Chee-Hwa Tan

Chee-Hwa Tan

Adjunct Faculty

Head of Piano Pedagogy

What I do

Adjunct Faculty; Head of Piano Pedagogy


Piano, Piano Pedagogy

Professional Biography

Chee-Hwa Tan has a passion for nurturing the art and love of music making in pianists of all ages and levels. She is currently the head of piano pedagogy at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music and teaches piano pedagogy at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. A specialist in curriculum development for pre-college piano and class piano teaching, Tan has also served on the piano pedagogy faculties at the Oberlin Conservatory and Southern Methodist University.

Tan is the author of the internationally acclaimed collections A Child's Garden of Verses, Circus Sonatinas and Through the Window Pane, published by the Frederick Harris Music Company. Selections of her works are included in the Repertoire and Study series of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada; a process that is highly selective. Tan's compositions encourage students to explore and express sound images at the piano while developing specific technical skills necessary for artistic playing.

In demand as a clinician, pianist, educator and composer, Tan has conducted piano workshops and lecture recitals for universities and teachers throughout North America. Over the years, her students have been highly successful as performers, teachers and life-long music makers, with former students receiving the D. H. Baldwin Fellowship in piano pedagogy, a prestigious award in recognition of outstanding pedagogy graduates in the United States. Many of her students have gone on to distinguished careers at universities, music schools and private studios across the country, while establishing themselves as leaders in their musical communities.

Tan is active as a collaborative pianist and was formerly professional dance accompanist for Ballet Dallas. She was associate editor of Piano Life magazine, the official journal for the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, and contributor to Keyboard Companion, the leading journal on piano pedagogy. Tan holds masters' degrees in piano performance and piano pedagogy from Southern Methodist University, and a BA in piano performance and English from Oral Roberts University. A native of Malaysia, Tan currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband Christopher and their four musician children.