Jessica Lui remembers her childhood piano lessons being very technical – so much so that she quit playing at age 13. “It wasn’t very fun as a kid, being forced to practice all the time,” she says.
Now, Lui – a master’s student in the piano performance and pedagogy program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music – is teaching piano to a new generation after rediscovering the instrument as a young adult.
She says she wants to make sure her students have a great experience.
“I wanted to do something different than my early teachers, to make it more fun,” Lui says.
Since September, U of T piano pedagogy graduate students such as Lui have been mentoring and giving virtual piano sessions to young pianists through the Faculty of Music’s partnership with Dixon Hall, a multi-service agency in downtown Toronto that provides music lessons to children and other community members in Regent Park, Moss Park and the St. Lawrence community through the Dixon Hall Music School.