Mina Yang is a writer, pianist, educator, and mom, as well as the author of California Polyphony: Ethnic Voices, Musical Crossroads (University of Illinois Press, 2008) and Planet Beethoven: Classical Music at the Turn of the Millennium (Wesleyan University Press, 2014). In addition to teaching in music schools and universities throughout California, she has served as a consultant and advisor to Disney Animation Studio, Santa Monica Museum of Art (now Institute of Contemporary Art), Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle, and Center for American Music, and has given lectures and presentations at universities, conferences, and concerts. She has also been successful in obtaining grants for research and pedagogical development from the NEH, University of California Academic Senate, Mellon Foundation, and the University of Southern California.
As Professor and Development Faculty of Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute, Dr. Yang teaches and develops new courses in music, visual arts, literature, and social history, and oversees the design and development of new courses for Minerva’s foundational arts and humanities curriculum. She is part of a team of faculty and technology professionals that is helping to create a state-of-the-art multimedia online platform to meet the educational needs of twenty-first-century global citizens.