Akiko has found great fulfillment in teaching and has studied pedagogy with Carolyn Shaak, one of the leading piano teachers in the United States.  In addition to to maintaining the Forte>Piano Studio in New York City and Beacon, NY Akiko's passion and devotion to music education led her to develop music programs to help students find creativity and gain performing experience.  Akiko is the co-founder of Brooklyn's Musical Explorers, is former director and event coordinator of the Performing Pianists of New York and is the founder and Executive Director of the Lyra Summer Music Workshop at Smith College.  She is also an active member of New York City's American Music Teachers League, Music Teachers National Association, and Mu Phi Epsilon.

For information on studying piano with Akiko, visit: 

Forte>Piano Studio

Private Piano Instruction







Lyra Summer Music Workshop

A three week summer music intensive program for piano and string students.