Sakura Piano Studio

Sakura Piano Studio

1 employee
12 years in business

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Sakurako Kanemitsu has been teaching privately and in academic settings for nearly a decade in the Sacramento area. With degrees in piano performance in both bachelor's and master's, she has a wide range of experience of teaching students as young as 5 years old, well into adulthood. With skill level from absolute beginner to students wanting to pursue music professionally. She was chosen to be the teaching assistant to Professor Kirsten Smith at CSUS during the duration of her master's studies and taught fundamentals of piano to music majors.

Her students regularly participate in local music competitions and festivals, as well as the MTAC Certificate of Merit every year.

Ms. Sakurako is passionate about passing down to future generations the beauty and the high-level of art making that is piano playing. With many students engrossed in virtual reality and participating in large amounts of "screen time" it is important for students to also be grounded in the "here-and-now" through learning and playing music. Playing an instrument has been scientifically proven to be the only activity that can light up all areas of the brain at the same time, making it one of the most demanding and difficult thing a person can do. But with that, great benefits can be reaped! Taking part in regular lessons and practicing sessions has been proven to enhance anyone's concentration, problem-solving, and flexibility in other areas of study--not just in music. Ms. Sakurako also enjoys guiding seasoned players to expand their sound into even more sensitive and colorful sphere as well as ways to express emotions through the piano.

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Sacramento, CA 95825
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We will start off with a free trial lesson which typically takes about 30 minutes. During that time we will assess the student's level of skill, what their initial goals are, and discuss what I expect as a teacher from them. We will go over the studio policy and discuss about any materials that may need to be purchased (such as books/metronome). After, if for some reason the lesson time or day needs to be changed to accommodate scheduling, we can find something that works.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a Bachelor of Music in piano performance as well as a Master's in Music in piano performance. I perform regularly and have been teaching students of all ages and levels for almost ten years. I participate yearly in international music festivals to be in touch with fellow musicians and to keep learning about my craft. I have also been playing the piano since I was 5 years old.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

30 min lesson--$30 (recommended for beginners) 45 min lesson-- $45 (recommended for intermediate) 60 min lesson--$60 (recommended for late intermediate to advanced).

There is a 15% discount for siblings.

How did you get started teaching?

At first I started teaching some of my friend's younger siblings in high school, but it bloomed into a career during my undergraduate studies at CSUS. I was hired as a piano instructor at the Pacific Institute of Music in Folsom, and haven't stopped teaching since! 

What types of students have you worked with?

Everyone! Children as young as 5 years old, teenagers, music majors in college wanting to get better at piano, veterans, as well as adults who may have had lessons when they were young but wanted to pick it back up again.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My most recent "project" that I am quite proud of is my final solo piano recital to conclude my Master's degree, and having the privilege of performing as part of a piano quartet with the Hawkins School of Dance, "Heartstrings," which featured original music composed by my husband, Ryan Suleiman and choreographed by Jacob Montoya.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

would really be cautious about the education (and in relation, the lessons prices) of other teachers. There are many piano teachers out there, but not many who have actually pursued and studied piano seriously in college. "Self-taught" is definitely a big red flag. I highly recommend studying under a teacher who has a BA/BM in piano performance and if they have a MM or DMA, even better. Yes, the higher degree a teacher has, the more the lessons cost, but trust me that it will pay off. I've had many students who have transferred to me, and their previous teachers spent so many years not correcting their technique or approaching piano in a manner that they cannot digest large amounts of music that it was almost not worth those lessons before.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Can I commit to practicing daily (yes, at least 5 times a week, if not more)?

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