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Manhattan School of Music, Bachelor's degree
Manhattan School of Music, Master's degree
Midori hails from the rolling hills of San Francisco and currently resides in New York City, where she is an active, passionate performer and teacher. From classical to pop to indie rock to folk, Midori is a highly-trained multi-genre artist. She has stood on world-famous stages such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Bargemusic, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan, as well as hip indie venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, Webster Hall, Mercury Lounge, Rough Trade, and Shapeshifter Lounge, among many others. Midori has made appearances on national TV shows like The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and Viceland, and can also be found on youtube collaborating with rap artist A Boogie wit da Hoodie and artist collective Apartment Sessions. Midori performs with Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, the Bronx Orchestra, the Symphony of Westchester, and Ensemble 212, among others.
While Midori's passion lies in orchestral playing, she is also an avid chamber musician. In March 2019 she went on tour to China and Mongolia to perform twenty concerts in twenty cities with the Manhattan 4 String Quartet. Midori enjoys playing Irish folk music, and on Tuesday nights you might find her fiddling away at Slainte, an Irish pub in the lower east side where the tables are open for the longest running Irish folk music session in New York City.
When she is not sharing the stage with other exquisite musicians, Midori spends her days teaching violin and viola lessons to students of all ages and levels. Midori is certified by the Suzuki Association of the Americas as a Suzuki-trained teacher, and incorporates much of the Suzuki method into her unique teaching philosophy, which is that anyone can learn music with the proper mindset, discipline, patience, and efforts. Midori shares with her students the joy and reward that comes from being able to play a new piece or a favorite song after a day of practicing.
For my beginning students I typically use the following books: Suzuki Book 1 for Violin, I can read music Volume 1 by Suzuki, and Sassmanshaus Violin Book 1. But before we even get to the books I spend some time teaching my students how to properly and comfortably hold the violin. Once they have a handle on that, I will teach them a few tunes by ear, and then eventually we will encoporate music-reading. For more advanced students I have some etude books and other method books that I can recommend once we get started.
The violin can be a very difficult instrument to learn, and there is no way to go about it without putting in the practice time which can feel tedious. I have a curriculum of fun games to play during the lessons that are supplemental to my students' musical and technical development while keeping their spirits high and minds engaged. I help my students set goals and through engaging games and lots of encouragement I watch them accomplish their goals and enjoy the rewarding feeling of playing a new song.
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