Xu Khuc, affectionately known as “Miss Xu” by her students, started playing the piano at 5 years old. Her mom, Khúc Lan, is a celebrated Vietnamese lyricist and song writer. Ms. Khuc taught her first piano lesson at age 17 and knew since then that she wanted to become a piano teacher. Ms. Khuc earned both her Bachelor and Master degrees in Piano Pedagogy from California State University, Fullerton where she was awarded the Undergraduate Keyboard Award and Richard Chronister Piano Scholarship from Dr. Martha Baker-Jordan.
A native to Orange County, California, she moved to Columbia, South Carolina to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Pedagogy with a Doctoral Minor in Music Education at the University of South Carolina (USC). At USC, Ms. Khuc taught group piano and advanced group piano as a graduate teaching assistant for non-keyboard music majors. Ms. Khuc has presented at the Music Teachers’ National Association National Conference and South Carolina Music Teachers’ Association, and has adjudicated for the South Carolina Independent School Association, Music Teachers’ Association of California, and served as Jury Chair for the Arthur Fraser Competition.
Her former teachers include: Alison Edwards and Eduardo Delgado, and is currently studying with Dr. Scott Price. Ms Khuc is the Fine Arts Director at Northside Christian Academy in Lexington, and is working on her dissertation on the importance of solfege and memory retention in piano studies.