Lecturer in Piano Pedagogy
Steven Casano (MA, MLISc, University of Hawai'i, BM, SUNY Potsdam, Crane School of Music) is a lecturer in the Music Theory/Composition department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is also on the piano faculty of the Punahou Music School. Mr. Casano is a nationally certified teacher of music in piano through the Music Teachers National Association and has served on the executive boards of the Hawaii Music Teachers Association and the Honolulu Piano Teachers Association. Mr. Casano is the Hawaii state representative of the National Music Certificate Program in association with RCM Examinations, a division of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. His principle teachers of piano were Lisa Kim, Morton Estrin, Rose Tanner, Dolores Johnson (piano pedagogy), and Frank Iogha.
As a licensed teacher and active performer of the Japanese shakuhachi, Mr. Casano has performed on the documentary soundtrack, Aloha Akebono (KHON TV) and has given performances or guest lectures at the Japanese Consulate, Bishop Museum, Honolulu Academy of Arts, University of Hawaii at Manoa, East-West Center, Hawaii Theater, Chaminade University, and Kapiolani Community College. A recipient of the prestigious Japanese Ministry of Education Scholarship (Monbushou), Mr. Casano conducted extensive research on the modern history of the shakuhachi tradition at Osaka University and as a member of the Osaka-based shakuhachi kenkyuukai and has been published in the international journal, The World of Music. Mr. Casano served on the faculty of the Hawaii Shakuhachi Festival 2006, where he taught introductory courses in western music theory.