Teaching

Eunmi Ko currently teaches applied piano and piano pedagogy courses to undergraduate and graduate students in piano performance and piano pedagogy major at the University of South Florida. She is on the faculty at the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, each summer teaching young pianists from around the world individual lessons and special topic classes. She has been a guest artist teacher at the Eastern Michigan University, Erskine College, Lynn University, University of Tampa, University of Tennessee. If you are interested in studying with Eunmi Ko, please contact her at ko.eunmi@gmail.com

“Dr. Eunmi Ko is a prodigiously talented pianist and teacher. Her pianism is defined by insightful technical understanding, comprehensive stylistic knowledge, and an inspiring musical sense; she excels at bringing all these elements into her teaching studio. The clarity and creativity of her communication methods and the confidence and specificity of her instruction allow her students to constantly reach new levels of technical and artistic accomplishment. Her instruction extends beyond perfecting individual repertoire pieces and is truly aimed towards making her students overall better pianists and musicians. In addition to her skills in individual instruction, Dr. Ko is also a precise and engaging masterclass teacher. She effectively utilizes the group format as an opportunity to teach students about critical listening and confident, comfortable performance. Even considering her impressive knowledge of her craft, perhaps the most striking aspect of Eunmi Ko’s teaching is her positive and compassionate attitude. She takes a genuine interests in her students’ success and holds them accountable to high musical standards while still being a source of support and understanding. My time in her studio represented a significant turning point in my growth as a musician. In my year of study with her, she exerted a positive influence on the university’s piano department and I know she will continue to be an asset there. I would enthusiastically recommend her to any young pianist seeking to study music at the college level.”  – Hannah Lanese, USF BM ’15, currently pursuing Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Hannah is holding the Piano Pedagogy Assistantship there.

“For the last three years, I have developed my piano technique and musicality studying with Dr.Ko. She instructed me to practice efficiently, develop individual interpretation, and be a well-rounded musician. She also provided many performance opportunities, which helped my performance skills immensely.  Before I met her,  I was afraid of performing in public. Through Dr. Ko’s continuous encouragements, performance opportunities, and her patient instruction,  I became to feel comfortable and confident when I perform.

As a great concert pianist, Dr. Ko’s passion and sensitiveness for classical music and new music is tremendous. I loved her unique recital program, interesting interpretations, and her expressions and sensitivities in playing. ” Yiyang Li, piano performance, USF MM’16