I want my students to think of music as their lifetime companion and mastering the violin takes a lifetime of dedication. In order to achieve this, I always encourage my students to have long-term, medium-term and short-term goals in mind. Thinking 10 years from now, will you be playing in a youth orchestra? How about 5 years from now? Will you be attending a chamber music camp? How about 1 year from now? Will you present a home recital to your family? Then, what needs to be done this week? Finally, what about today with daily practice? Working in this manner, I guide my students to break the large goals that at first may seem unattainable into smaller and smaller pieces until each step is mastered.
Tomoko Iwamoto has been a faculty member at Brookline Music School since 1993. She studied jazz composition and arranging with Herb Pomeroy, jazz performance with Matt Glaser, and classical violin with Sharon Leventhal and Jun Ishi. She completed her Suzuki teacher training with Donald Becker at the Suzuki Institute of Boston. In addition to teaching at the Brookline Music School, she is also a former faculty member of Indian Hill Music School, Littleton MA (1994-1995) and Brooks School, North Andover MA (1993-1994).
Tomoko Iwamoto is currently a leader, violinisit, composer and arranger of 440 - Gypsy Jazz and J-Way String Quartet. She also arranges and composes music for the Mood Swing Orchestra (swing jazz big band) and the All Newton City Orchestra (a school-age orchestra performing a variety of styles). She has performed with groups representing styles from classical to jazz and world music. Performances include Lexington Symphony, Newton Symphony, New England Philharmonic, Boston Chamber Ensemble, Brookline Symphony, Avalon String Quartet, Gliere String Duo (classical and alternative), A la Modal (jazz and funk), Hypnotic Clambake (eclectic), Rumbo Sur (tango), Greater Bostonians (big band jazz), and Clef Club (early American music).
B.S. Keio University, Tokyo; B.A. Berklee College of Music, Suzuki Certification through Suzuki Institute of Boston