Maya Shiraishi

Violin, Piano, Audition Prep from Juilliard Alumni
3 Reviews
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NYC based Violinist MAYA SHIRAISHI joined the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in 2007. After receiving her Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School in 2001, she became a member of the Honolulu Symphony and Hawaii Opera Theatre. In Hawaii, she recorded with the prestigious Hawaiian singer Keali’i Reichel on his album Ke’alaokamaile, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2005.

A native of Japan,  Maya received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Tokyo University of the Arts  (東京芸術大学).  She attended seminars in Japan and England with the Amadeus Quartet and performed in both countries as a member of the Sunrise String Quartet.  During her study at the Tokyo University of the Arts, she earned her music teaching certificate for middle and high schools in Japan.

In the United States, Maya studied with Masao Kawasaki on scholarships at The Juilliard School, where she received a master’s degree in 2001. She has also studied with Garrett Fischbach from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Yoko Takebe from the New York Philharmonic. She has given solo and chamber music recitals at Lincoln Center in New York and at the Spoleto Music Festival in Italy. She joined Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s Japan tour in 2014. Her chamber music coaches included Seymour Lipkin, Jacob Lateiner and the Juilliard Quartet.

Maya was a faculty member of the Greenwich Conservatory in Connecticut from 2005–11, and  she has served on the board of advisors at Arete Music Academy in New Jersey. As a dedicated teacher, she has had a successful teaching studio for 26 years. Her former violin students are in some of the prestigious schools in the country including The Juilliard School, Yale School of Music and Special Music School at Kaufman Music Center.

More details of Maya can be found on her website.

Did you just pick up the violin or piano for the first time? Have you been working on some pieces but need further help? Are you taking an audition for your school orchestra? 

I believe having a solid foundation in technique will give students a big advantage at every stage of their development.
I make sure to go through every detail to help you achieve your musical goals.
Step by step; beautiful sound, good rhythm, comfortable posture, precise intonation... it’s a long journey,  but I patiently guides each student toward the discovery of their strengths.

I look forward to sharing my joy of teaching with you soon!


New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, AFM local 16, The Juilliard School, Tokyo University of the Arts (東京芸術大学), Music teaching certificate for middle and high schools in Japan (中学校及び高等学校教諭一種免許状)

I use Sassmannshaus Tradition Violin books or Essential Elements for Strings to build basic skills for younger age violin learners, but adjust for each student's needs and level.  As they advance, I select pieces from Suzuki books and other sources, along with technical exercises from Hrimaly Scale Studies, Sevcik Bowing book, and Kayser Etudes.

For younger age piano learners, I use Piano Adventures by Faber.

If students need to work on specific pieces for some occasions, I create a most effective plan to achieve their short term goal.


Reviews of lessons with Maya Shiraishi

I am taking violin lesson with my 7 years old daughter. Sometimes my daughter get distracted, Ms. Shiraishi is always patient with us. We are having fun with the lesson every time. 7歳の娘と一緒にバイオリンを麻矢先生に教えていただいています。 レッスン中に集中力が切れたときも優しく、軌道修正して下さいます。 親子で楽しくレッスンを受けさせていただいています。
Mayumi Aoki, Verified Student
September 6th, 2020
I have violin lesson with my 7 years old daughter. Teacher Shiraishi is so friendly and precise lesson for both of us. This online lesson works for me and her with Teacher Shiraishi. She knows how to handle kids even through device. -------------------------------------------- 7歳の娘と親子でバイオリンのレッスンを受けております。とてもやさしく、的確にレッスンをしてくださいました。画面を通しても分かりやすく指導をしてくださいます。子供の扱いもとても上手で子供が飽きないように対応してくださいます。
Kumiko Sautner, Verified Student
August 20th, 2020
Our 6 year old son started taking weekly half hour piano lessons with Maya about a year ago. He is a very active kid that can easily get distracted while doing single activity for any duration of time. Maya manages to not only keep him in the chair for 30 min, but also provide joy of playing the piano. She is very patient and overall great with kids; she can pick up their mood for the day and adjust accordingly. We often talk if it hadn’t been for her, our kid would have quit playing the piano long time ago. He is on his second book and going strong. He seems to feel the progress and practices without us telling him to do so these days. For us parents it is great to hear actual music coming out of his little fingers! Highly recommend Maya if you want to give your kid the best chance of success at learning the joy of playing music. 麻矢先生は単にピアノを弾けるようなレッスンをするのではなく、ピアノを引くことの楽しさ、音楽の美しさも教えてくださる素晴らしい先生です。6歳児のわんぱく息子が30分間椅子にきちんと座っていられるだけではなく、彼自身、ピアノの楽しみを理解できる先生のレッスンは本当に貴重な体験になっています。各子供の性格を常に敏感に読み取って考慮しながらおしえてくださるので、麻矢先生でなければ今彼がピアノに向かって演奏続けていることはなかったので先生のレッスンは子供にはもちろん個人的にも音楽を続けさせたい、向上させたい、と思ている人にとっては最適の先生と思います。
Enzo I, Verified Student
July 24th, 2020
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