a member of MTAC-Music Teachers Association California. A member of Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society, she holds a PhD in Music with many awards for academic excellence from the University of Hawaii. She has more than 30 years teaching experience and has taught piano, music theory and history from beginner to advanced levels.

She studied at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, where she polished her artistic spectrum in piano, musicology, and composition. Her teaching uses various sources, including Western classical repertoire, folk, popular music, world music, and Chinese music. She performed piano solo and chamber music in China when she was a pianist in Liaoning Provincial Opera House and on the piano faculty at Sichuan Conservatory of Music, China. She taught piano major students and played accompaniment for voice, dance and various instruments.

Currently she teaches piano and composition in her studios in Irvine, CA and serves as Chair of Senior Graduation Recital in MTAC South Coast Branch. Her students have been prizewinners in MTAC branch festivals, honor recitals, and have performed in Composers Today recitals. She has helped students develop interest and much enjoyment in music. She also can help students enter prestigious universities and become professional musicians.

  • Lesson Details *
    Lessons are designed for individual needs and goals. Each lesson can be in flexible ways to meet the student’s needs.

For example, for a beginner student, a lesson introduces the basic ideas of hand position, body posture, game-like rhythm drills and simple song-like pieces.

For elementary and intermediate students, lessons start from warm up techniques. Then they play carefully selected pieces according to the student’s interest. The favorite pieces may be Christmas Carols, Kuhlau’s Sonatinas and Beethoven’s Fur Elise. Advanced students learn to play Mozart and Beethoven Sonatas, and Chopin’s Waltz and Polonaises. Some students learn to compose their music while applying music theory elements.
Some students like to learn pieces for their school events or community events (church hymns) or download pieces from internet. The teacher is willing to help students play many pieces to enrich their music life.

  • Studio Equipment *
    A Grand Piano in a large room, that can seat 20 more people for
    a studio recital or masterclass.

An upright piano for young children or students who like to play in
a comfortable setting.

A board posting studio news and music festival winners’ photos.

Chairs and tables for students doing their theory worksheets or
sofas for parents to observe the lesson.

Learning tools, such as writing board for music notes, flash cards, and metronome for counting rhythm. Students like to use the toy-like percussion instruments, such as castanet and shaker to clap and count beats.

Children Piano pedal.

  • Specialties *
    Early childhood piano lessons for 4 to 7 year old children.

Preparing piano performance for recitals, music festivals, Classical/ Romantic Showcases, competitions for intermediate and advanced students.

Teaching composition for MTAC ‘s Composers Today Recital.

Using technology, notation software, iMovie and iTune software, and the internet.

Child Ages:
3 weeks - 17 years
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Date: September 15, 1982 – July 15, 1984
School: Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Degree: Advanced Diploma
Description: Piano Performance

Date: June 15, 1993 – December 15, 2003
School: University of Hawaii
Degree: Masters degree and Ph.D in Music
Description: Piano, Musicology, Composition


Date: May 15, 2004
Name: Music Teachers National Association
Description: The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.


Date: October 15, 1969 – December 15, 1979
Organization: Liaoning Provincial Opera House, China
Title: Pianist
Description: Performing piano solo and accompaniment for instruments, voice,
and dance.

Date: January 15, 1980 – June 15, 1991
Organization: Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Chengdu, China
Title: Piano Lecturer
Description: Teaching piano major students in intermediate level and college level. Playing accompaniment for instruments for competitions and exams. Played accompaniment for winners in 1982 Shanghai Flute Competition. winner violinists in the 1984 China’s National Violin Competition.


Date: August 15, 2001
Authority: National Guild of Piano Teachers, United States of America.
Name: National Piano-Playing Auditions: Honor Roll Certificate of Guild Teachers
Description: This Certifies that Xiaole L. has successfully prepared piano pupils for entry in the National Piano Playing Auditions and is entitled to receive this certificate from the National Guild of Piano Teachers, United States of America.

Date: August 15, 1998
Authority: National Guild of Piano Teachers, USA
Name: National Piano-Playing Auditions: Honor Roll of Guild Teachers
Description: Same as the 2001 Certificate of National Honor Roll of Guild Teachers

Date: December 15, 2016
Authority: Fields Piano—Home of Stainway
Name: Recognition that Xiaole Li Played Horowitz’s Piano on Dec. 8, 2016.
Description: Xiaole Li Played the Legendary Steinway & Sons Piano CD-503 Belonging to Steinway Artist Immortal Vladimir Horowitz. This Piano
was owned by Horowitz for over four decades and was his Exclusive Tour Piano for the Last Four Year of his life, Including his Triumphant Return to Moscow in 1986.


Date: May 15, 2014
Authority: MTAC
Name: 3rd Place in 2014 Composers Today MTAC California State Contest
Description: Xiaole L’s piece “Fantasia Espanola” won the third place in Division 7 (teaching piece) of 2014 Composers Today State Contest.


Language: English, Mandarin.
Proficiency: Professional Proficiency


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