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Teaching the World to Play
Emilie Lin

Emilie Lin


Majoring in psychology, Emilie Lin (1969-) graduated with magna cum laude and distinction from Carleton College. As a musician, she frequently accompanied Carleton’s choirs, vocalists and instrumentalists, participated in recitals and chamber music ensembles, won the concerto competition during her senior year, and received an honors award in music performance. During her postgraduate years, Emilie devoted most of her time to becoming a cognitive psychologist in academia and a human factors specialist in industry. After earning her MA and PhD in Psychology (Cognitive Division) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a University Fellowship, Emilie went to the University of Michigan as a postdoctoral fellow, but left the position to pursue professional training in music. She received her MA in piano performance from the University of Michigan with full scholarship, and won the concerto competition as a first year master’s student.

Music teachers and professors who have positively shaped Emilie’s musical life in chronological order are: Shu-Wen Huang Tsai 黃淑文, Jen-Jen Hong 洪臻臻, Jin-Ai Hong 洪金愛, Chinli Lee 李金里, Martha Carolyn Good, Jade Lin 陳玉律, Anne Mayer, Andrew De Grado, Lynne Bartholomew, Anton Nel, and Christopher Harding.

Since 1996, Emilie has taught piano privately in her home studio to both children and adults, from beginners to advanced level. She is a member of the Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild, Michigan Music Teachers Association, and Music Teachers National Association. Integrating her knowledge and experience from several disciplines of psychology into her teaching, Emilie nurtures in each student a life-long love for music. Guiding her students to become more conscientious, intentional, and self-aware during the learning process is also central to her teaching. As a composer and arranger in pedagogical piano music for the needs of the FJH Music Company, Emilie aims to create engaging pieces that make the process of learning and teaching a joyful adventure.

Born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Emilie moved to the US at age 14 under the guardianship of her great-uncle and great-aunt. She is a US citizen currently living in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband. In her spare time, Emilie likes to read nonfiction materials and hiking, especially in national parks.



Music by Emilie Lin