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Kaoru "Kay" Takeda is a graduate of The Oberlin College Conservatory of Music (B.M. in Piano performance) and The Peabody Institute of Music of The Johns Hopkins University where she earned a Master of Music degree in piano performance.  Her teachers include Joseph Schwartz, Peter Takacs, Robert Shannon, and Julian Martin.

Over the past 30 years, in addition to teaching piano, Ms Takeda has performed in a wide variety of concerts in Maryland and Georgia.  She was a frequent guest pianist with the Rome Symphony Chamber Music Players, and is a featured soloist at annual ceremonies given by the Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta.  Ms Takeda has also studied with Dorothy Taubman and Yoheved Kaplinsky at the Dorothy Taubman Institute, which helps pianists with debilitating conditions, such as tendinitis to overcome this problem and resume their musical practice.

Ms Takeda has lived in the Alpharetta area since 1992.  She was born and grew up in Tokyo, Japan.  She is a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, National Federation of Music Clubs, Music Teachers National Association, Georgia Music Teachers Association, and North Fulton Music Teachers Association.