I thrive in fast-growing and innovative environments where technology and education collide.
I’ve spent the last 10+ years tirelessly questioning, exploring and developing my unique skills in music, specifically in the subject of improvisation using popular music with an old but beautiful tool: piano. I dedicated the time not merely to hone my own talent, but to find a deeper meaning in connecting the dots with other fields where my musical gift can serve a meaningful purpose in helping others. While music technology, specifically in e-learning, is the current industry that my career belongs within, it took a lifelong journey in recognizing my unconventional path of music study that developed into a powerful force for creativity and transformation.
Ph.D., New York University, present
M.A., New York University, 2017
B.Sc. (hons), University of Toronto, 2009
Choi, S. (2017). Masters thesis: Components contributing to development in the field of improvisation using popular music. New York University, New York, USA.
Choi, S. (2017, April). Components contributing to development in the field of improvisation: artistic piano interpretation of Lean On. Paper presented at the meeting of 25th European Association for Music in Schools Conference / 6th European International Society for music Education Regional Conference, Salzburg, Austria.
Public lecture: “On piano improvisation using popular music”. Presented at Montclair State University, September 2016.
Public lecture: “Use of social media to share creative piano improvisation skills”. Presented for Designing Technologies & Experiences for Music. New York University, September 2016.
Public lecture: “On piano improvisation”. Presented at Korea University, August 2016.
Public lecture: “Artistic Pi: contemporary piano curriculum for the modern era”. Presented at 2016 IMPACT Conference, New York University, August 2016.
Public lecture “Storytelling through creative piano improvisation”. Presented at 2016 IMPACT Workshop, New York University, July 2016.
Public lecture: “Thinking outside the box: creative piano improvisation skills”. Presented for Designing Technologies & Experiences for Music. New York University, September 2015.
Audio recording: Partnership project with Steinway & Sons. Improvisation-based performances of songs from various popular music genre. Available via Steinway & Sons’ Spirio App on iPad. (improviser, performer)