Hi! I'm Dr. Sabrina Chang, and I am a music performance coach. I am passionate about helping dedicated musicians thrive in the rewarding and thrilling world of performing. If your child wants to learn how to navigate and channel those performance nerves, or simply get an edge on the competition, I can help!
My teaching methods draw from my extensive background in performance, teaching, and academic research in cognitive psychology. With over 35 years of playing experience (violin and piano), I myself have experienced the pressures, uncertainties, disappointments, exhilarations, and joys (and everything in between) of performing. And with over 12 years of teaching experience, I’ve helped countless students become excited to celebrate, share, and show off all their hard work and talent.
I received my Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto in piano (First Class Honours with Distinction) when I was 13, and one year later received my Associate of the London College of Music (Highest Mark in British Columbia). I also completed advance study in violin with the Royal Conservatory of Music (including receiving a Silver Medal for the Highest Mark in British Columbia). I hold a Bachelor of Music (Piano) with First Class Standing from the University of British Columbia (UBC), and a Master of Arts in Music and Cognitive Science.
For my PhD at UBC, my main work examined the cognition of music performance and training, and its implications for public health. My research looked at issues of improvisation, and how musicians dealt with the impacts of self-perceived failures and mistakes during performance.
I love helping musicians play to their greatest potential, and traveling alongside them on their musical journey. I love seeing the pride, joy, and relief of parents as they witness their child’s confidence grow so much that the kids themselves become empowered to excel and thrive in high-pressure situations—whether it be a high-stakes competition, recital, or exam...or an impromptu concert in their living room!
Back in the day when there was no social media! ;)
I live in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada with my husband and our two awesome kids. My hubby is a cognitive neuroscientist and professor at the University of British Columbia; we enjoy getting amped up on coffee and talking about the mind and brain. The kids occasionally drink coffee, too, and that's when we really know what's going on in THEIR minds and brains.