I was lucky enough recently to visit Japan on holiday with my daughter and husband. Whilst there I managed to connect and interview Hiroko Arai, a Piano Teacher based in Tokyo with her interpreter, Makiko Akimoto. My family and I were privileged to attend a private traditional Japanese lunch in order to record this interview. ( You can occasionally see the restaurant staff coming and going throughout the interview!)
Hiroko tells how she struggled learning to read at school but she got great joy from music AND it helped her learn to read- this is what has driven her desire to be a Piano teacher herself, to spread that joy.
In this video you will hear how Hiroko, who I must assume is a “typical” Piano teacher in Tokyo describes her teaching position with a large Yamaha Music School after having been a student there herself when young.