I started studying piano at the age of five in Kyoto, Japan. I also began studying vocal music when I was 14. I entered Osaka College of Music where I studied vocal music with Atsuko Ueki and piano with Sachiko Yanabu, whose teachers included Leonid Kreutzer (if you trace back 4 generations from Kreutzer, you can reach Beethoven). I graduated from Osaka College of Music with a bachelor’s degree in vocal music and a minor in piano.
I later studied organ with Parley Belnap and Richard Elliott (current Principal Organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir) as a graduate student at Brigham Young University (BYU). While at BYU, I received various performance awards and scholarships. I also performed solo recitals on the Tabernacle Organ in Salt Lake City. I graduated from the BYU School of Music with a master’s degree in Performance/Pedagogy of Organ. I have also studied organ with Robert Bates and piano with Richard Cionco.
I have been serving as an organist and a pianist in Sacramento for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for many years. I perform piano, organ, and vocal solos and vocal ensembles for church services and recitals. I have directed choirs of various age groups (children, youth, and adults) and have taught a basic conducting class and an organ class in the church. I have also volunteered as a music teacher for grades 1-6 in a public elementary school where music have not been implemented in the curriculum. I have been teaching piano, voice, organ, solfege, music theory, and ear training both in Japan and in the U.S. for total of 30 years. I have taught students from the age of 4 to 70+.
Because of my unique background in learning 3 different areas of music – piano, voice, and organ (J. S. Bach, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn were also organists), I have been able to enhance my understanding and interpretation of music. I am grateful for each individual student who has studied music with me. Because of my years of experience with them, I have been able to learn better ways to communicate with students and their parents. It is my great desire to convey the musical skills and knowledge I have obtained to each individual.