Mr. Nobuaki Tanaka

Violin, Viola Teacher

Nobuaki Tanaka

SAA Member


Mount Prospect, IL
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Bachelor of Music in music performance and music education from Northern Arizona University with emphasis on Suzuki pedagogy; master of music in music performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from East Carolina University. He also received a Master of Arts in Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Mr. Tanaka is the former Suzuki program founder/director at Upper Valley Music Center and Twin State Suzuki Workshop in Lebanon, NH. A registered Suzuki teacher in Book 1 through Book 10, he has studied long-term Suzuki pedagogy with Louise Scott, Karin Hallberg, and Joanne Bath. Additional training with Nancy Lokken, Barbara Barber, Alice Joy Lewis, and Daphne Hughes. He studied violin with Hana Aoto, Hal Grossman, Louise Scott, Victor Liva, and Ara Gregorian and was a former member of the Flagstaff Symphony.

His students have received awards in the Northern Illinois Chandler-Starr Competition, Opus Music Competition, American Protégé Music Competition, Young MaestroMusic Competition, and Charleson International Music Competition and participated in Rockford, Chicago, Midwest Young Artist, Elgin, and Houston Youth Symphonies.

Previously, he taught at Upper Valley Music Center, Music Academy in Rockford, and Rockford College. Currently, Mr. Tanaka teaches violin/viola at the Music Institute of Chicago. In his spare time, he enjoys Kickboxing, Marathons, and traveling worldwide. He is also a frequent preacher in the Greater Chicago area.

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