Apart from the performance and theory of music, Lydia Tan is well-versed in the historical and academic analysis of music too. Her students find themselves being able to articulate better in their playing after having an understanding of the context of the composer and the piece. Prior to her current pursuit of the Bachelor of Music with a major in jazz composition at the Berklee College of Music, she had spent four years studying the life and works of various composers such as Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Prokofiev, John Dowland, Gershwin, Cole Porter and also the different types of songs, such as Renaissance Lute Songs to Romantic Period Songs (Lieder) to Popular Songs of the American Musicals (Show Tunes). She has also studied on the history of African American music, the history of American music cities (New Orleans, Nashville, New York, etc.), the history of Jewish Americans Music impacting Broadway music, and the history of jazz music. She is currently learning about the Southern Culture in the US.
Header photo: St. Stephan’s Cathedral (Stephansdom) in Vienna, Austria – Mozart’s wedding and funeral venue. Photo by Lydia Tan.