Lessons with Chie

I teach at music stores and at my home studio, in the East and North Bay California.

If you happened to live outside of the area, there might be a possibility of studying with me via Skype or through other video-calling means.

I teach piano, voice, guitar and ukulele.

I also do vocal coaching and audition accompaniment. 

My qualifications:

Bachelor Of Arts with Jazz Voice Emphasis from Sonoma State University

College Level Piano Certificate from The Piano Teacher's Guild

10 years of working as a music director/rehearsal pianist for local theaters. 

15 Years of successful teaching

Teaching Bio 

I have studied classical piano since the age of 7. Later I graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz voice. I also mastered classical singing technique by studying with a renowned Soprano, Svetlana Nikitenko, and had worked as a classical soloist throughout the Bay Area. 

I teach all ages. Little kids are fun, and so are mature adults! I can change my approach and adapt to students' different learning styles. I try very hard not to have a kind of ego that forces people to mold into my way. I would like to project relaxed, open atmosphere when I teach, so that students can talk to me about any issues without fear of judgement. I am also very interested in helping people overcome stage fright. I feel that the issue is not addressed enough.  I want my students to learn how to be present during performing and allow mistakes to happen as signs of growing. Sharing music is a deeply magnanimous act of love. I praise everyone who decided to benefit themselves and others through their courage!

In addition to English, I also speak fluent Japanese, and am competent in singing multiple languages such as Italian, Latin, French, German and Spanish.  I have a trained ear to be able to sing many other languages. If you are interested in singing in your native language, I can help you! 

Please contact me for current rates!

Online lessons via WeChat, Google Duo, Skype, Zoom or other types of video apps are available by appointment only(Must be paid in advance using an electronic payment method such as PayPal or Venmo).