The Rutgers Preparatory School Music Department is dedicated to giving each student a complete musical experience. To achieve this goal, students are encouraged to take part in the Independent Music Instructor (IMI) Program, a private music instruction program that matches students with dedicated professionals from the Tri-State area.
Private individual music instruction is currently available on the following instruments: piano, violin, viola, cello, and beginning bass.
Tuition for private lessons is $40.00 for 30 minutes, $55.00 for 45 minutes and $70.00 for 60 minutes. If interested, please contact:
Lyssandra Stephenson, IMI Coordinator
Alexander Bui (piano) is a Vietnamese-American concert pianist who has performed worldwide in numerous venues such as Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, NBC Studios of Los Angeles and Borgata Resort & Spa Casino. A music review from the Press of Atlantic City writes, “Bui produced a continuous singing tone that filled the hall with beauty, refinement and a maturity that belied his young years.”
In addition to his solo career, Dr. Bui is an assistant professor of the Music and English department at Rider University, the founder of his award winning chamber music ensemble, “The Raritan Trio,” a certified Steinway Teacher & Education Partner, the Piano Teacher at Rutgers Preparatory School, the Music Minister of Spotswood Reformed Church and a piano accompanist freelancer of New York and New Jersey. Alexander’s mission is to enlighten audiences of the beauty, excitement and enduring quality of the great classical composers through his performances.
Graduating from Manhattan School of Music with Master of Music (2018) and a Bachelor of Music (2016) in classical piano, Alexander recently completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at Mason Gross School of the Arts – Rutgers University in August 2022. Award highlights include semi-finalist on “America’s Got Talent” and 1 st prizes in: Charleston International Music Competition, Rutgers Concerto Competition, Rutgers Chamber Music Competition, Manhattan School of Music Chamber Music Competition, and Esther C. Weill Music Competition.
Ju Hyeon Kim (cello), a native of South Korea, is a solo cellist, and chamber and orchestra musician, active in the New York/New Jersey area. She has been invited to perform at the Heifetz Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, and Fontainebleau Music Festival. As a passionate music teacher, Ms. Kim has been teaching a large variety level of students in both Korea and New Jersey.
She came to the US after studying with Kyung-Ok Park in Korea while she was attending Sun-Wha Arts School and Sun-Wha Arts High School. She studied with Amit Peled at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University for her Undergraduate degree. After graduating, Ms. Kim pursued her Master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Philippe Muller. Ms. Kim is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University studying with Jonathan Spitz.
Grace Heeeun Lim (viola, violin) is a classically trained violist and violinist. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Manhattan School of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Rutgers University. Dr. Lim has broad performing experiences throughout South Korea and the United States. She has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player at major venues such as Kumho Art Hall, Hoam Art Hall, and Concert Hall at Seoul Arts Center in Korea, Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Zankel Hall, and New Jersey Performing Arts Center in the United States.
In addition to performing, Dr. Lim enjoys sharing her love of music with her students. She incorporates both Suzuki and traditional methodology to students, ensuring the development of good rhythm, intonation, and beautiful tone. Many of her students are prize winners and have been accepted to numerous youth orchestra programs.
Yu Ouyang (violin and viola) Born and raised in Hunan, China, Yu Ouyang started her career as a violinist at age thirteen. She has performed in numerous venues worldwide such as Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Taiwan National Concert Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall, and Hong Kong Concert Hall. Ms. Ouyang’s outstanding playing skill and leadership makes her as a concertmaster in several orchestras, including Shanghai Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra, Asian Young Orchestra, Montclair State University Symphony Orchestra and currently serving as the concertmaster of Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. Being a passionate and energetic teacher, Ms. Ouyang teaches a wide variety of students, ranging from young kids to adults, and as small as individual lessons to large group
classes in both Shanghai and New Jersey. Ms. Ouyang received her Bachelor and Master of Music in Performance from Shanghai Conservatory of Music with full scholarship under the tutelage of Xian He. She also received a Performance Diploma from Montclair State University, under Weigang Li. Currently, Ms. Ouyang is a candidate of Doctoral of Musical Arts at Mason Gross School of the Arts-Rutgers
University, studying with Carmit Zori.