Koh Kazama, guitar
My main goals are for my students to develop a love for music through the guitar and become well-rounded musicians. Music is a form of expression that is connected to our daily activities and life. No matter what their musical background or level, I believe that all students can find joy in listening to music and expressing themselves on the guitar. As an active performing musician, I understand the importance of building strong foundations in practicing, technique, and music theory. In my lessons, I teach my students ways to practice efficiently, and I encourage them to consistently self-evaluate their playing so that they can become their own teachers. Technical exercises will help my students gain a better facility with the guitar, while music theory will allow them to have a deeper understanding of the music that they play. Each student learns and responds differently, so I always strive to find what works best for them, and of course, what makes it enjoyable for them!
A New York City native, Koh Kazama is a concert guitarist and educator who has performed throughout Japan and the United States. He started his guitar studies at the age of six, after being inspired by a Japanese rock musician. His diverse repertoire ranges from early music played on period instruments to contemporary music using electronic effects.
Koh holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, where he was a scholarship student and teaching assistant of the guitar department. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Master of Music, and Artist Diploma at Yale University. He received a full scholarship to attend Yale, and he was the recipient of the Eliot Fisk Prize, which was awarded to an outstanding guitarist whose artistic achievements and dedication have contributed greatly to the department. He attended LaGuardia Arts High School in New York City, where he majored in cello and was part of the LaGuardia Symphony Orchestra.
Koh is currently on the faculty of the Third Street Music School and 92nd Street Y as well. He has previously taught as a Secondary Lessons Guitar Instructor at Yale and has worked as a Teaching Artist at New Haven public schools, as part of the Music In Schools community engagement program.