My name is Hilary Yip and I am from San Francisco, California. I earned dual Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Therapy and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a minor in Business Management, cum laude with Honors, from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California in May 2011.
At the age of 7, I started playing the piano classically, accompanying instrumentalists and vocalists, performing in recitals, and playing in chamber ensembles. At University of the Pacific, I studied piano with Sonia Leong and Frank Wiens. I also studied voice with Daniel Ebbers and Burr Phillips while taking violin lessons with Linda Wang and Igor Veglian. Wanting to be part of an orchestra, I learned to play violin at age 11 and performed with every school orchestra since middle school, including University of the Pacific’s Symphonic Orchestra, and small chamber ensembles. In college, I learned guitar for music therapy purposes.
In June 2011, I completed my nine-months music therapy internship with Wade Richards at Hochstein School of Music & Dance in Rochester, New York, working with individuals and groups with a variety of disabilities ages 8 to 96. There, I was appointed Assistant to the Department Chair, handling the billing and correspondence with the 56 agencies we service music therapy and 7 music therapists. In addition, I was a Creative Arts teacher for the Therapeutic Arts Program (TAP). Through visual step-by-step instruction and various mediums, I taught two weekly art classes to adults with disabilities. Throughout my internship, I taught adaptive music lessons, led martial arts and wellness classes, and music integrated academic classes.
In addition to music, I have twelve years of martial arts experience in Shaolin Ch’uan Fan, a kempo style in the United Studios of Self Defense system. I was an assistant martial arts instructor in San Francisco teaching young children to adults. Other interests are being a coxswain for rowing and being an avid runner.
I am a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, International Music Fraternity. I was awarded the Ruby Sword of Honor, Sword of Honor, and Scholastic Award for my two years service as president of the Eta Omega Chapter at Pacific. I am also a member American Music Therapy Association.
From California to New York, I am now in Houston, TX to musically and rhythmically explore, engage, and evolve with the students at The Parish School. I work with 140 students ages 2 to 11 with language and learning differences, on the Autism spectrum, and ADHD on a weekly basis as they come in their class of 10 students to my music room. Once a week, I lead a choir of 37 students and we perform about 6 times a year. We continue to explore academic and personal growth in our music sessions. I am an Intra Curricular Activities Teacher (ICAT), on a team with teachers who teaches art, drama, library, technology, and P.E.