Born to an award winning conductor and music teacher, I was exposed to music at a very early age. With my father’s supervision, I began my piano and ear-training at the age of three. At age four, I joined the Yamaha musical after-school program and engaged in group lessons. As I got older, group lessons gave way to private instruction as I learned and played piano passionately through my childhood.
I was born and raised in Hiroshima, Japan and left my native land in 2006 to the United States to better my education. In school I studied general music, with an emphasis on piano. Additionally, I have also studied Early Childhood Development and Education.
Piano, Singing, Acting, Music Theory, Songwriting, Speaking Voice
I have been teaching music for over 15 years. In regards to piano training, I began taking classical piano lessons at the age of five and continued for 11 years. I performed at Valley Fair Mall, Sherman and Clay stores, churches and concerts etc.
In regards to vocal background, I performed her first vocal solo at the age of five. At the age of 15, I founded the Notre Dame Gospel Choir. By the second year the choir grew to over 50 voices. Following graduation in 1999, I was hired back to continue directing the choir. By the time of my departure in 2004, the choir had grown to over 100 voices and was deemed as the largest club on campus. This choir performed at many events across Northern California which included: Christmas in the Park, churches, schools and opening for the world renowned group, Chanticleer. They also performed at Disneyland in their Magic Music Days Program three consecutive years. In addition I direct the 200 voice California Northwest Jurisdiction Youth Choir for . She received numerous awards and scholarships as an individual performer and choral director/ private vocal coach.
I have a B.A. in music with an emphasis in vocal performance from Santa Clara University where I also reinstated the University’s gospel choir with an annual event (Gospelfest) bringing in 1,000 persons at its prime. After being away from SCU since my 2004 graduation, in 2011, I was rehired at SCU to conduct the choir once more.
I have worked with persons ranging from preschool to University students W.C Cupe Elementary school, Carden Academy of Santa Clara, Santa Clara Christian School to name a few. I have many solo performances under her belt; San Jose Ballet performances of Nutcracker (ahh girls), Operas held at Santa Clara University, duets with gospel legends such as Andre Crouch just to name a few. I believe that music teaches discipline, confidence, respect and love. Currently, I am the founder and director of a recording children’s choir named Joyful Noise Bay Area Children’s Choir which ranges in age from 6-17 This group operates under my husband and I's 501c3 non-profit organization, Youth Utilizing emPowerment and Praise, I am a songwriter, arranger, teacher, coach and most importantly a lover of music and music education.
Drum, Piano, Violin, Cello, Clarinet, Flute, Music Theory, Oboe, Percussion, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Upright Bass, Viola
I have been a public school music teacher for 28 years. I am an optimistic, enthusiastic person, who will help you learn music reading in addition to music playing. I started on piano as a young child, and studied clarinet from elementary school through college, where I focused on french horn. I have a BA in Music Education from Humboldt State University, where I also earned my teaching credential. I have taught beginning, intermediate and advanced band and orchestra, in addition to choir and jazz band. I have been music director for over 10 middle school musicals. In my spare time I enjoy my two Springer Spaniels and going horseback riding, in addition to reading.
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Trumpet, Ukulele, Banjo, Trombone, Tuba, Upright Bass
I have been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. More recently I've also started teaching online lessons via Skype with Take Lessons as well.
I received my Bachelor of Music Education with Honors from New Mexico State University in 2008. During the course of my degree I had a special focus on classical guitar and composition, but completed a program certifying teachers for band, orchestra, choir, and general music from kindergarten to high school. I also received my Level 1 Orff certification (music education for small children) from the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.
I have played piano and studied its literature for over forty years. As a college undergraduate, I majored in Piano Performance and Music Theory at the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. I also have a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts – Boston.
I am currently a member of the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) and the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT).
Drum, Piano, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion
I recently completed my Master of Arts in Jazz Studies from San Jose State with an emphasis in drum set performance and jazz composition. I also completed my Bachelor of Music in Music Education from San Jose State where I mainly studied snare drum, timpani, and mallet percussion, but also studied the fundamentals in brass, woodwinds, strings, and voice. Additionally, I took private jazz drum set lessons to focus on becoming a versatile musician and teacher.
As an undergraduate student I had the opportunity to teach percussion courses at a music camp to students between the ages of 6 and 17 that had no prior music experience. I developed daily music lessons to help all the students understand musical concepts and performance techniques. This opportunity helped me understand the importance of teaching music to children and how every student has a different way of learning. I always strive to shape my teaching style to my students needs.
As a drummer, I love to perform many different styles such as Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B, Funk, Blues, and Pop. I had the opportunity to play in the following ensembles while attending San Jose State University: Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble, directed by Three-time Grammy Nominee Wayne Wallace; Symphonic Band; Marching Band; Jazz Combos; and Percussion Ensemble. I have also played in various musicals throughout the Central Valley and Bay Area. Playing in all of these different ensembles has not only exposed me to variety of musical styles but also made me as comfortable playing in a group setting as in a solo context.
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