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Introducing Pianist and Music Educator Ayako Morino!
Ayako Morino is a professional performing pianist, music director and educator.
Ayako’s classical piano credits include performances as a soloist for the New Jersey City University Symphony of Winds and Percussion and the New Jersey City University Orchestra, in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in New York at Carnegie Hall and at the Flea Theatre in Sister and Mise Lexie. Her opera and musical theater credits include Secret Garden, Candide, Mikado, Something’s Afoot, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Three Penny Opera, Kiss Me Kate, and Merry Poppins. Ayako has also been the Music Director for a number of musical theater productions, including How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, You’re Good Man Charlie Brown, Godspell, Honk!, and Grease.
As an educator, Ayako has taught music to students of all levels ranging in age from five through adult. A former adjunct faculty member of New Jersey City University for 12 years, she taught piano, theory, ear training and piano pedagogy. She has also been on the faculty of many public and private schools throughout New Jersey, teaching piano, vocal music and general music to students in grades K-12. Ayako is currently teaching music to students in grades K-4 for Union Township Public Schools, in addition to maintaining a private teaching studio in Manhattan, Hoboken, Jersey City and Bayonne. She is a member of the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) and the New Jersey Educators Association (NJEA).
Ayako holds a Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance from New Jersey City University where she also received her certification in Music Education K-12. She studied piano with Jeffrey Cohen, Min Kim, Tonatiuh de la Sierra, and Haruko Tsuchida. Ayako is a multiple awards winner for the First Annual Eastman Young Artist International Piano Competition, Third Prize and Classical Period award.
We are so delighted that Ayako has joined our Piano faculty at The Ridgewood Conservatory. Clearly, Ayako brings a wealth of piano expertise and extensive teaching experience to our many piano students of all ages and levels.
Call us at 201-676-9915 to schedule piano lessons with Ayako this semester!