An accomplished piano instructor with twenty years of teaching experience, Soyoung Ryoo has taught students of all ages and levels, in college and secondary schools as well as in her private studio. Ryoo’s teaching emphasizes the importance of balancing such core elements as technique, theory, reading, and hearing, while at the same time developing the ability to connect with music intellectually and emotionally and ultimately to express the feeling inherent in music. Because Ryoo believes that music engages us most powerfully when it communicates, she is devoted to guiding her students to learn how to communicate with themselves and with others through music.
She has given solo recitals and performed in ensembles in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Switzerland, and South Korea. She has a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Yonsei University and a Master of Music degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma in Piano Performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Her teachers included Boris Slutsky, Bongae Shin, Kyungsook Lee, and Myunghye Bang.
Ryoo is currently a Music School teacher at Bryn Mawr School, and also maintains her private studio in northern Baltimore area. She was formerly a member of the piano faculties of Levine Music in Washington, D.C., the Korea National University of Education, the University of Suwon and the Sunhwa Arts School in South Korea. She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and the Maryland State Music Teachers Association. She is a frequent adjudicator for MSMTA piano competitions, and was voted to receive “Steinway & Sons Top Music Teacher Award” in 2017. She resides in northern Baltimore area with her husband, their two children and a dog.