Violin Teacher, Composer
Sonoko has been teaching for over 16 years. Her philosophy in teaching stems from the core belief that anyone at any stage in their life is able to learn to play violin, and that every Student is special and vastly unique in their interests and strengths. Each lesson is specifically designed for the Student to be inspired and develop in technique and musicality.
Born in Osaka, Japan, Sonoko's love for music and Violin started at the age of 5 when she saw a Strings Quartet playing at a foyer of a famous historical hotel in Singapore. Sonoko then started violin lessons with Ps. Rupert Lim, and continued to study practical violin throughout her school years with Mrs. Masako White, gaining various local Performance Awards before moving to Melbourne to pursue further studies.
Sonoko attained her Bachelor of Music degree majoring in Violin Performance and Composition at the University of Melbourne in 2005. She was awarded the Catherine Grace McWilliam Prize for her final year. She studied violin with Tony Doheny, and composition with Stuart Greenbaum and Brenton Broadstock.
Sonoko has performed with the Victorian Concert Orchestra, and various chamber groups throughout her years living in Singapore and Australia, and continues to perform at various venues in Melbourne. Sonoko has taught violin to students from 3 years old to adults, many of which have been offered music scholarships and accepted into music specialist schools. Sonoko has also worked as a violin specialist and supervisor at a music shop and music school in Melbourne for over 9 years.
Sonoko continues to teach violin at her own studio in Blackburn. She is a Fully Accredited member of the VMTA (Victorian Music Teacher’s Association), and is currecntly undertaking her Master of Teaching and Suzuki Method training.
On Violin Technique and Pedagogy