About me

I research medieval English books on music theory. I am mostly interested in obtaining a better understanding of who wrote and read music theory treatises in the 14th century. Musical practice was changing rapidly in the 14th century and it is not hard to detect an excitement in blazing forward with the new techniques. It is also not difficult to sense nostalgia for the past among the writers who contributed to a long-standing tradition on writing about music. In my research, I investigate content of texts as well as the placement of books within medieval libraries in monasteries and universities to better understand how musicians in 14th- and 15th-century England would have engaged with writings about music.

I advocate an equal study of women in music across history and actively seek out opportunities to write and teach on the subject.

I am currently an Assistant Professor at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee where I teach courses on music history and the history of music theory.

In Spring 2018, I was a guest at M.I.T. where I taught 21M.220 Medieval and Renaissance Music.

私は長野県戸隠村の山のふもとで育った。日本の文化を習うため親の要求により保育教育から日本の教育を受けました。8歳からピアノを習い始め、中学時代からは憧れの音楽家を目指し始めた。2003年にアメリカに移住し、ポートランド州立大学の音楽部ピアノ専攻に入学。バッハやベートーヴェンを弾きながら気になったのは西洋音楽の音符の歴史。ピアノ科よりも音楽歴史に興味をもち2008年ウェールズのバンガー大学に音楽学を勉強するため大学院生になる。2009年には博士研究の奨学金を受け, 大英国で5年間14世紀のイギリス音楽の勉強を熟す。研究結果はオクスフォード大学を始めセントアンドリュース大学、プラハのチャールズ大学、アメリカではプリンストン大学、MIT、イエール大学各地で発表する。


In 2009 I was the recipient of the 125th Anniversary Ph.D. Research Scholarship at Bangor University (Wales, UK). This fully funded scholarship allowed me to live and work in the UK and be close to other institutions around Europe. 

In 2012 was awarded The Drapers’ Company Medal for Outstanding Postgraduate Contribution from the London-based guild and in 2015 I received my doctorate from Bangor University after completing a dissertation titled “Walter of Evesham Abbey and the Intellectual Milieu of Fourteenth-century English Music Theory.” I hold an MA with Distinction from the same institution. 

While at Bangor University I organized several conferences, including an international conference on understanding unconventional music notation, “Off the Staves” (2010). Stemming from this conference, I helped to organize several concerts of Cornelius Cardew's graphic score, Treatise, with the London-based vocal ensemble, Vocal Constructivists (London Art Gallery and Morley College).

My research has been presented at various international conferences including those held at the Institute d'Estudis Catalans in Barcelona, Royal Holloway (University of London), Princeton University, Certaldo (Italy), the University of St. Andrews, the University of Southampton, the University of Sheffield, Nottingham University, Université libre de Bruxelles, and the Tokyo Geijutu Daigaku (Tokyo University of the Arts). I have also been invited to speak at All Souls (Oxford), Charles University (Prague), the University of Huddersfield, West Virginia University, Wesleyan University, Yale, and MIT. 

I received a BM in piano performance magna cum laude from Portland State University in 2007. 

Where I am From
I was born and raised in the mountains of Nagano, Japan and speak Japanese fluently. As a child, I studied piano privately with Kumiko Nishi and Junko Hara and attended Japanese school. 



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