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I received my bachelor's degree of applied math at Tokyo Science University. I studied at New School University Jazz & Contemporary Music Program and I also worked there as a teaching assistant of Rhythm Analysis Class by Rory Stuart. Since then, I have been teaching my private lesson students, who are from 13 years old to 55 years old, not only in my neighborhood, Brooklyn, but also in Germany, Australia, India, and Brazil by internet video system. I am a New York-based jazz saxophonist and composer since 2003 and I have ever published three albums as a leader.

My specialty is saxophone performance, basic ear training for jazz, basic music theory, jazz composition (applying secondary dominant chords), and rhythm analysis/training. I also have basic skill to play Brazilian percussion such as pandeiro and tamborim.

Practicing musical instruments is my life. When I was 13 years old, I started to play trombone. I loved playing it in brass bands and an orchestra for 8 years. After that, I played drums and bass in rock bands for 4 years and I have been playing sax after that. Music was the savior of my soul when I was a kid. And I always seek opportunities to give music the right function in the society.

My favorite artists are Wilhelm Furtwngler, Maurice Ravel, Pierre Fournier, Maurice Andr, Gary Karr, Baden Powell, Milton Nascimento, Led Zeppelin, The Who, and many jazz saxophonists.

Since I am a natural teacher, I have been teaching Japanese language via video chat using textbooks for English speakers. I have taught writing and pronouncing hiragana and katakana, grammar including conjugations, basic conversation for travel and shopping, occasional greetings and so on.

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Wataru’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Tokyo University of Science - Bachelor of Science, Applied Mathematics


I love playing soccer. Watching videos of ocean biology is another lifetime fum of mine.

Tutoring Subjects

AP Music Theory






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