Honolulu

Dr. Nikki Routman Ebisu

Dr. Nikki Routman Ebisu

Violin / Honolulu

“One of my primary objectives in teaching is to promote music as a vehicle for non-verbal and artistic expression. Every child is unique, so I adapt my teaching method and lesson plan to fit the personality, learning style and mood of each and every individual student. My teaching curriculum is centered around many of my own personal childhood learning experiences and hurdles that I had to overcome. It is my duty to act not only as their instructor, but also as their mentor, role model and inspiration.”

Ethel Iwasaki

Ethel Iwasaki

Piano, Voice / Honolulu

“True music education should involve the collaboration and understanding of all the fine arts. My role as a teacher should be to relate music to art, dance, and history to enrich the lives of my students in depth. Therefore, the real value of music lessons is to prepare the students for the future in making music an avocation, if not a vocation…“

Christine Lee

Christine Lee

Piano / Honolulu

“To give joy to students as they learn would be one of the most important tasks to me as a teacher. Performing piano requires self-discipline because practice is the only way to improve the piano skills and the self-discipline is the motivation and the energy for the practices. By revealing the wonderful music to them and show them how exciting it is to play and enjoy the music, students seem to experience the music from their heart. Opening the students’ new horizon in piano music is my primary teaching goal. ”

Dr. Katy Luo

Dr. Katy Luo

Piano, Composition, Chamber Music / Honolulu, Kailua, Kaneohe, Hawaii Kai

“My goal as a teacher is to help each student develop a unique and meaningful relationship with music. I believe that it is only through direct and honest engagement with this art form, that music can make a profound impact in one's life. My students engage in a variety of activities that not only nurture fundamental musical skills, but consistently present challenges for exploration and experimentation.”

Rachel Saul Schifino

Rachel Saul Schifino

Violin / Honolulu

“Prioritizing a curriculum that is unique to each student, I carefully observe each student's ability to determine the course of study. My teaching philosophy, influenced by my "Grandfather" teacher Ivan Galamian, emphasizes an equal pyramid of technique and musicality. Developing both equally, with technique’s sole purpose to express innate musicality, is essential to achieve the end goal to create artful music. This zenith is a foundation for producing music that achieves a higher standard of living, including infinite personal growth and positive contributions to society, family and community. Studying music positively affects all areas of life, including an increased self-esteem, awareness, discipline, work-ethic, concentration, passion, commitment, respect, inspiration, improved memory, increased joy, and many more endless benefits. During lessons, I emulate positive energy, make my students smile and feel at ease, while focusing on always making the best possible sound and obtaining proper technique. In addition to studying a variety of repertoire and music theory, I am sure to emphasize technique methodology such as tonalization, bow hold exercises, scales, arpeggios, etudes, double stops: sixths, thirds, octaves, fingered octaves, tenths, etc. Prioritizing proper technique is a necessary step in order to make beautiful music.”

Lance Suzuki

Lance Suzuki

Flute / Honolulu, Kailua

“Each flute lesson with me focuses first on fundamentals. My goal is to help every student to find their most efficient, streamlined method of sound production. Through my personal series of tone-developing exercises, I aim to create a seamless flow of sound from the lowest to the highest registers of the flute. With a mindfulness to the nuances of tone, flute students of all ages and abilities can gain greater confidence and consistency in their flute playing.”