Aine has been teaching private voice and piano lessons for twelve years. A faculty member at Willan Academy of Music since 2016, she enjoys working with children and adults of all ages, and is comfortable teaching across genres.
Sharing the fun and joy of music are what draw Aine to teaching. She loves seeing the fulfillment her students experience as they explore their musical interests and accomplish their goals. Aine tailors lessons to each student’s age, experience, learning style, and ambitions. In addition to technique and repertoire, she often incorporates musicianship skills such as solfege, sight reading, ear training, and music theory.
A native of Japan, Aine began taking piano lessons at the age of three, trumpet lessons at age nine, and voice lessons at fourteen. She moved to the United States to study music education and performance at Kansas Wesleyan University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree. During her time there, Aine experienced first-hand the importance of music accessibility through multiple opera outreach productions with the Salina Symphony. She went on to receive her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, and has resided in New York City ever since.
Aine’s teaching is informed and enhanced by her extensive experience as a professional singer. She understands the demands of operatic and solo concert repertoire, as well as the skills and challenges unique to choral singing. Some of her favorite opera roles include Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Gretel (Hansel & Gretel), Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Nanetta (Falstaff), and Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor). In concert, Aine has appeared as a soloist in Paukenmesse (Haydn), Requiem (Faure), 9th Symphony (Beethoven), Cantata No. 51 (Bach), and Gloria (Vivaldi). Winner of the 2013 Yokohama International Music Competition, Aine has performed in solo and choral capacities at venues such as the Metropolitan Museum, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center. For more on Aine’s performing career, visit www.ainehakamatsuka.com.