String Teachers

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aziza musaeva

Violin, Piano

Ms. Musaeva was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan where she began studying piano at the age of five with Professor Tamara Papovich. Next, Ms. Musaeva began playing the violin at age six with Professor Gulnara Suleymanova through many state and national government grants. She received her undergraduate degree in violin performance and a piano minor degree at the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan in 2008. She moved to the United States in 2010 to pursue her Professional Performance Certificate at Lynn University, Florida with a full scholarship under Professor Carol Cole. Later, she began violin coaching at the age of sixteen to students of all levels. After teaching for some years, Ms. Musaeva realized her passion for teaching as well as her motivation to share her skills and knowledge with her students in order to see them grow in the field of music. Being a teacher for over ten years, Ms. Musaeva’s style of coaching is often seen by her students as creative and effective.


hirotsugu josh saito

Violin, Viola, Piano

Violinist/violist Josh Saito holds a Master of Music degree in violin performance from Ball State University, Indiana and a Bachelor of Music degree from Marshall University, West Virginia. He also studied piano as a secondary instrument throughout his BA and MA studies and accompanied several string students. He studied under Sherry Kloss, Leopold La Fosse and Elizabeth Reed Smith. Mr. Saito taught violin privately with students ranging from age five to adult. He performed with the Huntington Symphony, the Muncie Symphony and the Rio Hondo Symphony. Mr. Saito was a member of the graduate string quartet at Ball State University and the quartet played in the educational programs at various public elementary schools. He has been a resident of the Bay Area since 2010. Mr. Saito has a varied educational background including a master's degree in biology from Ball State University as well as a culinary arts certificate from Le Cordon Bleu, a culinary school in San Francisco.  


Violin, Viola

Fan has been teaching and playing violin / viola over 15 years. He teaches Suzuki and other traditional methods depending on the student's level and interests.  As a violin teacher, he seeks to connect with each student as an individual and adjust his curriculum to help them explore their areas of interest. He also likes to introduce students to alternative styles, such as jazz, blues, tango and many more to help them become a well-rounded musician. Fan received his Bachelor Degree in Violin & Viola performing at Wuhan Conservatory of Music. After he moved to the Bay Area,Fan was appointed  as the Berkeley Symphony assistant principal viola by Kent Nagano. As a frequent performer,he has played with Monterey Symphony,Santa Cruz Symphony,Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra,Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra.Fan has also accompanied Itzhak Perlman,Edgar Meyer,James Galway, Lang Lang, Rachel Barton Pine ,and the other well know musicians performed in orchestras.

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Satoru tagawa

Double Bass, Cello

Satoru Tagawa is a semi-professional bassist performing and teaching in the bay area. His musical interests covers a wide spectrum, and can be seen performing in genres ranging from Folk, Pop, Classical, Jazz, Latin, etc. A native of Japan, Satoru moved to Boston at the age of nine, when his father quit his job as an engineer to pursue Jazz studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. With the passion for music engraved deeply into his DNA, he studied piano as a child, moving on to guitar, electric bass, before eventually settling with the Double Bass. His main teachers include the classical Double Bass virtuoso Gary Karr, Karl Olsen of the Louisville Symphony Orchestra, and the electric bassist Tino D'Agostino. His main influences are Edgar Meyer, Scott LaFaro, Victor Wooten, 2cellos, and Yo Yo Ma. As a performer, his most memorable participation consists of touring in a production of the Broadway Musical "The Producers", sharing the stage with Arlo Guthrie at Carnegie Hall, and winning his High School's "Battle of the Bands" on solo electric bass.

He was a Double Bass Major in University of Colorado and also holds BA of Computer Science degree from University of Kentucky.




Cellist Robin Snyder is an active SF-Bay Area performer and music teacher. She holds her MA of Arts degree in Cello Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. She appears regularly with orchestras such as Monterey Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic and many others. Ms. Snyder has performed in Carnegie Hall with the New England Chamber Ensemble and has also appeared on various television shows, including Good Morning America. She was a four-year consecutive winner of the Kiwanis Competition in Los Angeles. In the past, she had performed with many renowned musicians such as Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman. Ms. Snyder has been teaching music for over a decade working with students of varying ages and levels of musical accomplishment, from early childhood through college level.


mickie lee


Lee was born in Taiwan and started her early music learning in piano at the age of 5 and was deeply influenced by her mother, who was a music teacher in middle school and a pastor’s wife in the Lutheran church. She picked up another instrument in 5th grade. That instrument became her lifelong friend, it was the cello. She decided to major in music in her junior year of high school and was admitted into the top rank music school in Taiwan, majoring in cello performance. Later, she got her Master's degree in the University of North Texas, studying with Professor Carter Enyeart. Lee also performed in a few orchestras around the Dallas Metropolitan Area. 

After completing her Master's degree, Lee returned to Taiwan and started her teaching career in a college preparatory program specialized in musically gifted students, as well as playing in the Kaohsiung Civic orchestra. Teaching different levels of students was a really big challenge for her in the beginning. However, Lee realized that the best teachers are her students, teaching her to be a better human each day by day. Lee has continued improving her teaching style by consistently meeting with Dr Tanya Carey and also performing in her local church and with friends. Her family relocated to California in the summer of 2011. Lee continued her passion of cello teaching and has run a cello studio, helping students audition into local youth orchestras and the California All State Orchestra. Besides teaching cello Lee enjoys bird photography and cooking.