Alexsandra Hsiao • Piano Instructor
Alexsandra Hsiao is a pianist and teacher. She completed her master’s degree in piano performance under the guidance of Dr. William Goldenberg at the NIU School of Music, where she was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. Previously, she completed her Bachelor's Degree at the University of Sao Paulo under Dr. Eduardo Monteiro, who is considered one of the great pianists in Brazilian classical piano history.
Growing up in Brazil, she won several piano solo competitions at a very young age and has been teaching private piano lessons to students of different ages and backgrounds. This has allowed her to learn and build solid piano teaching skills as well as cultivate a positive teaching personality. Two experiences that she valued and enjoyed immensely were teaching at a Portuguese-Chinese school where she taught Chinese students ages 5 to 10 years old, and working as a teaching assistant at NIU, where she taught music to undergraduate students in group class settings.
Alexsandra’s objective in the piano lessons is having the student develop various musical skills such as listening, playing, technique, theory, ensemble playing and of course preparing them for recitals and performances.
Alexsandra has also conducted church choir for about five years and worked as a piano accompanist in choirs, ensembles, and performances. She was the rehearsal accompanist for the Opera Theatre at the NIU School of Music as well as the harpsichord player for the performances.