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Dr. May Tsao-Lim

Dr. May Tsao-Lim
Dr. May Tsao-Lim, Piano Pedagogy, Class Piano

BM in Piano Performance ‘Bronze Tablet’, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MM in Piano Performance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MM in Piano Pedagogy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
DMA in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, University of Oklahoma

May Tsao-Lim, Associate Professor of Piano, coordinates class piano program and teaches applied piano and piano pedagogy. Dr. Tsao-Lim earned her B.M. in piano performance with highest honor 'Bronze Tablet' and two Master's degrees (Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Oklahoma with Jane Magrath. Her former applied teachers and pedagogy mentors include William Heiles, Joel Shapiro, Jane Magrath, Christos Tsitsaros, Reid Alexander, and Barbara Fast.

Prior to joining Henderson State University, Dr. Tsao-Lim has taught at Iowa State University and University College Sedaya International (Malaysia). Besides college-level instruction, Dr. Tsao-Lim teaches piano lessons to children of all ages at the pre-college level. In Malaysia, she prepared both students and local piano teachers for external examinations (graded and Diploma Certificates) such as the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (U.K.), Trinity College of Music (London), and the Australian Music Education Board. In the United States, Dr. Tsao-Lim’s pre-college students have been winners of state competitions.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Tsao-Lim has adjudicated competitions/festivals and presented pedagogy/performance workshops in several states, including the Illinois Music Teachers Association state conference and the Music Teachers National Association convention. Among her interests in research include elementary- and intermediate-level pedagogical techniques, keyboard performance techniques, and teaching with music technology. Dr. Tsao-Lim has also performed as a soloist, a duo pianist, and a chamber musician. She is a member of the Arkansas State Music Teachers Association, the Music Teachers National Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.


 “The undergraduate education in music that I received from Henderson has changed my life by opening doors for me both educationally and professionally. It prepared me for success by giving me the tools necessary to be a successful music educator. My BME achieved at Henderson afforded me opportunities for success in graduate and post graduate studies as well as professional advancement in addition to allowing my family and me the employment and thus financial security that is so precarious today without such educational opportunities. I am grateful to Henderson State University.”

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Kevin TaylorBachelor of Music - Education (Instrumental), 1982
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