Information About Asuka - Otley teacher - (5 reviews)
This is how 2 referees rated Asuka:
Asuka offers a discount of 50% on their first / introductory lesson!
I was born and grew up in Tokyo.
After having Bachelor and Master degree at the Tokyo National University for Music and Fine Arts, I had further study on Baroque violin in Amsterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands.
As well as active performing in ensemble and as a soloist, I hold the passion for teaching since I was born in violin teacher family.
My grandfather was the teacher who built his own method in Japan early 20th (not the Suzuki method but their method book have several correspondences in their approach), and I learnt through my father with the method.
I have been giving private lessons both in Tokyo (2004-2008) and here in Leeds since 2015.
I have experiences for both children and amateurs.
Also small chamber music groups with several other instruments.
I teach introduction for period instrument (baroque violin) too.
“Sing with your bow, Dance with your fingers!”!
I was born into a family of violin teachers, thus I have good materials and method from them, including;
-careful choice of repertory fitting to the student’s level.
-focusing on good ‘singing’ sound which is gained by good bowing technique.
-giving good direction for basic ‘solfège’.
Plus, I apply my knowledge and method from baroque violin playing:
-you can play with natural posture without any tension or pain in your body.
-you will obtain a good rhythmic sense based on baroque dances.
-and, It will give more flexibility on music making which encourages your individual musicality.
Through my lessons, I would like to deliver you true-joy of music-making along with good basic techniques!
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Additional Languages: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Conservatorium van Amsterdam (2014) - MA on Baroque Violin (Masters) (✔ On File)
- Tokyo National University of Music and Fine Arts (2012) - MA on Baroque Violin (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
- Tokyo National University of Music and Fine Arts (2008) - BA on Baroque Violin (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
- Tokyo Metropolitan Highschool for Music and Art (2004) - Violin (School) (✘ Not On File)
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She has been understanding of real life work issues getting in the way of practice, which can occasionally happen. Over the recent pandemic she was able to switch to video lessons and these were structured in a way that made them feel incredibly purposeful. In person or online I feel I have had the same experience.
Her choice of music to learn and develop my skills has ranged across quite a wide variety. This has always been well chosen to cater to my skills. Sometimes I have looked at a piece and thought that it was initially too difficult but after practising it and through Asuka's feedback I am always able to progress with every piece.
I would certainly recommend Asuka as a teacher.
An absolute pleasure to learn with - would undoubtably recommend to anyone looking to learn violin.
Asuka is easy to communicate with by text and email and very organised at planning ahead if lessons need to be re-scheduled . I would highly recommend her.