Dr. June Chang has experiences working with students of all levels with different backgrounds. Her experiences encompass both College and pre-college teaching. With “student-centered” in mind, she has flexible teaching methods to engage every student according to their needs and interests with variety of music styles. Dr. Chang likes to incorporate music theory and history into her teaching, evoke imaginations of students to make music expressive with their personal experiences. She is also a firm believer about developing the correct posture and proper technique early on. She is professional, patient, and believes communication and cooperation between parents, students and teacher is the key to success. Her students have gained State, National recognitions. Check student achievement for more information.
A native of Taiwan, Dr. June (Chun-Chi), Chang received her Master of Music with Performance Scholarship at Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Van Cliburn International Piano Competition winner - Antonio, Pampa-Baldi. In 2008, June was awarded a teaching assistantship to study her doctoral degree with the Artist Director of International Piano e-Competition - Alexander Braginsky at the University of Minnesota. She finished her DMA in 2012.
Dr. Chang is a member of Minnesota Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association. She was invited as one of the adjudicators for Thursday Musical and Schubert Club Regional Competitions in 2016 and 2017, served on MMTA contest list committee chair in 2015 and has prepared her students passing comprehensive piano & theory exams, winning state, national and international recognitions, participating community outreach activities and solo/chamber concerts. Her solo studio has served students from Edina, St. Louis Park, Eden Prairie, Plymouth, and Minnetonka for many years.
In addition to teaching, June is also an active solo and chamber musician in numerous cities and venues in United States and Taiwan. Her recent appearances also include performances at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in NYC, collaboration with Minnesota Public Radio in Fitzgerald Theater, concerts in Sundin Music Hall, St Paul landmark Center, and Macphail Antonello Hall in Minnesota.
Peng Jin is a professional pianist from China. During that time, he won the first prize of 17-19 years old adolescent group China division in ninth Chopin International Piano Competition (Golden Ring). He subsequently won the first prize of advanced Chinese music works in the No. 18 Hong Kong-Asia Open Competition. In 2015, he won the second prize in the 7th U.S. United Young Musician International Piano Competition, and he joined the member of American Beacon Artists Association. In 2017, he has also won the third prize in the Asian Music Competition, and won the first prize of piano in No. 8 Asia Pacific International Arts Festival, and won the title of Art Nova. In 2021, he won the third place in the King’s Peak International Music Competition.
As a piano instructor, he has 6 years experience of one-to-one piano teaching in China and the U.S. He has developed creative ways to introduce the musical concepts and technologies to his students of all ages. Now, he is one of the excellent piano teachers working at Minnesota International Chinese School and June Chang Piano Studio.
He earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Tianjin Conservatory of Music, from 2013 through 2017. He also earned a Master Music Degree in Piano Performance at Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2020. Mr. Jin is currently studying for a University of Minnesota Doctor of Musical Arts program, under Professor Paul Shaw. He is also studying the harpsichord performance for his secondary major, under Professor Dean Billmeyer.
Ivy Yu has studied piano with Dr. Chang for seven years and will continue to pursue Piano and Economics at University of Minnesota. She is professional organized, patient and passionate about working with young kids. She teaches beginning theory at June Chang Piano Studio and assists with online coaching.
Ivy's life is filled with lots of music activities and she loves it. She has performed with Dr. Chang, toured with Mounts View high school orchestra to Europe and also a member of MYS. She is awarded with superior rating at the MSHSL State-Section Music Contest-Festival in three consecutive years. She has also served as teaching assistant at Moundsview Elementary Shool's summer orchestra for three years. At the same time she also teaches group and private lessons at a violin studio.