Fen-Fang Chen, Ph.D., D.A.

Director of Piano and Keyboard Studies

‘Give a man a fish, and that is dinner for the night. Teach a man how to fish, and that is dinner for life’ (Lao Tzu). As a college teacher, I believe good teaching is not just instructing students about what they need to know or showing them by demonstration—good teaching is also guiding students through experiencing knowledge firsthand so that they will be able to teach it themselves.

- Fen-Fang Chen

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Biography

Fen-Fang Chen, associate professor, serves as director of piano and keyboard studies and teaches piano, class piano, piano pedagogy, and pipa ensemble at Florida Southern College. 
Dr. Chen completed two doctoral degrees at the University of Mississippi, a Doctor of Arts in Piano Pedagogy and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education; a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at Indiana State University; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Traditional Chinese Music at the Chinese Culture University in Taipei Taiwan, with the Pipa as her major instrument. 
With strong interests in efficient and effective ways of teaching and learning, Dr. Chen has presented her research studies at many conferences. She received the Outstanding Professional Research Poster Award from the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy at the 2019 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. 
As an active performer, Dr. Chen frequently performs both instruments, the pipa and the piano, at various recitals and concerts. Her most recent recital, Piano, Pipa, and Chinese Music, took place on March 10, 2020 and was for a Faculty Artist Series at Florida Southern College. 
Dr. Chen also taught class piano and applied piano at various colleges including the University of Mississippi, Birmingham-Southern College, and Indiana State University.

With strong interests in efficient and effective ways of teaching and learning, Dr. Chen is currently working on her dissertation which examines the effect of piano lessons and practice sessions on students’ performance achievement. The study attempts to discover the most effective ways of teaching students how to practice, the most efficient ways of practicing, and how those strategies ultimately affect students’ performance outcomes.

At FSC, Dr. Chen teaches Keyboard Musicianship I-IV, Advanced Harmony I and II, and Applied Piano.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy – Music Education, University of Mississippi
Doctor of Arts – Piano Pedagogy, minor in Music History, University of Mississippi
Master of Music – Piano Performance, Indiana State University
Bachelor of Arts – Traditional Chinese Music, Pi-Pa Performance

Honors and Awards

  • “Outstanding Graduate Music Education Award” from the Department of Music at The University of Mississippi, 2013
  • University of Mississippi, Graduate Teaching Assistantship, 2010
  • University of Mississippi, Brown-Ellis Scholarship in Music, 2010
  • “Outstanding Graduate Pianist of the Year” from the Department of Music at The University of Mississippi, 2003
  • Orff-Schulmerk Level I Music Teacher Certificate, 2002
  • Elected to Membership by the Eta Nu Chapter of Pi Kappa Lamba National Music Honor Society, 2002
  • University of Mississippi, Graduate Teaching Assistantship, 2000-2003
  • University of Mississippi, Isaac Eugene Brown Fellowship for graduate studies in piano, 2000-2003
  • University of Mississippi, Brown-Ellis Scholarship in Music, 2000
  • A graduate certificate in Piano Pedagogy from Indiana State University, 1999
  • Indiana State University, Graduate Assistantship, 1998-1999
  • "Outstanding Professional Research Poster Award" from the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard 
      Pedagogy at the 2019 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.