Lessons with Chie
I teach at music stores and at my home studio, in the East and North Bay California.
I teach piano, voice, guitar, and ukulele.
I also do vocal coaching and audition accompaniment.
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
I have studied classical piano from 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.
Currently, I perform with my band, TokiMono. I am the lead vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter. We almost solely perform our own originals, including songs I write in Japanese. I vary my singing styles to suit the band's eclectic song lineup - Rock, R & B, Jazz, Avant-Garde and even Okinawan folk music.
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 a relaxed, open atmosphere when I teach so that students can talk to me about any issues without fear of judgment. 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!
My approach to singing is body-based. Rather than analyzing and trying to control through intellectual understanding only, I encourage people to be aware of internal physical sensations. I strongly believe that singing with proper body alignment and supportive muscles has a long-term benefit beyond the practice of singing. Try not to judge your voice before you learn the way to harmonize with your body. I can help you discover your own inner beauty.
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!
Payment methods: I accept Venmo, Zelle, cash or checks.
Special Offer: Under the current quarantine measure, I strongly recommend taking a lesson with me. Music can lift your mood and promote a healthier body and mind. You can reach me using Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, FaceTime, or Messenger. If you are experiencing financial hardship, I can offer a discount rate or donation-based tuition arrangement.