Aya Kaminaguchi

Aya K.

Hamden, CT
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Lesson Details



Aya delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3+

Teaching since:
August 2000

Caring teacher with more than 15 years of experience • Strong back ground in music education and performing • Dedicated to create fun yet stable learning environment and inspiring students to do their best

"I enjoy teaching students, helping them build confidence in their ability to achieve and more importantly, share the joy of playing music."

*** Studio Equipment ***
dedicated music room w/ Drum set, Snare, Timpani, Marimba, Xylophone, Glockenspiel, Congas, Bongos, Djembe, Cajon, Piano

*** Specialties ***
Concert percussion, Marching percussion, Drum-set, Marimba, Timpani, and Hand Drums in all levels and styles


Principal Percussionist
Sep 2017 - Present
New Haven Symphony Orchestra


Sponsored Artist
Jun 2017 - Present
SABIAN Cymbals

Ms. Aya is a professional percussionist sponsored by SABIAN Cymbals.

Aug 2012 - Present
Hudson Valley Philharmonic

Performing in orchestral concerts throughout the year

Percussion and Piano Facaulty
Sep 2014 - Jun 2017
InSpira Performing Arts Center

-private lessons for beginner to advanced students
-teaching piano, percussion, solfege and music theory
-preparation for recitals and ABRSM exams
-ages 4 to adult

Percussion Instructor
Sep 2013 - Jun 2015
Norwood Public Schools After School Program

-group and private lessons for beginner to advanced students
-teaching snare drum technique, mallet instruments and drum set
-middle school and high school students, ages 12 to 18, 60 students


Master Degree in Percussion Performance
Sep 2010 - May 2015
Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Bachelor of Music Education
Apr 1994 - Mar 1998
Osaka College of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


1st Prize, Percussion Audition
May 2015
Percussive Arts Society of Boston
Aug 2001
International Marimba Competition in Belgium


American Federation of Musicians
Sep 2010

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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Photos & Videos

Star Wars in Concert World Tour
Excelsis Percussion
Excelsis Percussion
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4 Reviews

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Henrique Jan 7, 2018
Music Performance · In studio

I took lessons with Aya when I was in high school 13 years ago. She was very inspiring and because of her I decided to major in Music. I’m currently finishing my doctorate in Music and I am much indebted to her for exposing me to such a high level of artistry and instilling me with so much confidence at such a young age. I have very fond memories of Aya’s wonderful teaching.

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Kevin Jun 30, 2017
Marimba · In studio

I used to take lessons with her when I was in high school. Because of her, I got in the all state band two years in a row and I had a blast.

Michael Jun 29, 2017
Drum · In studio

She is a great drum teacher. I've learned so much and really enjoy taking lessons with her.

Julie Jun 29, 2017
Percussion · In studio

Aya is awesome. She cares about her students and customize lessons for my need. She is great with kids and I highly recommend her for your kid's music lessons.

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