Piano, Music Theory
Genres: Classical, Jazz, Pop
Teaches in English and Korean
Yurina’s relationship with music and piano started at an early age. She began formal piano lessons at age five, and has participated in dozens of recitals and competitions since then. After graduating with a degree in music education from Chonnam National University in Korea, Yurina began working as a music teacher for public schools. She continued her studies in music while working to inspire students to pursue their musical dreams.
Yurina earned a masters degree with honors from New York University, where she enrolled in the Film Scoring Program. Additionally, she has completed course work in orchestration at the Juilliard School. Yurina's talent was recognized through a scholarship granted by the Sorel Organization, for her work in keeping musical excellence alive and for helping to expand the boundaries for women in music. She has also received the prestigious Elmer Bernstein Award.
Yurina has composed and published a number of songs, collaborating with vocalists, filmmakers, producers, and gaming and commercial music production companies. Her music and songs have been widely aired and played on television and radio broadcasts throughout Korea, and have also been used in video games and films. Yurina currently performs around the United States, and maintains an active teaching studio so that she can continue developing, nurturing and guiding her piano students to achieve their dreams.
As a piano teacher, Yurina emphasizes proper habits for all of her students, such as understanding piano mechanics and practicing outside of class. She believes that communication and feedback between student and teacher are the key to success. Yurina also believes that it is important for her students to enjoy what they are doing, while also understanding why they are doing it. She carefully tracks each student’s progress so that she can spot and correct problem areas, motivate them through demonstrable progress and ensure that through steady practice, they achieve their full potential.