Tomoko’s family invested money in both an organ and piano lessons for their children. Tomoko has continued that investment in her own pianos, and she lauds those who spend valuable funds on music for their families.
Tomoko asserts: “People who want piano are not average already.” She contends: “They don’t have to be rich, but they tend to be intelligent. They sacrifice to pay for lessons as well.” She continues, “Spending money on music is not like a vacation. Piano lessons are education. There is an investment and a responsibility."
Therefore, Tomoko urges families to spend their money wisely. When it comes to piano teachers, she advises: “Check out the requirements for piano lessons. Find out about the teacher’s reputation. Try different teachers. There is no perfect teacher; it’s a matter of match between the teacher and the student.” She says to them: “You need to be prepared. Piano lessons and performance is not like other hobbies. You need to dedicate time every day.”
Fiscal advice also applies to pianos. Tomoko encourages parents: “Go to a music store that sells pianos, and have the staff talk about, and demonstrate, the piano – and the pieces of music to choose from.” Tomoko knows that pianos can be expensive. “Be fussy in choosing the instrument,” she assets. “You need to have keen hearing and sensitivity to the touch.” Tomoko remembers when she bought her 1981 Steinway. “It was expensive, but it was an investment in my career.”