Snow Wilson, piano
A deeply committed educator, whose unique pedagogical skills make her in high demand in the New York City area, Pao's individualized approach to piano instruction reflects the richness of her musical experience. Trained in the Kodaly, Orff–Schulwerk, and Suzuki methods, as well as classical piano pedagogy, Pao's teaching is also informed by her diverse musical and intellectual background. In addition to a Master of Music Education degree (University of North Texas) with emphasis on piano pedagogy and studies in Alexander Technique (Julliard), Pao has conservatory training in Chinese instruments–the erhu and zheng (Taiwan's Chinese Cultural University)– and a second Master of Education degree (University of North Texas), with emphasis on cognitive systems; she has designed several computer education games for teaching children music.
Pao's students reach a high level of excellence at an early age, many of them performing in New York City venues, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, and area events, such as the Princeton Festival and TED Conferences. Over the years, many of her students have won varied of competitions, such as the American Fine Arts Festival Piano Competitions. And two current students have won the highly competitive Piano Accolades Competition (Junior and Pre-Senior Divisions) at Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division. As an advocate for music education for young children, she is the founder of Morningside Gardens Little Musicians, a community-based performance program for children on Manhattan's Upper West Side. A Sunday school teacher at The Riverside Church, Pao is also the director of the Riverside Church Children Youth Fellowship's Afternoon at the Orchestra program, a program that promotes music for children.
An active clinician, Pao gives workshops in New York City and its surrounding vicinity, including presentations at New York's Piano Teacher Congress and at Connecticut College. Her international teaching experience includes private piano instruction in Taipei, Taiwan, and serving on the faculty of Interharmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy.
A certified Steinway Educational Partner, Pao is also a member of the Piano Teacher Congress of New York and a Founding Teacher of the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement program. Pao is currently a member of the piano faculty of The New School's Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division (Manhattan), where her responsibilities have included Liaison for the Program for the Very Young.