A native New Yorker, Jim Guerin has lived in San Diego since 1989 and runs his private music studio from his home in Golden Hill. He is a regular performer in the jazz and cabaret music scene in San Diego, and has served for the last three years as music and choir director for St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church.
As pianist and teacher, Mr. Guerin is a member of the Music Teacher Association of California and the Suzuki Music Association of San Diego, for which he is on the board of directors. His teaching is informed by his studies of injury free technique and supportive body movement with Nina Scolnick of UC Irvine and with George Fee in San Diego.
Working with children, Mr. Guerin has 7 years of elementary classroom experience at schools in San Diego and Chula Vista. His piano students learn improvisation and theory in addition to the classical repertoire. Serious students have been enrolled in the Certificate of Merit program. Through his studio he offers group classes, workshops and regular recitals. Jim is fluent in Spanish and has lived in Bogota, Colombia; his extra-curricular interests include yoga and progressive social change.
Hiroko Yoshinaga received her Master of Music from San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Bachelor of Music from San Diego State University. She has been teaching music for 20 years. Some of her piano students take piano tests every year (Certificate of Merits) and the passing rate is 100%. She also teaches singing technique, pop songs, Musical Theaters, and Opera.