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Chami Tanaka

Saxophone & Piano

Chami Tanaka Saxophone & Piano teacher

About Me

“Helping students reach their learning goals is my passion. Seeing my students reach their potential brings me joy.” Chami believes that all music students can reach their potential. With her structured guidance and critical feedback, music students are able to excel at their own pace.

Chami started Electone when she was 3 years old at Yamaha music school. When she was 7 years old, played trombone for 4 years and switched to saxophone when she was 12 years old. During school, she participated in several tournaments every year. When she was 15 years old, her brass band and marching band participated in all Japan final tournaments.

Majoring in classical saxophone at Tamagawa University, Japan, Chami studied harmony, music theory, piano, voice, and music history. While in school, she performed the saxophone quartet and chorus of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the world-famous Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Later, she obtained a teaching certificate.

After graduating from University, Chami became interested in jazz and popular music. She participated in jazz festivals throughout Japan and led her own band. Chami visited over 15 countries and participated in many musical shows.

Since moving to Toronto, she has connected with many professional musicians and performed at various shows in Ontario. She is taking her experience to new levels by recording and performing Japanese folk songs in other styles. Chami uses these experiences to inspire students along a focused path to master music.

Chami teaches a variety of genres, including classical, jazz, RnB, Blues, etc. She believes that the delicate playing techniques, musical notation skills of classical music, the sense of chords and rhythm of jazz, and the catchy melody and lyrics of popular music are important elements that students can learn through her. She has taught for over 10 years and is comfortable teaching students from beginner to advanced levels.

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