MM, MAE, DA Dr. I-Hsuan (Phoebe) Tsai received her Doctor of Arts (D.A.) in Guitar Performance and Music Theory from Ball State University. She also earned a Master of Arts in Education (M.A.E.) from Ball State University and Master of Music (M.M.) in Guitar Performance from National Taiwan University of Arts.
Dr. Tsai has played both guitar and piano for over 18 years, and has diversified experience teaching students of a wide range of age and skill levels. As a graduate assistant at BSU, Dr. Tsai taught guitar private lessons and guitar small ensembles at the undergraduate level. Her passion, experience, and training has resulted in positive student evaluations. Students report how her enthusiasm and variety of teaching strategies are effective in promoting learning and performance. Her dedication to teaching was recognized at the collegiate level, as she was awarded a scholarship every year for demonstrating exceptional and professional promise in teaching and performance.
Dr. Tsai has had tremendous performances nationally and internationally. She was invited to play Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 with the most important orchestra in Taiwan: National Symphony Orchestra (NSO). Her performance was recognized by the conductor, as she was invited to play another concert with NSO in the same year. Furthermore, she is a volunteer of the Taiwan Guitar Society, and has played weekend concerts and introduced classical guitar music to the public. She has taught younger guitarists in several guitar festivals. Dr. Tsai’s performance and knowledge of guitar music gained some Taiwanese composers’ attention. She was invited to work with them and premiered their guitar music. Dr. Tsai is also the director of the “StringDance” guitar small ensemble and the alto guitarist in Taipei Guitar Ensemble, and plays concerts regularly with both groups.