Toni McFall was born in Seattle, Washington, where she had her early musical training with her mother Yue Jin Liu, a piano teacher in the Seattle area. Shortly after, she continued her training with Dr. Peter Mack. Toni received a full tuition scholarship from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Angela Cheng and obtained her bachelors in classical piano performance. Toni currently is pursuing her masters in piano performance with the Van Cliburn metalist Barry Snyder at NYU.
For the last seven years, Toni has taught in Washington, Ohio, and New York. She was previously giving secondary piano lessons at Oberlin Conservatory. Toni has built a studio of 15 students through Ni’s Key’s piano instruction in Seattle and her students have been frequent winners of local, national, and international competitions. Currently she is a member of the adjunct faculty for the NYU Steinhardt piano department and teaches group keyboard skills and private lessons for music and non-music undergraduate majors.
Toni has performed in several venues throughout the United States, Europe, and China. She has performed in Benaroya hall, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Robert Schumann House in Zwickau, Germany.
Toni recognizes her student’s strengths and weaknesses and focuses on building each student’s confidence to be better musicians and performers. She believes in creating positive and motivating experiences for her students while teaching them important skills they use for practicing and performing. Having extensive knowledge in performance, technique, theory, and history, Toni educates her students on all aspects of music.