Naoko Tsujita

Naoko TsujitaABC Academy of Music2019-01-22T10:22:14-04:00

Project Description

B.Mus (Acadia)
M.Mus (U of T)

Naoko Tsujita started playing percussion at the age of nine in Japan, where she studied marimba with Mika Stoltzman, as well as percussion with Takashi Fukuda.

After she moved to Canada, she studied with Mark Adam and Ken Shorley at Acadia University, and Mark Duggan, Beverley Johnston, and Aiyun Huang at the University of Toronto. She has also received lessons and masterclasses from well-known marimbists and percussionists such as Momoko Kamiya, Katarzyna My?ka, Emmanuel Séjourné, Bob Becker, and Russell Hartenberger.

She has won several awards in competitions throughout her career, receiving the gold prize in the Kyusyu Music Competition, as well as placing as a finalist in the South Japan Music Competition. Most recently, in 2017, she won the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, which allowed her to perform with orchestra as a soloist.

In 2018, she has been involved with several premieres of new works, including her own compositions. She premiered two percussion ensemble pieces by Bob Becker and Paulo Brito in Walter Hall, Toronto. In January, she also premiered a new set of six compositions for guitar and marimba at the Alte Schmiede Kunstverein, in Vienna, Austria.

Naoko holds degrees from the Oita Prefectural College of Arts and Culture, and holds a B. Mus degree from Acadia University, as well as an M. Mus from the University of Toronto.

Get to know Naoko…Beyond the Bio!

Hobbies: Baking

Musical Influences: Nature, Studio Ghibli music

Favourite food: Gamjatang, Indian curry

Least favourite food: very spicy food

Favourite music: Schederazade

Favourite song: Everything by Misia

Favourite movie: Nodame cantabile

Favourite movie music: Harry Potter soundtrack

Favourite musical theatre/opera: West side story

Best quote from your teacher: you can’t be everything but you can be anything

Favourite book: I do not need effort! “Dream” realization How to make a brain, Hideaki Tomabei

Best thing about teaching at ABC: Happy to share my knowledge and experience with wonderful students

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Assignment for the week of Oct.2-9

Hello everyone,

Here are your practice assignments for this week:

Ella

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: This week, I would suggest you to focus on your hands movement.

How to practice: As we discussed about your hand’s movement in the lesson, I would like you to focus on your left hand. Please keep paying attention to the feeling of your left hand and try to mimic the movement of your right hand as you play.

How parents can support practice: Creating a space and time for your child to focus on their practice session everyday bases will help them developing a great practice habit.

Eric

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: I encourage you to focus on the simple movement of your wrists that we talked about in your lesson.

How to practice: The simple movement on your wrists should not change when you hold your sticks and play with them. Please keep paying attention to how you move your wrist when you play a drum.

How parents can support practice: Creating a space and time for your child to focus on their practice session everyday bases will help them developing a great practice habit.

Sylvie

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: I would like you to focus on the door knob exercise this week.

How to practice: I suggest to apply the technique (door knob exercise) to the rudiment that we worked on in your lesson. I also would like you to remember the feeling of bouncing your sticks without any efforts. Please keep in your mind that what you need to do is to drop the stick and help it to come back where it was.

How parents can support practice: Creating a space and time for your child to focus on their practice session everyday bases will help them developing a great practice habit.

Assignment for week of 29

Hello everyone,

Here are your practice assignments for this week:

Nathaniel

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Five different rhythms on the page 2 of your notebook, “Rhythm Practice” with a base drum and high hat and 6/8 drum beat pattern

How to practice: I encourage to peak the rhythm before you play and play what you spoke, so that, you can internalise the rhythm and will be able to play it smoothly.

How parents can support practice: Creating a space and time for your child to focus on their practice session everyday bases will help them developing a great practice habit.

Aidan

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Solo #3, double stroke and paradiddle

How to practice: Use your metronome. Set a tempo (quoter note=60) and play along with it. For this exercise, start with quoter note, eight note, and sixteenth note.

How parents can support practice: Creating a space and time for your child to focus on their practice session everyday bases will help them developing a great practice habit.

Samuel

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Rudiment solo, Scales of C, F, G, Bb, D on Xylophone

How to practice:  For the rudiment, I suggest to decide your sticking first and play four bars each. Please pay attention to the dynamics and the articulations, and avoid playing everything at once.

How parents can support practice: Creating a space and time for your child to focus on their practice session everyday bases will help them developing a great practice habit.

 

Harrison

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Same as last week, but please remember to release your tension at your neck, shoulders and arms. I recommend to use your wrists.

How to practice: Set a metronome to quoter=60 and play quoter notes, eight notes, sixteenth and thirty-two notes along with it. If you can, try to add base drum with the metronome click sound.

How parents can support practice: Creating a space and time for your child to focus on their practice session everyday bases will help them developing a great practice habit.

Assignment for the Week of September 25

Hello everyone,

Here are your practice assignments for this week:

Ella

“The homework you have done last week was fantastic! You utilised the all drums in to your fill compositions.”

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: To begin with, compose more fills with different rhythms that you can think of. and practice with basic drum beat you are comfortable with.

How to practice: *Please take a moment to think about the feeling of your left hand before you start practicing. It will help you to play any rhythms smoothly if you focus on moving your both hands evenly.

How parents can support practice: Creating a space and time for your child to focus on their practice session everyday bases will help them developing a great practice habit.

Eric

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Mindfulness practice

How to practice: *Please take a moment to think about your posture, arm positions and hand grips. Do you feel comfortable sitting of the drum stool? How do you feel when you play the drum after you thought about all the questions above compare to thinking about nothing before you hit the drum? I’m excited hear your opinion about this assignment.

How parents can support practice: Creating a space and time for your child to focus on their practice session everyday bases will help them developing a great practice habit.

Sylvie

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Please bring your compositions to the next lesson. You can compose as many fills in four bars as you want. Use a snare drum to experiment your compositions and try on all the instruments on your drum set  after you got the rhythms.

How to practice: I highly recommend to speak the rhythms before you play. You can use the vocal sounds that I wrote down on your paper, but you can also create your own way to verbalise the rhythms

How parents can support practice: Creating a space and time for your child to focus on their practice session everyday bases will help them developing a great practice habit.

Assignment for the Week of September 15

Hello everyone,

Here are your practice assignments for this week:

Nathaniel

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Review your note book, page 2 “Rhythm Practice”

How to practice: Use your metronome. Set a tempo (quoter note=60) and play along with it. For this exercise, practice with only right hand first and left hand second, as well as alternating right and left.

How parents can support practice: Creating a space and time for your child to focus on their practice session everyday bases will help them developing a great practice habit.

Aidan

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: double stroke and paradiddle

How to practice: Use your metronome. Set a tempo (quoter note=60) and play along with it. For this exercise, start with quoter note, eight note, and sixteenth note.

How parents can support practice: Creating a space and time for your child to focus on their practice session everyday bases will help them developing a great practice habit.

Samuel

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: New Fills

How to practice: Use your metronome. Set a tempo (quoter note=80) and play the fills along with it. Once you feel comfortable playing all the fills on the page, try them with a drum beat you are familiar with.

How parents can support practice: Creating a space and time for your child to focus on their practice session everyday bases will help them developing a great practice habit.

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