Miyo Aoki

Primary Artistic Discipline: Music

  • Miyo shows students how the keys on a bass recorder work.
    Miyo shows students how the keys on a bass recorder work.
  • Performing at an outreach program about colonial dance. Photo by: Jamia Hansen-Murray
    Performing at an outreach program about colonial dance. Photo by: Jamia Hansen-Murray
  • Medieval music with colleagues Jacob Breedlove and Shula Kleinerman.
    Medieval music with colleagues Jacob Breedlove and Shula Kleinerman.
  • Linda Melsted, Jonathan Oddie, Christine Wilkinson-Beckman, Miyo Aoki, Curtis Foster.
    Linda Melsted, Jonathan Oddie, Christine Wilkinson-Beckman, Miyo Aoki, Curtis Foster.
  • Miyo answers questions about music in colonial America. Photo by Jamia Hansen-Murray.
    Miyo answers questions about music in colonial America. Photo by Jamia Hansen-Murray.
  • Miyo counts repetitions of a ground with students. Photo by Don Roberts.
    Miyo counts repetitions of a ground with students. Photo by Don Roberts.

Area of Specialty:  Recorder, Early Music

Based in:  Renton

Cell Phone:  812.322.8565

Home Phone:  812.322.8565

Email:  meaoki@umail.iu.edu

Website: 


BIOGRAPHY

Miyo Aoki, is a dedicated recorder player and teacher, performing music ranging from medieval to modern and teaching students of all ages and levels. She has performed in the US, Germany, and Poland, with groups including Farallon Recorder Quartet, Salish Sea Players, Utopia Early Music, and Gamut Bach Ensemble, and at the Bloomington Early Music Festival and Whidbey Island Music Festival.  She is a founding member of the Seattle-based chamber group sound|counterpoint and has premiered works by contemporary composers Natalie Williams and Agnes Dorwarth. She has taught at the Port Townsend Early Music Workshop, SFEMS Recorder Workshop, Next Level Recorder Retreat, for the Early Music Guild of Seattle's Recorder Residency program, and privately.  Miyo holds a KAZ Diplom (Artist Diploma) from the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, Germany, where she studied with Professor Han Tol, and degrees in both early music performance and mathematics from Indiana University, where she studied with Professor Eva Legêne.


ARTIST STATEMENT

I strongly feel that the skills developed through music study are beneficial to individuals and society as a whole. Not only can music foster important life skills, it can also provide a creative outlet for students who may be struggling in other subjects.  I would like to make sure that music and other arts continue to be sustainable in our society, and to that end I believe that giving K-12 students a thorough and high-quality musical education is vital.  

I began teaching in college and became more invested in teaching while working for Indiana University’s Pre-college Recorder Program.  In Germany, I built and maintained a private teaching studio and collaborated with a musical outreach program in the Bremen concert hall.  Since moving to Seattle in 2014, I have taught in public schools in various residencies and performed in several outreach programs.  Additionally, I am an active teacher in recorder societies, leading meetings, teaching workshops. As an artist, I am passionate about connecting with audiences, inviting the audience into the musical world that I experience when I play music; to offer them something new, interesting, or delightful, and to share the human connection that can be made and strengthened through a shared musical experience.


CURRICULUM

Suitable for Grades:  K-8

Preferred Grades:  K-8

Curriculum Integration Possibilities:

Additional Interests/Experience: German (Speak and Read fluently)


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