Susan T. MashiyamaCommunity Subscriber
Experienced and Patient Tutor/Teacher - Onine - Academic Subjects: Biology and Writing - and Music: Ukulele, Piano, Harp, and Violin
I enjoy working with students of various ages from elementary school to college. I worked as a staff scientist at UCSF and received my BA in English literature from Yale University and PhD in biology from UC Berkeley. I've been told I have an excellent and clear way of explaining things.
I also enjoy music and teach the ukulele, harp, violin, and piano. I studied music with Southern California and Bay Area teachers. I also have ukulele classes-- it's a fantastic instrument for beginners. I love seeing students develop in their musical abilities and have fun expressing themselves with music.
Susan Mashiyama tutored my son in biology his freshman high school year at Albany High. He has attentional challenges & she was extremely patient in helping him stay focused & explain material in language he understood. She did a great job helping him navigate the class & I'd highly recommend her. Besides being an excellent tutor, she's also a very kind, considerate person!
I have taken many ukulele classes with Susan Mashiyama, and she is an excellent teacher. She is patient, kind, has enthusiasm, and teaches to the level of the student.
I have observed her teaching students from 5 years of age to 94 years of age, and she does a great job with all ages. She has excellent skills and paces the classes with just enough challenge. She uses a variety of music, including folk songs, Hawaiian songs, and she teaches a variety of techniques, including different strumming techniques and picking the melodies. I have really enjoyed her classes for several years, and the young students I have observed look happy and have learned well.
my teenage son has had a really excellent experience learning from Susan. He’s a beginner at the ukulele but has felt welcomed by the class and has enjoyed learning and playing songs, even on Zoom! He says “ The songs she chooses are challenging enough so you learn something, but simple enough so you never feel stranded”.
A big fan,