Ark Sano
South Pasadena, CA
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Ark Sano

Ark S.

South Pasadena, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Costomized lessons for each student's ability, needs, and interest.
Experienced instructor of classical/jazz piano. Has taught vast variety of students from elementary school children to 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.

About Ark S.

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.

Assistant Conductor of Symphony 47 orchestra and Palisades Symphony, both Los Angeles Based community orchestra.
Music Director/ Conductor of Japan America Chamber Ensemble.


*** 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 offer online lessons, and 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, music theory, conducting, arranging and composition

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Daniel F.
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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!

Posted May 16, 2018
Priscilla B.
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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!

Posted Jun 19, 2017
lydiaz

good learning experience

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

Posted Sep 12, 2010

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Experience

Piano instructor/Music Director/Conductor
Jan 2000 - Present

Freelance/Japan America Chamber Ensemble and community orchestras

1992 to present Music instructor Experienced instructor of classical and jazz piano, as well as 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, 2018-2019 Instructor of basic music skills, such as music notation, solfege, basic keyboard and singing for a couple of Elementary Schools including Extera Public School, as a part of Color Soundation music education system. 2019 - present Assistant conductor of two community orchestras in Los Angeles, CA. Tasks including conducting, rehearsing, planning to rehearsal, such as studying and preparing scores, checking and providing pars, seating of orchestra/ensemble members, etc. .

Education

PDM - Jazz Composition
Sep 1987 - May 1990

Berklee College of Music

Languages

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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