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NSMS Welcomes Qin Ling

NSMS is pleased to welcome Dr. Qin Ling to the faculty for the 2021-2022 school year!

Dr. Ling recently completed her DMA at Texas Tech University, and says: "It is a great honor to join the NSMS faculty in the Fall of 2021. My most sincere thanks go to the search committee and all the faculty/staff at the NSMS for trusting me and providing me this prestigious opportunity. I’m beyond thrilled to work with a great team of incredible artists and experienced piano teachers, and I look forward to an exciting year of sharing my love for and appreciation of music and piano playing with the wonderful and talented students at NSMS."


A native of China, Qin Ling began her piano training at age 5 and was an active participant and

prize winner of local and national piano competitions from a young age.

While at the University of Georgia (UGA), studying piano pedagogy with Dr. Pete Jutras, Dr. Ling

was actively involved in the UGA Community Music School where she worked enthusiastically

with children in both private and group settings in the “Keyboard Kids” program. She was also

involved in an online piano program of teaching lessons to students at a girls’ school in Kenya.


Dr. Ling completed her DMA from Texas Tech University (TTU) where she studied piano

pedagogy with Dr. Carla Davis Cash and worked as a research and teaching assistant. While at

TTU, Dr. Ling worked extensively with college music majors and adult amateurs. There, she also

co-ran research studies examining such topics as Recreational Music Making (RMM), motor skill

development in adult piano learners, and the effects of group music instruction on quality of

life in high-stressed individuals. She has studied the phenomenon of flow and play in practice

and performance, vulnerability and its effects on diverse piano learners, teaching piano to

students with special needs, and the Kodály method. Dr. Ling’s work has been presented at the

conferences of Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Music Teachers National Association

(MTNA), and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP).


Dr. Ling frequently performs as a soloist and collaborative pianist. She has played concert

repertoire on a variety of stages across the United States and Europe. She was a first prize

winner at the 2020 Charleston International Music Competition and has worked with

distinguished artists such as John Owings, Mikhail Mordvinov, Dr. Geoffrey Burleson, Dr. David

Fung, Dr. Liza Stepanova, and Gilles Vonsattel in masterclass settings. Her primary piano

teachers have included Dr. William Westney, Dr. Martha Thomas, and Dr. Sergio Ruiz.

Dr. Ling enjoys working with diverse learners, looking for the potential of music making in every

individual, and inspiring love for and appreciation of music.


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