In my piano studio, it is my goal to leave a footprint in my students’ lives as my teachers have left in mine.
I respect, admire, and owe so much to the wonderful teachers that have inspired me throughout my life. From my early fiery, passionate Russian training from Dr. Eugene Skorovodnikov (Professor from The University of British Columbia), realizing the beauty of sound and color from Jeffrey Cohen (disciple of Manahem Pressler, Professor at Manhattan School of Music), creating structure and strength from André-Michel Schub (disciple of Rudolf Serkin, Professor at Manhattan School of Music), to my most recent awe-inspiring teachers at The Juilliard School (Jonathan Feldman, Margo Garrett, and Cameron Stowe), there has always been a plethora of musical inspiration that has helped me grow as a musician, and as a human being.
To develop an intrinsic desire in my students to create music, and through proper technique and development, to actually produce these ideas at the keyboard are the most exciting, and fulfilling lessons for both the teacher and student.
As a registered teacher of The Music Development Program, The Royal Conservatory of Music, and The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, my students have been recipients of the Center and State Certificate of Excellence awards (the highest marks given in the state of New York), achieved first-class honors with distinction on their exams (from Introduction, Grades 1 through 10, to Performance Diploma), are capable of reading music at sight, and are thoroughly instructed in Technique and Ear Training. My abilities stem from my previous experiences in instructing dance at The Children’s Festival in Vancouver, Robotics, Engineering and Physics Courses for kids in summer camp at St. George’s School, to more current teaching experiences in the college level at The Manhattan School of Music, and at The Juilliard School.
The bond between a student and his teacher is especially strong in the arts. It is unique, and irreplicable. Through good times, and bad, it only grows with time. Not every lesson will be giggles and high fives, but praises will be given when deserved. Over the past 15 years, I have developed a personal and special bond working with children who have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder.) I work with students of all ages and levels, children as young as 4, through adult.
With my doctorate in Solo Piano Performance, and a second masters in Collaborative Piano, I am trained to teach up to the Conservatory and University level.
To inquire about private lessons in my studio in Midtown Manhattan, please contact me below.
*PLEASE NOTE: Ray Wong is currently unable to accept any incoming piano students into his studio until FALL, 2018. Priority is given to siblings and friends of current students. Please feel free to send him any questions you may have, and he will be happy to refer you to his colleagues.