Dr. Huiyun Liang

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dr. huiyun liang

Seeing the Unobservable: An Exploratory Study of Incorporating Video Modeling into Piano Teaching


Following the trend of effective video modeling in sport and physical education, the presenter incorporated portable video modeling technology in teaching elementary piano students for a dissertation project.  Participants’ individual progress in motor performance and other musical aspects of performances were tracked through multiple tests over a five-week span. The presenter will share the results of the study, demonstrate various features of video devices and software, discuss participants’ engagement with the new technology, and provide practical suggestions for piano teachers to apply this method.


Huiyun Liang, DMA, NCTM, is a passionate pianist and innovative pedagogue with diverse experiences in music. Formerly involved in the field of electronic music, and the production of numerous TV programs and concerts in Beijing, China, Huiyun moved to the United States to pursue her dream of becoming a classical musician in 2011. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy from the University of South Carolina, and a master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Missouri. She has studied piano with Dr. Janice Wenger and Dr. Joseph Rackers, and chamber music with Prof. Phillip Bush. Under their mentorship, Ms. Liang has given solo recitals in the U.S. and in her hometown, Wuhan, China. She has collaborated actively with vocalists and instrumentalists, and performed locally and internationally, including the 2017 Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg. 

Featured as “Emerging Piano Pedagogue” by Hong Kong Commercial Daily, Ms. Liang has pioneered piano pedagogy research using video modeling. She has presented actively in various topics at American national conferences, including Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Conference, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP), and MTNA Collegiate Chapters Piano Pedagogy Symposium. Her pedagogical article on music memory has been selected as a runner-up essay in 2015 Collegiate Writing Contest sponsored by Clavier Companion.

Striving for excellence in teaching, Ms. Liang has gained extensive experience through working with students of all ages and levels. Under the guidance of Dr. Scott Price and Dr. Sara Ernst at UofSC, she taught group piano for undergraduate music majors, and private lessons and various classes for the students in the Center for Piano Studies. Her students have succeeded in music festivals, state auditions, and Royal Conservatory Music examinations. Ms. Liang currently serves on the Adjunct Piano Faculty at Lindenwood University and as a piano instructor at DaySpring School of the Arts. She chairs the Legacy Fund at Saint Louis Area MTA starting July 2019.