Carolyn Ota

Carolyn O.

New York, NY
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Carolyn delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 1981

Coming from a large extended family in Hawaii, I was surrounded by luau music, kachi-kachi dancing, Japanese bon dances, handsome local guys singing and playing their guitars and my aunties strumming their ukes and singing old songs. I reveled in walking alone in Nature or playing piano and singing in empty, stained-glassed churches - just wailing in the dark and colored light!

I studied: piano, organ, oboe, clarinet, violin, voice, and guitar. I started as a teenager to make a small living playing for various churches, choirs, weddings, and funerals. As a young adult, I sang in jazz trios and pop bands, and continued playing as a church organist/choir accompanist, and began teaching private piano lessons to students of all ages.

Upon arriving in New York City, I entered into a journey of playing at a Washington Heights gospel church, living in a building filled with musicians, studying Sanskrit and mantra chanting, and sound and light healing. And, I sang! And wrote my own songs.

By blending traditional teaching methods and everything I've learned, I create meaningful experiences for students by:
- being patient, flexible, and creative in approach
- using visual, aural, and tactile teaching tools

*** Lesson Goals ***
After 3 to 6 Months of Lessons, you can use the important music fundamentals you've learned to create music you love.
After about a year, you are able to share your music with your family and friends - and maybe even perform as a service to your community!

*** My Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano, synthesizers, guitars, ukulele, percussion instruments, cool learning tools and charts

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can carry my own guitar, ukulele, teaching aids, manuscript paper, pen/pencils, and handouts.

*** My Specialties ***
Playing instruments thoughtfully, with feel, especially with vocals.
Taking basic techniques & music theory to expand, create one's vision.
Creating music to nourishes the body and soul.
Making lesson times fun and meaningful.
Singing from an unguarded voice - to be as authentic as possible.

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Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Finding inspiration on a grand piano in a California loft. December 2016.
Singing with my ukulele for a recent wedding ceremony.
Singing a Hawaiian song in Central Park, NYC.

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Singing @ Mocha Moo in Washington.

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Photo by Carolyn O.

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Ready to take this to the next lesson!

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Making a floor staff so students can jump around and really feel the Do Re Mi's!

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A dear student learning to sing and play guitar!

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A vocal student progressed to songwriting lessons!

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9 Reviews

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Bon-Jay Apr 14, 2019
Ukulele · In home

First lesson with Carolyn in the books! She is a wonderful teacher - positive, encouraging and while thoughtful with her lesson plan, is happy to take the lesson in a direction of your choosing!

Very much looking forward to my future lessons with her!

Vasco Jul 17, 2018
Piano · In studio

Carolyn is terrific! I decided to finally learn to play the piano and learn music theory at 50! I am having an incredible learning experience with Carolyn. She is patient and is always one step ahead anticipating my challenges and helping me learn and improve.

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Altan May 29, 2018
Singing · In home

Carolyn has a very positive attitude. My daughter looks forward to her singing lessons.

Rachel M. Apr 10, 2017
Ukulele · In home

Very nice and welcoming, I learned a lot a few sessions and enjoyed them.

Sophie D. Aug 3, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

One day, I decided to learn ukulele by myself but I became quickly stuck. I found Carolyn on this website and then went to her place to take my first lesson. Carolyn is super sweet; very welcoming, smiling, fun to work with. She is very positive and gives great feedbacks all the time! I learnt a lot during our session!! At some point, we sat at her piano to talk about notes and keys: it was very interesting to switch to another instrument. In addition, her place has very harmonious vibes: when I left I felt so much better!!! I definitely recommend Carolyn for music lessons! And I look forward to our next ukulele lesson!

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RebeccaM1 Aug 8, 2011
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Carolyn turned out to be the perfect piano instructor for my teenage niece who is a slow learner. Carolyn is enthusiastic, supportive, patient, and fun. My niece especially loves getting to sing together with Carolyn as an added bonus!

CarolineL Apr 15, 2011
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mom

My 11 year old absolutely adores Carolyn--she can't wait for her weekly singing lessons!

CandaceG1 Oct 21, 2010
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Inspired Student

I would like to thank you patience and love for the piano. These qualities are what help me learn and appreciate the piano. Thank you!

LuisV Aug 18, 2010
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Grandfather

I am so happy to have you been my granddaughter teacher I am confident en your knowledge and I hope you kip up for ever

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