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. Ms. Shiokawa-Mo studied piano and voice degree at Ohio State University for two years and earned BA of Music degree and Teaching Credential at University of Iowa in voice with and minor degree in piano. She had also earned graduate degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In her professional musician career, she had performed Puccini's Opera, Madame Butterfly and Turandot at Oregon Medford Theater, San Francisco Lyric Opera, and Fresno Summer Festival. In her teaching career, she taught general music to regular and special needs students in Cupertino Union School District for ten years. In 2009, 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, National Teachers of Music Association, American College of Musician Guild Piano Audition, and Royal Academy of Music (England) grade level evaluations and testings (2000~2016). Furthermore, her private students of voice received the 1st prize in Classical & Broadway 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 2009~2015). Her students also received the 1st and the 1st place alternate places in the VOCE competition state final (Music Teachers Association of California) and selected as the panel honor students and master class students in CM (Certificate of Merit) evaluation, and they performed in the MTAC's state honor convention recitals 2004~2016). 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.
Pop/Jazz Voice, Electrical and Acoustic Guitar (Musical Theory and Songwriting)
Francis Lee is an alumni of Berklee College of Music with a degree in contemporary writing and production and a minor in writing for video games. He is a vocalist and plays guitar in a variety of styles such as jazz, pop, rock, funk, rhythm and blues, and more! Currently, Lee works on his own creative projects by self-producing his own work, as well as developing sound effects for video games. He is always practicing, transcribing, producing, and recording guitar and singing to keep his music as sharp as possible. Furthermore, he enjoys passing his knowledge to his students. Lee believes music should be about self-expression, having fun, playing with others and, ultimately, not being afraid to be wrong.