EARTH DAY in GC 2017

Momo will be performing at EARTH DAY in GC at Nerang Country Paradise on 22nd April.

It would be nice to see you there 🙂

 

 

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Singing

This week Friday is the due for current students to book and pay for next term!

Here we have finally choir back again.

This is something that I held in my heart all the time and it did start 6 years ago but for multiple reasons, it wen to a long break and I have learned, imagined, dreamed and it is time to make it happen.

So the choir will be on Tuesday 4:00 to 5:00 on Tuedays at my home studio. We will be learning rhythm patterns, reading notes, clapping to the rhythms ( Older students will be helping me doing percussion as well as singing) , singing in different languages ( Not just Japanese and English but Chinese, Korean, Russian and more)  We will sit down and work with breathing as well.   It is a space for community, every child  is accepted as they are, ( whether they have learning difficulties or behaviour issues) caring, loving and safe environment to learn music and sing with some friends.

 

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Over the last couple of years of teaching private piano students and meeting wonderful families, I have always taken steps to become a better teacher, better communicator and a mother as well.   Along the path, I did make mistakes and still learning but I now feel that I have more things to offer to my community than I thought I can.

The choir is something that is very special to me.  I was a member of one from grade 5 to my high school age.  The choir was not a MAIN STREAM choir that you’d imagine.   We sang at the bottom of the big Buddha in Todaiji Temple, we have played with famous musicians as well as parents musicians on huge concert halls to small community events, churches, temples and teacher’s studio.   Have been on TV, toured to a country where I end up ( yes), collected true folk songs/nursery rhymes from elders in villages in Nara, summer camps, winter camps, we learned so much more than just music.

Almost everyday, I look back and think those days were so precious and because I had all that amazing experience and kept going with the music, I am where I am now.  And yes, there were times I did not care about nursery rhymes but listen to Northern Soul ( I still love ) or stopped the piano lessons etc ( this is another long story!)

I would like to give opportunities to more children.  and still be a mother I want to be.

So here I come.   Choir, you do not need to own an instrument but bring your water bottle and a folder to put music in.  Forget about hardships in your life,   ( Could come after doing homework 🙂 )  come and learn some music and sing with me.    My arms are open.

Registration is not on.  $200 for the term.

Tuesdays 4:00 to 5:00  My home studio in Woolloongabba.

Please contact me at 0403988366

 

 

up coming performance

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+11 Feb.   Kisaragi festival. Roma Street Park  5:20pm

Supporting Koto band Gen.   I am on Keyboard.

https://www.austjpnsoc.asn.au/kisaragi-sai-2017/

+5 March  Suzuki QLD teachers’ concert.   2:30  Vivace Music ( 550 Kessel Road MacGregor)

+ 22 April     Earth day GC 2017   ~heal the world for children~     at   Nerang Country Paradise

2月11日   如月祭 ローマストリートパーク 出演は5時20分から イベントは午後3時からやっています。    サポートメンバーとして、お琴のバンドGenと演奏です。

3月5日 スズキQLDの先生コンサート 午後2時半から Vivace Music にて。

4月22日  アースデイのイベント Earth Day  GC 2017 ~heal the world for children~

ネラングカントリーパラダイスにて。 メインステージとサブステージでわくわくすうようなことを企画中。

遊びに来てください。

Lesson locations レッスンの場所

Here we come, 2017!

All piano lessons except Holy Family Primary school on Fridays are now  at my home studio in Woolloongabba   金曜日のHoly Family スクールアワー個人ピアノレッスン以外は、全てウールンガッバの自宅兼スタジオです。

Lessons are

Mondays: 7:30am  to  6:00pm (  All booked out )

Tuesdays: 7:30am to 6:00pm ( There are a couple of morning spots left 9:30 to 11:00)

Wednesdays 7:30am  to  5:15pm ( 10:00- 11:00, 11:00- 12:00 are Early Childhood Music in Japanese and 4:00 – 4:30 is a group melodica class.  Others are private piano lessons.  All booked. )

Thursdays 7:30am to 8:30pm ( There are a couple of morning lessons are available- 8:30 to 11:00)

Fridays  7:00am to 8:30 pm  (All booked)

No lessons are on Weekends.

Waiting list – about 5  students  ( 19th Jan)

Interviews can be organised before going onto the waiting list.   Adults beginners, adults who has not played the piano for a long time, want to write a song?  want to sing and play the piano? Learn the chords?  Dictation, music theory etc  please contact me.

インタビューは随時行っておりますのでお気軽にお問い合わせを。 大人の経験者、初心者、曲を書いてみたい方、弾き語りをしてみたいかた、コードを勉強したいかた、聴音、音楽理論なども幅広くレッスンできますので、お気軽にお問い合わせを。 またレッスンは英語でも日本語でも可能です。

 

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Above it my piano room.   We have one baby grand Kawai and Yamaha c3.

With adjustable chairs and foot stool from Japan.

上は自宅兼スタジオの、スタジオ。  カワイのベイビーグランドとヤマハC3でレッスンを行います。

高さ調整の簡単なピアノ専用椅子と、3歳から使っていただけるフットスツール、両方日本からです。

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new space for Early Childhood Music in Japanese

日本語幼児音楽教室のスペース

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 Holy Family Primary、I will be teaching there on Fridays during school hours.    Only for the current students there.

 ホーリーファミリー小学校は金曜日の就業中に行っております。 こちらはここの学校の生徒のみです。

The End of the year concert and gratitude

Here are some of my students at the end of the year concert at Sandgate Hall.

Peter ( one of my students parent) on guitar and vocal

Eugene ( another students parent ) on Bass.

Briony ( Ukulele student) on Ukulele

Kevin, one of my student on Piano

And we sang Everything is everything by Dan Flynn.

I could not have done this without all the students and their families support.

 

Thank you so much.

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Emma’s second performance.     6 month ago, she just joined my studio and played hot Cross Buns, both hands.  Me on the side.

This time, on her own, Lightly Row ( the second version, alberti bass on the left hand) beautifully.

 

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All did their best.

French Children’s song, Christmas-day Secret, Go tell aunt Rhody, Eccosaise, Allegretto 2,Super Mario Theme, Demon, Better when I am dancing, Viva La vida, Glasgow Love theme, Fur Elise, The elder scroll, Feded, Take me to church, Never be alone, Ode to Joy, Hedwig’s Theme, Yankee doodle, Row Row, Bonetrousel, Jurrasic part theme, etc.

Thank you for all to come to the concert and thank you for everyone who has donated prizes for raffle tickets!!

 

 

 

 

 

Japanese Society Choir ( 日本人会合唱の指揮と指導)

L1140747.JPGI have been honoured to be directing Brisbane Japanese Society’s Choir regularly.  The members are passionate, always eager to sing/learn, teache me so many things in life in general.   It is a bit like “home in Brisbane” where  you have elders watching you 🙂

The photo is from Japan Cultural day at beautiful Botanic garden at Mt Cootha where my ealy Childhood Music in Japanese class students joined the choir to sing Yuyake Koyake.  Very proud teacher moment.

Thank you all.

 

 

 

 

Thank you.

Thank you very much for coming to support Kumamoto Earthquake fund raising event.  We have raised more than $ 13000 over that weekend and could not be happier.

Here are some photos from the event.

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Yuji Otaki on Base

Hik on drumms

Eiko on vocal

and Momo on key, melodica, ukulele, guitar, backing vocal.

 

 

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Now, the band is formed ( Yuji, Hik and myself) we are taking inquiries for corporate, functions, wedding gigs.     Please get in touch with us for your next event.

Momo  0403988366

 

 

 

Performance

This Sunday (22nd)   I will be performing with Yuji Otaki on Base, Hik Sugimoto on Drums, Eiko on vocal and myself on piano at Reddacliff, on top of Queens Street Mall.   The event will start at 10:00 and our performance will be on at 11:30      * 11:00 then a bit after 3:00 again.

This is a fund raising event for the people in Kumamoto where the big earthquake hit recently.   Personally, I would like to help doing whatever I can do to the organiser Shinji who I met long time ago at toddlers yoga ( ages ago!) then we met again when our children are school age and again but this time Kids yoga!   The second time we got to know each other better and we both were artists and became good friends.    5 years ago, I organised a fund raising event for Fukushima and shinji came to sing with us.  Now it is my turn.  Shinji is from Kumamoto and I feel very sad that his home town is hit by a big Earthquake and people are still in evacuation spots.     The money will be sent to the people in need.

I will donate a free piano lesson as well.     Please come and support the event.

Event facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1704013886517715/

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