Services

Ear Training

We provide ear training at the end of each lesson.

Group or Individual Lessons

We teach students of all ages, with different lessons types for different budgets and goals.

Top-of-the-line Equipment

We use only the best equipment in our studio: Quality Yamaha pianos and a beautiful Boston Grand.

Annual Recital

Our annual performance recital helps to make your learning goals real. And it's great experience!

Proven Results

Individual progress tracking and personalized practice/homework assignments for each student.

Individualized Instruction

Piano instruction is custom-tailored to the individual ability of each student.

Music Fundamentals

Learn the fundamentals of piano, like reading sheet music, counting on meter, etc. Teaching is never "learn by ear."

TOUR THE STUDIO

  • Semi-private lessons, 2 students

    In semi-private classes, two students share a lesson and enjoy individualized instruction.

  • Top-of-the-line pianos

    Enjoy some of the best in-studio pianos on Oahu, including our beautiful Boston Grand.

  • A beautiful, modern studio

    Even the waiting room is nice at Nobu's Pearl City studio.

  • Nobu works with students one-on-one

    Nobu takes time to assess the skill level of each student to custom-tailor lesson plans.

  • Nobu’s students featured on OC16

    Nobu's students were featured on Tiny TV, a statewide television show on OC16.

  • Focused private lessons

    Our creative students love working with Mr. Jensen. He specializes in transcribing and teaching popular music.

  • Affordable group classes

    Students in our affordable group classes work on state-of-the-art Yamaha Calvinova and Arius weighted keyboards.

  • Group classes, 3-4 students

    In group classes, students who are around the same age learn as a group. Students benefit from group dynamics, and parents enjoy an affordable rate.

  • Our students love Nobu

    Nobu teaches students to enjoy the challenge of mastering a difficult piece.

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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Congratulations!!
    Jun02Comments 0

    Congratulations!!

    Congratulation David, Justin and Kevin on completing your first step towards a bright future!! We're so proud of you guys:-)

  • We are opening more classes with Anthony!!
    May15Comments 0

    We are opening more classes with Anthony!!

    We are opening more classes with Mr. Anthony. If you're interested, please contact Nobu!

  • Happy Mother’s Day!!
    May10Comments 0

    Happy Mother’s Day!!

    We have no lessons on Mother's Day!! Please enjoy the day with your mom:-)

  • D. Scarlatti (1685-1757) Piano Sonata in E major, K.380
    Mar29Comments 0

    D. Scarlatti (1685-1757) Piano Sonata in E major, K.380

    Ms. Nobu played this cheerful piece. Enjoy!!

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Hear what we can do

LESSONS & TUITION

We offer top-knotch piano training at affordable monthly prices.

Still got questions? Read our Learning Philosophy, or take a tour of our studios.

Group Lessons
3-4 students of matching age. Our most popular type of lesson.
  • (4) 30-min. lessons
  • Group instruction
  • Classical music at skill level
  • Learn to read music
  • Personalized homework
  • Tracking of progress
  • Annual piano recital
  • Pearl City piano studio
$62-$65/month
Semi-Private Lessons
2 students matched by preference.
  • (4) 30-min. lessons
  • Semi-individual instruction
  • Classical or popular music
  • Learn to read music
  • Personalized homework
  • Tracking of progress
  • Annual piano recital
  • Pearl City piano studio
$75-$80/student
Private Lessons
Any age and ability level
  • (4) 30-min. lessons
  • Individualized instruction
  • Classical or popular music
  • Learn to read music
  • Personalized homework
  • Tracking of progress
  • Annual piano recital
  • Honolulu or Pearl City studio
  • Custom scoring of fav. songs
$100-$120/student
Adult Twice-Monthly
Day classes to fit work schedules
  • (2) 30-min. lessons
  • Individualized instruction
  • Classical or popular music
  • Learn to read music
  • Personalized homework
  • Tracking of progress
  • Annual piano recital
  • Pearl City piano studio
  • Custom scoring of fav. songs
$60/month

 

 

 

Learning piano as a family
can strengthen family bonds.
Check out our group classes.

OUR TEACHERS

Teaching music is not just our job; it’s our passion!
Meet our all-star team of teachers.

Nobu Sakurai
Nobu Sakurai
Owner/Teacher

Education: BA in Piano Performance, University of San Diego Master of Education, Chaminade University of Honolulu Nobu was born and raised in Japan. She started piano lessons at the age of 9 under Ms. Lei Tokuda. After earning a college degree in English language in Nagasaki, Japan, she moved to San Diego, California for further education. Nobu earned a BA in piano performance at the University of San Diego where she studied under Dr. Kay Etheridge. She also studied with Dr. Yongsheng Liang in San Diego. While still a student at USD, Nobu accompanied in church and also taught 20 private piano students for 3 years. In October 2002, Nobu moved to Hawaii and in January 2003, began teaching piano weekends, at Piano Outlet in Pearl Highlands Center. Nobu earned an M.Ed at Chaminade Univerisity of Honolulu while she was a full time language teacher at Saint Louis School and a part time piano teacher at Piano Outlet. When Piano Outlet closed in March 2011, Nobu opened her very own studio in Pearl City. Since then, she has concentrated on teaching piano in her studios. In Hawaii, Nobu studied piano for a several years under Ms. Paulette Pacific and she has studied under Mr. Ernest Chang since 2011. Besides a love of classical music, Nobu is crazy about musical theatre! She has seen more than 30 musicals in many places, included the WestEnd in London and Broadway in New York City. Her other passions are classical ballet, impressionism art, baking, and traveling. She loves Europe, especially Paris and Vienna! Her very first trip abroad was to the Philippines where she attended the University of Baguio as an exchange student for a year when she was 18. Since then, she has been to so many different countries and cities. Her most recent trip to Europe was in October 2012 to Vienna, Saltzburg, Innsbruck, in Austria, Munich in Germany and Budapest in Hungary. In addition to enjoying classical concerts there, she also enjoyed visiting many composers’ museums. In Vienna and Saltzburg, she visited Mozart’s resident museum and his birth place museum. In Budapest, Hungary, she was able to visit the Franz Liszt’s Museum where Liszt lived and taught piano for the last part of his life. Even though Nobu loves traveling world-wide, she absolutely adores Hawaii most! In celebration of her 10th year in Hawaii, Nobu recorded a commemorative CD of 12 classical piano pieces by her favorite composers, such as Chopin, Ravel, and Debussy in 2012.

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“I am a firm believer that the benefits of music education extend beyond pure academics to give our children richer, more fulfilling and complete lives—a priceless gift.”

Jensen Blue
Jensen Blue
Teacher

Education: BA in Piano Performance, Brigham Young University, Hawaii Jensen was born and raised in Pearl City, Hawaii. He started piano lessons at the age of 8, and he continued through college, earning his BA in piano performance from BYU-Hawaii in 2010. Jensen also serves as an accompanist for Na Keiki O Manana Choir at Manana Elementary School—the same choir in which he got his musical start. Jensen joined Nobu Sakurai Piano Studios as a teacher in February 2013. He specializes in custom-scoring popular music.

Crystal Santiago
Crystal Santiago
Teacher

Education: BA in Economics & Music, University of Hawaii in 2015 Crystal was born and raised in Ewa Beach, Hawaii. She graduated from Punahou School with honors and is currently a full-time student at UH. Crystal found her love for the piano at the age of 9, where she took group lessons at Keiki Kani. Crystal has been teaching piano since 2011 in a piano studio near UH, where she worked with students from age 4 to senior citizen. She enjoys helping students succeed and is a patient teacher. Crystal really enjoys classical and romantic music, especially Beethoven and Chopin. But she also enjoys listening to and playing modern pop, such as John Legend.

Anthony Chantavy
Anthony Chantavy
Teacher

Education: BM in Piano Performance / BA in Chinese Language, University of Hawaii in 2015 Anthony was born and raised in Makakilo, Hawaii. He first studied classical piano at age 7, finding his musical potential at age 12 when he discovered he had perfect pitch, an ability to identify musical notes upon hearing them. Anthony earned both a B.M. in Piano Performance as well as B.A. in Chinese language from UH Manoa. At UH, Anthony studied piano under Dr. Thomas Yee. While he was at UH, he has taught piano pedagogy I and II.

TESTIMONIALS

My daughter started piano at age 5 with Nobu at the former piano store at Pearl Highlands over 3 years ago.  We were devastated to hear the store was closing until Nobu told me she was opening her own studio.  My daughter loves taking lessons with Nobu - a huge plus to keep her motivated to both practice and to want to go to her lessons each week.  Nobu is great with kids and is also excited to see her students when they arrive.  I would be hard pressed to find another teacher who my daughter would love so much... I recommend her wholeheartedly.

Alina's DadNuuanu Elementary SchoolTaking private lessons for 4 years

We are so happy to be with Nobu’s studio!  Harley really enjoyed herself and Mr. Jensen was amazing. She was very nervous but she walked out feeling great and much nice things to say about him.

 

 

 

Harley's MomWaianaeTaking Private Lessons from Mr. Jensen for almost 6 months

Mrs. Nobu has been a blessing to us! My son has been taking 1:1 piano lessons from her since late 2011. Her talent and passion for music not only inspires my son to learn, it motivates him to be a better student! She pushes him to his potential, and is also always generous and timely with her compliments and acknowledgement of his accomplishments, big or small! As a parent, I love that about a teacher! And her style of teaching is reflected on the smile on my son's face after every lesson...
 
 

Dr. AlaimaloMother of SaundersFrom Pearl City

Ms. Nobu is a very good piano teacher. When my daughter’s previous teacher had moved away, I was having a hard time to find a new teacher for my daughter. However, Ms. Nobu gently understood the way my daughter used to learn piano, and then she took my daughter’s unfinished lesson books and continued to the end. My daughter could make transition very easily to Ms. Nobu. My daughter loves to see Ms. Nobu for lessons every Thursday and enjoys piano more than before. I am very thankful to Ms. Nobu.
 

Katelyn's MomFrom Hawaii Kai

"I enjoy playing the piano. Every morning, I get up and I want to go straight to the piano to play. It is fun! I have been taking piano lessons with Miss Nobu for almost five years. My mom wanted to change me to lessons closer to our house, but I wanted to stay with Miss Nobu. She is very enthusiastic and helps me get better."

ReyanPearl Ridge Elementary SchoolTaking group lessons for 5 years

I really like my class because Ms. Nobu is very friendly and she really knows the way to make you learn the piece you are working on. I also play violin and have joined the school orchestra. Because I play piano, it makes it so much easier to read notes and play violin.
My brother is also in the same class and we have been taking piano lessons together for 6 years now. We both enjoy Ms. Nobu’s class so much!

KevinMoanalua High SchoolTaking group lessons for 6 years with his brother

With my husband’s support, I was able to take private piano lessons for 3 years with Nobu at Piano Outlet. However, I stopped due to busy schedule at work and at home. Learning for me is never ending; age does not matter. Luckily, I was able to find Nobu’s studio again and once more, I am learning to play piano and enjoying every moment I touch the keyboard producing lovely sound of music. I give my thanks to my family for their support and to Nobu and Jensen – they are GREAT teachers with lots of love and patience to their students.

EvaEwa BeachTaking semi-private lessons with daughter Ruth for 2 years

Our son, Tyler, enjoys attending Mrs. Nobu Sakurai’s piano class because she is noticeably very compassionate in her ways of teaching piano. Mrs. Nobu is not only intelligent but also very organized and courteous. That is why we recommend Mrs. Nobu Sakurai for your kids or for you as your piano instructor.

Mr. and Mrs. UdarbeParents of TylerIolani School, '19

"I've been taking piano lessons from Nobu for about five years now and I've learned a lot since then. I like how she is able focus on a particular music genre based on my own interest. In my case, I enjoy listening and playing classical music. She is also able to work around my busy work and school schedule which makes it very convenient for me."

TobyFrom Pearl CityTaking Private lessons for 5 years

Ms. Nobu is very gentle and kind to me. When I have a hard time understanding, she explains it to me very easily and is understandable. She tells me how I can improve my technique. I love to go to her lessons every week!

KatelynSt. Andrews PrioryTaking private lessons at Honolulu Studio for over 1 year

I've always wanted to learn piano but was scared to try. With Jensen as my teacher I feel like I can learn anything. In only a few months I'm playing one of my favorite songs by Journey. I should have started a long time ago. Jensen is the man, and I would recommend him to anyone.

RusselPearl CityTaking Private Lessons from Mr. Jensen for six months

It is always fun to be able to play something I've heard in a movie or from a classical CD. Mrs. Nobu is a great teacher; she is always giving advice and pointing out details in which I could play a piece better. Along with teaching piano skills and techniques, she shows how fun and enjoyable playing the piano can be.

 

 

AndyIsland Pacific AcademyTaking private lessons for almost 3 years

I like Ms. Nobu - she makes learning the piano FUN and easy! I like that she is patient with me, always nice, tells me that 'I'm doing a good job', and gives me treats at the end of every lesson...:)

 

 

 

 

Saunders Our Lady of Good Counsel SchoolTaking private lessons for over 2 years

The reason I like Ms. Nobu is that she’s really patient with me. If I make a mistake, or if I need a little more time to learn things, she’s OK with it, and she’ll help me along the way!

 

 

 

 

KayceeMililani High SchoolTaking group lessons for 2 years

When I play piano, I feel like I’m in a better world, and I feel like I can do anything. Ms. Nobu has taught me a lot, and she makes piano class something fun that I can look forward to.

 

 

 

 

ElyshaKaleiopuu Elementary SchoolTaking Semi-private lessons for 3 years

I’m so happy that I decided to learn how to play the piano, even as a full-time working adult. I have found piano playing to be a therapeutic outlet from daily stressors that has helped to improve my memory and creativity. I’m glad to have found Nobu as a piano teacher. Nobu has a passion for music and teaching and an individualized approach to each student that continues to make learning how to play the piano enjoyable.

 

Dr. Alice UyTripler Medical CenterTaking Private Lessons at Honolulu Studio for 2 years

My two children started taking piano lessons at another studio when they were 4 and 5 years old. Their previous instructor was very impatient and at times rude. After about 8 months, I decided to give another piano studio a try. That was when I found Nobu Sakurai Piano Studios. Her patience and positive attitude made my children feel very welcoming and at ease. My children have been taking lessons from Mrs. Nobu for over a year now and I have seen tremendous progress in their music.

Shirley from HonoluluMother of Sammi (6) & Jordan (5)Taking Private Lessons at Honolulu Studio for almost 2 years

Contact Us

Please fill out this form to leave us a message, or contact us directly using the contact info below. Nobu Sakurai Piano Studio is centrally-located in Pearl City. The air-conditioned, safe, secure practice rooms are housed in the Kaahumanu Building on Kaahumanu St., near Gyotaku and Midas. Free parking is located behind the building, up a ramp between Midas and our studio.







nobu@nobusakurai.com

(808) 636-0143

98-1238 Kaahumanu Ave., Ste. 201 Pearl City, HI