Carolyn Ota
New York, NY
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Carolyn Ota

Carolyn O.

New York, NY
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This is a deeply personal and healing journey for you with a supportive, gentle, and kind mentor and teacher.
You can sit in this safe space to bring out your words, chords, images to create your healing soul song.

About Carolyn O.

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 nourish the body and soul.
Making lesson times fun and meaningful.
Singing from an authentic, heart-centered voice.

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Jen Smith
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Carolyn did a great job of introducing our 8-year-old to signing. She was energetic, patient and fun and made sure to pick music our daughter liked and customized lessons to her interest and level.

Posted Sep 29, 2020
Mia L.
Profile-location-online Online

My daughter has been asking me for ukulele classes for a while and we found Carolyn online, really liked her profile and we just had the first class yesterday. My daughter had a fun and informative class with a nice follow up practice to do on her own. Carolyn was great, \able to connect with my 7 yr old and made her feel comfortable. She even asked me if we were going to be able to meet her in person one day!

Posted Sep 1, 2020
Thea
Profile-location-online Online

When our lessons started, I have low expectations of myself. I never realised I could have enjoyed it as much. Much of the enjoyment could be attributed to Teacher Carolyn's guidance, and tips. I appreciated that she was kind and positive all throughout.

Posted Aug 27, 2020
Talitha
Profile-location-online Online

Had a great first lesson! I wasn't sure what to expect from an online music lesson, but Carolyn is a great teacher and I could hear the difference after a single lesson.

Posted Jul 6, 2020
Milena Gomes
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Great!

Posted Jun 28, 2020
Natalia S.
Profile-location-online Online

Best teacher ever!

Posted Jun 6, 2020
Celia
Profile-location-online Online

She was really considerate and nice! Would recommend to someone looking to start playing guitar :)

Posted May 25, 2020
Amy
Profile-location-online Online

Awesome teacher! Integrated with breathing, relaxing, body awareness, and all the fundamentals to bring out the voice. Relaxed and fun lessons.

Posted May 18, 2020
Nathan (11), Katy (10), Charlie (8) T.
Profile-location-online Online

Carolyn is phenomenal! I have 3 kids, one of them special needs, and she was able to take the info I provided about each of them, create a specialized experience for each of them, and meet them where they were at. All this after their FIRST LESSON. I was way impressed and can't wait to see how they develop under her direction!

Posted May 4, 2020
envie
Profile-location-online Online

shes the best with kids shes really nice

Posted Mar 27, 2020
Savanna S.
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Carolyn is a fantastic teacher - great with children!

Posted Mar 20, 2020
Mike
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Carolyn is great! She brings an amazing chill energy and makes it feel more like time hanging out with a friend than a lesson. Definitely recommend her, I think kids would love her as well.

Posted Jun 20, 2019
Bon-Jay
Profile-location-home Student's 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!

Posted Apr 14, 2019
Vasco
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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.

Posted Jul 17, 2018
Altan
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Carolyn has a very positive attitude. My daughter looks forward to her singing lessons.

Posted May 29, 2018
Rachel M.
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Very nice and welcoming, I learned a lot a few sessions and enjoyed them.

Posted Apr 10, 2017
Sophie D.
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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!

Posted Aug 3, 2016
RebeccaM1

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!

Posted Aug 8, 2011
CarolineL

mom

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

Posted Apr 15, 2011
CandaceG1

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!

Posted Oct 21, 2010
LuisV

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

Posted Aug 18, 2010

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English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

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Hawaiian

Limited Proficiency

Japanese

Limited Proficiency

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