Jackie Tu
DMA, MM, University of Southern California

"Beautiful," orchestral," and "fierce" have all been used to describe Jackie Tu’s performances.

Background Information/Experience

Jackie earned her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance in 2015, under the tutelage of Bernadene Blaha. Her areas of study were: Music Education, Arts Leadership, and Jazz Studies. She was the first recipient of the Dorothy L. Gleason Memorial Scholarship, and served as a Teaching Assistant for the Keyboard Department.

In 2014, she launched PSI (Piano Summer Intensive), a camp which aimed to inspire the love of music for “mainstream” piano students while instilling healthy habits of discipline. Originally a project for her Doctor of Musical Arts: Arts Leadership minor field, the camp has gained attention for its innovative and progressive principles.

Jackie also holds memberships in the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, Music Teachers' National Association, and Music Teachers' Association of California. She earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from USC, and also holds a minor in Business Administration.

A Southern California native, Jackie enjoys teaching privately in the Greater Los Angeles Area and as a Master Teacher at the South Pasadena Music Center and Conservatory. Her students have been recognized in competitions throughout the Southern California Region and actively participate in performances throughout the year.

Teaching Style

Jackie teaches both classical and contemporary music to her piano students. She describes her teaching style as fun and motivational, while still very structured.

Favorite Teaching Moment

Jackie regards one of the most fulfilling aspects about being a teacher as when she gets to witness a student’s joy in achieving a milestone. She loves to see students be satisfied with a recording they make or a perfectly played scale. Recently, she witnessed a student’s successful performance of the Khachaturian Toccata in a private concert in the Pacific Palisades. Jackie was able to see the student’s triumph of the performance, all expressed so clearly on his face, as well as the huge sigh of relief and shaking out of his hands after some fast playing. The growth Jackie saw in her student’s playing marked this performance as one of her favorite moments in her teaching career.

Achievements & Awards

Jackie’s achievements include recognition as a Redlands Bowl Young Artist, SYMF Young Recitalist, Bank of America Awardee in Arts, and is a prizewinner of the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. She was named Outstanding Keyboardist at the Bachelor of Music Level at the Thornton School of Music at USC and has performed at festivals in Vienna, Italy, Prague, Maine, North Carolina, Aspen, and Seattle.


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