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Instruments: Piano
Styles: Classical

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Kaoru M In Home In Studio
Instruments: Piano
Styles: Classical

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Ages Taught: 5-80
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1981 - Performed at Young musician's festival organized by Alumni Musashino Academia Musicae

Overview:
Teaching is my passion! Currently I work as a teacher at Washington Japanese school and other music organization and am very comfortable to work for kids. I love to find their music talent and develop their piano skill and expression. I gained my piano skill by taking 12 year private lessons. My piano and Russian language skill enabled me to work with Russian musicians. Especially in 1996 I worked as an interpreter/assistant for Master class lessons by Prof. Sergei Dorensky who is a judge of International Tchaikovsky Competition and ex Dean of Moscow Conservatory and Prof. Andrei Pisarev who is also a professor of Moscow Conervatory. Through their Master class lessons I learned a lot of things not only piano techniques, but also expression.
EXPERIENCE
My music teaching experience is 4 years at Washington Japanese school and Playtime Arts Academy. Although my experience is not long, I am very good at motivate my students to practice piano. I cherish who they are and each student's personality. I choose not only classical pieces, but also Jazz, pops, ragtime and etc. for students to enjoy their lessons. Here is the testimonial from the mother of my students, 4 brothers. "Thank you so much for your excellent teaching of the boys. They love going to the piano to play the songs that you have taught them! You are the best teacher."
METHODS USED
For beginner students who are children 3-5, I focus on training their ears. I do lots of "piano key finding game' for them to know the right sound & keys. For age 5-7 I focus on training sight reading skill and fingering skills as well as listening training. For students who have 3-5 year experience, I teach how to express music and how to put their emotions to their performance using piano skills. It is not just to teach them to follow dynamics or other signatures on music sheet. I use my imagination to explain music and try to pull out their imagination and teach them how to put into music. For late elementary and intermediate students it is also important to improve wrist movement and finger movement. To brush up these skills they can reach to higher level and would play piano with rich sound. I use variety of books, like from classical to Jazz. Here are books I usually use for my students. For beginners - Teaching little fingers to play, Bastien piano basics level 1&2, Favorite classical melodies 1&2, Alfred piano library 1&2, Just Imagine! For late intermediate & intermediate - Accent on Gillock 2,3,4, Jazz, Rag & Blues 1,2,3,4,5, Burgmuller 24 studies, Sonatina Album, Gurlitt selected works, Gurlitt Album for the young, ABRSM (The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music UK) exam pieces, Chopin Waltz, Chopin Mazurka, Hanon, Bach Invention, Tchaikovsky Seasons, Bastien piano literature series, and etc.
LESSON STYLE
I find each student's possibility. Some are good at reading music, but other are good at listening. Some have creativity to compose music and other are good at understanding what composers idea and perform music beautifully. Therefore I take different approach to each student. I discuss about their goal and set the goal with together with students. I explain what is the best way to achieve the goal. I instruct them clearly step by step and let them know what they have to do every day. Sometimes it takes long time like month or years to achieve the goal. I encourage and motivate them using various lesson materials.
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Archana Johnson

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The children like her a lot. She’s very patient and the kids say she nice to them. She’s introducing them to music they like.

Review posted on Aug 21, 2019
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