Aya Safiya

Aya S.

Allston, MA

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

I teach students how to speak Japanese as it is spoken in Japan. Japanese is an extremely complicated language where there are many different ways to say one thing depending on the situation. Context plays a big role in Japanese and so does the pitch of each syllable and the flow of an overall sentence. A Japanese speaker may be able to understand a completely inarticulate sentence just based on context and pitch, therefore with poor pitch or flow, that person may assume a foreign language is being spoken and immediately give up on trying to understand. I focus my lessons on how to speak Japanese like a native Japanese speaker, so that a student can go to Japan and converse normally in practical daily life. This means we work a lot on pronunciation and casual conversation, and the student will learn to speak before they read, and to read before they write, as any native speaker of any language does. If the student prefers to focus on learning reading and writing for more artistic reasons however, we can do that.

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Aya delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+

Teaching since:

Authentic, tasteful, and experienced, Aya Safiya is an accomplished violinist who has performed at renowned venues such as the Great American Music Hall, as well as festivals in the US and in Greece. Aya began studying both Suzuki classical and traditional Greek violin when she was 7. She has made numerous trips to Greece to study with master violinists such as Nicos Chatzopoulos and Nikos Oikonomidhis. At age 15 She started teaching individual lessons and group workshops at world music camps in California, and in more recent years crafted her "regional Greek violin technique" workshop which she conducted at the Freight & Salvage Coffee House in Berkeley in 2017. She continues to hold occasional workshops and regularly teaches private lessons.

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Violin & Vocal Instructor
Jul 2005 - Present

Violin & Vocal Instructor
Jul 2005 - Jul 2018
Sierra Music and Arts Institute

Violin & Vocal Instructor
Nov 2016 - Jun 2017
Freight and Salvage Coffee House


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Aya Safiya and Giorgos Dhrakos at the Traditional Music Festival of Leros
The Aya & Tano Collective in Berkeley, California.
Photo by Aya S.
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