Ai Sato

Ai S.

Fairfax, VA

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching professionally for 15 years. For beginners, I use Faber Piano Adventure Method Series to emphasize proper reading and technical skills to ensure improvement very quickly! I believe learning how to play the piano should be a joyful experience and one that will be part of their life for a long time. I teach mainly classical music and specialize in recital and audition preparation. I enjoy my students to reach their highest musical potential and to lead to confidence in their ability. I am very experienced in teaching beginners and intermediate to early advanced students. All students have opportunities to perform in recitals, festivals and auditions.
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Ai delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5 to 18

Teaching since:

Ai began her piano lessons when she was five years old. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Piano Performance in 1996. She also was an assistant instructor (1995-1996) while she was working on her Master's degree. After graduating with her Master's degree, she studied privately with at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore for two years. She taught privately at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale (1996-2000), Columbia Institute of Fine Arts in Falls Church (1997-2001), Jordan Kitt's Music in Merrifield (2004-2005 and 2013-present), and her own studio in Oakton (1996-2005 and 2012-present). Her students participated in festivals and competitions at the local music organizations (1998-2002 and 2013-present). Besides teaching, she participated in master classes and competitions in Europe, Moscow, and the U.S. She performed in recitals and performed with orchestras in the Czech Republic (1999, 2001 and 2003) and Taiwan (2002). She received a recital prize from the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. (1998) as well as a Faure Special Mention Prize in the IBLA Grand Prize Competition in Sicily (2002).

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Piano Instructor
Mar 2013 - Present
Music Studio

Piano Instructor
Sep 1996 - Jan 2005
Piano Studio


Master of Music in Piano Performance
Sep 1994 - Aug 1996
Indiana University Bloomington
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
Sep 1990 - Jun 1994
Indiana University Bloomington


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Faure Special Mention
Jul 2002
IBLA Grand Prize
French Embassy Recital Award
Oct 1998
French Piano Institute


Royal Conservatory of Music of Canada Music Development Program
May 2017

The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (Music Development Program) provides a recognized national standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels.

National Guild of Piano Teachers/American College of Musicians, The
Sep 2015

Our primary function is to establish definite goals and awards--in noncompetitive auditions--for students of all levels, from the earliest beginner to the gifted prodigy.

Music Teachers National Association
Oct 2011

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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Practice playing before the piano recital

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Gulgun Sep 26, 2017
Piano · In studio

Ai is an excellent piano teacher. She has great communication skills with children. She prepared my son for The Royal Conservatory piano exam and he was able to get a very high score compare to what he got before. My first grade daughter who is her student also loves piano because of her. Thank you Ai!

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Aaron Sep 26, 2017
Piano · In studio

Ai is great on teaching kids the piano class and she focuses more on kid's interest in piano, not just the competition.

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