Chieko Garling - Multi-instrumentalist/Composer
Born in Japan, she moved to the Chicago area to study jazz composition at Roosevelt University. While in college, she started to perform professionally at many venues as a jazz pianist. After receiving a degree, she continued studying with classical pianists, mainly Dr. Michael Yanovitsky and Dr. Janis Razaq. Her versatile repertoire includes jazz standards and pop songs and many compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin.
In 2014, she opened the Tritone Music School in her hometown, Arlington Heights, hoping to spread her unique teaching method to a broad range of students. Her pedagogical approach is based on her experience studying jazz improvisation and classical music. It teaches how to capture a piece in a way that improvisers do and apply it to other genres such as classical and pop. She has been developing a series of piano educational books and compositions with help from the teachers at her school.
She currently serves as an accompanist for Allegro Community Chorus, Chicago Children's Choir, Trinity Lutheran Church, and Songs By Heart Foundation.
Please visit Tritone Music School's website to learn more about her school and method.
Instruments She Plays:
Upright bass/electric bass
Studied Privately With:
Various Teachers from Yamaha Music School (7 yr)-Classical Piano/Electric Organ
Shinichiro Hikosaka (4 Yrs)-Classical Alto Saxophone
Minako Sugawa (4 Yrs)-Theory/Ear Training/Classical Piano
Yuka Kamebuchi (3 Yrs)-General Voice
Tracy Watson (1 Yr)-Classical Voice
Nancy Shaw (1 yr)-Classical Voice
Frank Caruso (5Yrs)-Jazz Piano
Michael Yanovitsky (3Yrs)-Classical Piano
Janice Razaq (5Yrs)-Classical Piano
Institutes Studied at:
AN Music School (Tokyo)-Voice Training Group Class (3 Yrs)
Roosevelt University- Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano
Berklee Online-Jazz Arranging with Brian Lewis
-Orchestration/Film Scoring with Ben Newhouse