B.A. (Music and Studio Art) Wesleyan College; M.M. (Piano Performance) UNC-Greensboro; M.M. (Accompanying) UNC-Greensboro; D.M.A (Piano Performance) University of Southern California
An internationally active performer and teacher, Dr. Gan's professional engagements have brought her to eleven countries on three continents, with diverse assignments that span from the inner city neighborhoods of Los Angeles to New York's iconic Carnegie Hall. As a scholar, she has presented and published research for the College Music Society, Society for Ethnomusicology, the Harvard East Asian Studies Conference, among others. In 2015, Dr. Gan was selected by NerdScholar.com in the "40 Under 40" list of the best young professors in the U.S. In 2017, she was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award by the United Methodist Board of Education. She speaks fluent English, Mandarin, and German.
Dr. Gan's areas of interest and expertise include ergonomic piano technique, vocal and instrumental accompanying, improvisation, fusion, and the role of music in society and community.
"I want to help my students become technically adept musicians, but also well-rounded individuals and productive world citizens through the study of music. I teach them to use the piano as a means to interact and communicate effectively in the context of their career and avocational goals."
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