Voices of students / parents
☆I started playing the violin as an adult about two years ago. When I moved to Tokyo from America, I was looking for a violin teacher to continue my lessons with, but I was nervous about meeting a new teacher. That's why I feel incredibly lucky to have found Kuni. From our very first lesson together, I felt that I had found a teacher I could trust and respect. He is always very positive and encouraging, but also very professional and thorough in his teaching method. I look forward to my lesson every week, and I know I have improved a lot in these past months thanks to his teaching and encouragement. Playing the violin is so much more enjoyable with a great teacher, and I just wish I had met Kuni sooner!(K)
☆When we moved to Tokyo from Australia I was looking for a fluent english speaker to teach Viola /Violin to my children and I have been so lucky to find Kuni!
Kuni teaches Violin to my daughter age 6 and Viola to my son aged 9.
I can highly recommend him . He is a talented musician as well as a brilliant and motivational teacher. He has encouraged and inspired both my children in their music and they have already learnt a huge amount from their lessons with him.
Kuni makes the lessons full of fun and energy and my children always look forward to them. Above all , he exhibits a passion and enthusiasm for music that is transmitted to his pupils and all those around him. (M)
☆As far as I know, Mr. Nishitani is the BEST educator of the violin and the viola in Japan. He is very positive and commends everything his students have worked on during the lessons. At the same time he teaches his students seriously and positively for all improvements that need to be made. He is not a "second grade businesslike violin teacher". Mr. Nishitani is a serious EDUCATOR of the violin/viola pedagogy. I strongly recommend anyone who wants to study the violin or viola seriously to take lessons from him. (I)
☆I was very pleased with the lessons from Kuni. He is very artist and expressive and challenged me to translate my musical abilities into playing even the most simple tunes with that same technical ability. His teaching methods are very versatile. He was able to adapt to my needs and my goals and always encouraged me to put in effort when I was practicing at home. Overall, I believe that anyone regardless of age or experience level will find Kuni to be a very talented, competent teacher.（L）
Kunito Int'l Violin & Viola School Specialties
1. Flexible lesson schedule
2. Preparation for auditions, competitions, and examinations for music schools
3. Both English and Japanese lessons are available
4. Student Recitals are available once or twice a year
*The Viola lesson system is used by American Suzuki System. In Japan, unfortunately, we do not have a good Viola education system because we normally start taking lessons from the violin. However, Kunito Viola School imports American Suzuki Viola education system from the U.S, so you can take wonderful viola lessons as if you take the viola lessons in the U.S!
My teaching philosophy
The most important part of my teaching philosophy is that I believe in being positive and enthusiastic. I look for student improvement first, and not their mistakes. I also believe in working with the “whole” student―which includes more than just their musical skills. I try to listen and understand where students are coming from, and I offer advice to them if needed. I care about the school, personal, social, and family parts of their lives, in addition to their musical or educational life.To assess where to start with students, I ask them first to play what they can, whether it is a simple scale, a piece by Mozart, or a concerto. I diagnose the strengths and weaknesses of the students’ playing skills and musical understandings, and follow this by discussing goals with the student―What does the student wish to learn and accomplish? How dedicated will the student be in practicing? Is the student aiming for a professional career in music or only for personal enjoyment? Then the student and I work out a mutual plan to help the student advance in his or her goals, and together we work on this plan carefully and positively. This philosophy works well with my students and results in long-lasting musical collaborations and friendships!