Dr. Yoo Music Studio
Over the past decade, Dr. Yoo has taught students from diverse backgrounds with different skill levels. Dr. Yoo creates an individualized lesson plan based on students’ needs and goals while building a strong foundation and developing good habits. Her student success includes acceptance at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Indiana University, Eastman School of Music, and NYSSMA All-State orchestra and band.
“Dr. Yoo is so incredibly kind and sweet! She is by far the best flute teacher I’ve ever had. When I met her I was immediately super impressed by her skills and expertise. After only taking lessons for a couple months, I could already see a significant improvement in tone and musicality. I definitely wouldn’t have been able to attend All-State nor have I made my college auditions without her help. Besides being an incredible flute player, she is also an amazing teacher: she is so patient and makes class so much fun! I always looked forward to her class and felt every class was essential in making me improve more and more. Dr. Yoo really cares about her students and she puts in an overwhelming amount of effort into her teaching. I will remember the things she taught me far into the future and am so glad I was able to take lessons with her.”
– Claire Yang, Harvard '26 –
Dr. Yoo is a K-12 certified music teacher under the New York State Education Department. Her educational philosophy is to support the social, emotional, and intellectual growth of students and to create a student-centered environment. She values students’ individuality and nurtures them to appreciate the diversity in music as well as expand their cultural awareness. Dr. Yoo is a band director at Briarcliff Middle School.
Band & Orchestral Studies
Dr. Yoo taught at the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Cape Cod Youth Symphony, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp where she led woodwind sectionals and provided side-by-side coaching at rehearsals to students from grades 5 to 12. In an orchestral setting, Dr. Yoo emphasizes the importance of active listening in achieving a well balanced and blended sound. She also teaches score studies which allow students to become familiar with the entire work and help them understand how each part contributes to the piece as a whole. Lastly, Dr. Yoo puts the most significant value on teamwork, encouraging students to learn from each other.
Dr. Yoo has abundant experience with ensemble auditions. She has performed in numerous concerts across 10 states and in venues including Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall and Seoul Art Center in South Korea. Dr. Yoo teaches orchestral excerpts and conducts mock auditions in which she gives feedback using video analysis. This helps her students become comfortable with the audition atmosphere and perform at their best. Dr. Yoo is a Woodwind Adjudicator at NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festivals.
Dr. Yoo educates college-level students through lectures and concert series. Dr. Yoo gives them greater freedom for self expression, a core element of being a musician. She inspires her students to utilize their knowledge, advanced skill, and creativity to explore new musical ideas. Recently, she was a guest lecturer at Queens College working with undergraduate and graduate music education majors.
Graduate Dissertation Preparation
Dr. Yoo has advised graduate students on their dissertations in music performance, music education, and art administration. She encourages her students to develop independent and critical thinking which is necessary for exploring new ideas and advancing knowledge in their respective fields.
Her dissertation, “A Stylistic Analysis of Antonio Lotti’s Trio Sonata in F Major for Flute, Viola da Gamba, and Harpsichord & Trio Sonata in A Major for Flute, Oboe d’amore, and Continuo” broke new ground in understanding the works by Antonio Lotti (1666-1740) and thus acts as a springboard for future exploration of this noted baroque composer.
updated: June. 2023