Teacher Artist Statement
Asako Yoshida believes every student is a unique individual. In her studio she strives to create a nurturing positive and enriching experience tailored to the individual needs of each traditional and Suzuki flute student. Through weekly lessons she guides students through every little step of build their flute playing skills, while helping them to build self-confidence.
Ms. Yoshida has been on the faculty of South Shore Conservatory since 1997 and Suzuki School of Newton and Performing Arts Department of Wellesley Public Schools since 2000. She has been teaching privately in her own flute studio for over 30 years. She holds a B.M. in flute performance from Kunitachi Music College in Tokyo, Japan, and an M.M. in flute performance from The University of Michigan where she was elected Pi Kappa Lambda. Her teachers include Akiyasu Miyamoto, Takako Shiraishi, Keith Bryan, Ervin Monroe and Frances Shelly. She has Suzuki Flute pedagogy training from the founder Toshio Takahashi, Pandora Bryce, June Warhoftig and Jerilee Kechley. She has Suzuki pedagogy training in Pennywhistle from Mary Beth Norris. She has also been a Suzuki parent following the studies of her daughter, Yumi in Suzuki violin. She and Yumi have been creating Suzuki teaching aids, Play Me 100 repertoire cards, and Color Me 100 review books for flute, violin and cello.
Asako Yoshida has been performing as a member of Willow Flute Ensemble, one of the most active flute ensembles in New England, since 2000. In 2013 she created Summer Trio, a flute and piano ensemble, which performs around New England. When residing in New Mexico she was a member of Los Alamos Symphony, Los Alamos Light Opera, Chamisa Players and Flute and Friends for more than 10 years.