Our Experienced Team
We are pleased to introduce pianist and educator Dr. Akiko Yamazaki and composer and educator Julie Harris. These two long-time colleagues have assembled a stellar team of musicians and computer software gurus to bring our exciting online piano club to life!
Our piano club is named the Yamazaki Piano Club, to set it apart from hundreds of online piano clubs. We chose the name because it is unique and memorable. Thank you, Dr. Yamazaki, for lending us your name as well as your expertise. Thank you Julie Harris, for sharing your decades of experience with us. Thanks to all the other computer personnel, teachers, students, parents and music lovers that are helping to make this site possible.
Performance and Pedagogy
Welcome to Yamazaki Piano Club! Akiko is excited about teaming up with Julie Harris to build a vibrant musical community. As pianists, we can get so busy with the notes we have to play; this club is a place where we can take time to develop our musicianship, joyfully together, and celebrate the meaningful ways we can be connected in the world, such as sharing our unique interpretations of music with others.
Barber Excursions Op. 20 No. 1 & 2:
Henry Cowell--Snows of Fuji-Yama
Julie Harris is excited to collaborate with Dr. Yamazaki in this creative and unique piano club! Julie holds degrees in music theory and composition from Brevard College and Duke University, and has taught theory, composition, ear-training, analysis, informed listening and piano performance for many decades. She brings a wealth of experience and articles that will inspire and enrich you, related to all aspects of musicianship. Her goal is to make educated musical discoveries a vital part of life. Whether you are a teacher, a performer, a composer, or an eager audience member who wants to learn more, you’ve come to the right place!
One of Julie’s primary passions is the “lost art of listening”. Many of her articles help musicians learn how to listen to classical music in new, fresh ways. She also oversees the listening section of the piano club. Her article “Informed Listening – An Essential Skill” is presented here for your enjoyment and enrichment, along with a random selection of her extensive list of articles! Click on the Articles item in the main menu for a list of all Julie’s articles.
“A thousand suns, all rising”. My new just-turned-five-year-old piano student spoke these words in a…