Hi, and thanks for stopping by – my name is Huei.
I’m a professional musician based in Los Angeles, and I pursued my passion of playing and teaching music.
My interest in music grew out of a serious love for playing music. I trained for many years as a classical percussionist with the intent of becoming a college professor, but took a surprising career detour after I finished my Masters degree in Percussion Performance. I accepted a position teaching full-time at a high school in Chicago (Lyons Township High School), and during those 5 years, my personal relationship with music changed dramatically. Working with seasoned teachers and a wide range of students, I realized my connection to music went far beyond just playing; it’s deeply rooted in teaching as well.
During that time, I taught everywhere and anywhere, oftentimes 7 days a week. I love Chicago, but my personal life brought me to Los Angeles in 2012. This was by far one of the hardest transitions in my career, and I found myself having to “start over” – figuring out where and how I could connect with people and building a new network as a professional musician. Again, I found myself playing and teaching everywhere I could. I experienced rejection and self-doubt, but by hustling hard and not giving up, this became one of the most valuable learning periods in seeing what it takes to make a living as a professional musician.
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW
I now teach at the Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles, working with Conservatory Teaching Artists and the 100+ students enrolled in our Jumpstart Young Musicians Program. I’m completing a doctoral degree in Music Teaching and Learning at USC Thornton School of Music, where I enjoy reading and writing most about psychological and sociological topics in music. I also worked for 3 years as a graduate TA in the Music Technology program covering courses in Pro Tools, Ableton, Logic, Critical Listening, and Recording Techniques. While maintaining a selectively small private studio of beginning percussion students, I continue to refine my thinking and approach to teaching young musicians. Most of my percussion playing time now is spent collaborating with composers in Southern California on their new works and film scores.
Through this website, I’ll share my experiences – what I’m doing and how I do it, with the hopes of connecting to people who might find it interesting or helpful. I’ve been fortunate to work with incredible mentors and colleagues over the years, and I hope to share the things that have helped me along the way. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and please take a moment to say hi – I’d love to connect!
Latest Project: http://marchingpercussionplaybook.com
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