been teaching piano, music, and Japanese lessons in a private and group setting
for almost 20 years. Furukawa is a professional recording
artist/songwriter, composer, and international performer. She has performed
original music and arrangements of traditional folk, classical, pop, and
electronic music at small and large cultural events and media conventions all
over the world. From Scottish Ceilidhs in the highlands to large scale
Anime and Sci-Fi Conventions around the world, Furukawa has performed a variety
of musical styles. She carries her open minded love of music into her teaching.
She helps students explore music that will inspire them while developing
a solid foundation for technique, rhythm, listening, reading, theory, composition,
history, and general appreciation.
received her BA in Music (piano) and Japanese (Asian Studies) from UNC-Chapel
Hill where she studied with Michael Zenge and later with Francis Whang.
She regularly applies the Taubman technique for injury prevention which
she studied with Michael Zenge. She has also studied composition with Allen
Anderson, chamber music with Donald Oehler, and voice with Sharon Szymanski.
She also studied with Terry Thompson at St. Mary's College. Growing up,
Furukawa performed and competed in many competitions through NCMTA, MTNA, RPTA,
the Piano Guild, Campbell University, Yamaha, Eastern Music Festival, Durham
Symphony and others winning first place, scholarships, superior ratings, and
honorable mentions for solo and concerto performances. She has performed in
master classes for Paul Schenly, Claude Frank, Nelita True, Rebecca Penneys and
many others. She has served as a board member of the SMTA (Seattle Music Teachers Association), member of the MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and the
Piano Guild, and has helped prepare interested students for scholarship
auditions and competitions. Furukawa is originally from Tokyo, Japan. She began
her piano training at the age of 2 through the Suzuki method. Although she does
not teach a strict Suzuki method, she does help students develop ear training
and memorization skills and applies some Suzuki concepts for younger beginning
strives to help students enjoy the process of learning and to become
responsible, self-motivated learners. She encourages students to keep an open
mind, to take on new challenges, to set clear goals, and to work on a variety
of music. She hopes each student will discover and expand their understanding
of music that they are most passionate about.