Shiho Kurauchi, koto
Teaching Artist Statement
I teach a traditional Japanese 13-string instrument called the Koto at Music Center. I enjoy teaching as Music Center because there is a wide range of music classes, and the organization is committed to its mission to engage with the community. In my lessons, I try to create a positive learning environment to encourage my students to enjoy studying and practicing music. This approach is especially effective with children.
In the past I have taught at a middle school located in Japan, as well as at Nikkei Manor in Seattle. I also have taught my own private classes. In addition to classes and lessons, I have done demonstrations and performances of Koto at several preK-12 public and private schools in the Seattle area, as well as at public libraries.
Some of my regular performances include playing at libraries, schools, churches, and museums. I also perform for private parties and weddings.
Some of the highlights of my performance career are being invited as a guest musician with my Koto ensemble group to perform at Benaroya Hall with The Seattle Symphony. I was also able to perform at Meany Hall at the University of Washington. I have released two CDs in collaboration with several local musicians.