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Since 1973 Michiko has enjoyed a successful, private piano studio and is a registered Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She has traveled to Denmark, England, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Newfoundland, Canada, Puerto Rico, Iceland, Scotland, Singapore, Hawaii, Alaska and more than forty-five states to teach at over 200 music workshops and conventions. In 1985-86 she was National Chairperson for the Suzuki Association of the Americas Children to Children African Relief Project. Students nationwide raised over $85,000 during a two-week Practice-a-Thon. Michiko has set up various student music scholarships around the country.
In 1979 her first book, No H in Snake; Music Theory for Children (Alfred Publishing Co.) was published. She formed Music 19 shortly after to distribute her game products. In 1992 Music Mind Games, Musopoly, the Music Mind Games Materials, and Incredible were published by Warner Bros. Publications. She is a joint author of Teaching Suzuki Piano: Ten Teacher’s Viewpoints (1997). In 1999 she recorded her first CD of original compositions titled, Gifts for Family and Friends.
From 1993-2006 she was on the faculty of the Levine School of Music (Washington D.C.) where she was founder of the Suzuki Piano and the Music Mind Games Theory Programs, serving as chair of both departments.
Michiko is featured in "Who's Who in America", "Who's Who in American Education" and "Who's Who in American Women". In 2006, she was the recipient of the Ohio University Alumni of the Year Award for Achievement in Music.
Michiko is a native of Arizona, spending early years in Sedona and school years in Mesa. She has played piano since she was a toddler, violin since she was in fourth grade and sang in church and school choirs. In 1969 she won the Phoenix Symphony Young Musicians Concerto Competition and studied at Sun Valley Music Camp in Idaho. She received her undergraduate music degree from Ohio University in Piano Performance where she studied with George Katz (Juilliard). She did graduate work in music theory at Ohio University where she began work on her original ideas to teach music theory.