Suzuki Flute Studio

Because of the COVID-19 situation, all lessons are currently being conducted virtually. 

Tomoka Raften is a professional flutist and a devoted music educator.

Master of Music in Flute Performance: University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar, Germany - 2004
Master of Education: Northern Arizona University, U.S.A. - 2008
Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance: Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan - 1998

My Significant Flute Mentors:
Wally Hase (Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Wien, Austria, Soloist at Camerata Salzburg)
Yoshimi Oshima (Professor at the Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan, Former solo flutist at Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra)
Koichi Ito (Former solo flutist at the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra)
Takako Shiraishi (Flutist at the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra)
Jun Tsushima (Matsumoto Talent Education)

Completed Master Classes taught by:
Sir James Galway (Soloist)
Emanuel Pahud (Solo flutist at the Berlin Philharmonic)
Jeanne Baxtresser (Former solo flutist at the New York Philharmonic)
Michael Martin Kofler (Solo flutist at the Munich Philharmonic)
Phillipe Bernold (Professor at the National Paris Conservatoire)

Published Recordings:

“Canyon Echoes” by K. Hoover: Tomoka Raften (Flute) and Armin Abdihodžic (Guitar) University of Alaska (2019)

• “Four Symphonies” by E.W. Wolf : Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra (conducted by N. Pasquet) Label- Naxos (2005)

“Im Wandel Der Zeit” by J.N. Hummel & F. Witt : Thuringia Chamber Orchestra Weimar (conducted by G. Feltz) Label- Deutsche         Schallplatten (2003)

“A Lost Article Behind the Wind for Flute Orchestra” by J.Senshu : Auros Flute Ensemble (1995)Label: Muramatsu Flute

Recent Professional Affiliations & Activities:
• Solo and chamber music concerts sponsored by the Kenai Performing Arts Society and the University of Alaska
• Duo Recitals with guitarist Armin Abdihodžic (Associate Professor at the Univeristy of Alaska) including recitals as the guest artists at       the Northwest Guitar Festival in Seattle, WA and Seldovia Summer Music Festival in Alaska
• Judge for the flute solo, ensemble and woodwind ensemble competitions at the All Alaska State Music Festival
• Member of the National Flute Association, the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Music Teachers National Association, Raleigh Area Flute Association, and the North Carolina Suzuki Association

I started playing classical piano at three years old and started to take flute lessons by a Suzuki trained flute teacher at age eight. After graduating with Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from Kyoto City University of Arts (with honors), I pursued further study of music after I was awarded a two year full scholarship as an International Ambassador from the Rotary Club. I was admitted into the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar in Germany and graduated with a Master of Music in Flute Performance. I played in many recitals and concerts as a soloist and as a chamber musician in many cities including: Tokyo, Osaka, Weimar, Jena, Erfurt, Berlin, Nice, Prague, Budapest, Klagenfurt, Salzburg, Alaska, Seattle, etc. I have also played with orchestras such as National Theater Weimar and the Osaka Symphony Orchestra. Later I moved to U.S., then after having my first child, my interest in education grew so I earned my second Master’s degree (in Education) from Northern Arizona University. After moving to a remote area in Alaska because of my husband’s job, I continued to perform as a soloist and chamber musician. While in Alaska, I opened my flute teaching studio to share my love of flute playing with the community. During the five years of teaching at my flute studio in Alaska, I successfully raised several of best high school flute players in the state, earning many awards in Alaska State and northwest regional competitions. At the end of 2019, my family moved to Greensboro,NC. Although I have always been teaching using Suzuki books just as I was taught, I have decided to become an official Suzuki teacher before opening my next flute teaching studio. I completed the Suzuki teacher’s training in Seattle, Chicago and New Jersey.

Suzuki Philosophy and Myself:
I am a Suzuki student, a Suzuki parent and a Suzuki teacher.
My first flute teacher whom I learned to play flute when I was 8 to 18 years old, was a Suzuki teacher from Matsumoto, Japan. My early and teenage life was filled with flute lessons, flute ensembles and flute events including workshops, and numerous formal and casual performances. Those early age musical experiences brought me much joy and taught me countless skills as a musician and as a human being.

My two young boys are Suzuki violin players. I witness everyday in my own children so many benefits of learning to play an instrument and being able to share music with others, through my parenting eyes.

As a Suzuki teacher, I always feel the joy of being able to become a part of the child’s life. I believe that a music teacher and the student have a very special connection. I strive to help each of my students be their best and develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance to become a caring human being with a beautiful heart.

Completed Suzuki Teacher Training:
Every Child Can
Flute Unit 1
Flute Unit 2
Flute Unit 3