Choong-ha Nam, D.M.A.
Office: Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex, Room 235
Dr. Nam joined the faculty of music in piano at West Texas A&M University in fall 2007. Dr. Nam teaches class and studio piano as well as piano pedagogy. She received a bachelor of music in piano performance from the Oberlin College Conservatory and a master’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy at Southern Methodist University. In 2006, she received a doctor of musical arts degree in piano performance from the University of Houston, where she appeared soloist with the Moores School Symphony Orchestra as the winner of 2004 University of Houston concerto competition.
Teaching and Related Service
An active performer, she performs frequently in Texas and the Southwest and recently appeared in the University of Arizona and University of North Texas as part of a piano trio with Dr. Tina Carpenter and Mark Trimble. As a winner of various competitions she has been featured around the country including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Her past teachers include Robert Shannon, Carol Leone and Nancy Weems. She has also coached with Alan Chow, Horatio Gutiérrez, Nelita True, Malcolm Bilson and William Wolfram.
Research and Creative Activity
Her research interests are Suzuki piano method, Taubman technique and the music of George Perle. She co-advises the WT chapter of National Music Teachers Association. Dr. Nam is the author of George Perle’s Nine Bagatelles (1999): A Study of Design, Pitch Relations, and Metric Pattern, her doctoral dissertation completed in 2006.
Besides teaching and preparing for performances, she enjoys reading and various hand crafts.