Dr. Ann Chang

Piano Faculty
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

DM, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
MM, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
BM, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

My goal is to demystify the artistic process so everything seems possible and within reach. I particularly enjoy working with beginning students of all ages as they start on the musical journey that will provide a lifetime of joy! I believe each student is unique in their style of learning and progress- I prioritize discovering these attributes and building a caring relationship with each of my students.

I have taught advanced students in masterclasses setting in international festivals in Greece and South Korea, and I have presented lectures/demonstrations on the topic of Classic Performance Practice in many teacher organizations in Chicago, Portland Oregon, and Nebraska.

Past students have been prize winners in collegiate competitions and recipients of scholarships in prestigious music institutions. I have served on the faculties of the Glenn Korff School of Music, and a Fulbright Scholar at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels Belgium, focusing on Classic Performance Practice.

My teaching repertoire includes works by the masters of the standard piano repertoire such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin to modern jazz and tango-influenced composers Kapustin and Piazzolla.

My performances have been showcased in Fortepiano Festivals in Italy, and Belgium as well as recital series in Madrid (Spain), St. Petersburg (Russia), Seoul (South Korea), Brussels (Belgium), Yoshi’s in San Francisco, and The Kennedy Center in Washington DC.


"Dr. Chang has been a blessing in my daughter's music education. She is excellent at keeping my daughter motivated, while challenged at the same time. Dr. Chang is very proactive in her communications with me in letting me know how lessons are going and any needs that may arise. My daughter absolutely enjoys her time with Dr. Chang and always leaves her lessons in a great mood. We took a long break from piano lessons during Covid, but it was worth the wait to begin in-person lessons again with such a wonderful instructor." - Mika Ishida

“Dr Chang has had a huge impact on my performance. I have known her less than a month and have already seen tremendous growth as a musician. I put all the trust I have in her to help me continue to achieve these results, and I look forward to greater success under her guidance.” - Kieran O'Brien

“Before I met Dr. Chang, practicing and performing the piano felt something that I wanted to avoid. During lessons with Ann, I found so many insights about interpreting classical pieces, and how to articulate each note. Under Dr. Chang’s professional teaching, I have gained much knowledge about how to approach different genres of music, and practicing and performing became something I enjoy in my life.” – Naeun Lee, BM, Indiana University 2018

“Ann is a wonderful teacher. She motivates, leads by example, gives wonderful advice, and always listens. Ann is the best mentor a young (or any) musician could want. She listens, provides context and perspective, and has such a healthy and real relationship with the piano, that she never fails to be an inspiration.“  -Dr. Rebeca Ordóñez Rodríguez, Coordinator of keyboard skills, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica

Awards and achievements: 

Fulbright Scholar, U.S. State Department, Classic Performance Practice

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Music Teachers National Association
Association of Performing Arts Professionals

Interests outside of music: 

I grew up in Chicago but never spent time here as an adult until now! I love the energy, culture, and beauty of this city. The first concert I attended upon returning to the city in March 2020 was to attend Madame Butterfly at the Lyric. Each time I come to downtown Chicago, I can't help but be truly thankful to Mr. Burnham for his Master Plan for our great city. Without his great vision, the public would not have the access to the beauty of the lakefront and the culture we enjoy today.

While music and piano were always my primary focus growing up, I did not appreciate it until way into my 40's! Now I'm trying to make up for the lost time by making sure my students see past the "daily grind" of studying music and make time to "smell the roses" of all the joy that music provides.