Teresa Yu is the Founder & Director of Amabile School of Music in San Francisco & Moraga, California. She enjoys her life-long career as a musician, an educator, an entrepreneur and a mother of two beautiful children. Ms. Yu started playing the piano since she was 5 years old and never stopped. She had gone through rigorous musical training and program in Taiwan, Japan and throughout the US where she has won several competitions including first prize at the New England Piano Teachers Association, the San Francisco Young Pianists Competition, and the Berkeley Piano Club Competition, and the first prize in Mu Phi Epsilon Competition. Ms. Yu has performed the Bach Double Piano Concerto in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory of Music and Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. As the winner of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Concerto Competition, she performed Saint-saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Conservatory Orchestra. She was invited to perform the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with Symphony of the Redwoods and the Liszt Piano concerto No. 1 with Redwood Symphony. She performed in many masterclasses that were conducted by world-famous artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Stephan Hough, Murray Perahia and more. She was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as a part of the Conservatory Project. She also participated in Music@Menlo International Music Festival as a chamber music institute coach and the judge of Chopin Competition in San Francisco and the Hawai'i State Music Competition. Between 2010 to 2012, Ms. Yu toured Europe and America with her piano trio, The Aleron Trio, and gave numerous outstanding performances to people from all over the world. Previous teaching experiences including Notre Dome de Victoires, West Portal Lutheran, Old Mill School, and the Nueva School. Ms. Yu has earned her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance and the prestigious Artist Certificate in Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied with Professor Paul Hersh.
Dr. Ethan Lin earned his Master of Music degree in Percussion Studies from New York University and Professional Studies Diploma degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with the prestigious principal percussion of the San Francisco Symphony, Jack Van Geem. In 2015, Dr. Lin earned his doctoral degree in Percussion Performance from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied with Ricardo Flores and William Moersch. Specializing in marimba playing, his doctoral thesis is on the unique six-mallet marimba techniques in selected works.
Dr. Lin’s concerto experiences include Alfred Reed’s Concertino for Marimba and Ming-Shong Li’s Chinese Drum Concerto with the school orchestras in Taiwan (2005 and 2007). As a soloist, he has performed numerous recitals and has been active in orchestra and ensemble performances. Recently, he was invited to perform Steve Reich's marimba ensemble work, Six Marimbas, with the San Francisco Symphony members for celebrating the composer's 80th birthday at Davies Symphony Hall. Dr. Lin had participated in various music festivals, such as Nancy Zeltsman Marimba Festival (2010 & 2015), Keiko Abe Marimba Academy (2013), and SoundSCAPE (2014). In 2007, he won the first prize in the percussion category of Taiwan Music Competition.
In addition to performing, Dr. Lin enjoys teaching as well. Having plenty of experience coaching percussion ensemble and teaching private lessons, Dr. Lin recently teaches percussion lessons and group class in the bay area. His teaching philosophy is to make music enjoyable to students at all times! His wish for his students is to not only gain musical knowledge but also to feel the joy and peace which music brings to them.
“My parents always had classical music blasting on the record player and we all went to lots of concerts,” Hilary says. “I loved singing in school and church choirs when I was young.” In grade school, Hilary’s grandmother gave her a tiny little electric organ with a book, and Piano lessons followed, continuing through high school. Hilary went on to UC Santa Cruz, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with an emphasis on piano and performance. She’s taught piano both privately and at the San Francisco Community Music Center for over 24 years. She was even a church music director for a number of years in Point Richmond.
Hilary offers an individualized approach, tailored to fit each student's learning style while building essential pianistic and musicianship skills. She loves fostering students' enjoyment of music-making by encouraging students to help select repertoire pieces. All genres of music are appreciated and added along with a steady mix of standard classical piano literature.
Mr. Vargas has been playing the piano since he was seven years old. He began teaching piano at a young age where he quickly discovered his passion in music and music education. He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s in Mathematics Education and a minor in Music. He has been teaching and tutoring for the last 9 years all around San Joaquin, Alameda, and Contra Costa County.
His true passion is in piano and helping others in subjects such as Math, English, and Music. He is very excited to be a part of the educator team at Amabile!
Shulamite Chung is a classical pianist and a dedicated piano teacher. She began playing the piano at the age of five and has been in love with the instrument ever since. Shulamite holds B.M. in Piano Performance from UC Irvine and M.M in Piano Pedagogy from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has also performed in master classes conducted by renowned pianists, such as Julian Martin, Ian Hobson, and Claude Cymerman. Over the years, she has received training from renowned instructors in Taiwan, China, and the United States, which has broadened her musical perspective and shaped her teaching philosophy to be open-minded and inclusive. Under the guidance of Professor Nina Scolnik, Shulamite received extensive training in the Taubman Approach, a technique that emphasizes injury prevention and fosters artistic expression without technical limitations. She has many successes in helping students achieve technical proficiency and artistic mastery.
Shulamite firmly believes that music enriches the soul and is dedicated to helping her students discover the transformative power of music in their lives. Her teaching approach emphasizes individualized instruction that nurtures the unique talents and aspirations of each student, helping them to achieve their full potential on their musical journey.
Sungmin Lee is a classical guitarist from South Korea who is currently based in San Francisco, California. He started piano training when he was four years old and his passion for music grew at a young age of 12, when he grew interest in finger style guitar. Sungmin then discovered his love for classical music, sparking his interest in studying classical guitar.
Sungmin has received several prizes and wide recognitions in competitions during his guitar career—highlights include the Great Lakes Guitar Festival, Eastman Guitar Concerto Competition, Lone Star Guitar Festival and SF Bay Classical Guitar Competition. He has also performed in several reputable master classes with Jorge Caballero, Carlos Barbosa Lima, Manuel Barrueco, and Matthew McAllister.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Sungmin received his Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance in addition to the Performer’s Certificate. By May 2020, he will receive his Master of Music degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. At SFCM, his primary teacher is Judicaël Perroy and prior teachers include Nicholas Goluses, Thomas Viloteau, and Leighann Narum.
Emily Rae Fealy is a musician in the Bay Area who has been performing since the age of five. She participated in youth and professional choirs, where she developed her background in Choral and Liturgical music. In 2012, while in high school, attended Diablo Valley College where she earned her Associates Degree in Music. During her time at DVC, Emily Rae found her love for Musical Theater, art songs, and Opera. In 2019 she attended the University of British Columbia’s Vocal Workshop where she received exposure to professionals in the Opera community, further solidifying her path towards Vocal Performance. In 2020 Emily Rae attended Sonoma State University and earned her Bachelor's in Vocal Performance. While studying at SSU Emily Rae studied Vocal Pedagogy to enhance her abilities as a performer.
Emily Rae is now focusing on teaching Voice and beginning Piano in The Bay Area, and bettering her skills as a performer and an educator.
Irene Cheng is a musician, dancer, conductor, and educator. In 2022, she completed her Master’s of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Cal State East Bay (CSUEB) and in 2023 the Music Education Certificate Program also from CSUEB. She is currently the Assistant Conductor for The Dragon Singers community choir in the East Bay. Irene is also a concert percussionist for the West County Winds and for the Kensington Symphony Orchestra.
In the 2022-23 school year, Irene served as the Associate Conductor for the Cal State East Bay University Choir, as well as the Associate Conductor for the East Bay Youth Orchestra, led by Dr. William Harrington, where she also rehearsed and conducted one or two pieces per concert set. Since 2013 Irene has been teaching either group or private lessons for piano, singing, percussion/drum set, and ukulele. For ten years, Irene has also played keyboard, and drums, and sang for various church worship bands, and for a country band called Suzi and the Sidewinders.
The fondest musical childhood memories began with the family watching The Lawrence Welk Show after dinner. They featured all sorts of musical acts, and Irene’s father held her in his arms and danced around the living room to old-fashioned polka music. Formal music training started with private classical piano at age nine, but a few years later, a different teacher taught Irene how to improvise with chords. By the time she got into a high school jazz band, those improvisational skills came in handy on the piano and vibraphone. In middle school and high school Irene started her journey as a percussionist too. Marching band, concert band, and drumline filled her early mornings, afternoons, and weekends. In college, Irene began singing with the Women’s Chorale at UC Berkeley, where she first became aware of how music performed well has the power to move audiences, even though they could not understand the words.
As she got married and had children, Irene decided to be a homeschooler. While teaching her own children, she also volunteered to teach group classes with HEARTS Homeschool Coop one day a week for other homeschooled children: group piano, percussion, drum set, choir, partner dance, choreography, dance aerobics, long distance running, work working, machine sewing, art, creative writing, and more. Mrs. Cheng was the “Fun Mom.” People would say that they were surprised how these fun
classes were actually not easy, but kids were willing to put in the time because they loved what they were learning. In those 18 years of volunteer teaching, Irene grew deeper in her calling to keep teaching even after her children grew up and left home. To prepare for becoming a professional music teacher, Irene went back to college later in life and studied music for 9 years. Music is one of the very best things in life, and there is nothing that brings more joy to Irene then shared it with others by giving them the tools to make music their own.
Since 2020, Isabelle has been teaching piano to students ranging all ages. As a passionate music educator, Isabelle hopes to inspire the next generation of musicians by fostering a supportive and engaging learning environment. Her aim is to not only impart technical skills but also to ignite a lifelong love for music in her students. Through her guidance, she hopes to empower them to explore their creativity, develop their musical abilities, and discover the joy of self-expression through music.
Isabelle has been playing the piano as long as she could sit at the piano bench. She took classical piano lessons for over 10 years, dedicating her later years studying the colorful compositions of Debussy, George Winston, Yann Teirsen, and Vince Guaraldi to name a few.
Isabelle attended Cal Poly Humboldt where she pursued a Minor in Music in addition to her degree focused in Education. She had the opportunity to perform in several ensembles including the renowned Calypso band, Jazz band, University Singers, and the World Percussion ensemble.
If you or your child is ready to embark on a musical journey, Isabelle welcomes you to join her in a collaborative and inspiring musical experience. Isabelle focuses on teaching classical music curriculum but is also capable of preparing students who are interested in or already working on ABRSM exams through grade 6. Get in touch to schedule a lesson and embark on an exciting path of musical discovery together.
Originally from Holland, Michigan, Dr. Sarah Korneisel Jaegers teaches piano, clarinet, and saxophone at Amabile. Dr. Jaegers’s first instrument was the piano, which she began learning at the age of 10. Her primary instructors include Mary Van Voorst and Dr. Wan-Chin Chang. She began performing in solo recitals and accompanying for church services shortly thereafter. She strongly believes that each student has a unique voice to contribute to the world of music. As a teacher, Dr. Jaegers instills in her students a deeper love and understanding of music, guides them toward the achievement of their aspirations, and aids them in the discovery of their own distinctive voice through the development of confident self-directed learning, critical thinking, and healthy performance practices. Her studio is a fun, welcoming environment that engages students and encourages them to grow as musicians. She believes that music enriches lives and communities and aims to inspire joy and creativity and cultivate musicianship in her students.
Dr. Jaegers earned her DMA degree from The Ohio State University, her MM from Michigan State University, and her BM and BA in Spanish from Iowa State University.
Originally from Hong Kong, Fiona is a pianist and a singer. She studied piano at the age of twelve and completed her ABRSM grade 8 exam. Fiona holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from San Francisco State University and a Master Degree of Music Education from Holy Names University.
Fiona has been teaching piano and music to students from preschoolers to adolescents. In addition to teaching music, she sings in local community choruses including the San Francisco Choral Society and the San Francisco City Chorus.
As a piano teacher, Fiona teaches music theory, piano technique and musical expression. She believes that these are the basic skills that her students should have as pianists.
Matthew started playing the piano at the age of five. After graduating from U.C. San Diego with a degree in General Biology, he soon discovered his passion and joy in piano teaching and has been pursuing this career since.
Through his 14 years of teaching piano to students ages 5 and above, he decided to guide his
students to discover the fun of playing the piano by focusing on creating a solid foundation of
the fundamentals of note reading, rhythm, and finger and hand positions. By building his
students’ confidence by constantly encouraging them, he aims to help his students find their
own passion for playing the piano in the genre of music that inspires them.
Jennifer is a musician based out of the SF Bay Area. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Sacramento State. She was choir director, piano accompanist and vocalist for St. Anthony Parish in Winters, St. Peter Catholic Church in Dixon and St. George Episcopal Church in Carmichael. She played drums and piano for Holy Spirit Church in Fairfield. Jennifer taught piano and voice at Natomas School of Music in Sacramento and Music Works in El Cerrito (now Rockin' Robbies). She taught preschool group music classes at Young World Preschool in Daly City and Gymboree Play & Music in San Francisco. She was drummer for the Beatles cover band, the Peptones, and she enjoys singing in many genres, including opera, jazz, funk and R&B.
In her own words: Music is a great outlet to express oneself and develop practical skills such as focus, listening, coordination and timing. There is nothing quite like music that combines fun, complexity and discipline all at once. I am happy to share that experience with others as a teacher and performer.
Jake is excited to be a music instructor at Amabile and has been teaching and playing music for over 20 years. He teaches all levels and styles of guitar, voice, congas and percussion, songwriting, production, composition, and artist identity development/branding. He also teaches drum set, piano, ukulele and electric bass. Additionally, Jake enjoys leading band direction for developing musicians.
Jake has an M.A. in Music Composition and has been a music instructor with Bay Area music schools such as Village Music School, School of Rock San Ramon, COVA, Star Power Music, Art and Soul Music Studios, Hayward Music Center, and ALMA. He was also Music Program Director at Mission Hills Middle School in Union City for three years where he designed and taught all music program classes to grades Pre-K through 8. Prior to that, he was the guitar and percussion instructor at St. Paul's Episcopal School in Oakland. Jake began studying jazz guitar at age 14 and majored in jazz guitar as an undergrad. His primary teachers were Steve Erquiaga, Dave Creamer, and Jack Wilkins. Jake also studied AfroCuban percussion for many years under the instruction of Josh Jones, as well as with Maestro Regino Jimenez, Sandy Perez and in Cuba with Grupo AfroCuba de Matanzas and Daniel Rodriguez of Yoruba Andabo. He also studied traditional AfroCuban singing with Lazaro Galarraga and classical voice with Jane Sharp.
Jake has performed or recorded with musicians such as Boots Riley, Kent Nagano, Ambrose Akinmusere, Thomas Pridgen, Dayna Stephens, Josh Jones, Michael Aaberg, and The Hogan Brothers. He has played at jazz festivals including Montreux, North Sea, Vienne and Umbria. Jake has also performed at venues such as Yoshi’s, Zellerbach Hall, Cleopatra's Needle and Small’s. He is also a songwriter, composer, and music producer.
In his spare time, Jake enjoys writing comedy, reading, and the great outdoors.
Eri began studying piano at age three in Japan. After moving to the US in 1999 and having two children, she has been teaching piano since 2005 and has maintained a busy private studio since.
Her piano performance experiences include Piano Concerto in G minor (1st mvmt) by Sanit-Saëns with the DVC Philharmonic in 2007, Carnival des Animaux (primo) also by Sanit-Saëns with Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra at Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek in 2008. She has also been performing regularly as an auditioned performing member at Berkeley Piano Club since 2008. Her teachers in the US include John McCarthy at SF Conservatory, Bruce Cook at Diablo Valley College, some excellent Bay Area pianists Jerome Kuderna, Margret Elson, and Rebecca Bogart, while Bay Area pianist Dale Tsang (solo-round competitor in the 1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition) has always been her main coach in piano performance since 2008.
Eri possesses perfect pitch which she acquired in her early childhood ear training, and she has a strong passion for perfect pitch training (for children 4 and 5 years old only) and for working with very young piano students inclined to study piano with clear goals such as recitals or exams in general. However, she is also comfortable working with advanced piano students through ABRSM Grade 8 at any age.
She aims to serve as an experienced tour guide and a compassionate cheerleader for each of her piano student’s piano journey.
Leana is a pianist, percussionist, and school teacher. She began piano lessons at the age of five, and percussion at the age of eleven, when the school’s band needed a mallet percussionist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music from San José State University, where she studied under Bryce Leafman, Assistant Principal Timpanist for the San Francisco Symphony, and Galen Lemmon, Principal Percussionist for the San José Symphony, and the Symphony Silicon Valley. She has been private and group teaching for over eight years, with students aged 5-70; and has been performing around the Bay Area throughout her educational path, as a pianist and percussionist. She currently works as a band director in South San Francisco.
Leana’s teaching philosophy highlights the importance of a student’s goals. Her intention is to create a learning environment in which she can combine the needs of a student with their own unique academic interests. She believes that a proper learning environment begins with the preparedness of a teacher and that learners will choose to do well when good work is done for them too. She welcomes students eagerly to music and performance.
Olga Korolev is a classically trained singer, pianist and theater artist. Coming from a musical
family, she officially started her musical journey by beginning to learn the piano at 8 years old.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a voice concentration and a Theater and Biblical
Studies Minor from Biola University. While at Biola, she sung with the Biola Chorale at the
2016 Western Division ACDA Conference and continued her piano studies as well. She has
served as a choir accompanist for church and was a Conservatory Fellow at the American
Conservatory Theater working with the Young Conservatory and Studio A.C.T. programs.
Before moving back to the Bay area, she taught Suzuki piano to students ranging from 3 years to
adult in the Sacramento region. She is certified with the Suzuki Association of Americas in the
ECC (Every Child Can) course and Book 1 where she received her training under Caroline
Fraser and Annette Lee. She is also a member of the Suzuki Association of Americas. She is
passionate about building up students as well-rounded musicians and also as individuals where
ever they go in life.
Alex is a multi-instrumentalist songwriter who loves nothing more than sharing his passion for music with others. He graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with a Bachelor’s Degree in music, and since graduating has continued to sing in choir, write/produce his own songs, and play with others often. While at Saint Mary’s College, he participated in the jazz band, multiple student-led groups, and all three choirs. He also started learning to teach by tutoring students.
Alex has been playing guitar and drums since he was in elementary school and took to learning bass guitar in high school. Around this time he started writing his own songs and listening to a wide variety of musical genres to better understand how music exists not only in his life but in others' lives and in other parts of the world. He adores music theory and always loses himself talking about anything music-related.
Alex believes that learning music should be about technique and theory as much as it should be about feeding your curious and creative mind. He always wishes to impart knowledge just as much as he hopes to inspire and expand one’s perspective on the world of music and what it can do for you.
Clare has been a K-12 music teacher for the last 20 years in schools around the Bay Area and in the UK. Originally from Oxford, England she began studying piano at the age of 5, 'cello at 9, and double bass from 13.
She gained a BA in Music History and moved to the US where she began to expand her musical interests to include classical, jazz, salsa, and bluegrass. She loves teaching almost as much as she loves music and considers it a privilege to play a part in a student's musical journey.
Rebekah is a dedicated piano instructor with over ten years of teaching experience. Holding a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics with a minor in Music, she offers a unique blend of analytical thinking and artistic insight to her teaching approach. Having embarked on the piano journey at the age of 8, Rebekah understands firsthand the transformative power of music education. Her goal as an instructor is to create a supportive and engaging learning environment where students can explore their musical potential and develop a lifelong love for the piano. Whether students are beginners discovering the joy of playing or advanced learners seeking to refine their skills, she tailors her lessons to meet their individual needs and goals. She focuses on building a strong technical foundation while nurturing musical expression and fostering growth and creativity in every student. As an educator, Rebekah believes in empowering students to take ownership of their musical journey. Through patience, encouragement, and a genuine love for piano playing, she guides her students toward meaningful progress and enjoyment.