Significant teachers and mentors:
Some of his most influential mentors were: Hal Grossman, Ara Gregorian, Louise Scott & Karin Hallberg
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
One of Mr. Tanaka's strong beliefs about teaching and --more specifically-- learning, is that what matters most is how the instructor approaches the student when trying to teach them something new. He believes that, regardless of how much a child may not understand at first, with time and patience, they will get there.
"Everyone is talented. It depends how we teach. No matter how young or old, everyone can learn."
Professional affiliations & activities:
Mr. Tanaka is involved with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, as well as the American String Teacher's Association. He previously taught at Upper Valley Music Center, Music Academy in Rockford, and Rockford College. He is currently a Suzuki Program Coordinator at the Sherwood Community Music School at Columbia College in Chicago.
Interests outside of music:
When he's not teaching lessons or performing, Mr. Tanaka enjoys hobbies such as cooking, hiking, and traveling in his free time.
Favorite composer or piece to play:
A few of Mr. Tanaka's favorite composers include: Mozart, Mendelssohn, Ravel & Debussy.