Dr. Yuta Sugano holds his doctorate degree in Musical Arts from the University of Kansas with a cognate in Piano Pedagogy, Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy.
Dr. Sugano is recognized for his expertise in group and private piano lessons for all ages and levels. He is experienced in organizing and conducting undergraduate-level group piano classes for both music majors and minors.
As a private teacher, he has taught students ranging from grades K – 12, college level, to adults and seniors. He has appeared as a guest instructor for music schools and studios and has given piano master classes and clinics.
As a lecturer, Dr. Sugano has given presentations at the Steinway & Sons Technical Academy, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Cornell University, and the Kansas Music Teachers Association. He is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and participates in the national conference held annually.
"Dedicated to the Promotion of World Friendship Through the Universal Language of the Arts” - Interlochen Arts Academy
"In two years of taking piano lessons with Yuta, I went from barely being able to play the 12 major scales to performing Liszt on the piano at my senior recital with a vocal emphasis. Yuta puts in time, effort, care, and thought into every lesson he gives. Beautiful modeling, sound advice, and historical implications of pieces were always involved in the lessons. Yuta had insightful views and opinions on every piece I worked on, from J. S. Bach to Rachmaninoff. Not only does Yuta always strive for beautiful sound from his students, technique and dedication are also extremely important to him. Because of all this and more, Yuta helped me become a well-rounded musician." - Madison P. (Las Vegas area music teacher)
"I took piano lessons with Dr. Sugano for three years. He patiently taught me how to polish each piece and deepen the musical expressions. Through the lessons I learned that improving my public performance is an iterative process of practice. He helped me to go through this process with a lot of encouragement." - Toshi (PhD)
"Yuta is a wonderful teacher. He is engaging, kind, and always willing to help. I love the atmosphere of his classroom - it's very calm and productive".