Welcome to Sunny Wu Music Studio.
I believe every child can learn music but may learn differently. I like this quote from Ignacio Estrada, “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
I am a music teacher and piano accompanist in Northern Virginia. I was trained in classical music and later got a degree in music therapy. As a musician and music therapist, I believe learning music should be enjoyable, and everyone is competent in making music.
I started my musical journey in a Yamaha music school when I was five and have enjoyed making music since then. I have sung in choirs, played alto recorder in bands, conducted youth and children choirs, and served as church pianist and choir accompanist for most of my teenage and adult life. I have also been teaching piano since college. I earned my bachelor’s degree from the Chinese Culture University in Taiwan with a major in voice performance and a second major in piano performance. Later, I earned another bachelor’s degree in music therapy from Ohio University and then a master’s degree in music therapy from Florida State University.
After receiving my master’s degree, I married and became a mom. I worked for a year as a music therapist in an Alzheimer’s ward and became a full-time mom for almost a decade. In 2016, I started teaching music again at a Yamaha Music School in North Texas, and in 2018 I started my music studio before our family moved to Northern Virginia in 2019 for my husband’s job. Besides teaching piano, I am a piano accompanist for Union Mill Elementary School and a worship team pianist at Centreville Baptist Church.
As a trained music therapist, I have experience working with children and adults with special needs. I can provide individualized music instruction for children with Autism spectrum, ADHD, and other special needs.
In addition to my academic credential, I am a certified Yamaha Music Teacher and have an Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training Level I Certificate. I am also a member of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association (NVMTA), National Federation Music Clubs (NFMC), Virginia Music Teachers Association (VMTA), and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). In 2023, I was elected vice president of the Springfield Music Club, a local chapter of the NFMC. Before moving to Virginia, I was honored to be recognized as the 2018-19 Denton Music Teachers Association’s Music Teacher of the Year.
I offer my students year-long performance opportunities, including Holiday Senior Home Recital, NFMC Spring Festival, and end-of-year Studio Recital. I also encourage my students to participate in music theory exams. I do not require my students to participate in piano certificate programs, but if you are interested, I can prepare you to take the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) or the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) exam.