Felicia Feng Zhang

FOUNDER

"Music has brought happiness and understanding to my life, and I teach to share with you my passion and appreciation for the piano. It is a joy to walk alongside students and parents through the empowering journey of learning this wonderful instrument.

 

I seek to develop student confidence and independence, and help the student discover connections between music and all other aspects of life. I founded the All Talent Academy as an opportunity for students to recognize and cultivate individual strengths and enrich not only their study of music, but also their school, family, and community lives."

About Felicia Zhang

Felicia was born and raised in a professional music educator’s family. Her mother Prof. Wenju Sui, and her brother Prof. Jin Zhang, are both well-known piano educators in China, and it is not surprising that Felicia chose piano education as her lifelong career. Music has accompanied her study and life everyday.  Her mother taught her piano and music theater until she graduated high school, then she continued her college study in Beijing Normal University, receiving a Bachelors degree with honors in Fine Arts in Music Education with major in Piano Pedagogy. She was the first graduate student in China to receive a masters degree in Music Education specializing in Piano Pedagogy and Performance. Right after graduation, she became a full time piano faculty member in Beijing Normal University, teaching applied piano to undergraduate students as well as continuing education students.  Selected by China Arts and Music Education Department to be a visiting scholar, in 1995 she was sent to the United State to conduct piano pedagogy research and 

Although not all of Felicia's students choose to perform, those who do are consistent winners, with nearly 200 awards won by her students, many from international Piano Competitions, Festivals, Exams, and prestigious organizations. Students won top score in Tri-States, and performed several times in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as well as other venues. In 2016, twenty-six of her students won international piano competitions with first and second prize awards, and were invited to perform in Carnegie Hall. She and her students have been featured on NBC Today Show with Matt Laura, Fox News of Connecticut, NBC in Connecticut, Connecticut Channel 12, New York Times, World Journal, National Music Magazine, Connecticut Post, Huntington Post, Waterbury Republican, News Time, New Haven Register, Greenwich Magazine, and more.

Felicia loves to explore and study new things, and connects everything she learns to her teaching method. She has studied many cross scholars’ subjects in addition to her piano teaching, such as: Video and Music  Production, Dalcroze Eurhythmics certification, Computer Programing, Philosophy, Theater and Media Technology, as well as sports, and demonstrates well-rounded common rules into her teaching, whether it be music, theater, performance, pedagogy, teaching, or talent development. She has received special acknowledgement for her master-classes, individual teaching, and outstanding work in developing the innovative, holistic curriculum “PianoLearning Mindset,” which she uses in All Talent Academy for students at all learning stages, teaching music through a natural, well-balanced, and positive method. She is currently Vice President of Connecticut State Music Teachers Association. 

Felicia was born and raised in a professional music educator’s family.Because of her successful teaching in Beijing, China and in the United States, Felicia has become known for her distinguished career. She has received wide recognition as a passionate teacher, educator, musician, and youth talent recognition/development clinician, with accolades from both professional organizations and parents alike. 

Besides actively teaching, Felicia is also a judge for national and local exams, competitions, and festivals, offers master classes and workshop to teachers and students' groups, and organizes performances and recitals. 

further teaching development training at Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia Teachers College, and University of South Florida. She then received her second masters degree with high honors in Piano Pedagogy and Performance, under Dr. Averill Summer. In 1999, Felicia was awarded “Student Achievement Recognition Award” as a graduate student and teaching assistant from Music Teachers National Association for her excellence in academic achievement, successful teaching experiences, and leadership achievement.

  Awards and Accomplishments              

  • MTNA Student Achievement Recognition Award 1999 in recognition of excellence in academic achievement, successful teaching experience, and leadership abilities.

  • The Marquis Who’s Who of American Women Twenty Second Edition for outstanding achievement in Education and Music Education Field (2000/2001)

  • Hall of Fame from National Piano Guild USA (2006)

  • Double National Professional Teaching Certifications in Piano and Theory from National Music Teacher Association and American College of Musicians, as well as National Guild of Piano Teachers

  • The American College of Musicians Certified Music Teacher since 2007- present

  • National Certified Teacher of Music in Piano from Music Teacher National  Association since 2010

  • Outstanding Pedagogue Award from NYMC ( National Young Maestro Competition )2016 and 2017

  • Certificate of Excellence in Recognition of Outstanding Teaching, Dedication, Commitment to Music from Golden Key International Music Festival New York. Vienna in consecutive years since 2005

  • Diploma for Outstanding Dedication and commitment to music education from The American Association for Development of the Gifted and Talented since 2009

  • Diploma of Recognition for the extraordinary dedication and achievement in the field of teaching music, and for presenting students to perform at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall

  • Students have been selected as Winners of American Protege International Competition in consecutive years since 2006

  • Award-winning piano teacher for consecutive years from the State Music Teacher Association’s for nurturing and producing many student winners in festivals and competitions

  • Featured in NBC Today Show with Matt Laura, Fox News of Connecticut, NBC in Connecticut, Connecticut Chanel 12, New York Time, World Journal, National Music Magazine, Connecticut Post, Huntington Post, Waterbury Republican, News Time, New Haven Register, Greenwich Magazine, and more. 

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