Piano (Winter-Spring)

Students establish a strong rhythmic foundation and solid reading skills while developing their musicality and ability to express themselves through music.

What will I learn in this class?
Beginners learn the fundamentals of the piano through listening, singing and playing. Advanced students build on their foundations by playing pieces from different periods and discussing those compositions. Music is adjusted according to students’ age, experience and needs. Those interested in taking exams or performing in competitions will also learn about mental preparation.

What are the benefits of this class?
Students will improve coordination, concentration and discipline through regular practice of different rhythms, melodies and harmonies. Individual students can set and re-adjust their own goals in these one-on-one classes.

Who will teach this class?
Emy Todoroki-Schwartz is a soloist and chamber pianist. She was an adjunct faculty member at New York University and worked with students of various abilities and ages.

Mana Totsuka is a concert pianist with experience performing in Japan, China, Italy and the US. She trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has taken master classes from pianists such as Enrico Elisi, Christina Dahl and Yong Hi Moon.

Mari Terada is an award-winning concert pianist with experience training and performing throughout Europe. She graduated from Essen National Music College in Germany and the École Normale de Musique de Paris in France. She has taught a range of abilities, from preschool to professional.

Rieko Okita is a concert pianist and the director of Okita Piano School. She graduated from Musashino Music College and is a current member of the Pace Method Research Society. She has taught at Yamaha and various international schools in Tokyo, with students’ advancing to universities focused on music.

Emy Todoroki-Schwartz
4yrs + | Jan 21–Mar 18 | Mon | 3:30–6:30pm | 9 classes | ¥5,400/30 min lesson

Mana Totsuka
4yrs + | Jan 18–Mar 15 | Fri | 3–6:30pm | 8 classes | ¥5,400/30 min lesson
4yrs + | Jan 20–Mar 17 | Sun | 10am–2:30pm | 8 classes | ¥5,400/30 min lesson
Mana will have walk-in lessons on Mar 29.

Mari Terada
4yrs + | Jan 19–Mar 16 | Sat | 9am–1pm | 8 classes | ¥5,400/30 min lesson

Rieko Okita
4yrs + | Jan 15–Mar 19 | Tue | 2pm–7pm | 10 classes | ¥5,400/30 min lesson

Emy Todoroki-Schwartz
4yrs + | Apr 1–Jun 3 | Mon | 3:30–6:30pm | 10 classes | ¥5,400/30 min lesson

Mana Totsuka
4yrs + | Apr 5–Jun 7 | Fri | 3–6:30pm | 9 classes | ¥5,400/30 min lesson
4yrs + | Apr 7–Jun 9 | Sun | 10am–2:30pm | 8 classes | ¥5,400/30 min lesson
Mana will have walk-in lessons on Mar 29.

Mari Terada
4yrs + | Apr 6–Jun 8 | Sat | 9am–1pm | 10 classes | ¥5,400/30 min lesson

Rieko Okita
4yrs + | Apr 2–Jun 4 | Tue | 2pm–7pm | 9 classes | ¥5,400/30 min lesson


  • No class: Emy Schwartz: PENDING
  • No class: Mana Totsuka: Feb 15 (Winter: Fri), Feb 17 (Winter: Sun), May 17 (Spring: Fri), May 26 & June 2 (Spring: Sun).
  • No class: Mari Terada: Feb 16 (Winter).
  • No class: Rieko Okita: Apr 30 (Spring).
  • Prices include 8 percent consumption tax.
  • MR1: Music Room 1 (2F)