Mr. Kent C. Tchii
Piano Teacher, Parent
Kent C. Tchii, after graduating with a B. A. in Piano Performance major and Vocal minor from the prestigious Department of Music at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), Taipei, Taiwan, he taught at Catholic Hsiao-Min Girls Junior & High School in Tai-Chung and served at ROC Marine Corp and transferred to National Defense Department Symphony Orchestra consequently before he left the country.
Having fulfilled his obligatory teaching responsibility as a graduate of NTNU, he went on to study with professor Horst Leichtfried at Conservatory of Music and Drama Arts in Vienna, Austria before he relocated to the States. In addition to Leichtfried, Kent also studied with Roy Bogas, Ho-Hui Lin, En Wang, Arlene Woehl and Bobby Wong.
He holds a Teaching Certificate of Suzuki Piano Method and three Masters Degrees of Music in Piano Performance, Piano Pedagogy and Piano Pedagogy with Suzuki Method Emphasis from Holy Names University (HNU).
He has been teaching piano since early 1980s. Kent and his wife Mei-Ling Tchii run the Tchii’s Piano School of Music in Alameda. He is also on the faculty at Preparatory Music Department of Holy Names University in Oakland. During this time, Kent also served as the Music Director of the Preparatory Music Department, HNU between 1998 and 2007.
Besides being active on the Branch Board of the Directors in the Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) Alameda County Branch since 1991, Kent also served on the MTAC State Board of Directors from 2005 to 2013. He also served as co-president of the Suzuki Music Association of California—Bay Area Piano Branch between 2011 and 2013. He remains on the Board of this branch and the chair of the annual Fall Piano Graduation Concert. Currently, he is the president of Alameda County Branch, MTAC. In addition, Kent is a member of the Chinese Music Teachers’ Association of Northern California which he also served as one of the Board of Directors between 2010 and 2015.
Kent’s philosophy in teaching music focuses on student’s performances with integrated solo and ensemble repertoire. His students routinely explore and perform not only Suzuki repertoire and standard classical masterpieces but also branch out to vast varieties of different genre, like Jazz, Ragtime, Blues, New Age, and Pop music. Furthermore, his extensive repertoires for multiple-piano ensemble for 1p/4h to as many as 12p/44h have been constantly enjoyed by his students from beginning level to advanced college level. Their semi annual Multiple Piano Ensemble Concerts are held at Holy Names University in February and June. The performances have been enthusiastically raved frequently by the audiences.
In 2002, his students performed an exuberant and memorable All Ten Grand Pianos Concert at the Regents’ Theatre, Valley Center for the Performing Arts, HNU. The Red and White Teams of their 5-piano ensembles debuted at the 2008 MTAC State Convention in Riverside, CA, and have been presenting many sensational performances in every MTAC State Convention since then. You may discover more of their performances on the YouTube Channel “Pno Ens”.
Each year, the Tchii’s students and families enjoyed their motto of “Play Hard and Play Harder” by engaging many sorts of extra-curriculum during their breaks. Their frequent exciting activities include ATVing in Pismo Beach, rafting in Sacramento River, jet skiing in Folsom Lake, singing “Do-Re-Mi” over Hohensalzburg Fortress in Salzburg, climbing medieval castle walls in Rotherburg, Germany, and skiing black-diamond slopes in Lake Tahoe Mountains. Like Schubert’s “Wanderer Fantasy”, Kent loves wandering in his yearly travels in Europe. He often takes his families, friends and students to share his passion of traveling. In 2007, he took his Studio families of 17 members roaming Austria and Germany of “Tour de Music” for 17 days. He is considering recap that again in the near future.