Instrumental Teaching




The British School in Tokyo encourages students of all ages to be actively involved in developing their musical talents and interests and we believe that every student would benefit from, and has the right to receive quality instrumental music lessons. These lessons are provided through the school’s peripatetic instrumental music programme, for students from Year 1 upwards.


Please refer to the Peripatetic Instrumental Music Handbook for full details of the Instrumental Music Program at BST.


Peripatetic Instrumental Music Handbook Download

To arrange instrumental music lessons for your child please contact the instrumental teacher of your choice directly to enrol for lessons. The peripatetic instrumental teachers have been interviewed by the BST Music Department and are considered appropriately qualified and experienced to work at the school.

Lesson schedules are determined by individual peripatetic instrumental teachers in consultation with the PA to the Head of Primary School and BST Music staff.


Lessons in Shibuya occur on weekdays before school and resume after curriculum lessons finish. There are a limited number of lunchtime lesson times available. Due to space restrictions at Shibuya, we are not able to accept music lesson bookings for children in Nursery and Reception; however, it is possible for lessons to be taught in a student’s home (by a mutual, independent arrangement between the instrumental teacher and parents).


Lessons in Showa for students in Years 4 – 9 take place during the school day as part of the rotational instrumental scheme. In the rotational scheme, lessons are scheduled on the same day each week but with the lesson time being rotated at least one half-hour forwards each week. Lessons are scheduled to ensure that no child will miss the same class lesson more than twice within the same term. Students in Years 10 -13 are given priority for booking lessons before school, after school and at lunchtime. Longer lessons (45mins/60mins) are approved for students in Years 10-13 only. This is subject to teacher approval and room availability.

Peripatetic Instrumental Music Teaching Staff

Alberto Garcia (Guitar)


Alberto Garcia

- Guitar Instrumental Teacher


Alberto Garcia graduated in Piano and Music Theory from the Conservatory of Music in Spain in 1984 and went on to achieve the Yamaha Electone Certificate from the Colegio Hispano Ingles in Spain. He later went on to study Contemporary Harmony and Theory, Jazz guitar and Jazz ensemble at the Guillermo Gonzalez Music School in Tenerife, Spain. He finally graduated from the Musicians Institute Hollywood in Los Angeles where he studied under Scott Henderson, Carl Verheyen, Allen Hind, Dean Brown, Ross Bolton and Jean Marc Belkadi. Following his graduation, he made an additional Encore Program at MI and studied with Rick Zunigar.

As a session player, he performed exclusively during his stay in California and accumulated experience in different genres such as rock, pop, jazz, blues and funk. Alberto is now the Head of the Guitar Department at LiveJam Music School in Tokyo and works with various performing bands and on various projects in Tokyo.

Telephone Number: 090-6522-5932
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Christopher Hardy (Drums, Percussion & Hand Drums)


Christopher Hardy

- Drums, Percussion and Hand Drums Instrumental Teacher


Christopher Hardy is a highly acclaimed percussionist, composer and educator. Chris has a background in Western percussion from the University of Michigan and is a hand drum specialist whose primary focus is on Middle Eastern, North African, West African, Brazilian and Latin percussion.

In addition to leading his own groups and co-founding Tatopani, the Tokyo-based world music group, Chris has performed and recorded with such diverse artists as Hamza El Din, John Neptune, Kazumi Watanabe, Yosuke Yamashita, Hidetaro Honjo (shamisen), Eitetsu Hayashi (taiko), Hideo Kanze (Noh performer), Kim Duk-Soo (Samul Nori), Onoe Shoroku (Kabuki), Shuntaro Tanikawa (poet), Kazutoki Umezu, Sizzle Ohtaka, Kato Kazuhiko, A.I., Kaleb James, Anthony Bailey, Ted Piltzecker, El Zafete.

Chris has performed at the Edinburgh Festival and at major music festivals in Japan, as well as actively performing throughout Europe, Asia, North Africa, South America, Australia and the United States. Most recently, he performed with the resident Cirque du Soleil show, “Zed” and served as musical ensemble director for the Tokyo performances of the “O Vertigo” dance troupe (Canada). Chris can be heard on the Victor, JVC, Columbia, Denon, Polydor, EMI, Equilibrium and Sony labels.

Telephone Number: 090 4226 5257
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Jonathan Hammill (Trumpet, Trombone & French Horn)


Jonathan Hammill

- Brass Instrumental Teacher


Jonathan Hammill graduated from the Juilliard School in New York. His primary teachers include Carolyn Wahl, Julie Landsman and Dale Clevenger. He attended the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, three times between 1999 and 2001. In 1999, he was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and has played with orchestras such as the Chicago, London, New Jersey, NHK Symphony Orchestras and the Florida Orchestra. In 2001, he joined the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra as principal horn and he still holds this post today.

He teaches at Dolce Music Academy in Tokyo and Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima. He is also a member of the Tsunobue Horn Ensemble.

Telephone Number: 090 9327 7958
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Christopher Koh (Violin)


Christopher Koh

- Violin Peripatetic Instrumental Teacher


Chris Koh has been teaching professionally since 1994 and has experience working with all age groups and levels at independent and Local Education Authority schools and music centres in the UK. Chris completed his postgraduate violin studies with Professor Krysztof Jakowicz at the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Poland. He also studied with Ezsta Boda-Katone (Trinity College), Jean Brier (Huddersfied University) and Oliver Butterworth at the Centre for Young Musicians, Pimlico, UK.

As a professional freelance musician, Chris has worked for various classical opera and orchestral chamber and contemporary music theatre companies in the UK. He was also a principal member of the Carl Rosa Opera Company, Grange Park Opera and has performed solo for several touring companies and accompanied various artists in England.

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Naoko Matamaru (Piano)


Naoko Matamaru

- Piano Instrumental Teacher


Naoko has performed both in the UK and Japan, including in The Leeds International Chamber Music Recital, The Paxton House Summer Music Festival, the NPO Japan Scotland Society’s Concert Series, The Oldham Walton Centenary Celebration Concert in the presence of Lady Walton, and at the Holkham Hall by invitation of the Earl Countess of Leicester. Her qualifications include a BMus from Musashino Academia Musicae as a recipient of the Fukui Naoaki Scholarship, a PGDiploma in Advanced Studies in Musical Performance (with distinction) from the Royal Northern College of Music, and a Diploma in Professional Performance also from the RNCM. Whilst at the RNCM, she was awarded numerous prizes and was a finalist in The 6th Birmingham Accompanist of the Year Competition. She also became a scholar of the RNCM, and won the Sir Henry Richardson Award, before working as a Junior Fellow at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama. Her principal teachers were Shinya Nakane, Caroline Palmer, Carole Presland, and Graeme McNaught. Naoko also teaches piano in the Art Department of Yaei High School and is a judge of the Japan Classical Music Competition.

Telephone Number: 080-1316-3866

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Sean Tait (Piano and Saxophone)


Sean Tait

- Piano and Saxophone Instrumental Teacher


Sean was awarded an Associate of Music by the Australian Music Examination Board (A. Mus. A) in 1993 whilst still in High School); going on to gain a Bachelor of Contemporary Music (Piano and Saxophone) from Southern Cross University in 2001; and a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business from Central Queensland University in 2002. He also holds a Certificate of Speech and Communication (C.S.C.A.) awarded by the Australian Music Examination Board in 1996.

Performance experience includes Associate Musical Director for Cats Asia/Australia tour (The Really Useful Group); and keyboard player for Japan tours of the Queen Musical We Will Rock You and the Michael Jackson Musical Thriller Live; as well as appearing with many local and touring artists since moving to Japan in 2002. He currently entertains as solo pianist at The Imperial Hotel, and the Baycourt Hotel as member of a duo/trio.

Education wise, Sean has been teaching Piano and Saxophone professionally since 1994 at various schools and universities in Australia and Japan; and teaching instrumental music at BST since 2007.

Telephone Number: 090-6509-7687
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Alla Takemura (Violin & Viola)


Alla Takemura

- Violin & Viola Instrumental Teacher


Alla Takemura graduated from the Belarusian State Conservatoire with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Violin Performance under the tutelage of Professor Nickolay Bratennikov, as well as taking part in the master classes at the Moscow State Conservatoire with Professors Boris Belenki and Maia Glezarova. After graduating, she combined her work as a music and sound director for the National TV Company with teaching and performing.

She has performed at the Royal College of Music and St John’s Cathedral and participated in the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at the Julliard School of Music in New York. She is a soloist and a music director with the Zion String Ensemble specializing in Baroque and church music and has been teaching the violin and viola at BST since 2004.

Telephone Number: 080-6635-8732
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Madoka Tochigi (Piano & Flute)


Madoka Tochigi

- Piano & Flute Instrumental Teacher


Madoka Tochigi received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Royal Academy of Music in the UK and has qualifications from Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy in the UK, the Toho School of Music, Japan and the LRAM certificate (Royal Academy of Music). She has been very active as a soloist, orchestral player and teacher and has given recitals in many places in the world including Japan, USA, Switzerland, Australia, Italy and Canada.

She has been awarded prizes at many prestigious competitions and was selected as Best Flautist at the Symphony Orchestra Academy of Pacific in Canada in 2005 and performed with the Symphony Opera Orchestra of the Pacific, in Canada, as principal flautist. After gaining a BMus(RAM) for an outstanding Final Recital, she was invited to play at the Japanese Embassy in England in 2008. She has been teaching at BST since 2007.

Telephone Number: 090-5664-3241
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Jessica Cesana-Hashimoto (Cello)


Jessica Cesana-Hashimoto

- Cello Teacher


Before moving to Japan in 2006, American-Swiss cellist Jessica Cesana-Hashimoto, was performing professionally for fifteen years in New York City with orchestras, opera and musical theater productions. She was a member of the Greenwich Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Ridgefield Symphony, Westchester Symphony and appeared as a soloist with the Bridgeport Chamber Symphony. She has also performed with Broadway and off-Broadway musicians for numerous shows and recording sessions.

Ms. Cesana-Hashimoto also taught the cello and chamber music at the Merit Music School in New Canaan, Connecticut, St. David’s School, Manhattan, and ensembles at the Franklin D. Roosevelt school in Manhattan. She first traveled to Japan in 2002, with the New York Ragtime Orchestra, led by pianist Masonabu Ikemiya for concerts across Japan and then returned in 2004 performing concerts at the Osaka Dome and Osaka area with the same group. Since moving to Tokyo in 2006, with her husband and son, she has been performing chamber music concerts with pianist Azusa Sakurai, and teaching cello students from Japanese public schools, the British School and American School.

Ms. Cesana-Hashimoto, grew up in upstate NY, graduated from Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, in 1990, where she earned degrees in both music education and performance. She was the recipient of the Keilocker string scholarship and student of Einar Holm, and Pamela Gearhart. Following graduation, she went to Switzerland to study with Angela Schwartz of the Basel Symphony and taught at the American School in Karlsruhe, Germany. While earning her Master’s Degree from Purchase Conservatory in 1997, she was a student of Marion Feldman, Manhattan School of Music, and Peter Wiley, cellist for the Beaux Arts Trio and Guarneri Quartet.

Telephone Number: 080 5424 8251
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Chikako Kondo (Clarinet & Saxophone)


Chikako Kondo

- Clarinet & Saxophone Teacher


Chikako Kondo joined Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in 2006, after
graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts, studying with Prof. Yuji Murai and Prof. Masaharu Yamamoto. She not only won the 1st prize at the 22nd Japan Woodwind Competition in 2011, but also took part in many other competitions and played as one of the finalists in Japan and abroad. Chikako has performed concertos as a soloist with orchestras such as Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Toho Academy Orchestra and Tokyo Geidai Philharmonic. She gave a solo recital in the Sogakudo Hall at Tokyo University of Arts in 2009 and Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall in 2012.

She completed her MA in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music studying with Chris Richards and Chi-Yu Mo in 2013. She was seconded by the TSO for further training, and also supported with a scholarship by Affinis Arts Foundationa and an Academy bursary.
Currently, she teaches at Dolce Music Academy in Tokyo and Senzoku Gakuen College of Music.

Telephone Number: 090 4525 1063
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Anneliese Chang (Piano)


Anneliese Chang

- Piano Peripatetic Teacher


Anneliese Chang comes from Taiwan and has been teaching Music since 1992. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney in Australia and has qualifications from LTCL (Trinity College London). A. MusA. Associate diploma of music, (Australia Guild music examination board)

Whilst in Australia, Anneliese worked as a pianist, composer and teacher. She has performed the piano many times for many national events in Sydney. Anneliese moved back to Taiwan in 1997 and taught the piano, composition and solfege at Eternal-life Christ College and Bournemouth and Poole College. Several of her students have won competitions under her instruction.

Telephone Number: 050 3718 5788
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Ashton Moore (Singing)

Ashton Moore


Ashton Moore

- Singing Teacher


Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Ashton Nickolas Moore has expanded his love for music across the ocean to Japan. He began his musical endeavours as a young boy taking lessons in violin, piano, percussion, and voice. He continued his musical studies at Michigan State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Jazz Studies in 2005 and 2008, respectively.

Ashton has performed with jazz greats such as Jon Hendricks, Rodney Whitaker, Wycliffe Gordon, Cyrus Chestnut, Christian McBride and Dianne Reeves. In October 2008, he was asked by the State of Michigan to perform the national anthem for now President, Barack Obama’s presidential campaign trail in Lansing, MI. In October of 2010, Ashton was invited to participate in the Thelonious Monk competition to sing for jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Dianne Reeves, and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Ashton is currently living and working in the Tokyo area as a singer, vocal instructor, and songwriter.

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Yuri Ilin (Oboe and Bassoon)

Yuli Ilin


Yuri Ilin

- Oboe and Bassoon Instrumental Teacher


Yuri Ilin graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory and was taught by Professor A.V Petrov. He has extensive orchestral experience and has played in the Moscow Chamber Orchestra (as the Principal Oboist), Symphony Orchestra of State Radio, Symphony Orchestra of State Academic Theatre Opera and Cairo Symphony Orchestra.

Yuri was the Oboe Professor at Moscow State Conservatory between 1994-1996. He has worked with many notable composers and musicians including Krill Kondrashin, Mstislav Rostropovich and Vladimir Fedoseev. Yuri is currently also working as a freelance oboist with orchestras in Japan.