Excellence, Fun, Convenient
Music has always been interwoven into my life. I was born and raised in the Napa Valley to a 5th generation piano family. 10 minute piano sessions would be sprinkled in between my races on Mario-Kart.
Throughout middle school and high school, I continued to be involved with music of all varieties; trumpet in bands, saxophone in the jazz ensemble, and euphonium with the World Champion Concord Blue Devils. In college I pursued a Biochemistry degree, and loved expanding my scientific mind, but finally discovered my true passion in piano. It BECAME my thing which is when I decided I would devote my life to music and education.
With roundabout fashion, I returned to the Napa Valley after college graduation in June 2015 to get serious about my piano career.
At present, I am happily teaching piano and growing a fantastic community of fellow teachers to share the magic of music because I believe great art can change the world.
Yitong Ding began studying piano since the age of 4 in his home country of China. He is a junior at CSULB as a piano performance
major. He is a recipient of a Cole Scholarship and a Keyboard Foundation
Yitong is a student of Dr. Shun-Lin Chou, and has previously studied with
Professor Manami Kawamura in Pasadena City College. He has performed under numerous
capacities, including solo, collaborative, and various chamber ensembles. He was also a
member of the PCC orchestra. In 2017, he won exceptional awards including PCC Concerto
Competition, first place in Bertrand's Old Town Music Award for Piano Performance Scholarship
Competition, Franklin Tzeng Piano Award for Excellence in Music Studies, and the
Collaborative Piano Award in Honor of Betty Dandy for Excellence in Music Studies. Yitong
attended the 2019 Credo Music summer festival in Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio for further
chamber music study. In his first year studying in CSULB, he was chosen to perform in the
Conservatory showcase, and won 2nd place in Beverly August Piano Competition. He has
performed in master classes taught by Stewart Gordon and Angela Cheng.
After graduating from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior, I decided to pursue a career in conjunction with my passions and work towards getting a Master’s degree in music.
My passion for music has translated into an aptitude for learning and integrating concepts and ideas related to music as demonstrated by my success in musicianship, music theory, performance, and composition classes at Saddleback College. Previous work at the UCI Early Childhood Education Center have helped me to develop strong communication skills with both parents and children. I am excited to combine my experiences to help every child learn!
“Brandi is studying for a B.M. degree in vocal performance at Cal State Fullerton. Ms. Brandi has worked with many styles of teaching voice in various age groups and extensive experience teaching early child music group classes. Students enjoy her goofy, personable, and sensitive teaching
Ms. Brandi has been described as a teacher who likes to try new things, and in her lessons, she often uses games and other out-of-the-box methods to encourage a student’s growth. . She has taught students as young as 2 years old in a drop-off setting.
Ms. Brandi has years of experience teaching children, and she is also acclaimed for her professional performing career. She has sung in many genres such as, Classical, Musical Theater, and Jazz. Ms. Birdsong placed 2nd in her division at the NATS singing competition.
She’s sung backup with Andrea Bocelli at the Hollywood Bowl, performed at Carnegie Hall, been a featured guest soloist at LA’s Juneteenth Festival, & also had the privilege in playing Maria in West Side Story with a full orchestra. But, when Ms. Brandi isn’t teaching and isn’t singing, she LOVES to dance as another form of expression and loves to make people laugh. She gets a joy out of giving others laughter and happiness.