I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, and I have been a resident of the East Bay since 2000. I studied piano pedagogy at a local college, where I earned certificates in teaching Beginning and Intermediate Piano.
Every lesson, I love seeing the smiles on my students’ faces.
I believe that learning music should be fun and exciting, so I like to provide well-rounded piano lessons with many hands-on activities. My lessons use a lesson book as a guide, but also cover rhythm exercises, ear training and improvisation as well as music theory.
For group lessons, I introduce classical composers along with live performances of their piano music. I believe that listening to a variety of music is also important to developing musicianship.
Steve started piano lessons at age seven. He studied music at UC Berkeley and Berklee College of Music. His primary styles of music are Jazz, R&B and Latin Music.
Latin music & jazz are his passion: A West Coast native studied with jazz master John Handy performed at Mount Hood & Monterey Jazz Festivals jazz pianist at San Francisco landmarks "Top of the Mark" and Fairmont Hotel recorded with Carlos Santana performed with Phil Woods and accompanied Barbra Streisand. Played on cruise ships worldwide & resorts from Grossingers to Yosemite.
Caesare Drachen is a trumpet performer and instructor that works in and around the Hayward area. He has studied music performance at CSU East Bay and currently plays with groups in the Bay Area.
The Bay Area is a place well known for its great soul music as well as being the home of countless musical legends. Through the years Simon has developed a musical style that embraces the soulful traditions of the Bay Area with his Jazz/Blues/Gospel/Funk inspired vocals and piano style.