Cheryl Lim

Piano Faculty (Suzuki)
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
Suzuki Education
Group Lessons
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Northwestern University- Doctor of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance (coursework completed) (1990-1992) Northwestern University- M.M., Piano Performance (1983-1985) Seoul National University- B.A., Piano (1973-1977)

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Dean Jack Pernecky at Northwestern University and Dean Michael Wilder at Wheaton College

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

Everyone can learn the piano! I specialize in the Suzuki method.

Awards and achievements: 

First place in the Korean Cultural Center piano competition First place in Chicago Musical College Scholarship Competition Selected as one of six demonstrating teachers at the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy in 1990

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) – Joined 1986 Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) – Joined 1988 Piano Guild – Joined 1995 Studied the Taubman Piano Technique (1992-1994) Three-week seminar at Saint Petersburg Conservatory in Russia (1997) Frequent competition adjudicator for MTNA, Guild, and the Society of American Musicians

Interests outside of music: 

I enjoy watching movies, especially romantic comedies.

Favorite quote: 

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:13

Favorite practice tip: 

Feeling the music is the most important! With mindfulness and concentration

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

I enjoy and love many composers but if I had to choose -- Chopin. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 is a particular favorite.

Favorite musical moment: 

Playing Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49 while volunteering at a hospital Playing Beethoven's Tempest (Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31) at the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy Playing Schubert's Piano Sonata in G major, D. 894, Op. 78 in Saint Petersburg on the same piano Liszt once played Accompanying Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 for my student at Wheaton College