Music heals our hearts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Masako teaches keyboard, piano, voice, and singing classes

Masako Yamamoto

 

 

Sunmi teaches keybord, piano, voice and singing classes

Sunmi Kim

 

 

Wakeford teaches group and private violin classes

Wakeford Gong

 

 

Christina teaches private and group keyboard and piano classes

Christina Huimin Chou

 

 

Teresa teaches piano-keyboard classes for all ages

Teresa Chan

 

 

Sami teaches keyboard and piano classes

Sami Shkolnik

 

 

Iris teaches keyboard and piano classes

Iris Tao

 

 

Trinh teaches keyboard and piano classes

Trinh Pham

 

 

Rachel teaches keyboard and piano classes

Rachel Gao

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Masako Yamamoto, Ed.D.

Masako Yamamoto holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and an M.S. degree in Music Education from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also holds a B.A. degree in Music (major in voice and minor in piano) from Elizabeth University of Music in Hiroshima, Japan.

Ms. Yamamoto’s teaching career started after completing her undergraduate study, and she has been teaching music for more than 25 years. She has taught music classes in middle schools, special education schools, preschools, and at music studios in Japan and in the US.  Besides music, she has taught Japanese language/culture in elementary schools and at the university level. Currently, she is teaching group music programs as well as piano and voice privately. She was also a conductor at Crystal Children’s Choir. Besides teaching, she has performed as a solo vocalist in various concerts, including two solo voice recitals as a guest artist and the role of “Duchess” in Verdi’s opera “Rigoletto” at Illinois Opera Theater. Her career is noted in the 21st Century Award for Achievement and Who’s Who in America.


The photo above is of her Solo Vocal Performance at the University of Illinois Smith Hall.

Sunmi Kim

Sunmi Kim is a pianist, organist, and choir conductor at church. She studied Composition of Music at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea and was involved in playing the organs and piano for the church.

She has been teaching students to play the piano for over 20 years. She is now involved at her church as a choir conductor while she continues to teach others to love music through the piano.

Wakeford Gong

Wakeford Gong holds a bachelor’s degree in Music from UC Berkeley, where he studied violin with Serban Rusu. He is an active musical theater musician, working with musical theater companies in the Bay Area including Youth Musical Theater Company (YMTC), Berkeley Playhouse, Woodminster, the Berkeley Symphony and the Awesome Orchestra Collective.

An experienced pedagogue, Wakeford has taught violin students of all ages, emphasizing musical expression through the proper use of technique. His talents also go to the literary arts; from 2001 to 2010 Wakeford was associate publisher of Pureplay Press, an independent Bay Area publishing firm, in charge of book design and production.

Christina Huimin Chou

Christina holds a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arizona. As a piano major, she has over 20 years of experience in teaching piano. She is a member of the National Piano Guild Association and is a certified teacher of Suzuki Piano Pedagogy, which allows her to build a strong musical foundation in piano playing for children and adults.

Christina also has an experience in teaching children’s choirs, Orff/Kodaly Music Classes, and Kindermusik programs for pre-schoolers. She also has worked as a professional music instructor with Music for Minors and delivered quality music lessons at several elementary schools in the San Mateo School District. In her spare time, she serves as a worship leader and keyboard player at Tree of Life Christian Church. Christina wishes to continually bring the beauty of music to children’s life.

Teresa Chan

Originally from Hong Kong, Teresa Chan got her bachelor degree (Honor) in Music Education at the Education University of Hong Kong. After that, she served in a primary school as a music teacher for many years. Besides teaching, she was the pianist and instructor in choir, the conductor in recorder band and also the co-ordinator in Creative music activities. She has been teaching piano and music theory for over 10 years. In addition, She was a clarinetist in symphonic bands which were invited to perform in the Music Festival in Taiwan and China. And now, She is the pianist as well as the conductor in church choir.

"Music is always there in my life!" , she said. With her music knowledge and enthusiasm, Teresa believes music can bring us joy and she wants to share everyone the happiness given by music!

Sami Shkolnik

Sami R. Shkolnik is a motivated music professional with experience in piano performance and teaching. She teaches children and adults of all ages. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in music specializing in piano performance from Mills College. She has also won the Flora Boyd piano performance prize and has participated in the Mu Phi Epsilon competition. Sami has studied with noted teachers such as Belle Bulwinkle, Svetlana Elenkova, Natallia Lobenberg, and Ruzanna Farmazyan. Her philosophy of teaching is to provide great music education in a fun yet studious way.

In addition to piano, Sami is passionate about animals and animal welfare. She volunteers for PMR horse rescue in her spare time and studies dressage horseback riding. She also holds an MBA in marketing from Mills College and provides marketing support for various companies.

Iris Tao

Iris Mengchun Tao graduated from University of California, San Diego, major in music performance and minor in ICAM music (Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts — Computer Music and Music Technology). She has been teaching piano for two and half year in San Diego and bay area.

She has been playing piano for more than 20 years, and she learned piano from Professor Aleck Karis in San Diego. She also loves jazz and improvisation; she has played keyboard in a jazz band for two years. Also, she held several recitals in the past years. She enjoys teaching piano, and piano performance and teaching has become the center and passion of her life.

Trinh Pham

I have been playing piano and organ for more than 14 years. I have received my BA in Music at UC Berkeley in 2016. I have spent a huge amount of time playing at Our Lady of Lavang parish church in San Jose and student events at UC Berkeley. My teaching career started at the age of sixteen and I really enjoy working with children. I am confident my experience teaching piano, keyboard, and theory will help students become better musicians.

Rachel Gao

Rachel Gao holds a bachelor’s degree in musicology (music education) from Shenyang Conservatory of Music, with a focus on both voice and piano. She also holds a master’s degree in music from California State University, East Bay.

In addition to her five years of teaching experience–three years in China and two years in the USA — she has a comprehensive background in singing arias and art songs in university, performing more than five years at both the individual level and with various choirs. Most recently, she won Honorable Mention at the SFBAC NATS Classical Competition on March 4, 2017. As a pianist, Rachel has taught students of various ages, ranging from 5 to 44. In her teaching style, she effectively uses humor and a cheerful, fluid approach by utilizing flexible teaching forms while creating a happy, relaxed atmosphere for students to help them learn faster. She enjoys her job tremendously and does it with love.

 

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