Voice, Piano, Music Theory Teacher
A Japanese native who graduated from Doshisha University, Japan as an Archaeology Major. After working for the state government, Xerox Corporation in Japan, she came to the U.S. and worked as a start-up member in Hosei University's Branch office. (One of the Japanese private universities in Tokyo's branch school & technology laboratory located in Burlingame, California). During her three years of work with Hosei, she launched an exchange co-program with California State University Hayward (currently East Bay). After an enormous commitment of start-up work, her long term passion for music made her go back to school and shifted her career in her mid-thirties while she was raising her two children. Ms. Shiokawa- Mo studied piano and voice degree at University of Alabama, Ohio State University for two years and earned BA of Music degree from Iowa State University in Voice (minored in Piano). She was also a candidate in graduate school at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She performed at Oregon Medford Theater, San Francisco Lyric Opera, and Fresno Summer Festival. She taught general music to regular and special needs students in Cupertino Union School District and Cupertino Union School District & City of Cupertino’ s and Discovery Charter School, San Jose’s after school programs for ten years. In 2009-2011, Ms. Shiokawa-Mo had received a recognition for her teaching by the California State Legislature. Many of her private piano students were selected as honor students in California Music Teachers Association(CM), National Teachers of Music Association, American College of Musician Guild Piano Audition, and Royal Academy of Music (ABRSM) grade level evaluations and auditions (2000~2019). Her Voice students received the top prizes in the VOCE competition state final (Music Teachers Association of California) in 2011 and CAPMT (linked to MTNA) West Coast Regional Competition in 2017. Many of her students has been selected as state honor and panel honor students and had master classes at state conventions (2004~2019). Furthermore, her private students of voice received the 1st prize in Classical, Broadway, and Romantic Music solo and duet categories in American Fine Arts Festival International Competition (Golden Voices of America: Students were invited to Winner's Concert at Carnegie Hall , NY (2009~2018). Ms. Shiokawa-Mo devotes herself to cultivate her students every day with a very encouraging manner. Her dream of combining all the instruments instructions into one place and holding teacher concerts and student recitals together led to the opening of Legato Music School in 2009. She served as a board of directors in the Music Teacher's Association of California Santa Clara Branch from 2009 to 2015.
Ms. Shieh-Cruz is an active freelance percussionist in the Bay Area who is equally devoted to the performance, teaching, and study of Western, Classical, as well as Afro-Caribbean percussion. She started playing the piano when she was four years old. Ms. Shieh-Cruz completed her advanced piano evaluation (MTAC Certificate of Merit) and minored in piano. She received her Bachelor’s degree in percussion from the UW-Madison School of Music as well as her Master’s degree in percussion performance.