Peder Sill | Music | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Peder Sill

Peder Sill

I was fortunate enough as a child to have a classical violinist for a mother and have been brought up in a musical environment. This has given me a deep and natural love and understanding of the music that I now play.

At the age of 17, I decided to devote my life to the piano, and was accepted into the Piano Performance Program at Southern Illinois University. My undergraduate professor Dr. Jungwha Lee, taught what I now believe to be perhaps the most important lesson in music for me; to listen, and your ears will teach you everything you need to know. I finished my Masters in Piano Performance at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver studying with Steven Mayer whose pedagogical expertise on technique has been instilled in me.

As a performer of classical music, my goal is to find the humanistic message that lies at the heart of each work, and present the music in a context that can be related to a person living in today’s society and culture.

As a teacher, it is my purpose to help guide a student to what they love most about music, and to help them form a skill with which they can express that love. By helping the student find different ways to use their ears and listen to themselves, and to others, they can then begin to form their own ideal sound with which they can then pursue. I teach technique as a means through which to express oneself. Technique is not a means by which to play music simply faster or more efficient, it is teaching the body to better understand the ear, and shaping the body to more effectively communicate one’s ideal sound. Ultimately, it is my goal to inspire students to love their music more deeply, so that they may in the end have a skill that will give them a lifelong tool for communicating themselves.