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Joo Park is a composer and pianist. She seeks to write music that explores the dual nature of existence: simple and complex, obsessive and impulsive, serious and humorous, and tonal and atonal. She wants to create music that combines fascinating musical traditions, such as tonality and counterpoint, with her approach to timbre, chords, fast-changing meters, and texture. She intends to create music that is positive and easy to listen to, and yet intellectual.
Park is the author of the book Musical Creativity in Composition and Improvisation, published by Springer. Her CD, Passionate Message, published by Silkheart, contains six of her compositions and piano performances. Park's recent piano performances include Alban Berg’s Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, and Francis Poulenc’s sextet, directed by John Heiss. Her compositions have been performed in the U.S., Korea, and Europe, and have won competitions including the Joseph Dorfman Memorial Composer's Competition and the Beethoven Club contest.
"I believe that music education goes well when the knowledge is recognized and practiced in performance. I focus on helping my students understand an entire theme of how music theory, composition, and performance work together to become better musicians. I also value learning with a great attitude as music operates in a collaborative manner."
"I believe that having respectful, honest, and kind attitudes are as important as getting good grades to be successful as a musician. Love and patience are the cores of my teaching philosophy. I make a class that is warm, bright, and forgiving in that students have a chance to fix and make things right in their learning process. I hope my students learn how to pursue their dreams in a way that works."