Sensei Naomi began experimenting with the piano as a young child and immediately fell in love with the instrument. Not long after her parents realized they couldn’t keep her away from the instrument, they decided to place her in lessons. With her first tutor, Naomi studied the Suzuki Method and built a strong base in the Suzuki Method early on. Because Naomi is a part of a military family she had to move, this caused her to change music studios where she then began her intensive study of the classics. During this time, she performed at numerous recitals, became a church pianist and music arranger, performed for weddings, events, and began to also be coached in private piano tutoring.
Naomi went to receive her Associate’s Degree in Music Education at Southwestern Illinois College where she also received the Outstanding Student Musician Award for her music and academic success. At this time, she was also teaching piano full time and maintained a great amount of students as well as having a wait list. Her students performed a minimum of 2 recitals per year and achieved superior ratings in their school music competitions. Several of her students arranged community outreach performances for senior homes and hospitals outside of their required recitals.
As a teacher, Naomi always seeks to instill a love of the intense musical and emotional complexities found in the study of piano. While maintaining the mastery of the Suzuki Method, theory, velocity, and strength training, her students are always encouraged to find the music that makes their soul sing.