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Makiko Taguchi Violin Viola Piano Studio

Silver Spring, MD 20901 (map)

Lessons Offered

Piano, Viola, Violin

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home

Online via Webcam

About Me

I love to teach, but also enjoy performing music. I have been teaching over 30 years since while I was in college.  I grew up in Tokyo Japan and grandfather on my father side was also a teacher.  He worked as an elementary school teacher and occasionally a farmer, in countryside about 70 years ago, while raising my dad and his siblings.

My uncle is also a retired high school English teacher. I know teaching is in my family. 


My Musical Education Background

I started playing piano at the age of 5. I went to Yamaha music school for children while in Kindergarten. I started violin at the age of 8 and began taking lessons. I became interested in becoming a professional musician. I went to Toho music high school and college. I became very serious about practicing many hours a day. 

I graduated from Toho music college with the highest honour in violin class of 1989. I continued my studies at San Francisco Conservatory of Music and received masters of music degree in violin performance in 1992. 


Genres and Subjects Taught

I am trained in classical music, however I enjoy using music from other genres if students preferred. I use music such as pop, musical, movie music, etc. as it seemed suitable. 

Lesson Rates

For 2019 to 2020 school year, I would like to charge $35 for 30 minutes, $48 for 45 minutes and $63 for 60 minutes. 

(Plus $5 to $10 gas money if I need to travel. )

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

Any levels for violin and viola. From beginner to intermediate levels for piano.

My Certifications and Awards

I received the highest honors from violin class of 1989 at the graduation from Toho music college. 

Won the concerto competition at San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1991. 

Won the Premier Prix award from Pierre Lanier music competition in Paris, France in 1992. 

My Musical Influences

I studied with Tomoyasu Soh, Tomotada Soh, Toshiya Eto, and Hideki Oguni while in Japan. Studied with Isidore Tinkleman in San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 

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