Yukiko Whitehead, a native of Tokyo, Japan is a Registered Suzuki Piano Teacher and a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music. In Japan, she performed weekly on television and was a Teacher-Trainer and Performer for the YAMAHA Music Foundation. The aspiration to improve her English fluency brought her to the University of Tennessee. It was there that the desire to share her passion for music, and the piano, rekindled her interest in piano pedagogy. As a full time instructor of piano in the Suzuki Piano program at The University of Memphis, a number of her students won prizes and awards from both regional and national competitions, she pursued a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance including minor areas in Chamber Music and Piano Pedagogy where her dissertation was awarded the Graduate Document Award.
Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Music
Concentration in Piano Performance Minor Areas: Chamber Music and Piano Pedagogy
Dissertation: "Aspects of Igor Stravinsky's Divertimento: suite from the ballet 'The Fairy's Kiss' transcribed for violin and piano by the composer and Samuel Dushkin" (Graduate Document Award)
The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee