Over the past decade, Wonki has shared his passion with students through his teachings. He is experienced in teaching beginning and advanced students at colleges, private music institute, pre-college program, and private teaching studio; working with diverse students from Asia and the United States. His students have successfully won numerous competitions and auditions such as the American Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition, MTNA Competitions, All State Band Auditions, and Sakai National Instrument Competition (Japan). Wonki holds the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) from Manhattan School of Music. He is a member of North American Saxophone Alliance and Japan Saxophonist Association.
Engagement, Enthusiasm, and Patience best describe my teaching philosophy. My focus as a teacher is to help students develop into their best selves: to become confident learners, critical thinkers, and accomplished individuals able to express themselves and their ideas well. I work towards engaging students in my lessons and in the material by using a number of strategies. As a teacher it is great pleasure to assist students in becoming individually eloquent and distinct in their musical voices. I believe this is important developmentally not just for musicianship but also for all of life.
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Recent Student Achievements
Students received "Outstanding" in levels 3 to 6 in solo saxophone
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (NYC)
DiMenna Center for Classical Music (NYC)
Winner - South Kansans Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition
Winner - Topeka Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition
Winner - American Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition
Winner - Sakai National Music Competition (Japan)
Alternate - MTNA Junior Woodwind Competition
3rd Prize - MTNA Senior Woodwind Competition
All-State Band Saxophone Chair
South West Japan Air Force Band