Meet the teachers
Assistant Director KAWAI MUSIC SCHOOL
Azin Hakimi was born in the historical city of Isfahan, Iran known for its grand avenues, covered bridges and beautiful gardens. She was drawn to the piano at an early age and began exploring various musical instruments in middle school. By the time she entered high school, Ms. Hakimii had devoted herself entirely to mastering the piano and eventually received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Yerevan State Conservatory of Armenia. While at the conservatory, she was active as a performer, accompanist, and teacher.
In 2016, Ms. Hakimii came to the United States to further her career while teaching piano to students of all ages and abilities at the Cincinnati School of Music. She is a dedicated teacher who questions the rationale behind every aspect of her instruction and encourages her students to strive for excellence with her warm and caring personality.
Ms. Hakimii loves spicy food, listening to classical music and playing duets with her husband, Sajad, a professional violinist and their 14-month-old son.
Amanda Byars is an independent music educator specializing in group and private instruction for children and adults in Dallas, Texas. Prior to establishing Piano In Your Home, she served on the faculty at Southern Methodist University as Lecturer in Piano Pedagogy and Coordinator of Class Piano. She was also co-founder and teacher of piano at Dallas/Music – a performing arts center located in the Park Cities.
Ms. Byars received a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina and the Master of Music in piano pedagogy from S.M.U. where she was a teaching assistant for the internationally renowned pedagogue, Louise Bianchi
Born in Italy, Davide Cava started music studies at the age of 4. He graduated with the highest honors in Piano and Composition at the
Music Conservatory in Turin, Italy, and later obtained his Performer’s Diploma, Master of Music in Piano Performance, and Artist Certificate
at SMU in Dallas, TX with M. Joaquín Achúcarro. Silver Medalist at the 2018 Panama International Piano Competition,
he received prizes in numerous other competitions and performed with several orchestras in Europe, the United States, and South America.
Davide has performed solo and chamber repertoire in several masterclasses and academies all over Europe and America led by renowned pianists, including Lang Lang, Michel Béroff, Maria João Pires, Pietro De Maria, Pavel Gililov, Fabio Bidini, Benedetto Lupo, Roberto Plano, Giovanni Bellucci, Andrea Lucchesini, Aleksandr Madzar, Dominique Merlet, Nelson delle Vigne-Fabbri, Philippe Entremont, Vladimir Feltsman, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Alessio Bax, Lucille Chung.
He has been a recipient of prestigious CRT Foundation Scholarship in Italy from 2014 to 2017 and was given multiple times between 2018 and 2021 the “Paul Vellucci Piano Award” by the SMU Piano Faculty as one of the most remarkable pianists in residence. In November 2022, he was selected as an Award Winner of the Arkady Fomin Scholarship Fund in Chicago, of which he will be a 2023 recipient.
His passions comprehend music composition, mainly for piano solo, photography and videography, technology, mechanics and fitness.
Yeseul Cho has an active career as a piano pedagogue, soloist, and chamber musician. She has taught all ages and stages; from pre-k through adult learners, and all levels from beginner through advanced.
As an educator, Yeseul Cho strives to cultivate well-rounded musicians, both professionally and personally. Her teaching philosophy emphasizes the importance of providing a safe and respectful education for every student. She ensures a secure environment not only in group classes but also in private lessons, allowing students to pursue their goals with confidence. Creating a healthy atmosphere through interpersonal skills is essential for fostering student development in every lesson.
Yeseul embraces versatility in her role as a teacher, readily adapting to each student to unlock their full potential. She maintains a flexible and open-minded attitude in every lesson, offering valuable experience teaching various syllabi and exams, such as the Royal Conservatory of Music, catering to students of different ages and proficiency levels. Her ultimate aim is to guide students in becoming independent learners through organized sequences and guided lessons.
As a soloist, Yeseul was awarded with prestigious prizes including Music Education News Concours, Pyeongtaek University Music Competition, Eumaksekye Competition and etc.
Yeseul studied at Sunhwa Arts High School in Seoul, South Korea, for musically gifted teenagers. She graduated with the highest honors from the College of Music, Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul. Later she earned her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy at the University of North Texas.
Mana Honda was born in Osaka, started playing the piano at the age of 4.
In 1991, she moved to Tokyo, entered the Toho Gakuen Music High School, and studied the piano with Prof. Yasushi HIROSE. In 1994, she graduated from high school with honors and proceeded to the Solist Diploma course at Toho Gakuen Music University, one of Japan’s top Conservatory.
In 1996 she moved to Paris, FRANCE, to further flourish her piano t skills with the world-renowned Professor Jaques ROUVIER and Professor Olivier GARDON at Conservatoire National Region de Paris (currently known as CRR Paris) and CRR de Marseille.
In 1998, She won the Premier Prix (First Prize) for the graduation exam of Cycle Superior at CNR de Paris. Afterwards, she completed Troisieme Cycle of CNR de Paris and CRR de Marseille in 2001.
While studying at the Conservatory, she won awards, including 1st prize at the Miyanichi Music Competition, the special prize .at the Kanagawa Piano Competition (Japan), a semi-finalist at Maria canals International competition (Spain), a finalist at Marsala International competition (Italy).
She has held a variety of concerts in Paris, Nice, Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe etc.
Since she got back to Japan in 2001, She has been teaching piano to every age range student as a teacher at ‘Toho-Gakuen Music School for Children’ and supporting students to enroll in some universities in Japan. Her students have received numerous awards in both national and international competitions.
Ariel is an accomplished piano instructor with seven years of teaching
experience. Her passion for music education and commitment to her
students have made her a sought-after teacher. With expertise in both inperson
and online instruction, Ariel has successfully guided students of all
ages and skill levels on their musical journey.
With previous roles at different music school in Singapore, Ariel has a
wealth of experience teaching students of all ages and skill levels. She
conducted both individual and group lessons, showcasing her versatility as
an instructor. Ariel’s meticulous approach to curriculum development,
selection of course materials, and preparation of assignments and exams
has contributed to her students’ success. She strongly believes in
establishing a solid foundation by incorporating basic music theory into
lessons and engaging students in discussions on musical selection and
Ariel’s dedication to music education extends beyond the classroom. As a
Graduate Instructional Assistant at Texas State University, she collaborated
with voice and instrumental students, fostering their growth and
development. She also actively performed with the choir, contributing to
higher artistic achievements. Ariel’s ability to communicate and
collaborate with fellow musicians has greatly enriched her teaching style.
Her educational achievements further reinforce her expertise as a piano
instructor. She holds a Master’s degree in Piano Performance and
Pedagogy from Texas State University, where she maintained an
exceptional GPA and received prestigious scholarships and a Graduate
Instructional Assistantship. Ariel’s musical talent was recognized as she
reached the finals of the Texas State Concerto Competition.
Ariel’s pursuit of excellence began with a Bachelor’s degree in Classical
Music in Piano Performance from UCSI University in Malaysia, where she
actively engaged in workshops conducted by renowned Kodaly expert
László Norbert Nemes. Her post-graduate studies at the School of the Arts
Singapore (SOTA) refined her piano playing skills under the guidance of
Dr. Kim Bo Kyung.
With Ariel’s guidance, aspiring pianists can expect a comprehensive and
enriching musical education tailored to their unique goals and interests.
Her passion for teaching, combined with her extensive experience and
educational background, make her an exceptional choice for anyone
looking to embark on a rewarding piano journey.
MUSIC SCHOOL LOCATION
Monday 10:00 am–7:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am–7:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am–7:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am–7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am–7:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm–5:00 pm