The Montclair Music Studio is proud to introduce piano instructor, Harmony Chau.
Having joined The Montclair Music Studio in 2016, Harmony Chau is a Class of 2018 Montclair State University graduate with a Bachelor’s in Music Education.
She is a New Jersey certified music teacher who plays locally as a keyboardist for the local musical theater community.
Harmony rounds out her musical activities by playing liturgical music as a church organist, and regularly accompanying school performances. Some of Harmony’s most recent endeavors include playing Keyboard 2 for The Wedding Singer with The Exit 82 Theater Company, directing The All Children’s Theater production of Highlights from Frozen The Musical, for kids aged 7-11 and accompanying regional elementary and high school choirs for their concerts. She is also an aspiring jazz pianist.
In her spare time, Harmony enjoys writing and illustrating an educational children’s book series about music.
We are proud to have Ms. Chau with us.
Getting to Know Harmony…
What brought on your interest in music?
Throughout childhood & adolescent years, I was always a music kid, doing everything from the band, to the choir, chamber choir, pit orchestra, and marching band. I learned how to play flute, mallet percussion, some oboe, and dabbled in a bit of anything musical really. In college, I became a vocal major but later switched to piano after I rediscovered my passion for the instrument. To put it simply, music has always been a part of my life and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon!
When did you start your studies?
At age 5, I started taking private piano lessons. During high school, I took a short pause from private lessons, and during college, I started taking lessons again with Dr. Yuni Kim.
Was your family involved in music?
My dad enjoys singing, which I think has been an influence on me. In general, my parents are lovers of music and very supportive of my career in the arts.
Have you participated in any extra-curricular organizations or music clubs?
In high school, I participated in the NJ All-State Choir, NJ Regions Choir, sang in chamber and women’s choir, played mallet percussion in marching band, was a keyboardist for The Wiz and All Shook Up, and played flute in band. Presently, I’m a participating member of the NAfME (National Association for Music Educators) collegiate chapter at Montclair State University and am playing keyboard for an upcoming musical Aida.
What are other types of instruments in your repertoire?
I am also a vocalist and flutist. I played flute for 7 years in middle and high school, and have been singing for 7 years in high school and college.
Have you played at other venues?
I have performed solo piano at the Jed. Leshowitz Recital Hall at Montclair State University sang at the NJPAC and Carnegie Hall with the Montclair State University Singers and played lounge piano for Kafe Mozart in Parsippany.
Any favorite hobbies other than music?
In my free time, I enjoy reading, doing yoga/pilates, exploring NYC, and spending time with friends/family.