Applied Bassoon and Piano

“I can’t tell you why music is important. It is like oxygen for me. I don’t give it much thought, but I can’t live without it.”

Dr. I-Hsuan Tsai
Applied Bassoon and Piano

About Dr. I-Hsuan Tsai

Dr. Tsai joined the teaching faculty at VanderCook in 2004. Previously, she taught at the University of Cincinnati and Coastal Carolina Community College. Dr. Tsai received a doctor of musical arts in piano from the College-Conservatory of Music at University of Cincinnati, a master of music in piano and bassoon, and a bachelor of music in piano from Indiana University. An active soloist and chamber musician, she is the winner of the Buckeye Piano Competition and the Graves Piano competition. Dr. Tsai’s recent performances include concerts at the Kennedy Center, the United Nations, live performances on WFMT, the Aspen Music Festival, Roosevelt University, Northeastern University, as well as the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series. She also has performed and taught internationally in Mexico, Brazil, China, Portugal, and Taiwan.

Life at VanderCook

In your time at VanderCook, you will develop into a well-rounded musician. Both piano and bassoon students will have weekly private lessons with me. On bassoon, we will address the standard performance repertoire, build up technical ability, and most importantly, develop proper use of the body. We will pay particular attention to the fundamental techniques of breathing and phrasing in order to help you improve your tone quality and musicality. For the piano majors, you will learn various accompaniment styles, including jazz, gospel, and classical, and you will play chamber music with various other instruments. Plus, you will be asked to teach a piano class. All of our students have numerous performance opportunities both within the school and beyond. VanderCook offers a rigorous curriculum, a unique and supportive environment, and the opportunity to develop close relationships with your classmates and teachers that will put you on your path towards a successful career in music education.

Are you thinking about becoming a music teacher? If so, I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have about teaching music. I'd also love to chat with you about what VanderCook has to offer and what you can expect if you choose to study piano here. Feel free to contact me at for more information.



Contact I-Hsuan Tsai: 
(312) 225-6288


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3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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