Practicing as a Collaborative Pianist: An Interview with Dr Minjung Seo

Dr Minjung Seo
Dr Minjung Seo

At Liberty Park Music, we believe in bringing you music related perspectives from all over the world. In the coming weeks, we’re going to focus on practicing music and we’ll be interviewing accomplished musicians from all around the world on their thoughts and experiences with practice.

These musicians hail from different countries and cultures, play different styles and instruments, and have varied professional experiences. Though diverse in their thoughts, they all share the common belief that practice is essential to any budding (and professional) musician. Through this interview series, we hope that you can glean some tips for better music practice and learn more about how music can shape our lives!

This week, we interview Dr Minjung Seo, an accomplished collaborative pianist and accompanist, who is currently working at Western Illinois University.

Seo’s interest in collaborative piano started when she was in an arts high school in Korea, where she enjoyed playing the piano accompaniment for her friends who were singers. After graduating from Indiana University with a piano solo performance major, she took a collaborative piano course in the prestigious Juilliard School, where she studied under the tutelage of Margo Garrett, a Grammy Award winning accompanist. Critically acclaimed by publications such as the Chatham Star Tribune, Seo will be performing at the Bowdoin International Music Festival this summer.

Seo shares her musical background with us, offers her insight into her personal experiences as a day-to-day collaborative pianist, and what makes a good music practice session.

A vital part of any practice routine for Seo is warm up. Your hands and fingers have to be literally warm if you want to play the piano at your best. She recommends analyzing the pieces and picking out challenging passages. Based on the characteristics of these passages, Seo crafts her own warm up exercises. For example, if the passages involve C major arpeggios, she spends some time practicing those arpeggios before practicing the whole piece.

Don’t miss the interview with Dr Minjung Seo for more practice tips and her insights on her music career!

Keep a lookout for more interviews like these! If you know of anybody that would have interesting thoughts to share, or if you would like to be featured yourself, do drop an email to us!

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