A graduate (Summa cum Laude with gold medal) in piano from the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Dr. Tretip Kamolsiri received a full scholarship and a teaching assistantship from West Virginia University for her Master’s in Piano Pedagogy and Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance. Prior returning to Thailand, she was appointed as an Adjunct Instructor at West Virginia University taught aural music skills, applied piano lessons and group piano classes. Her dissertation on “Even a Small Star Shines in the Darkness: Overcoming Challenges Faced by Pianists with Small Hands” has been requested from pianists locally and internationally. Her mentors include Ajarn Nat Yontararak, Professor Dr. Natchar Pancharoen, Professor Dr. James Miltenberger, Professor Wei Zhou, and M.R. Vilaikanya Wichaidist. She studied piano pedagogy with Professor Dr. Connie Arrau Sturm and Professor Dr. Tinka Knopf de Esteban. Throughout her thirty-five years of experience in music career, she performed with the Chulalongkorn University Symphony Orchestra, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra and Thai Youth Symphony Orchestra. Tretip has been teaching students at all levels both in universities and privately. She had been teaching as a part-time instructor at the College of Music, Mahidol University, Silpakorn University, Rangsit University and Kasetsart University. Her students are presently working in the field of music in universities as well as engaging in other professional careers.
Apart from her teaching, Tretip had been invited as a guest speaker and lecturer for organizations such as Thonburi Rotary Club, National Science Museum, Office of the Civil Service Commission and National Museum Volunteers. She had been in the committee of the Western Music Dictionary of The Royal Institute.
Presently, she hosts classical music radio program, ‘Dontreetip’ for the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University (every Sunday mornings 7:30 am, Chulalongkorn University Radio Station FM 101.5 MHz). Occasionally, she writes on music for the Bangkok Post and other publications.
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