I was born in Honolulu and grew up in Japan. My heart has always been in HI and to any place near and on the ocean. My passion for music started at the age of five playing classical piano.
For my 10th Christmas I unwrapped my first guitar from my parents and I started walking on Sundays with my guitar to play in the church choir. From that point on, I was involved in performance, musicals and bands. I received a BA from the University of North Texas which is one of the best Jazz schools in the country and finished two years of music there. I realized after intense practice and study that I loved songwriting and vocal harmonies more than perfection. I have used my music in many different capacities and helped facilitate a program in Boulder called Empowering Teens with Strings that was recognized by the I HAVE A DREAM Foundation. Donated guitars were given to underprivileged youth and they were matched with local guitar teachers for lessons. I've taught songwriting at Tipitina's in New Orleans for children. In 2011, I traveled to Playa Gigante, Nicaragua where I started a music program that is still going today. In 2014, I went to Roatan, Honduras and worked with children teaching them music and art. Currently, I run my preschool Strawberry Farm where we regularly have "music time" and I teach the children to create new songs about their experiences. I picked up the ukulele about five years ago and fell in love. There is such a happy simple beauty in playing the ukulele. I believe that if we are passionate about something that we can accomplish whatever we want. I want to empower students to write their own songs on the ukulele and to find their message to the world through their songwriting.
I followed my dream to Boulder, CO where I perform in several bands. I love collaborating with other artists and experimenting with genres of music. I believe that everyone has the power to be a songwriter with the right inspiration.
I find inspiration all around me. I try to make my music representative of my life and the love I feel. I love the places that most people don't give a second glance. My heart is in songwriting and being courageously self-expressed and this is something that we will work on in our classes...helping students find their voice through songwriting.
We will study basic theory and chord structure.
We will look into the different ways of songwriting and how to finesse what we are trying to relay by our choice of words.
We will study the different ways that we can structure songs.
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4-week session starts Sat June 2nd
Cost $120 USD
Bag of Ukes: 5 of your closest friends in a 1.5 hr ukulele class.
Cost $200 USD