Born in Nagoya, Japan, Rie started studying piano at age 11, first at the Yamaha Music School, and then privately under Mrs. Chieko Arita. After coming to the U.S. in 1990, she continued her piano study at Eastern Illinois University and Millikin University in Illinois, and later graduated from Kennesaw State University in Georgia with a BA in Music. She has been teaching piano for over 15 years in a variety of musical genre to students of all ages and levels. Her students have been selected to perform at the master class organized by Gwinnett County Music Teachers Association and have won festivals and fuditions which include the Piano Audition at Georgia Music Teachers Association. She is also involved in the Georgia Music Teachers Association Music Theory testing program in Gwinnett County. She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, Georgia Music Teachers Association, and National Federation Music Club.
Ms. Rie’s way of teaching children is based on her past experience with her own teachers and how they taught her since she was a child, so as to create her own teaching style. She has her own belief and philosophy which is that any child can learn music if it is the right environment for them. She prefers not to use the phrase “natural talent.” Rather, talent is something that can be attained with hard work, and while some may have a natural ability to play music, such an attribute is wasted if not used correctly. Ms. Rie’s mission is to provide a good learning environment and correct guidance to all children who wish to learn how to play the piano.