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Art & Music School Teachers
Honolulu Music School
Carolyn Espina Stanton
Director and President of Manoa School of Art & Music.  She has over 40 years' experience in teaching piano students of all ages.  For the past 25 years she has run her own piano school, Manoa Piano School, and has also served as a faculty member of the Punahou Music School for the last 18 years. She has taught internationally in places as diverse as California, Indonesia, Texas, Boston and Honolulu.  Her other teaching credentials include Yamaha Music School, the Ellen Masaki School of Music, Kapiolani Community College, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach Program.  Her students have won or placed in local competitions and the Morning Music Club scholarship competition.
Mrs. Stanton is recognized as a Founding Teacher of the Royal Conservatory of Music Development Program (formerly the National Music Certificate Program), an American-based assessment program which is based on the Royal Conservatory of Music model in England and Canada, and regularly encourages music students to submit to this annual rigorous series of examinations.
 She received her Master's degree in Piano Pedagogy & Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and studied there with the renowned Dr. Amanda Vick Lethco, co-author of the popular "Alfred" series of piano books.  Her Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance is from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she studied with former Juilliard professor Nicholas Zumbro.
Mrs. Stanton is the current co-President of the Honolulu Piano Teachers Association, a former board member of the Hawaii Music Teachers Association, an active member of the American College of Musicians, and the National Guild of Piano Teachers.

Tim Stanton
A Master Artist who grew up in London and attended the R.C.A.D. College of Art & Design. He received post-graduate degrees in Art Education and Educational Psychology at Birmingham University. He has taught extensively at the cutting edge of art education, integrating art and design technology. Formerly the "Curriculum Development Officer" for the Arts in Papua New Guinea, he lived there for 11 years before coming to Hawaii. He has taught at the University of Hawaii and the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

He currently paints full-time in his preferred medium of oils. His work has sold throughout America, Canada and Europe, principally through private sales. His underlying aim is to extract the "essence" of Hawaiian shapes and textures through his unique blend of brush strokes and colors - stressing the "uniqueness" of the special Hawaiian/Pacific ambient light.

Yuka Yahagi
A Classical Pianist who is a graduate of University of Hawai'i at Manoa (B.Mus. in piano performance) where she studied with Dr. Jonathan Korth and Dr. Thomas Rosenkranz. Born and raised in Japan, Yuka started her piano study at the age of three with her aunt Atsuko Suzuki, continuing with further studies with Elly Hattori at the Yamaha Music School and Dr. Reiko Kikuchi of the Tokyo College of Music. She participated in local piano competitions such as the Saitama Piano Competition and was a prize winner in many.  During the course of her study at UH Manoa, she served as a pianist for the UH Wind Ensemble and was an HPTA scholarship winner for 2011-2012. In addition to her music degree, she holds a B.A. at Tsuda College in Tokyo and a B.B.A. at UH Manoa.

Pavlina NakalenovaPavlina Nakalenova
A Classical Pianist originally from Bulgaria, where she began studying music at the age of 5. She graduated from Dobrin Petkov Music Academy in her home city: Plovdiv. After attaining honors in several piano competitions and attending Sofia University to study Piano Pedagogy for two years, she transferred to Manchester College in Connecticut, where she assisted Doctor Deborah Simmons in her work with the Chamber Ensembles and the College Choir. She completed her degree in Piano and Liberal Arts, and then journeyed to Hawai’i, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and a Master of Music in Piano Performance Degree at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with Dr. Thomas Yee. She is in great demand as a soloist and accompanist.

Patrick J. Nakamura
A Classical Guitarist who graduated from the University of Hawaii’s Music Department with a degree in Performance on the classical guitar. After graduation, he spent 15 years teaching at various locations including five years at UH Manoa, seven years at Chaminade University, and several years with Adult Education. He was also the President of the Classical Guitar Society of Hawaii.  During this time, he also performed regularly at restaurants and lounges, weddings, church services, and other special events. Mr. Nakamura fully enjoys sharing his experience and love of the guitar with aspiring musicians. He is also part of a new flute/guitar duo called Reverie.  Mr. Nakamura teaches both guitar and ukulele at Manoa School of Art & Music.

Rochelle Schweitzer
Rochelle Schweitzer is a classically trained pianist and has been studying piano since the age of six. Her formative training was at Punahou School Montague Hall.  She later attended the Boston Conservatory of Music and holds the degree of B.Mus. in Piano Pedagogy from Eastern New Mexico University  School of Music.

Over 30 years' experience includes the following:  Taught private piano in New Mexico, Rosenthal Conservatory of Music in San Antonio, Texas, Ellen Masaki School of Music, Mid-Pacific Institute, St. Andrews Priory, and Punahou Music School.  She has also taught at the Birmingham Southern College (Conservatory of Music) in Birmingham, Al.  where she taught private piano lessons and group theory lessons.
Rochelle has been a professional musician for forty years playing all types of music.  She has played for various churches, modern, ballet, and improvisational dance classes and many choirs. She is currently at the La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls where she is the pianist for the select choir where they perform all types of music -- pop, rock, jazz, funk, show tunes etc.

Jim Howard
Mr. Howard has an extensive performance and recording history that spans decades of work. Born in Honolulu, Mr. Howard performed at such venues as the Don Ho show, the Jim Nabors show, the Halekulani Hotel (20 years), and many other top tier venues. He is both an expert pianist and flautist. He currently performs regularly with bassist Bruce Hamada at "53 By the Sea."

Mr. Howard has an extensive performance and recording history that spans decades of work. Born in Honolulu, Mr. Howard performed at such venues as the Don Ho show, the Jim Nabors show, the Halekulani Hotel (20 years), and many other top tier venues. He is both an expert pianist and flautist.

Susan McGinn
Ms.  McGinn has been the principal flutist of the Honolulu Symphony since 1990. A native of Detroit, she studied with some of the world's most respected flutists at several major universities in the United States, and in England. She has been awarded positions in major music festivals throughout the world, where she has served as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Through these experiences, Susan has had the opportunity to perform with some of the world's most renowned artists and conductors. She has instructed flute students at several universities in the United States and at many institutions in Hawaii. Susan is currently a member of Chamber Music Hawaii's Spring Wind Quintet.  She recently returned from Italy to join the newly-formed Hawaii Symphony as its principal flutist, and she joined Manoa School of Art & Music in January 2014.

Michael Felipe

 Mike Felipe is a true local boy, born and raised on the island of Oahu. Mike was educated at Eastman School of Music and The Julliard School in performance and composition. He earned his degree in Piano Performance and General Music at the University of Hawaii'i at Manoa. Mike is a professional musician for over thirty years. He has performed with various Hawaii Bands and other Bands in the Main Land, USA. Mike is also a studio musician. His last CD project was in 2005 with his group "Gratia Plena."

Ryoko Oka

Ryoko Oka graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston as a scholar (Professional Music Major concentrate on Piano Performance) and Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo ( Music). She studied Jazz and Classical Piano with Paul Schmeling, Joanne Brackeen, Laszlo Gardony, Ed Bedner, Tony Germain, Leonardo Blanco and others. She also studied Composition, Arrangement and Improvisation using the method & theory of Berklee College of Music.

She has 18 years experience as a piano teacher in the USA and Japan. She received teaching certificates of Jazz, Popular and Classical Piano at Roland Music School in Japan.

She is a member of Hawaii's best exotica band, Don Tiki, that won the Hawaii Music Award. She has performed at many concerts with DonTiki and other groups including the music festival in Berlin, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Las Vegas, and various venues in Hawaii and Japan.


 Yolanda SpencerYolanda Spencer

I am from Colombia, the same country where Beto the creator of Zumba is from. I know how we love to party and have fun, and also I love to exercise. I am a mother of two, and have been living in the U.S. for 18 years. I have loved dance since I was a child, completed four years of military training as a young adult, love to exercise, and have a Black Belt in Taekwondo. I started teaching salsa aerobics in 2006, became certified as a Zumba instructor in 2008, and have been teaching Zumba ever since.

 Zumba has given me more than physical exercise. Zumba keeps my balance and brings my happiness back. After teaching a Zumba class I feel so good that I want everybody to experience the same. Come and I will see you in class and teach you how to have fun.








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