Private Lessons

photo credit: Kim Nakashima

photo credit: Kim Nakashima

Master of Music Performance, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, 2003 
Bachelor of Music Education, Central Michigan University, 2001
Teacher Certificate, Music Education (K-12), State of Michigan, 2001 

Eien has been teaching private lessons since 1995.  He has worked with a wide range of students, from age 4 to adult and from beginner to advanced.  His extensive musical training and remarkable versatility enable him to offer comprehensive instruction in multiple areas.  Lessons are designed to fit each student's goals in a relaxed and professional environment.  Possible areas of study include:

Drumset - all styles, including rock, jazz, latin, world
Taiko - all sizes, including percussion such as atarigane
Percussion - classical, solo, audition preparation for snare drum, mallet keyboard, timpani, multiple percussion
Shinobue - techniques and exercises, Japanese folk melodies, Edo Bayashi and Kotobuki Jishi

“Eien is my go-to person when it comes to staying true to the most essential elements of the art form.  His teaching method focuses on sound quality, timing, and groove to help the students find what is most important to the music.  Eien has definitely been one of the most influential teachers for my growth as a musician.” 
- Yuta Kato, Principal/Instructor, Los Angeles Taiko Institute

"I have had the pleasure of having Eien as my drum set teacher for the past 7 years.  He has instilled in me a life-long love and appreciation for the art of percussion and music. Eien is an incredibly gifted musician and teacher and it has been an absolute honour studying with him. I would highly recommend anybody, regardless of experience, to take lessons with Eien.”
- Ryley Huber
“Together with his teaching philosophy and music experience, Eien’s lessons proved to be a wonderful and progressive learning environment.  He has been the single most inspirational teacher I have ever had."
- Zachary Wong

“Eien is a great teacher.  He is knowledgeable in western and Japanese drums, taiko, vibraphones, and percussion.  He has great sensitivity, a keen ear, offers constructive criticism/advice, and is eager for his students to grow musically.  I recommend him highly to any serious student of western and/or Japanese drums and percussion.”
- Chizuko Endo

"Eien Hunter-Ishikawa has taught at Place des Arts for 7 years. His credentials and broad musical knowledge allow him to teach a variety of programs from private lessons to ensembles and from children to adults. Eien's professionalism combined with his warm and flexible personality make him an excellent teacher and a pleasure to work with.”
- Joan McCauley, Executive Director, Place des Arts