May Tsao-Lim, Professor of Piano, coordinates the group piano curriculum as well as teaches applied piano and piano pedagogy at Henderson State University. She is currently the Assistant Chair of the Department of Music.
Prior to joining Henderson State University, Dr. Tsao-Lim taught at Iowa State University and University College Sedaya International (Malaysia.) Besides college-level instruction, Dr. Tsao-Lim enjoys teaching children of all ages. Her students have been winners of state competitions.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Tsao-Lim has presented pedagogy workshops at state conferences, Music Teachers’ National Association national conventions, and in Malaysia. Among her interests in pedagogy research include elementary- and intermediate-level teaching techniques, keyboard performance techniques, and instruction with music technology. She is currently the Immediate Past President for the Arkansas State Music Teachers’ Association (ASMTA), a state affiliation of MTNA, and was the recipient of 2014 ASMTA Teacher of the Year award.
As a pianist, Dr. Tsao-Lim has frequently performed as a duo pianist and a chamber musician. She often collaborates with members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra; the most recent performances were Brahms’ Trio Op.40 and Vaughan Williams’ Quintet in D Major at the ASO River Rhapsodies chamber series 2014 and 2015 respectively. In 2017, she collaborated with Texarkana Symphony Orchestra players in the TSO chamber series in Texas.
Dr. Tsao-Lim earned her B.M. in piano performance with highest honor 'Bronze Tablet' and two Master's degrees (Piano Performance, Piano Pedagogy) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma with Jane Magrath.