Tomoko Ozawa

Tomoko O.

Irvine, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I can give you tips that I gained from my own experience to acquire techniques and understand the music. I am also able to help you find a comfortable posture to play with ease. We can discuss your interest whether classical, jazz or pop, and I will walk you through to achieve your goals and most importantly to enjoy playing music.
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Tomoko teaches



Tomoko delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2011

Tomoko has been teaching private lessons in piano, music theory and ear training since 2011, and is currently available to teach lessons at her home studio in Irvine, CA or at your home. Tomoko has helped students find joy and confidence in playing music. She is also able to guide you to play in a healthy manner. She has experience in helping students with learning difficulties and special needs.

After having trained classically in Tokyo and London, Tomoko relocated to Boston in 2011, to study jazz composition and performance at Berklee College of Music where she received a diploma in Professional Music in 2014. As an expert in her field, Tomoko always tries to keep student's learning experience fun and motivating, and looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. She has earned master's degree in performance from Longy School of Music of Bard College, and is currently a Ph.D candidate in ICIT (Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology) at UC Irvine.

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Band leader/pianist/vocalist/composer/arranger
Sep 2013 - Present
Tomoko O.

As a band leader, Tomoko has been leading her band to perform in various jazz clubs and venues such as The Beat Brasserie, Ryles Jazz Club, Lilypad, and Outpost 186 since 2013. Her premier album "Gentian" that feature poems of Emily Dickinson and instrumental pieces that have elements of impressionism and neo-classical was released in 2015, currently available on iTunes, and spotify.

Tomoko has also been participating many recording projects as a pianist and vocalist. As a pianist, she has recorded with Gaia Wilmer's group on Jazz Revelation Records in 2015, and also recorded a disney song for a music application by Sonotation. As a singer, she has collaborated and recorded her original composition as well as pop songs for Music Production and Engineering projects at Berklee College of Music.

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Private piano teacher
Sep 2011 - Present

I have been giving private piano lessons to students between 4 and 23 years old over the past 5 years. For small children, I mainly focus on having fun in my lessons by singing, clapping hands and using card games to learn notes. For intermediate level students, I give them simple and effective exercises that they can do in a short amount of time to improve their skills. For advanced level students, I first discuss about their goals and interest, and then design our lessons accordingly to achieve their success.

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Piano Accompanist
May 2014 - Jul 2017
Boston Conservatory, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, Dance Complex

Provide piano accompaniment for ballet class by spontaneously choosing repertoire from classical, ragtime, jazz and latin music.

Assistant music teacher
Sep 2015 - Jun 2017
Saint Peter School Cambridge

I have been working as an assistant music teacher for 5th and 7th grade students in Cambridge.

For 5th grade, we learn music instruments and songs in each period, and play games using songs from that period.
For 7th grade, I teach ukulele and basic music theory as well as directing choir.

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Music Tutor
Sep 2011 - May 2014
Berklee College of Music

One-on-one tutoring session in all core music subjects in Berklee (music theory, ear training, and counterpoint)

I have helped over 100 students for their harmony or ear training class work, and helped them gain confidence and success. I give them examples to help them understand the concept, and simple exercises to improve their skills. I have worked with students with learning difficulties and special needs.

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PhD in Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology
Sep 2017 - Present
UC Irvine
Master's Degree in Modern American Music
Sep 2015 - May 2017
Longy School of Music
Diploma in Professional Music (focus in Jazz Composition and Performance)
Jan 2011 - May 2014
Berklee College of Music
Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and Political Science
Apr 2002 - Mar 2007
International Christian University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Grade 8 Piano with distinction
Sep 1998
The Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music

Photos & Videos

Photo by Tomoko O.
Photo by Tomoko O.
Tokyo tour in summer 2015

Free Improvisation
Photo by Tomoko O.

Photo by Tomoko O.

Tokyo tour 2015

Photo by Tomoko O.

Epiphany from album "Gentian"

10 Reviews

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Holly W. Apr 27, 2018
Piano · In home

My first lesson went well. Tomoko is very patient. Even in one lesson, I felt I learned a lot. She finds out what level you're at to save time and plays to your interests. I look forward to more lessons.

mosh N. Jun 28, 2016
Piano · In studio

Tomoko is a not only a perfassional teacher, but also a talented improvisor! She has extensive knowledge of lots of kinds of music (ballet, Jazz, classic) and excellent skill of improvising. I observed her accompany class for ballet, she was very patient and helpful which are also very important qualities of being a teacher. it was a great experience!

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Don Jun 13, 2016
Piano · In home

I am just starting to learn how to play the piano, and have had no past experience with other music teachers. Tomoko has a very pleasant and encouraging teaching style. Her approach is informal and she does not rely on a rigid "lesson plan". I would highly recommend her for those wanting a relaxed learning experience.

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Lydia Apr 7, 2016
Piano · In studio

Tomoko is a great teacher! She is knowledgeable in both jazz and classical music. Her criticism is constructive as she wants the best outcome for her students!

Rebecca Mar 29, 2016
· In studio

Tomoko is an awesome teacher! She was very patient and made me feel at ease and inspired. She explained difficult musical concepts in a clear way that I could understand, and I feel like I have learned a lot from her. I highly reccomend taking lessons from her--you won't be sorry!!

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Elena Luchkina Mar 15, 2016
Piano · In home

Tomoko is passionate about music, a wonderful and inspirational teacher. Her guidance helps me learn pieces that looked very difficult at first. I recommend her to anyone who wants to play piano including novice adults!

Sum Jan 14, 2016
Piano · In studio

My four year old daughter enjoyed the class. She loves music thanks to Ms. Tomoko.
She felt comfortable and relaxed during the class.

yolee Jan 13, 2016
Piano · In home

Tomoko is a great young musician and good at teaching. Both of my children like her piano lesson. She is very pleasant and easy to communicate with. I definitely recommend her for teaching piano lesson.

noga Jan 10, 2016
Music Theory · Online

Tomoko is a great teacher! she helped me via skype with clearing and understanding complex harmony concepts with patience and kindness and i would recommend anyone to take lessons with her.

Daniel Jan 8, 2016
Music Theory · In studio

Tomoko is a fantastic tutor. I had a lot of trouble understanding music theory because it had been a topic I hadn't seen before. She was able to explain things to me in a very clear and easy way. She was also able to help me with ear training lessons which was also surprisingly easy, considering it was a topic I felt I had a lot of trouble with at the time. She's one of the best, no doubt.

Also, if you happen to get piano lessons from her, I'm sure you'll get more than your money's worth. She's an amazing jazz, classical, and overall pianist.

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