Ark Sano

Ark S.

South Pasadena, CA

About Ark S.

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Ark teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: May 1991
Last sign in: More than two months

Overview

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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Ark

Experience

Music Director/Conductor

Jan 2000 - Present
Japan America Chamber Ensemble

Music Director/Conductor of Japan America Chamber Ensemble, a unique ensemble of 17 talented musicians with several performances per year. Composed and planned rehearsals according to the ensemble’s progress and skills. Determine the stage setup according to the situation of performing venue to present the ensemble at its best acoustically and visually. Increase visibility of the ensembles by visiting nursing homes and participating in local /cultural events. Develop the overall artistic quality of the ensemble. Select and approve playing personnel: conduct auditions, hire musicians, dismiss musicians, select principal players, and determine seating within each section.

Education

PDM - Jazz Composition

Sep 1987 - May 1990
Berklee College of Music

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Japanese

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Finalist of The Hollywood Bowl Guest Conductor contest

May 1998
KKGO

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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1 Review on Ark S.

Silhouette-80
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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