Caplan offers private lessons in both koto and jiuta shamisen to students of all ages. She teaches from her studio in Toronto and her teaching style is a comfortable blend of Western and Japanese traditions. Lessons are one hour long. They can be geared towards a diploma path, if you’re interested in certification, or just towards playing for enjoyment, if that’s what you prefer. You don’t need any prior knowledge of music and you also don’t need to be able to read Japanese in order to study.
Students need to have an instrument at home to practise on. If you don’t have your own instrument, Caplan has a limited number of koto and shamisen available for rent at a nominal monthly fee. She can also assist you in purchasing your own instrument, should you wish.
Online lessons are available to students outside the Toronto/GTA area. (Rentals not available for internet students.) Students must have their own instrument and all necessary accessories, as well as access to a webcam and microphone. Online lessons are conducted on Skype, so students will need to create a free Skype account.
Please send lesson inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.