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theOpenScore conversations: Musicians who thrive on Social Media ft. Tiffany TSE (tiffanytsepiano)

I hope you enjoyed the first impromptu video podcast! It was a pleasure to meet and chat with Tiffany. I hope to make many more in the future! Check out Vlog #4 for a mukbang with Tiffany!

Tiffany Tse, B.Eng (Electrical Engineering) & Classical Pianist

Born in 1998, Tiffany Tse began her piano studies at the age of five in Toronto and has received numerous scholarships and awards since the age of six from piano competitions and festivals. She completed the ARCT in Piano Performance Diploma at the Royal Conservatory of Music, receiving First Class Honours with Distinction, and has performed twice in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Tiffany is a four-time national finalist at the Canadian Music Competition and the first prize winner at the Ontario Music Festival Association Provincial Finals. Furthermore, she has performed with the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, as a winner of both Solo and Concerto categories at the Ithaca College School of Music in New York.


(0:45) - Pros and Cons of social media as a classical musician

(1:33) - Attaching self worth to metrics

(1:53) - Why Tiffany started her Instagram Channel

(2:28) - Tiktok’s addictive algorithm

(2:59) - How not to get caught up in vanity metrics

(4:04) - Inevitable feeling of keeping attention and followers

(4:27) - Starting with the Right Headspace

(5:10) - Should you look at analytics?

(5:41) - Pivoting in Social Media to be more Authentic

(6:20) - Creating an Audience who follows you

(7:01) - An Identity Beyond the Instrument

(7:21) - Does Tiffany have friends or does she practice all day?

(7:53) - Difficulties with Pivoting

(8:27) - Repetition and Rejuvenation

(9:10) - Letting social media control your practice

(9:30) - Perfectionism and the Recording process

(12:01) - Note Perfect or Musical Substance?

(12:47) - Recorded Performances vs Live Performances

(13:45) - Why we Enjoy Performing

(14:46) - Adrenaline while Recording

(15:53) - What is the Biggest Lesson Tiffany Learned from Social Media?

(16:37) - Did Social Media negatively affect your passion for music?

(16:58) - Does anything compare to Music?

(17:47) - Tiffany’s most memorable Musical Experiences

(18:48) - What Strengthened Tiffany’s Passion for Music

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