Kaneko, Yukiko

Kaneko, Yukiko

Corporate On-site program only; not available for lessons at CSMA

Education and Background

Yukiko Kaneko is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music in Piano Performance with a minor in Piano Pedagogy. She studied under the tutelage of Awadagin Pratt, a winner of Naumburg International Piano Competition, and Dr. Michelle Conda, who is a specialist in the field of Andragogy (adult learning). Yukiko obtained Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her teachers include Dr. William Heiles and Dr. Reid Alexander, as well as Dr. Dennis Helmrich, with whom she completed the requirements equivalent to the Vocal and Instrumental Accompanying degree.

Yukiko has taught piano for over 14 years to students of all levels and ages. She has extensive private and group teaching experiences from UIUC and CCM. While on the faculty at UIUC, she was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award, rated “Outstanding”, for three consecutive years. Yukiko was also consistently highly evaluated by her students as an instructor at CCM between 2009 to 2012. In the Spring of 2010, she completed her training to teach Recreational Music Making program which led her to concentrate on adult learning.

Aside from teaching, Yukiko is an avid performer, both as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist. She has won numerous competitions in Illinois, which include the Verna K. Townsend Award, the Gassman Award, and the Smith Scholarship to name a few. Her extreme passion for saxophone music has led her to collaborate and perform with many young and talented saxophonists throughout the Midwest.

Teaching Philosophy

Yukiko’s primary goal in teaching is to convey the joy of music-making to students of all levels and ages, and in the long term to foster a lifelong appreciation, enjoyment, and understanding of music.