Joy Yang

Joy Yang’s interest in pushing boundaries in genres and sharing a unique musical voice drives her interest in multidisciplinary improvisation. She has taught internationally in Australia, China and USA and has a strong interest in music psychology. Joy believes in fostering the wholesome musical development of students, including all aspects of playing, performing, composing, listening and appreciation for a wide range of music. Her lessons are enjoyable, inspiring and tailored to students’ individual goals. Joy is a bilingual speaker in Mandarin and English.

Joy began playing the piano at the age of four in South Africa and continued in Sydney where her main influences were: Neta Maughan AM, Alister Spence and Satoko Fujii. In the USA, Joy has studied jazz piano with professors: Larry Gray, Tito Carrillo, Ron Bridgewater and Chip Stephens. Joy is a pianist in the Illinois Modern Ensemble and UIUC Jazz combos. She also records and performs live piano, theremin and composition with: Valkyrie Trio (all-female jazz trio in Sydney), Kuroshio Quartet, Vertigo Children, and the Avant-Gardians (Urbana). Joy teaches electronic music production with DAWs such as Ableton Live and has worked closely with Producers Lamont Holden and Eric Chapus. She has curated multidisciplinary experimental shows with projection art, painting and dance, as well as composed music for short films. She regularly collaborates and releases music with various local and international artists.

Joy Yang is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She studies Classical Piano with Dr. Rochelle Sennet and a cognate in Jazz Piano with Professor Chip Stephens.