Distinguished Faculty, Piano

Ai Noguchi

Ai Noguchi CSMA Music Teacher

Education and Background

Ai Noguchi holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Northwestern University, Bienen School of Music. She also completed a double major in International Studies at Northwestern University, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. She has studied with Shigeo Neriki (Indiana University), Alan Chow (Northwestern University) and Louise Lepley (The Colburn School of Performing Arts).

With 20 years of experience, Ai has taught piano to students of all ages (4-year-olds to adults) and abilities in the United States and Japan. 

Ai is a Certified Teacher of The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Certificate Program and holds designation as an Advanced, Intermediate, and Elementary Specialist. Her students have achieved First Class Honors with Distinction in RCM Practical Piano Exams and have participated in Celebration of Excellence Recitals. In 2023, two of her students were selected as semi-finalists in RCM’s first-ever Music Lights the Way Piano Festival. 

In Japan, Ai was the lead piano teacher at the Tokyo American Club and served the expat and international community. She taught piano to students attending major international schools, including The American School in Japan, The British School in Tokyo, and The German School of Tokyo Yokohama.

Ai is also an accomplished accompanist and served as the accompanist for viola and voice studios at Indiana University. She has also accompanied elementary and middle school choir groups at Bullis Charter School in Los Altos. 

Passionate about early childhood music education, Ai is also qualified to teach Music Together®, an internationally recognized music program offered in more than 40 countries around the world for children from birth through age 7. She successfully completed her teacher training with Lili Levinowitz, coauthor of the Music Together® curriculum.

Teaching Philosophy

“My teaching philosophy holds to the belief that lessons should be individually designed to meet personal needs and goals. Students will be offered a well-rounded musical education through a curriculum that includes repertoire, etudes, technique, ear training and theory. Committed to my students, I provide a positive, enthusiastic and supportive environment for learning.”

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