Want to Learn to play the Japanese Koto
About Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and learned to play the koto from her mother, and jiuta shamisen from Kazue Kudo In 1976, Shirley Sensei received her Shihan€¯ degree (instructors license) with Yushusho (highest) honors from the Chikushi School in Fukuoka, Japan, and her "Dai Shihan" Masters degree from the same school in 2000 for her mastery of the koto.
Shirley Sensei has taught the Japanese koto for over 40 years, including private lessons and meetings at public schools and at universities. In 2012, she was inducted into the Bunka Hall of Fame administered by the Hokka Nichibei Kai Japanese American Cultural Association of America for her life-long dedication to teaching and performing on the Japanese koto. She became the first koto performer from outside of Japan to qualify for the prestigious Kenjun Koto Competition in Kurume, Japan in 2018.
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