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Sally Emilia
B.M., University of California, Irvine, CA
M.F.A., University of California, Irvine, CA

Ms. Emilia began her piano studies at the age of four in Indonesia. In 2011, she relocated to the United States to further her piano studies with Dr. Phillip Young at Pasadena City College followed by Professor Nina Scolnik at University of California, Irvine . 


As a versatile pianist, she has won many awards with distinctions during her study. As a recipient of the prestigious Rawlins Scholarship and Dean’s Fellowship, Ms. Emilia received her BM and MFA with honors.  In 2012, as a member of the Ivory Rose Piano Quartet, she won the third prize at the International Piano Six/Eight Hand Competition in Marktoberdorf, Germany. Other awards and distinctions include: Collaborative Piano Awards (2013, 2014); winner of PCC Concerto Competition (2014); Faculty Honors Extraordinary for Outstanding Academic and Musical Achievement (2014). 


Ms. Emilia believes that it is her responsibility as a music teacher to help students become independent learners and life-long musicians. She approaches each student’s needs by employing different teaching strategies in their individual lessons— developing lessons to accommodate each of their learning styles. While music-making is at the heart of the lesson, it is also always important to help students to cooperate with their bodies and minds in the way they work best. Ms. Emilia believes that it is important for students to play with basic skills of healthy keyboard techniques and posture. She is also a firm believer in the benefits of music study for all individuals, regardless of ability and age. Piano study develops not only a lifelong appreciation and love for music, but also provide students with a new perspective on invaluable life-skills, such as commitment, responsibility, patience, confidence, dedication, diligence, determination, perseverance, discipline, and focus. Lastly, she believes that active parental involvement is crucial to establish a supportive learning culture and help students reach their goals. 

"There are no words to express how phenomenal she is!  Ms. Sally is dedicated, organized, patient, genuinely kind and everything she does to help Lacey does not go unrecognized by me.  There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t come home and tell my husband that we hit the lottery with her.  I just wanted you to know what a great person she is.  She takes care of my daughter the way I take care of my patients, and that is the highest compliment I can give (I’m “type A” and I truly care)."

-Renee S. (Physician Assistant, Board Certified - USC Keck School of Medicine)