In addition to ceramic art, I also have a passion for music. I teach piano and perform with an 8-hands, 2-piano ensemble.

Piano Instruction

 

Music education is an important part of a child's development, and can also help adults in their ongoing intellectual and emotional growth. Music has therapeutic qualities, helping us to relax at some times, and giving us energy and renewed focus at other times. Music makes us feel good.

I have taught piano and music theory to many students, from age 5 through adult. I have over 25 years of professional teaching experience, in both the United States and Japan.

I teach at my home in Bellevue, Washington. Contact me at the link above to discuss your individual goals and to learn more about my methods.

My Teaching Philosophy

I have taught piano, music theory and ear-training to students from kindergarten through adult. I want my students to enjoy their growth as musicians, and to view me as a partner and friend in their learning. I am happy when students are proud of their new skills, and when they participate in music performances.

For students of all ages, the important thing is motivation and the ability to set aside practice time every day.

 
Choosing a Piano

The piano you choose for practice and for pleasure can have a big impact on the quality of your learning. Your piano can be new or it can be many years used. The important thing is that it be professionally tuned, with properly regulated keys.

Before you spend a large amount of money for either a new or used piano, do some research and establish your priorities. In my opinion, a well-maintained, used, full-size upright piano can be better than a new, but lower-quality grand piano. Compact "baby grand" pianos are not usually a good buy, because their short strings quickly go out of tune. Better quality electronic keyboards such as the Yamaha Clavinova can be an excellent choice. If you are planning to learn using an electronic keyboard, it is very important that the keyboard be full-sized and have weighted keys to match the feel of an actual piano.

For traditional pianos, regular tuning is very important for ear-training and to have a good sound. If you don't already have someone to maintain your piano, I can recommend a professional technician for you.