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Master of Music at San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music at San Diego State University
American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria
Bay Area Summer Opera Training Institute
a member of Music Teachers’ Association of California
2008 1st place at Singing Competition in Japan
2007 1st place at San Diego Choral Club Scholarship Audition
2006 3rd place at NATS-San Diego Chapter-Classical Division
2005 2nd place winner at San Francisco Bay Area NATS Singing Festival-Art Song Division.
2004 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Scholarship.
2003 San Francisco Conservatory of Music Scholarship.
2003 Honorable Mention Awards, NATS-San Diego Chapter-Musical Theatre Division.
2002 1st place winner, NATS-San Diego Chapter-Classical Division.
I started learning piano when I was 6 years old in Japan. Then, I started to take singing lesson when I was 15 years old since my teacher taught both voice and piano.
For University studies, I moved to California. I have received Music scholarships and have won singing competitions. I received my Master of Music from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Last 24 years, I have been living in San Diego. I have been teaching about 20 years. I also perform as an opera singer. I am a mother of 10 years old girl.
I started teaching Math professionally when I was 18 years old. After 21 years old, I started to teach at local music school as well as teaching privately at students houses. Some students asked me to teach Japanese, and I have taught Japanese as well.
Teaching is my calling and I am good at it. I am just helping people to understand things they do not know or understand. I grew up with a private tutor and my academic was excellent. I finished high school and Universities. But I enjoyed and learned the most from my private tutor.
I teach private lesson, which means I plan and teach according to the individual's goal and level. When a student has one song that he or she just want to improve, I will help and focus on that song. When a student want to learn general piano, I use "My First Piano Adventure" piano book series.
For piano technique, I use study materials from Certificate of Merit (Piano tests in California).
For singing, I use my own method of technique (healthy, not pushing way of singing) and a student pick his or her favorite song.
When I teach, I try to make students learning simple and easy as possible. I will not make it more complicated. I am here to help/make it easier after all. I will also inspire and encourage student to learn and get better by demonstrating. I am the cheer leader for my students and we learn together. I am patient and supportive. Sometimes, I get very surprised how my students improved so fast. One student sang totally different after I taught him 45 minutes lesson! I make a set schedule so that it becomes a habit of learning.
Hiroko is a wonderful teacher! So patient and it is easy to understand her directions.
She is a wonderful instructor.... My son loves her...
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