1. Lesson will be held on "Zoom" application that can be used on smartphones, iPads and PCs. This is the main online lesson method in the United States.
Prior to a consultation, you will receive a detailed Zoom Lesson Instruction PDF, which includes recommended equipment to help you set up the sound quality suitable for the violin playing.
2. Next, submit a list of your current solo repertoire, etude, scale etc. If you are amateur orchestra player, you can include the orchestra excerpts.
* Online violin instruction requires good verbal communications. Because this is not hands-on, you are required to have some basic violin technique and note reading skill.
Currently, I am accepting from the fourth grade of elementary school of the Advanced beginner level or higher (can play in the 3rd ). Please contact me for more information.
3. Schedule a Zoom test session/interview (about 20 min.)
I would like to know about your musical goal and any concerns you may have. It is very helpful for me to understand where you are, and for you to achieve your goal quickly by assessing the problems.
During the interview, we will also work together for the best equipment settings with camera and microphone angle, standing position etc.
4. Time for Online Session!
Zoom allows you to record your lesson easily.
It is useful for the review... you may find your own unknown habits you would want to correct.
5. During the lesson, you will be assigned pieces for the video recording.
Recording is easy; just use mobile phone or iPad. This helps me to assess the tone production and some musical nuances because the sound quality is much better on these recordings. Also, this is a very good performance practice.
I will comment on the video and return it to you by the next lesson.
Are you interested in taking first time only, 30-minutes online consultation & mini-lesson? ($30)
Please send me a message using the inquiry form below.
*Inquiries including the regular lesson fee will be answered at a consultation.
Application & Payment
You will receive a payment link via email. Please make a payment within 48 hours.
Once your payment is confirmed, we will move forward to schedule a consultation via email.
*Payments are accepted by credit and debit cards.
Understanding a student's current musical level and a situation before the consultation is very important.
You will be receiving a question form. Please fill it in and return by the consultation.
Zoom meeting link with a password will also be sent in the same email.
Consultation & mini-lesson
Please download Zoom in advance and set it up for music lesson. (For the detail, please refer to a "Online Lesson Instruction" PDF.)
If needed, I will help you for a suitable setting of a room, camera (PC) and an external microphone.
Ayako Sugaya is a member of the first violin section of Pacific Symphony.
She came directly to the orchestra after completing her Undergraduate and Graduate Diploma at New England Conservatory (NEC) in Boston. While studying at NEC,
Ms. Sugaya was regularly acting as a teaching assistant of Masuko Ushioda, a winner of International Tchaikovsky Competition and a protégé of legendary violinist, Joseph Szigeti. She also served as a concertmistress for NEC Symphony Orchestra including in the performance of Shostakovich Symphony No. 4 with Sir Simon Rattle.
Upon reception of her Graduate Diploma, she was awarded with the Distinction in Performance.
Ms. Sugaya has won numerous orchestra auditions and awards. She also received fellowships and principal positions for many prestigious music festival orchestras, including Tanglewood Music Center, USA and the Schelswig-Holstein Music Festival, Germany. In addition, she was also selected to perform regularly with the Gardner Chamber Orchestra, a resident orchestra of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Mass. In 1995, she won the Japanese American Association Music Award which led her to a debut recital at Merkin Concert Hall in New York.
Ms. Sugaya was a member of the Colorado Music Festival 2008-2015.
She also received her Violin Performance degree from Toho High School of Music, the most prestigious conservatory in Japan.
Ms. Sugaya's students have won numerous orchestra auditions for the concertmaster and principal positions with California All-State Honors Orchestra, All-Southern California Honors Orchestra, Irvine Unified School District Honors Orchestra, as well as the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra and Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings.
During the summer, her students have been invited to Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and Domaine Forget International Music Academy in Quebec, Canada.
Her students have been awarded Grand Prize and 1st place at solo competitions such as Southwestern Youth Music Festival, Musical Arts Competition of Orange County and Satori Strings Contest.
Currently, Ms. Sugaya is a faculty member of Irvine Music Festival and Junior Chamber Music of Southern California, as well as serving as a teaching artist for Santa Ana strings and Strings for Generation, Irvine.
A member of America Federation of Musicians and American String Teacher's Association