Ark Sano

Ark S.

South Pasadena, CA
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Ark delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
May 1991

Over twenty years of experience in teaching classical and jazz piano technique and music theory to students of variety of levels.
I have taught vast variety of students from elementary school to adults, beginner to intermediate.
Offer tailored lessons according to the students’ level, progress and character.
Popular among students and parents for reliable, kind and pleasant character.
Summa Cum Laude graduate of Berklee College of Music.
Internationally acclaimed Jazz/classical pianist, composer and music director.
Instructor of Composition and Preparation for Competition at Yamaha Music School JACCC and Torrance in 1991. Five students received awards including the Grand Prix.

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer instruction of classical/jazz piano skills and music theory.
I help student’s school performance and/or music analysis project as well, and open to music which student brings. (theme song from TV program or movie, pops, etc.)
I only travel (means I visit student's home for lessons, don't offer lessons at my home) and I expect student to have a acoustic piano or better quality electric keyboard at home.

*** Specialties ***
Classical and Jazz piano, theory, arranging and composition

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Music Director/Conductor
Jan 2000 - Present
Japan America Chamber Ensemble

1992 to present Music instructor
Experienced instructor of jazz piano and music theory. Has taught vast variety of students from elementary school to college students and adults, beginner to intermediate. Tailored lessons according to the students’ progress and character. Helped student’s school performance and/or music analysis project as well. Popular among students and parents for reliable, kind and pleasant character.

1992 to present Composer, Arranger
Composed/arranged in the genre of jazz and classical music, in the style of baroque, classical, romantic, modern and contemporary in diverse format such as symphonic orchestra, chamber ensemble, string and flute quartet, solo piano, Jazz big band and combo band.

1990 to present Jazz Pianist
Internationally acclaimed Jazz pianist.
Appeared in numerous CDs in variety of genre.
Recorded for major labels such as Colombia and Impulse.
Have appeared on live TV and radio shows nationwide.
Performed in major Jazz festivals worldwide, such as North Sea, JVC, Montreal, Monterey, Victoria, and the Umbria Jazz festival.
2000 to present Music Director/Conductor
Music Director/Conductor of Japan America Chamber Ensemble, a unique ensemble of 16 talented musicians with several performances per year. Composed and planned rehearsals according to the ensemble’s progress and skills. Increased visibility of the ensemble by performing visiting concerts at nursing homes, local /cultural events and fundraiser of non-profit organizations. Develop the overall artistic quality of the ensemble.

2015-2016 Instructor of basic music skills, such as music notation, solfege, basic keyboard and singing for Extera Public Schools, as a part of Color Soundation music education system.

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PDM - Jazz Composition
Sep 1987 - May 1990
Berklee College of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Finalist of The Hollywood Bowl Guest Conductor contest
May 1998
Summa Cum Laude
May 1990
Berklee College of Music
Finalist of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition in 1989.
Aug 1989
Thelonious Monk institute

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La Candeur by Burgmuller, played slower, easy, and relaxed.

3 Reviews

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Daniel F. May 16, 2018
Piano · In home

Ark was professional and his love for music showed in the way he was instructing my son. Looking forward to many more lessons. thank you!

Priscilla B. Jun 19, 2017
Piano · In home

Ark is an awesome teacher for my 8 and 6 year olds. He is patient, thorough, consistent, and manages to keep their attention! I have noticed my kids are more interested in music, and have been progressive more quickly with Ark. Great teacher!

lydiaz Sep 12, 2010

good learning experience

Ark is very patient and encouraging. I really enjoyed the learning process so far.

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