Our Mission

Legato is committed to providing high quality performing arts education to students. We will be engaging, encouraging, and nurturing for all the students to achieve their goal.

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Provide the lifetime treasure of music for each student. 

Nurture in every student the potential for expressing his or her through music.

Teach the language of music by playing the instruments, singing,  and performing (acting/ dancing) skills that give children strengthand kindness to keep going forward.

Establish a family like community of Instructors, Students, and Parents.  We believe this is the key to keep student growing.

Provide the environment to make next generation leaders/ educators to make a better caring community throughout music.


Our History

In Hope for the "New World"

Legato Music School (LMG) was founded by educator Haruna Shiokawa - Mo in May, 2009.

Haruna came to US from Japan in 1997 when she was mid- thirties. She lived in the South and the Mid- West to study music to find & heal herself and restart her life in “New World. “ After many years of teaching regular and special needs students at public, charter, private schools, and community centers in San Jose and Cupertino as well as privately, Haruna decided to start Legato Music School to cultivate students. She hoped that this music school will be the most happiest place that all the people can be connected (Legato) through music. She also had a hope that all the teachers and students perform together same songs on the same stage.

We have been having this faculty and student concert to share and celebrate our musical experience in May every year. This year will be our 9th anniversary.


Our Quality

We have “No Child Left Behind Policy"

Our  20 instructors are very experienced to work with all the children or students. Many of our instructors experienced to teach regular and special needs students at public schools, charter schools, and private schools. too 90% of our instructors have been teaching more than twenty years. The rest of the instructors have been teaching from five to ten years. Each student will have own curriculum. We will nurture everyone in the best way to fit each student (No cookie cutter.) in encouraging setting.  We can accommodate the best instruction to the student who is really serious and the student who wants to enjoy!

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We Care

We have a conference annually with each parent and student. Our instructor provides the progress report and our principal joins the conference. We discuss each student's current learning process face to face such as how the student can improve, what is necessary for the student,  if he/she needs certifications or competitions if the instrument or the instructor is having a good match. We set a goal for each student to keep going forward. We care.


Instructions in total of 25 instruments

Piano, Jazz Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Voice, Flute, Recorder, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Ukulele, Classical Guitar, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Drums (set), Orchestra/ Band Percussion, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone Horn, English Horn, French Horn, Song Writing with Guitar/Piano


Many recitals, competitions,  and community service opportunities

There are monthly recitals at Legato Facility, Annual recitals (at least two) at larger setting recital halls. Our Faculty and student concert is fun and exclusive.  Each year, we decide a theme so that our instructors and students share the time to music to play together and make music together. Student will be formed as orchestra, band, choir, and musical theater groups to play with instructors. Genres are vary --- Classical/ Jazz/ Pop/ Rock and more! Ensemble and choir students perform in senior centers and nonprofit organizations annually. Legato Students have result in many Certifications and Competitions.
Since 2009 in our inaugural year, Legato students have been selecting as honor students in MTAC/ MTNA/ ABRSM/ RCOM/ Guild Certifications.

We have students who are the winner in Youth Focus, MTAC VOCE/ CAPMT/ MTNA (Domestic)/ AFAF & Prodigy Competitions (International).