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1990 Uchida Scholarship for Berklee College of Music
1991 Berklee College of Music Scholarship
1992 Outstanding Lead Trumpet Award at Berklee College of Music
I am very involved and unique brass teacher for all round styles and would love to share my musical knowledge with feelings. I have attended Shobi College of Music in Tokyo, Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory in Boston. Studied private lessons with Armando Ghitalla, Herb Pomeroy, Bob McCoy, Bill Adam, Louis Mucci and Charlie Banacos to name some. I have performed internationally for Aretha Franklin, Bach Akademie, Clark Terry, Kennedy Compound, Sydney Festival, George Russell, Osvaldo Golijov, etc... and playing great musicians also taught me on the each spot, so that I am so eager to share what is going on with music with you very much.
I had few substitute teaching jobs at schools during 90s and discovered my interest on giving lesson and irregularly teaching private lessons. What I most enjoy on lessons is to find student's own goal and interest. I actually can learn a lot from students as well. Music is so spiritual and rewarded if you spend your time to seek excellence for real enjoyment and love. These days music require so much studies on different topics, some are interested in getting higher notes, another want to learn circular breathing, maybe you may want to play just rap music. But brass playing can develop only on right foundation so that that would be fantastic if we can share our own view of the music.
Methods can be so differ between individuals but fortunately almost all trumpet authorities use common materials and there is no secrets. Secrets are how and when you use these materials. Each of us has own weakness and strength, so that I may write down some homework(s) for you or would pick some exercise from Etudes for you. Sometimes you may want to memorize song. What about improvisation ? How about you play nice melody for loved one ? You may want to pass trumpet audition or examination... Let's find what to do for your future excellence soon !
I am very open when it comes to do trumpetting better. Some may have pain issue on his / her back and neck, so we will have to do some physical therapy or change how you hold the trumpet. So my focus is your individual playing and goal. Therefore my teaching style is open and free unless you want specific teaching style. So please be free to change me as well, do not hesitate to speak up if you have something in your mind. Sometimes talking about your any problem helps to improve trumpet playing.
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