Cathy Hirata is the founder of Creative Music Students, which was started in 2000. Cathy began studying music at the age of 8. A scholarship recipient and graduate of San Jose State University, she received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance, training under the founding members of Opera San Jose -- New York Metropolitan Opera Singer Irene Dalis and Oberlin Conservatory Graduate Dr. David Rohrbaugh, going on to receive a secondary teaching credential in music education and has taken classes at the University of California Davis Mind Institute certification program in autism studies. In addition, she is certified in Simply Music, Signing Smart, a member of the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program, and the former Co-Representative for the Greater Bay Area Chapter of the California Partnership of Kindermusik Educator’s and the Co-Founder of The Special Needs Resource Fair, North County San Diego. In addition to overseeing the day to day operations of Creative Music Students, she is the creative director currently focusing on program development which includes her companion business, Innovative Music Conferences, an International Training Conference for Music Teachers.
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Lessons are on a month to month basis and pro-rated over a 12 month time period. All students receive 45 lessons per year.
I have worked with all ages and abilities, from newborn to 87 as well as students with special needs.