Mina Kusumoto  piano


Mina Kusumoto

"I want to help students discover the meaning of life through music. I believe that music contains many feelings and emotions. We can learn about life from music. I encourage students to find the core of art and to enjoy it. Music becomes your best friend in life and is a rich and wonderful thing."

Mina was born in Japan and began piano lessons at the age of six. "When I was a little, there was a small organ in my home. One day my mother found that I played songs by ear on the organ. Playing keyboard was so natural to me even though I couldn't read music. When I was six I eagerly asked to take piano lessons. I fell in love with the piano."

Mina moved to New York study to pursue her Masters Degree at the Manhattan School of Music. "As a performer I play both solo and chamber music, including my two piano duo with Laurie Merchant who is a former faculty member of BSM. We formed the "Koshka Piano Duo" in 2007." Among Mina's favorite composers are Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Amy Beach.

As a teacher Mina incorporates many aspects of musicality. "I want to help students discover the meaning of life through music. I believe that music contains many feelings and emotions. We can learn about life from music. I encourage students to find the core of art and to enjoy it. Music becomes your best friend in life and is a rich and wonderful thing."

Her teaching philosophy has been guided by a quote of Leonard Bernstein who she saw on television as a young child. "Art cannot change events. But it can change people. It can affect people so that they are changed...because people are changed by art - enriched, ennobled, encouraged - they then act in a way that may affect the course of events... by the way they vote, they behave, the way they think."