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MM, Queens College; City University of New York, Jazz Vocal Performance. BM, City College of New York, Jazz Vocal Performance.
2012- Pro Musica award from the City College of New York
I truly love teaching; there are few pleasures greater than seeing students progress. I encourage them to discover how beautiful and fun music is, and help them to find and develop their own areas of interest and talent. Born in Japan of a mother who started me on classical voice and piano in my early childhood, I went on to play flute and the Japanese koto and shamisen, and to compose and sing my own songs. The music of New York captivated me and drew me to move here, and at City College and Queens College I studied jazz and classical vocal performance while singing in the Billy Harper Voices. Currently in addition to teaching voice and piano I am performing my compositions at some of New York's most important music venues, including the 55 Bar in Greenwich Village.
I have been teaching voice lessons at my studio, and piano with a private school for two years. I teach vocal technique which applies to any genre, and music theory and performance (especially for jazz and pop singing), as well as beginning piano. I encourage regular practice on a consistent schedule, which is important for developing musical skills.
For beginning students I usually start with breathing techniques, which I believe are the basis of good vocal technique, then vocal warm-ups, and singing repertoire. I am very flexible in following the interests and goals of the student, which are always my guide in lesson planning.
I especially love teaching voice. I make goals and adjust to the pace of the student. While I don't believe I am too strict a teacher, I am always trying to challenge students. Besides keeping them on track with practicing the fundamentals, I encourage students to discover how beautiful and fun music is.
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